COVID 19 Update - Introducing changes to the way we work

We're open for business as usual and are following Government guidelines for the safety of customers and our staff. Below are a few important changes to how we're currently operating:

  • We're adhering to the 2-metre social distancing rule.
  • Our staff now carry gloves, masks and hand sanitiser.
  • Where possible, our preference is to be left to work in the room alone where the blinds are being fitted
  • We'd appreciate it if you could clear the area where we'll be working by removing any furniture/ornaments etc. This helps us avoid touching anything unnecessarily.
  • We'll call you on the day of your appointment to confirm that you and your household are free of any symptoms.
  • We'll only attend an appointment if we are free of any symptoms.
  • Unfortunately, it's currently not possible for you to look through our sample books. Instead, we'll hold relevant samples up for you to see.
  • We'll wipe down any surfaces that we've come into contact with and take all packaging away with us when the work is completed.
  • If you or a member of your household is 'shielding', we won't be able to come to your house. This is for your own safety until the Government lifts this restriction. We are, however, able to give you a quote over the phone if you're able to give us accurate measurements.

Best wishes and stay safe everyone! – All at Blindingly Obvious

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Perfect Fit vs. Intu Blinds - A comparison

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.

Child safety

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.

 
Perfect Fit versus Intu Blinds
DescriptionPerfect FitIntu
No drilling into frame
Clips into framework
Light gaps minimized
Tensioned system
Ease of Operation
Child safe
Clear window sills
25mm Aluminium Venetian
Pleated
Cellular
Roller

Perfect Fit

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.

Intu

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.

Conclusion

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.