Thinking of Investing in Roller Blinds? See How Versatile They Can Be At Home or Work

If you're thinking of replacing your current window treatments, you might consider investing in roller blinds. Available for home and office use, these versatile window shades are worth a look.

What Are Roller Blinds?

Roller blinds are a solid window covering that is mounted on a metal or PVC pole. The blinds are pulled up or down using a side chain, light-weight rope or some sort of spring mechanism. Unlike slatted Venetian blinds, roller blinds are solid, offering more privacy. Most roller blinds are made out of some sort of polyester material.

Types of Roller Blinds

Roller blinds come in four different categories.

Opaque or Block-Out Blinds

These blinds block out all light. They do well in bedrooms, and are especially helpful for day sleepers.  In addition to providing privacy, these blinds block out harmful UV rays, protecting your carpets and furnishings from fading.

Translucent Blinds

Translucent blinds work well in main living areas because they let in diffused light, which, like the opaque style, also protects your furnishings. The material is thinner, providing both privacy and low light; but you still can't see through them.

Transparent Blinds

These blinds are made of an even lighter material. They reduce sunlight and heat but don't 'leave you in the dark' as much as the translucent blinds. You can see through these blinds from the inside out, but it is mostly shadows and shapes.

Sheer Roller Blinds

Sheer roller blinds are ideal for windows overlooking that lovely ocean view or stand of trees. They do reduce light and heat but allow those inside to see out. There is still limited privacy when looking into a room from the outside.

Other Benefits

Roller blinds help cut the glare from computer and TV screens. They also provide a layer of insulation over the windows, keeping the cold out and the warm air in during the winter.

Outside-Of-The-Box Uses

If you stop and think outside the box, you'll discover that roller blinds can be used in other ways.

Cinema Screens

Roller blinds with special projector screen fabric are often used in home cinemas. The blinds can be motorised. Mount the roller on the wall or ceiling and open and close your screen remotely.

Company Backdrops

Companies sometimes use a variation of the roller blind in boardrooms, meeting rooms, shop fronts and in convention sales booths. Company logos or other text can be printed on the roller blind, making it a simple way to do a bit of advertising.  

For more information, contact a company like Roslay Blinds & Curtains.