Important Features Of Blinds And Screens
Windows allow light and air to enter the house. However, during hot summer months it becomes necessary to keep out excess sunlight in order to keep the house cool. A certain amount of control over the sunlight entering the house is always desirable. Blinds are used for just this purpose. Apart from keeping the temperature cool and control lighting, blinds also afford privacy to the inhabitants of a house. Screens are also used for the same purpose although there are many differences between blinds and screens.
Difference between blinds and screens
Blinds are made of individual slats arranged horizontally or vertically. The slats can be made of any material such as plastic, metal or wood. Screens, on the other hand, do not feature slats and are made of a single piece of material. Blinds can be controlled by rotating the slats up or down using a manual mechanism or remote. Screens, on the other hand, can be just pulled up or down.
Blinds allow more light control than screens because the presence of slats allows some light to come through the window even in lowered position. Screens provide much more insulation and protection against heat as compared to blinds.
Whether you want to go for a blind or a screen depends upon your requirements and the type of windows.
What are the different types of blinds?
- Roman Blinds: Roman blinds are suitable for blocking sunlight in regions with high sunlight. They are available in many colours and styles which impart an excellent ambiance to the interiors. Roman blinds should not be installed in bathrooms and kitchens because such blinds cannot tolerate high moisture content.
- Venetian blinds: Venetian blinds are composed of horizontal slats which are fixed with each other using a string or strips of cloth. The slats are either made of metal or plastic. The lift cord of the Venetian blind causes the slats placed at the lowest level to pull upwards and contact the highest slat. These are very popular all over the world.
- Persian blinds: Persian blinds feature numerous slats arranged in horizontal direction. The slats are connected with strings and can be rotated up to an angle of 170 degrees to control the sunlight filtering into the room. The slats can be closed tightly to provide superior light control.
- Panel blinds: Panel blinds consists of many sections which slide sideways along a track. This type of blind can be used for both windows as well as patio doors. Panel blinds are highly suitable for very large windows.
- Vertical blinds: Vertical blinds are made of vertical slats which move along a track mounted on their top. The slats open and close sideways instead of up and down direction. Some types of vertical blinds can also part in the middle. Vertical blinds are suitable for large floor to ceiling windows which have sliding mechanisms. They are lightweight and can be operated without expending much effort.
What are the different types of screens?
- Roller: Roller screens, as the name suggests, roll up and down during opening and closing process respectively. The fabric of the screen is either synthetic or natural. Roller shades come in a plethora of styles and are suitable for open living spaces.
- Blackout screens: Blackout screens are made of vinyl. These screens provide about 99% blackout effect against sunlight because of the impervious nature of vinyl.
- Solar screens: Solar screens have been designed specifically to reduce the UV rays, sunlight and glare entering the room.
- Cellular screens: Cellular screens have a middle opening in the front and back portions. This opening creates a pocket for insulation. Such screens provide excellent insulation.