If you have a conservatory, uPVC windows, tilt and turn inward opening windows or bi-fold doors, you should consider either Perfect Fit or Intu blinds.
Unlike most other rooms in your home, your conservatory (if you have one), obviously has many more windows. Whilst this is great for soaking up the summer rays from all angles in warmer weather, it can pose a problem if you have standard aluminium Venetian blinds fitted. As they're predominately made of metal, they absorb the sun's heat and radiate it into your conservatory, which can make things a tad sticky on hot summer days.
How about curtains?
Curtains aren't particularly ideal either. They can fade quickly, require regular washing and can be tricky to initially fit. If your conservatory isn't heated in the colder months then curtains can also be prone to damp and mildew.
Years ago, there were no regulations governing blinds and how they could be a potential hazard for small children. Nowadays, you can't have cords hanging down without a myriad of safety devices that protect youngsters from becoming tangled. This is of course, a good thing but it does create limitations if you're considering standard blinds for your conservatory.
Perfect Fit and Intu Blinds
Fortunately, there are two ideal choices that will make your life a lot easier when pondering coverings for the windows in your conservatory; Perfect Fit and Intu Blinds.
Below is a quick comparison between the two. As you can see, both have great flexibility and functionality and are similar in many respects. If you'd like to see what both look like when installed, take a look at the galleries on our Perfect Fit and Intu page where you can visually compare both options in more detail.
|No drilling into frame|
|Clips into framework|
|Light gaps minimized|
|Ease of Operation|
|Clear window sills|
|25mm Aluminium Venetian|
These blinds are aptly named - They're a frame-based system that push-fits between the neoprene gasket and the glass of uPVC windows. Although neoprene may sound like something you'd find powering the warp engines on the Starship Enterprise, it's actually the rubber-like material around the glass.
Geek Fact Alert - Neoprene is also used to make wetsuits and scuba gear
Because Perfect Fit Blinds are essentially frame based (by clipping into the windows), they allow a range of different tensioned blinds to be fitted inside them very easily. There is also no need to drill into the frame of the window to fit them and they also minimise the amount of light that can peek through any gaps by providing a really snug fit.
You can choose from 4 flavours - Pleated, Cellular, Roller and 25mm Aluminium Venetian. All are super easy to operate, child-safe and look fabulous when fitted.
Whilst Intu blinds have much in common with Perfect Fit, unlike their counterparts, Intu blinds don't have a frame that fits into the window. Instead, they have a surface fitted plastic cover at the top with an inbuilt slider that can operate the tilt function of the blind. They also have discreet side channels running down the window which can either be clipped or screwed neatly into the window. As there are no hanging cords or wands, they're operated either by hand or a pole.
They also come with a nifty tensioning system that stops them from rattling around in the wind when your door or window is open. These types of blinds are best suited to conservatories, glazed doors and tilt and turn windows.
In our opinion, both of these systems are a great choice for your window or door and we're happy to offer free advice on which one is best suited to your needs.