Roller Blinds - All you need to know

Roller Blinds - All you need to know

Apr 26, 2023RAD Global Private Limited

We all know about the importance of shading to prevent indoors from heating up. Of the many shading solutions available in the market, roller blinds are the type of shading solution that not only provide shade and keep interiors cool, but also add class to your interiors. Roller blinds, unlike curtains, have a very neat and tidy appearance, which is why they are the preferred shading solutions for offices and residences.

So, if you still haven’t got an idea of how and what roller blinds are, don’t fret, we got you. Keep on reading to know all about roller blinds

What are roller blinds?

A roller blind in all its simplicity is a piece of fabric rolled around a casing which is then affixed to a wall. Provision of cords enable the user to pull the blind down from the casing or roll it up. Generally a roller blind consists of a fabric that is rolled into a casing that sits on the top of the window and a cord mechanism to control the up and down movement. Although there are many different kinds of roller blinds available in the market that have a complex build. Roller blinds are very easy to install and seldom need washing, their maintenance only requires dusting.

Function of roller blinds

As mentioned above roller blinds are shades that help prevent sunlight from coming into the room or in winters prevent heat from escaping through the windows. Apart from that they also help in enhancing the decorativeness of your home’s interiors, their clean cut and tidy appearance give your home decor a classic appeal while at the same time these are also functional.

Kinds of roller blinds

There are many kinds of roller blinds in the market to suit a variety of purposes and requirements. These are:


Roll up blinds: The simplest and the most effective blinds are the roll up blinds, these feature a fabric that can be rolled up and down via a cord. The fabric is rolled into the casing where it is safe and secure.

Venetian Blinds: The blinds from time immemorial, these feature horizontal slats that attach with string or strips of cloth known as tapes. As Venetian blinds are raised, the bottom slat is pressed into the slat above it giving it a stacked appearance. These are a bit difficult to clean due to many parts involved but nevertheless are the most reliable. These can be made from aluminium, bamboo, faux wood, PVC, vinyl or real wood.


Roman Blinds: Though Roman blinds are very similar to Roll up blinds these however don’t have a casing the fabric roll up into, instead these fold into itself, creating a large stack of fabric at the top of the window when raised completely. The large stack of fabric up top block a portion of the viewable space on the window.


Vertical Blinds: These blinds have the same structure as that of a venetian blind albeit vertically. Vertical blinds have individual slats that can either open from side to side, or by parting in the middle.

Honeycomb Blinds: Honeycomb blinds are the most complex blinds in the list. These have a single cell and a double cell structure that create small pockets for trapping air. These air pockets are what give cellular shades a distinct advantage over other types of window coverings: They add a significant layer of insulation to your windows keeping the house warm in winters while in summers they prevent heat from the outside from getting in.

How to choose roller blinds?

Getting the correct type of roller blind is depends mostly on what you require. If you’re looking for something that is simple and low maintenance then opt for roll up blinds that will be a wonderful addition to your office or home space. However, if you're looking for something classy and elegant then Venetian, Roman or Vertical blinds are for you, their classic build will give your space a timeless look. And if you live in a space that is characteristic of both winters and summers then Honeycomb blinds will keep you cool and warm .


How to Operate Roller Blinds?

The operating procedure of Roller blinds is very simple, you just pull cords to move them up or down by means of a chain control mechanism or a spring roller. For ease of use the market now has motorised blinds that operate via remote or a dedicated button.


How to maintain roller blinds?

Roller blinds are almost maintenance free, these only require dusting. However, if there is a stain that is bothering you, you can always remove the fabric and wash it or get stain removal chemicals to work for you.


Are roller blinds durable?

These will last a lifetime if used properly, the fabric could fade, but the mechanism if oiled and used gently will last for many many years. If you are looking for roller blinds that come with durable fabrics then opt for Hippo Roller Blinds that come with a special High Density Polyethylene HDPE fabric that is not only durable but UV resistant as well.


Are roller blinds customisable?

Absolutely. These come in various window measurements and if perhaps your window is not in the list then you can get it customised as per your requirement.


Do roller blinds block out light completely?

Light blocking depends on the type of fabric you opt for. Roller blinds from Hippo offer 80-95% UV shading, this means higher the shade factor i.e., 80, 90, 95 lesser the amount of light that is being let in. A fabric with 80% shade factor will let in more light then one with 95% shade factor.

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