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Keep Your Orangery Cool!!

Most people worry more about heating their orangery in the UK, rather than cooling it down (we’re not always blessed with glorious warm sunshine of course!), nobody will able to chill out and relax in a room that leaves them hot, bothered, sweaty and flustered.

Check out our revolutionary Orangery Blind Systems that are manufactured in Germany (can be manually operated or motorised) that will give your orangery the WOW factor! & keep it nice and cool during the summer months.

 

If you would like any further information on blinds for your Orangery or Roof Lantern please call us on 01268 350 520 or email dan@expressessexblinds.co.uk

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What is the difference between Dimout Blinds & Blackout Blinds ?

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It’s a question that many customers ask, but with no right or wrong answer – ‘Do I need blackout blinds in my bedroom?’ We get asked it a lot, and to be honest it’s purely a personal opinion. Many of us are deep sleepers who are out like a light from the moment our head touches the pillow. Others are kept awake by the smallest amount of light. So let us explain the difference between blackout blinds and dimout blinds.

Blackout Blinds

Blackout blinds are designed to stop light entering into a room, this is achieved with either thicker material or because it has a thicker lining to the back of the fabric. This thicker material ensures that no light can penetrate through it. Blackout Blinds come in a few variants – Blackout Roller Blinds, Blackout Roof Blinds, Blackout Roman Blinds and Blackout Vertical Blinds. These different types of blackout blind all help to prevent light entering your bedroom as you sleep. With a wider range of fabrics to choose from it means you can find the right style for your room.

Should I install a Blackout blind in a recess?

Installing a blackout blind within a recess will give you a huge reduction in light coming into your room. However, a recess fit does leave a small gap around the edge of the blind. If you really struggle with light and need total blackout in your room then we suggest installing your blind outside of the recess, covering the recess by a good 3/4cm either side. This will then give you a much greater reduction in light that can seep around the side of the blind. A common way to achieve full blackout in a room – but still installing the blind within the recess is to pair it with curtains. By having a blackout blind and an extra layer from the curtains will ensure a great night’s sleep.

“Quality of sleep is more important than quantity”

Dimout Blinds

‘Dimout blinds’ is the term given to any fabric that is not classed as blackout. This type of fabric can range from being very sheer, through to something that blocks 95% of the light, but doesn’t make the cut to be blackout. These fabrics are naturally thinner than the blackout blinds, but do come in a wider range of colours and styles. With blackout blind the colour is never enhanced by the sun shining onto it from behind. With a dim out fabric the sun can help to illuminate and enhance the colours in the fabric when being shined onto from behind. These blinds are great for kitchens, living rooms or areas that you need to add some colour or style into. If you are a heavy sleeper than you can probably get away with installing these in a bedroom.

If you would like any more information please call us on 01268 350 520 or email dan@expressessexblinds.co.uk

Check out: www.expressessexblinds.co.uk


What is the difference between Dimout Blinds & Blackout Blinds ?

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It’s a question that many customers ask, but with no right or wrong answer – ‘Do I need blackout blinds in my bedroom?’ We get asked it a lot, and to be honest it’s purely a personal opinion. Many of us are deep sleepers who are out like a light from the moment our head touches the pillow. Others are kept awake by the smallest amount of light. So let us explain the difference between blackout blinds and dimout blinds.

Blackout Blinds

Blackout blinds are designed to stop light entering into a room, this is achieved with either thicker material or because it has a thicker lining to the back of the fabric. This thicker material ensures that no light can penetrate through it. Blackout Blinds come in a few variants – Blackout Roller Blinds, Blackout Roof Blinds, Blackout Roman Blinds and Blackout Vertical Blinds. These different types of blackout blind all help to prevent light entering your bedroom as you sleep. With a wider range of fabrics to choose from it means you can find the right style for your room.

Should I install a Blackout blind in a recess?

Installing a blackout blind within a recess will give you a huge reduction in light coming into your room. However, a recess fit does leave a small gap around the edge of the blind. If you really struggle with light and need total blackout in your room then we suggest installing your blind outside of the recess, covering the recess by a good 3/4cm either side. This will then give you a much greater reduction in light that can seep around the side of the blind. A common way to achieve full blackout in a room – but still installing the blind within the recess is to pair it with curtains. By having a blackout blind and an extra layer from the curtains will ensure a great night’s sleep.

“Quality of sleep is more important than quantity”

Dimout Blinds

‘Dimout blinds’ is the term given to any fabric that is not classed as blackout. This type of fabric can range from being very sheer, through to something that blocks 95% of the light, but doesn’t make the cut to be blackout. These fabrics are naturally thinner than the blackout blinds, but do come in a wider range of colours and styles. With blackout blind the colour is never enhanced by the sun shining onto it from behind. With a dim out fabric the sun can help to illuminate and enhance the colours in the fabric when being shined onto from behind. These blinds are great for kitchens, living rooms or areas that you need to add some colour or style into. If you are a heavy sleeper than you can probably get away with installing these in a bedroom.

If you would like any more information please call us on 01268 350 520 or email dan@expressessexblinds.co.uk

Check out: www.expressessexblinds.co.uk


Cords or Tapes for your Wood Venetian Blinds

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A common dilemma for people purchasing Wood Venetian blinds is whether to choose Cords or Tapes?

First of all you will need to consider the cost as Tapes are slightly more expensive than Cords.

Secondly, what are the advantages of tapes? Putting aside the “look”, which we feel can be equally striking in the modern or more traditional home, blinds with tapes simply cut out more light than a wooden blind with cords. It’s not a huge difference but enough to be important particularly in a bedroom.

So if you are looking for more control in your life and a huge helping of style then why not plump for some wooden blinds with tapes?

Tapes are available in a number of colours, to compliment or contrast with the various wood shades that are available.  The width of the tape generally varies depending on the size slat you choose for example 50mm Slats will come with either 28mm or 38mm Tapes.

If you would like to book a FREE quotation or would like further information on any types of blinds please contact us on 01268 350 520 or email dan@expressessexblinds.co.uk


MDF or Wood

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MDF or Wooden shutters

Shutters in the UK are getting very popular, price and quality and still important factors. With all the different types of shutters out there it can be hard to know which shutter will be best.

MDF shutters are man made and have a plastic coating, wooden shutters are made from wood and have a sprayed finish. Here are a few points to help you decide what might suit your windows or budget.

Weight:

The weight is a key difference between the two, MDF is heavier than wood so it’s more suitable on smaller windows. If you are fitting MDF to large windows then think about using Tposts to help support the weight, make sure a 4 sided frame is used as this will also support the shutters when closed.

Strength:

Wood is stronger than MDF so it’s better for large doors or openings. It’s the grain in the wood that provides extra strength and stops the shutters wobbling around on larger panels when they are opened. If you have a large doorway or opening you can also upgrade the width of the side stile and increase the number of middle rails in the panel.  Both these options will help increase the strength.

Finish:

The plastic coating on the MDF does provide a tough durable finish, the shutters can be wiped down and easily cleaned. With this in mind, MDF shutters are great in playrooms or children’s bedrooms. The spray finish on the wooden shutters does make these shutters nicer to touch/feel so some customers fit MDF upstairs and wooden shutters downstairs.  If you are looking for a stained finish, then you would need a wood shutter as MDF can not be stained.

Price:

MDF shutters are cheaper than the wood shutters. If your looking for a cheap shutter, MDF can be the perfect choice and ticks most of the boxes.

Options:

There are a few more limitations with MDF than wood, like colour, frame choice and options available. Most customers opt for a white shutter and have rectangular or square windows so they have a much wider choice of materials. Basswood is a very good material for making wooden shutters, it’s strong, stable, lightweight and smooth. Larch, Cedar or poplar are other materials used when manufacturing shutters.

If you would like any further information or would like a quick quote please call us on 01268 350 520 or email dan@expressessexblinds.co.uk.

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Blinds vs Curtains: The Pros and Cons

Windows are often a big feature of all living rooms, kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms and more, and ensuring that they are made the most of is essential for effective interior design.

When it comes to window dressings, there are two main options: curtains or blinds. Deciding between the two is both a case of preference and practicality. So to help you choose, here are a few pros and cons of each…

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Blinds

Pros

–          Blinds are available in a wide range of styles and designs, from contemporary looking  Venetian Blinds to luxurious Roman Blinds. Depending on the ambience you are trying to create in your room, there is a blind for every application.

–          When it comes to light filtration, blinds are king. Whether it’s the slatted design of Venetian Blinds that allow for accurate shading, or Blackout Blinds that block out all sunlight for those requiring uninterrupted sleep during the day, the choices are varied.

–          When space is limited, blinds are again advantageous. Certain designs can be fitted inside the window recess so they don’t project out into the room. Flats and smaller bedrooms can certainly benefit from this.

–          Blinds, particularly slatted Venetian Blinds, can be easily cleaned using a duster.

Cons

–          One of the prominent drawbacks of blinds is that they tend to cost more than curtains – particularly those that require some form of operational mechanism.

–          Some blinds can be difficult to clean, especially as most fabric materials cannot simply be removed and placed in the washing machine. Similarly, water may damage some Wooden or Aluminium Blinds.

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 Curtains

Pros

–          As they generally require no pull cord to operate, curtains provide a safer window dressing option than blinds – particularly with small children and pets around, as the string or any small toggles could present a choking hazard.

–          As it is generally desirable for curtains to overlap the edges of the window, it does not matter so much if they are not made to measure. Similarly, cutting down curtains that are too big is not a difficult task.

Cons

–          Animal hair and fur tends to stick a lot more to heavy fabric curtains than it does to Venetian or wooden blinds, meaning upkeep is a more regular task.

–          In smaller homes and rooms, curtains can protrude outwards into the limited available space, where blinds can sit neatly out the way inside the window recess.

–          Curtains rarely fit perfectly over the windowpane, allowing light to filter in around the sides or through the central gap. This can become an issue for light sleepers who are affected by sunlight, or for babies who need to sleep during the day.

If you are still undecided as to the window dressing that’s right for your needs, the above points would suggest that blinds are the most versatile in terms of materials, style, practicality and maintenance.

Express Essex Blinds

Here at Express Essex Blinds, we supply a wide range of made to measure blinds (and curtains, poles and tracks) for use in all domestic and commercial environments, all at highly competitive prices. We are on hand to carry out free home visits to assess your requirements and offer a free, no obligation quote, so don’t hesitate to get in touch today on 01268 350 520 or email dan@expressessexblinds.co.uk.


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So, you have decided on plantation shutters to decorate your windows.  Your next decision is whether to choose shutters made from natural wood or man-made poly materials.  Your friends are giving you conflicting information – some say wood, some say poly, and quite frankly, you don’t know which way to turn.  Here is an easy point-by-point breakdown of the pros and cons of each, so that you can choose the plantation shutter material that’s right for you and your home.

Wood Shutters

PROS

  • Natural beauty.  Let’s face it, nothing compares to the natural wood grain, rich color variations, and sheen of real wood.  At Express Essex Blinds we use poplar,basswood and elm, because of their outstanding durability and beauty.
  • Many colour choices.  Wood shutters can be painted in many colours.  Most clients choose to paint their shutters the interior trim color of their house.  This helps the shutters fit in seamlessly with the décor.
  • Staining available.  If you prefer the look of stained shutters, then wood is the right choice for you.  We have many choices of different stain colours, so that your shutters can blend in perfectly with your trim, cabinets, or  other furniture.
  • Stronger & Lighter in Weight.  Wood is stronger than poly, yet lighter in weight.  This allows for greater durability, but it also means that you can have a larger panel size with wood shutters.  Why? Because the weight of the poly can cause the shutters to “sag” on the hinges if they are made too large.  Why does panel size matter?  Well, it determines if you can cover your window using only two shutter panels or if you need to use four panels.  Most people prefer the cleaner look of two when possible.

CONS

  • More Expensive.  Wood shutters are more expensive than poly shutters, but the difference is not dramatic.  We recommend comparing both products.
  • May need repainting.  Like any painted surface in your home, the painted finish on your shutters will age over time.  With normal conditions, you probably won’t need to have the shutters repainted for about 15 years.

Polyvinyl Shutters

PROS

  • Durable, long-lasting finish.  Poly material is very tough and durable, and will hold its color throughout the lifetime of the product.
  • Less Expensive.  Poly is slightly less expensive than wood, so if wood plantation shutters are out of your budget, definitely consider poly.
  • Moisture resistant.  Some windows are in areas that are prone to moisture, such as garages and lanais.  Poly is a good choice for these areas, because it is not prone to warping when exposed to moisture and humidity.

CONS

  • Weight.  The poly material weighs more than wood, so a shutter made of poly is much heavier than a wood panel.  Why does this matter?  Well, more weight puts more pressure on the frames and hinges holding the shutter in place.  If the panels are made too large, they can sag and fall out of square.
  • Limited color choices.  Poly shutters are available in either white or off-white.  While these colors are perfectly acceptable in the majority of situations, clients wanting to match their trim color exactly or wanting a unique paint or stain color should consider wood.
  • Limited panel sizes.  As we mentioned above, the maximum size of a poly shutter is smaller than that of a wood shutter.  This means that you may need more shutter panels to cover an opening with poly.  Some clients are fine with this and some prefer the cleaner look of fewer panels across their window opening.

The Bottom Line

So with all of that said, which plantation shutter material is right for you? From our experience and feedback;  Wood plantation shutters are the preferred material for the vast majority of clients and give years and years of beauty and flawless operation.  However, if price is a limiting factor, poly shutters are a close second.  Poly is durable and attractive, and if you are willing to accept limited color choices and panel sizes, it may be right for you.  Either way, your EEB consultant will evaluate your home and your situation to make the recommendation that’s right for you.

If you would like to book a FREE quotation or would like further information please contact us on 01268 350 520 or email dan@expressessexblinds.co.uk

Check out: www.expressessexblinds.co.uk


Motorised Blinds

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Motorised blinds have always been seen as a premium product, an extravagance beyond the reach of most. This is now a thing of the past as Louvolite® proudly introduces One Touch™ motorised blinds, making luxury affordable.

One Touch™ technology allows you to think differently about how to shade at your windows. Without getting up from your seat, you can filter the daylight, increase your privacy and let daylight in, all at the push of a button.

If you would like further information on motorised products or you would like to book a FREE quotation please call us on 01268 350 520 or email dan@expressessexblinds.co.uk.

Check out: www.expressesseblinds.co.uk

 

 

 


Blinds Will Keep Your Orangery Cool!

 

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Most people worry more about heating their orangery in the UK, rather than cooling it down (we’re not always blessed with glorious warm sunshine of course!), nobody will able to chill out and relax in a room that leaves them hot, bothered, sweaty and flustered.

Consider blinds that can cool down your orangery to make it more comfortable during the summer months.

Although most people will be under the impression that blinds trap heat inside an orangery, in actual fact, blinds can also keep the heat out. In addition, it is possible to have an individual blind built into the frame of each window so that you can customize how much sunlight and heat enters your orangery. Because the windows of an orangery tend to vary in shape and size, it is generally recommended to get an expert in to help you when choosing, fitting and installing your new blinds. They will be able to advise you of the best material, shape and mechanical workings for your blinds, to suit your particular requirements.

If you would like any further information on blinds for your Orangery or Roof Lantern please call us on 01268 350 520 or email dan@expressessexblinds.co.uk

Check out: www.expressessexblinds.co.uk

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How choosing the right fabric for your conservatory blinds can keep the temperature comfortable all year round.

If you have a conservatory, or are planning on getting one built you may be interested to know that the choice of blinds can play a vital role in keeping your conservatory at a reasonable temperature.

Conservatories without blinds tend to become very hot in the summer months, and very cold in the winter. To counteract this, a common solution is to install an air conditioning unit. Air conditioning units work very well at controlling the temperature, but as you may know, they can also be very expensive to install and expensive to keep running.

An alternative (or complementary) solution is window blinds. Blinds are an inexpensive way to not only decorate your conservatory but also keep it cool in the summer and warm in the winter. You may be surprised to learn that your choice of fabric has a direct impact on the effectiveness of the blind at retaining or reflecting heat.

Buying Conservatory Blinds:

If you are buying blinds for your conservatory here are some tips.

Light reflective or fabrics with a solar reflective coating are the most effective at controlling temperature as they have a foil backing which reflects the suns light and heat. SPC or Light Reflective fabrics are available in roller, pleated, vertical and remote control roller blinds.

Honeycomb pleated blinds are the also effective at retaining heat during the winter months, the honeycomb shape provides an extra layer of insulation.

To further increase the energy savings, you can buy perfect fit blinds which fit to UPVC window frames and provide extra insulation because they don’t let any air in or out of the sides. Pleated, Honeycomb and roller blinds are available as Perfect Fit blinds.

If you would like any further information or you would like to book a FREE quotation please call us on 01268 350 520 or email dan@expresssessexblinds.co.uk.

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