The operation of blinds for a conservatory is one of the most important factors to consider. This is because it will affect how you use the blinds on a day-to-day basis. There are a lot of options to consider, covering both manual and motorised options. We are often asked by our customers what methods of blind operation are available for their home?
Manual Blind Operation
Manual operation is the most common way to use conservatory blinds. Most of the window blinds we fit are manually operated, as are a large amount of the conservatory roof blinds we install.
There are a few different manual operation to choose from. This depends on the blinds you are using. Our pure™ Conservatory Blinds are all tensioned blinds, meaning that they are operated by use of small plastic handles, and will stop exactly where you leave them. When we fit manual roof blinds, they come with an operating rod that clips into the handle. This is so you can easily operate the blinds that would normally be out of reach.
For free-hanging blinds, including free-hanging Duette® and Pinoleum blinds, we can use the child-safe LiteRise® and SmartCord®options. They have designed them to eliminate the need for long looped blind cords; in the case of LiteRise® it uses a counterbalance spring and clutch mechanism to let the blind stop exactly where you leave it. While SmartCord® has a blind cord that retracts away to a safe length when not in use.
Mains Powered Remote Control
Remote control operation is a popular choice for those who will have a lot of blinds in their conservatory, as it is a lot easier to control all of the blinds with a single handset then it is to manually operate each blind individually. Sometimes, a conservatory roof might be so high that we would recommend remote control operation because it would be too unwieldy. Or, it’s outright impossible to operate them with an operating rod. We mainly fit motorised blinds that are mains powered, needing only a standard three-pin socket to be used.
Our range of pure™ Remote Control operation covers a range of options: we have designed Our puresolo™ Remote Control system to accommodate the large amount of blinds some conservatories will need, allowing control over up to 99 blinds from a single handset. The puresolo™ system also features individual operation for complete control over your blinds. Other remote control options, pureduo2™ and purezero™ are aimed that those who need motorisation over a smaller amount of blinds, while the purefusion™ system allows for individual operation over some blinds, and group operation for the rest.
Battery Powered Remote Control
Sometimes we may recommend a battery powered remote control system. This is usually where only a small amount of blinds need to be motorised. And, there is no nearby access to a three-pin plug socket for us to use a mains-powered system. We normally use a remote control for horizontal lantern roof blinds and gable blinds that are not part of a conservatory.
Battery Powered blinds are available with an optional solar charger. This allows the battery to recharge whenever the sun is out.
While it seems like there are a lot of options to pick from; in most cases there will be an obvious choice that will work with your situation and the number of blinds. The best way to see which option will work for you is to speak to a member of our sales team. They can provide you with a range of quotes for different options so you can see which works best.