Ceiling Blinds

Ceiling Blinds

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.

Ceiling blinds are fitted horizontally below the lantern roof, so that the space is covered with a small amount of blinds. This is quite different from fitting roof blinds to the lantern roof itself:

  • Far fewer blinds are required with a much smaller total surface area
  • Ceiling blinds are fitted much lower, so vastly increase the amount of air behind the blinds
  • Ceiling blinds are fitted much lower, so significantly reduce the volume of air in the room
  • Ceiling blinds require the base of the lantern to be perfectly square, to avoid tapering edge gaps

What does this actually mean to you?
Firstly, you normally only require one, two, or three rectangular-shaped blinds - compared to perhaps twelve or more shaped roof blinds - so ceiling blinds will always be cheaper.

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® Fabrics  are 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.

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