NEAT LANTERN ROOF BLINDS IN BERKSHIRE
Lantern roofs are incredibly popular with new single storey home extensions. They are effectively a small orangery style roof, but their smaller size can make it practical to have a single large horizontal blind extend out in line with your ceiling.
Because of this, horizontal blinds cam be much cheaper than making and fitting individual shaped blinds recessed between the rafters over each pane of glass in a lantern roof. This makes them a popular option, especially as they can still be a neat way of controlling temperature and glare in a room – often vital if it’s a family room with a large wall-mounted TV.
This case study is a great example of how neat this style of blinds can be is the blind we fitted across the bottom of a lantern roof in Berkshire, where we were able to cover the area with just a single blind.
We recommended a Duette® fabric, as the cellular construction traps air between the cells and provides excellent improvement in insulation within a room. In this case the customer was concerned about all forms of glare so they opted for the darker “Granite” colour fabric, which both matches the dark frame of the lantern and will also be more efficient at absorbing heat, due to it being a darker colour.
Some lantern roofs are so big that they need two separate blinds to cover the area, however this lantern was of a relatively moderate sort of size (approx. 2.4m or 8’ long) that we were just able to cover it using one blind. With horizontal blinds like this we almost always recommend motorisation, but there is often so power supply available in the lantern, so we recommended that this blind have a battery-powered remote-control system, so it can be easily operated at the touch of a button.
Another common problem is that the openings created in the ceiling for the lantern are not exactly square, especially in the corners. In normal circumstances this would result in undulating unsightly gaps all around the edges of the blind, or even visible fixings. Our unique system has been developed so that the side profiles and compact cassette can cope with minor inconsistencies making the installation look as if it was installed when the room was built.
Even though it was just a single blind, that didn’t mean we didn’t pay attention to the small details that make our blinds unique. The rails and aluminium components were powder coated to a custom RAL colour so that they would match the dark colour of the frame of the lantern, and we even used an optional solar charging back with the battery-operated motorisation system, so the batteries can charge themselves using the sun, rather than the customer having to replace them manually.