Product Specification and Information. (for the customer)

There is no such thing as a standard window.
Across the range of two major window companies supplying New South Wales and Queensland, there are 198 different sizes of sliding windows, over 50 double hung, 50 awning and louver sizes and about the same in sliding door configurations.

With the rare exception, each item we manufacture will be manufactured square. Every effort will be made to ensure correct fitting screens, blinds and shutters however, we cannot be responsible for ill fitting product due to out of square window and door openings. Every effort will be made to cover up gaps using fillers, angles and or different fixing methods to ensure the job is to industry standard.

As professional sales consultants, we will endeavour to advise you on products that we recommend for your situation. Where appropriate we will advise against certain products. However, we cannot be held responsible for the purchase decisions you make. That is why we have prepared this product specification sheet to assist you in your decision making. 

The first thing to remember when buying screens, blinds or shutters is to determine what it is you are hoping to achieve with this purchase. By advising us of this information we can better advise you in the decision making process.

Certain products are more suited to a purpose than others. To give you an example, if you are after blinds for your bedroom and you are a shift worker, then some types of blinds such as venetian blinds may not block out sufficient light to suit your needs, just as the gaps at the sided of a roller blind may not suit your needs. Please give your sales consultant as much information as possible so we can provide the appropriate advice.

For us to offer the appropriate advice this document is broken up into three sections. Screens, Blinds and Shutters. Not every aspect of every product will be contained herein so please feel free to ask your consultant for any extra information you require to make an informed decision. It is recommended that you ask for any additional information in writing.

Delivery

As a guide, delivery and installation will typically take place 20 to 30 working days from finalisation of the order for locally manufactured Blinds and Screens in standard colours, and 30 to 40 working days for non-standard colours. For imported products including Plantation Shutters, delivery is typically 50 to 60 working days from completed check measure. However, it must be noted that external forces including but not limited to religious and public holidays, shipping delays, docking and freight issues and customs clearances can all have an effect on the delivery time of any imported product.

Please do not order any imported product if you have a tight time deadline. Speak to your consultant for a locally produced alternative.

 

Roller Blinds

Also known as Holland blinds, Roller Blinds are generally an inexpensive window covering, offering a large range of fabric and accessory options. In choosing roller blinds you must consider the different ways they can be fitted to a window, and how each installation performs. You must also consider the fabric options as determined by your requirements.

Variations in the blind size and fabric type may vary the appearance and characteristic of a roller blind. Fabric fullness causing rippling, cupping, tracking and rippling along the edge of the bottom rail are normal characteristics that may vary in each roller blind and are not considered a warranty issue except in extreme cases. For these reasons blinds greater than 2000mm wide will be made on a 45mm tube.

Blinds over under 600mm or over 2400mm wide and or 2200mm in height are not warranted against bagging of the fabric, a bow in the tube causing veeing, tracking and fraying it is recommended that wide blinds be split into smaller blinds using linked brackets.

There are two basic manufacturing methods for Roller Blinds, “Forward Roll” where the fabric rolls forward over the tube and “Backward Roll” where the fabric rolls back behind the tube. There are two basic installation methods, inside the window reveal “Inside Mount” or outside the window on the architrave or wall “Outside Mount”. Therefore in all there are four basic options for roller blinds.

 “Inside Mount Backward Roll”

Pro’s

·       Able to be mounted close to the glass minimising light gap.

·       Dust and fade lines remain at the back of the blind.

·       Easy access to the control chain.

Con’s

·       The adjustment to allow for the brackets inside the frame means there is a gap on the sides of the blind. This is negated to some degree because the fabric is close to the glass.

·       The fabric rolling backwards means the back of the fabric is visible at the roll. This is not a big deal but must be considered on a backed fabric where the backing is a different colour. A pelmet could be suggested as a remedy to this situation.

“Inside Mount Forward Roll”

Pro’s

·       The fabric rolling forward means the roll is covered by the fabric.

Con’s

·       Because the fabric is further away from the glass there is a greater light gap at the sides of the blind.

·       Should the blind be left up for any period of time a dust and fade line may appear across the blind.

·       The control chain will be behind the blind making it more difficult to operate.

·       With the control chain being behind the blind the user will rub the edge of the blind during operation possibly causing fraying.

 

“Outside Mount Backward Roll”

Pro’s

·       Able to be mounted close to the window minimising light gap.

·       Able to be mounted past the window opening minimising light gap.

·       Dust and fade lines remain at the back of the blind.

·       Easy access to the control chain.

Con’s

·       The fabric rolling backwards means the back of the fabric is visible at the roll. This is not a big deal but must be considered on a backed fabric where the backing is a different colour. A pelmet could be suggested as a remedy to this situation.

 

“Outside Mount Forward Roll”

Pro’s

·       The fabric rolling forward means the roll is covered by the fabric.

Con’s

·       Because the fabric is further away from the glass there is a greater light gap at the sides of the blind even if the blind is mounted past the window opening.

·       Should the blind be left up for any period of time a dust line may appear across the blind.

Mandatory Options for Roller Blinds

The following options are mandatory and a selection must be made before any order can be placed. Of course for quotation purposes these selections can be made later.

It is a requirement by law that to avoid creating a possible strangulation hazard for children that any internal window covering must be installed in such a way that a loose cord or chain cannot form a loop 220mm or longer at a height of less than 1600mm above the floor.

Chain Retainer Bracket

A Chain Retainer Bracket will be supplied and must be installed with every roller blind, where the chain can form a loop of 220mm or longer at a height of 1600mm above the floor.

Bottom Rail

Sewn- Hem sewn with PVC lath. The side of the hem is not sewn closed.

Oval- in White, White Birch, Black, Rivergum Beige and  Anodised, with matching coloured plastic end caps.

Flat- in White, White Birch, Black, Stone Beige, Anodised and Bright Silver, with clear plastic end caps.

Insert- Same as flat but with a fabric inserted into the rail. This type of bottom rail is not suitable for Sunscreen and sheer fabrics as any glue used to hold the fabric in will be visible through

Aveugle- Is the same as Sewn with an aluminium baton covering the sewn hem. In, Candlelight, Cotton, Ebony, Bright Silver, Cedar, Rosewood or Walnut.

Each type of bottom rail is available in certain colours. Please consult with you consultant in choosing your preferred style

Chain

You will need to decide which side of the blind you wish the chain to be for operation. This is usually the side opposite to the opening of any window or door. However, it could be chosen to avoid having to reach say over a bath, a better position over a kitchen window and the like.  

Standard Chain lengths will be supplied on all roller blinds unless stipulated on the order.

Blinds with a Drop:

<850mm will have a chain length of 500mm

851mm to 1400mm will have a chain length of 750mm

1401mm to 1800mm will have a chain length of 1000mm

1801mm to 2350mm will have a chain length of 1200mm

2351mm and over will have a chain length of 1500mm

 

The above chain sizes are continuous link, any sizes outside this range will have a chain joiner.

 

Brackets

Consideration should be given to whether you wish to match the fabric or the paint finish of the window which is the usual choice. Speak to your consultant for the available bracket colours.     

Discretionary Options For Roller Blinds

Tube Size               The standard tube size for roller blinds is 40mm however blinds greater than 2000mm in width will be made on a 45mm tube. Blinds smaller than 2000mm can be made on a 45mm tube if requested. This might be required where a larger blind is in the same area as a smaller blinds and it is desired to have them look similar.

Duo Brackets      Allow for two blinds to be on the one bracket. This is ideal where you may want a sunscreen roller for daytime and a blockout roller available to draw down when privacy is required. It is mandatory that where Duo Brackets are specified that the back blind rolls backward and the front blind rolls forward. It is also mandatory that the control chains are at opposite sides to avoid entanglement.

A viable alternative to using Duo Brackets is simply specifying one blind to be Inside Mount and the other Outside Mount. This way a lot of the Pro’s and Con’s previously mentioned could be addressed to ensure superior operation. Using this method roll options and chain options are not affected.

Linked Blinds      In the event a chosen fabric is not available in the width of the window or the width of the blind exceeds the maximum allowable width, then linked blinds, is the answer. Linked blinds are available in several configurations that will suit nearly every possible window option. The pin ends of the blind are available in either a drive option or a slip option which determines how the blinds will operate.

Linked blinds are also ideal for windows or doors where you may wish to have one side of the blind open and the other closed or where you cannot have a chain control obstruct the doorway.

Cassette Pelmet                 Using a cassette pelmet to house the blind and tube and side channels for the blind to run in is probably the most successful way of blocking light out using a blind. The Cassette Pelmet is ideal for home theatres.

Other Pelmet Options    Other pelmets that can be used on roller blinds include Linear pelmet, Deluxe Pelmet and Double Deluxe Pelmet.

Motorisation                        We recommend Somfy motors for superior longevity. Available in hard wired or battery powered wire free. Budget motors are available upon request. Motors and Remote Controls are sold separately.