Please see below for a small explanation of the most available types. All of the below types of blinds have varying uses, positives and negatives.
The main things that people require are either one or more of the following: Privacy, shading, decoration. There are many more uses for all blinds but the type of blind does depend on the type of uses you require it to do, i.e. roller blinds are more of a blind that is either up or down (open or closed).
A very small breakdown and explanation of each blind now follows. Please click on the blinds icon or type of blind for a more detailed description.
A window blind with a series of thin slats that hang vertically in front of a window (vertical blind), which can be turned as a group, closed with a slight overlap to block the window/light.
A window blind to cover a glass windowpane and is built into a wall or roof to admit light or air, these are normaly available as a roller blind, pleated blind or venetian blind.
Once you have made up your mind what type of blind you require, the next bit is what type of material would you like?
Materials that are available are as follows, but dependant on the type of blind that you require: Wood, fabric, aluminium or PVC.
With the fabrics, they are also split into various group: standard, dim out and blackout. All three groups are or have various properties depending on fabric, ranging from; anti glare, stay fresh, wipe clean, advanced solar control, fire retardant, suitable for moist conditions and all comply with the standard for colourfastness for British standards.
Wood or wooden (Venetian blinds) available in gloss, matte, plain or grain finish. We do not offer faux wood blinds or plastic blinds, this is due to the possibility of them melting and sagging in hot conditions.
Aluminum ( Venetian blinds and now also vertical blinds) available in plain and textured finishes.
PVC (vertical blinds- rigid slats) available in plain and textured.
But what you also need to remember is your choice of colour and what sort of “LOOK” are you hoping to achieve with your window blinds, this all depends on where, what and when.
Where are you going to have the blinds installed?
What type of blind are you thinking of having installed?
When do you require shading or privacy and when would you use the blind?
As with all types of materials and equipment, there are so many numerous types and qualities of available blinds. This is more of a minefield, as you will not be made aware of the quaility of blinds that you are perhaps thinking of having installed or purchase. We get so many customers saying “Well a blind is surely a blind!” Just by answering “If you take cars, how many differing makers/manufacturers of cars are there?” or “How many types of carpets are there?”
As with any supplier of any type of goods that you wish to purchase, we also state to customers to use what ever resources you can before accepting any quote, estimate or price. You can ask friends, family or even search online for reviews of companies (we always ask customers to review Blindology’s service) as this is one of the best indicators of what customers actually think of any service, this ranges from conduct, price, advice, quality, workmanship, even down to what time the company called i.e: were they late, did they ring or call to let you know etc.
Well now that I have explained some of the things that you should be aware of before you think of any type of window blind, hopefully this will help some people and customers realise what you should be asking any company, whether it is for blinds (if it is, I do hope that you would consider Blindology for any type of blind you require) or from choosing a local garage for the repairs of your vehicle to what sort of carpet or flooring you require.
I also hope that this is informative and if you have any question or feed back, please feel free to contact us.