Sunscreen Blinds - Buying Guide

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Sunscreen Blinds

Sunscreen blinds are becoming one of the most popular window furnishing to hit the market.  They allow you to have the blind down without totally darkening the room and you can still see outside and keep that view.  They filter the harsh sunlight and help to reduce heat and glare. 

There are many different prices on the market for these blinds, so how do you know what you are getting?  Here is what you should look out for when buying Sunscreen Blinds. 

  • Make sure that the fabric is a high quality.  There are some nasty cheap imported fabrics that are coming in from Asia, the price is well below what most retailers are offering.  As the old saying goes "You get what you pay for".  Good quality fabrics for Sunscreen Blinds are imported from either America or Europe. 
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  • The quality of the fabric is determined by the composition - Sunscreen fabric that is a pvc or 100% polyester will deterioate.  Look for a fabric that is a high percentage of Vinyl with a Polyester core, to strengthen the fabric.    

 

  • Make sure that the blinds are custom made from scratch and are not a ready made imported blind, that is just cut down to your size.

 

  • The warranty offered is really not a major issue, 12 months is more than adequate, as with any roller type blind, if there is a fault with the fabric, workmanship or parts, these will be detected within that period.  A well made blind should give you many years of use, as long as it is not mistreated and operating instructions offered by the retailer, are followed carefully.

 

  • Most sunscreen fabric has a 5% open weave, this is what allows the light to filter through.  Due to this you can see outside during the daytime but keep in mind that in the evening when the lights are on and it is dark outside, people will be able to see inside your home.  So for people that require privacy a Sunscreen Blind will not be suitable.  One way to overcome this is to have a Double Roller Blind - see notes below.

 

  • Each colour has different levels of transparency, the darker the colour the clearer you can see outside.  The lighter the colour the least transparent it will be.  This is caused by the amount of light that is absorbed by the colour eg; Black absorbs the light allowing you to see clearly through it, white retracts the light creating a slight glare and giving you less transparency.

 

  • As the darker colours absorb the light they will also retain a little more heat than the lighter colours.

 

  • Sunscreen Blinds are not an ideal blind to have if you are trying to insulate and keep the heat in in winter.  This is due to the open weave or mesh of the fabric.  You will lose some heat through the holes in the fabric.  The blinds will still have some insulating properties but are not the highest window covering to achieve this.  Any product that traps a body of air between the glass and the fabric will act as an insulator, it just depends on the thickness of the fabric to how well this is achieved.  Having a pelmet over the roller blind is ideal as it will prevent heat being lost from over the top of the roller.

 

Double Roller Blinds are a combination of the Sunscreen Roller Blind and a Blockout Roller Blind.  They can be mounted onto a special double bracket.  This allows you to have the Sunscreen Blind down during the day and in the evening when privacy is required, you just pull down the Blockout Roller Blind.

Another option is to recess the Sunscreen blind into the window frame and to have the Blockout Roller Blind on the face of the architrave, or vice versa.  This allows you to eliminate the cost of the double bracket and allow you to achieve a more streamlined look.

 

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