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By Garry John
What is behind the popularity of roller blinds. Is it because they are the
value for money window treatment or is there anything else in it. There is
not doubt they do provide a cheap and efficient way of blocking out the light
and the heat thats comes with the light. Also the glare can spoil the
enjoyment of that room, particular a TV or computer room, and damage valuable
furniture and favourite plants.
The operation of roller blinds is simple especially compared to venetian
blinds or roman blinds. The blinds can be rolled up or down depending on
how much light is needed at any time. They are best mounted inside the window
recess and can be effectively teamed up with curtains; drapes or valances
to add that extra bit to the rooms décor. They are very flexible
and can be used in any room of your house as well as in the conservatory.
They are ideal for windows where the depth is narrow and are also the perfect
way to cover storage areas. They are very easy to adjust.
Roller blinds with special reflective aluminium backing are the most popular
for conservatory blinds in the UK. The sunlight in effect bounces off the
back of these blinds providing effective heat protection and glare control.
This means you have an effective protection for valuable furniture and plants,
particularly in the conservatory.
What criteria should be taken into account when selecting roller blinds ?
Well the most crucial factor in selecting a roller blind is choosing the
right material. Most roller blinds are crafted from relatively translucent
fabrics, so that the light entering the room is not completely blocked and
some light manages to filter through giving a pleasing subdued light. If
this is not enough and complete black out is needed for say small children
or developing photographs then blackout blinds are also available, and these
as you would expect block out the light completely. These are also effective
in keeping the room cool in the summers and warm in the winters. Also the
room the blinds is needed for is important. Kitchens and bathrooms require
much more robust frabics which are colourfast. In general the blind should
be closely woven and lightweight. Roller blinds come in a huge selection
of colours and in many different styles.
Another great thing about roller blinds is that they are quite easy to maintain.
The blinds are constructed of fabric that is hard wearing and will only require
a simple wipe with a damp cloth.
Installation of roller blinds is relatively simple - certainly easier then
other types of blind. Almost anyone can fit these with ease and in no time
As mentioned previously Roller blinds are versatile with plenty of decorative
possibilities and while they may lack the attractiveness of pinoleum or pleated
blinds, they are an immensely practical solution. They are a great value
for money and are usually priced at the lower end of the budget range. Thus,
they are an affordable and practical solution for low- budget window treatments.
Garry John has produced many home improvement articles including more articles
about blinds and window