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We have had a number of people requesting ceiling blinds (horizontal blinds covering the base of a lantern roof) as opposed to shaped roof blinds fitted to the rafters of the lantern itself (such as these images from our gallery).
Ceiling blinds are fitted horizontally in the same plane as your ceiling, so the void below your lantern roof is above the back of the blinds. This is quite different from fitting roof blinds to the lantern roof itself:
What does this actually mean to you?
In a typical room, like the above image, ceiling blinds can provide a better solution in winter because the volume of air below the blinds is easier to heat and insulate.
In summer, ceiling blinds have no appreciable advantages and few disadvantages, unless you have plain double-glazing (not solar glass with a low-emmissivity); in which case separate roof blinds fitted to the rafters will perform much better by reflecting the heat back out.
In very high unventilated lantern roofs ceiling blinds can be a very good idea, as they allow more space for the heat to build up and dissipate, as opposed to an average 15mm gap behind the blinds. Installing ceiling blinds that far away from the glass also means that the blind rails are not subjected to the extreme levels of heat that can easily exceed 60 °C (140 °F).
However, the aesthetics are where ceiling blinds tend to be let down. Because they are roof blinds that lay horizontally, support micro-cables are required to run through the blind, and which remain visible even after the blind is retracted.
Duette is a good choice for ceiling blinds because the cords and micro-cables are concealed when the blind is extended, plus they provide added winter insulation when compared to standard pleated blinds.
If you have a lantern roof and are considering ceiling blinds, contact us for free expert advice.