Just Blinds Got Talent! Another Award For Just Blinds Presented By David Walliams

Just Blinds were delighted to be acknowledged as a finalist for the ‘Most Impressive Growth’ award as part of the National Entrepreneur Awards 2021. Being a shortlisted finalist for such a prestigious award was seen as a great achievement by all of the Just Blinds team who has grown significantly to over 20 staff operating out of the new head office facility in Norton Canes, Cannock. To the surprise and delight of Just Blinds director, Clare, Just Blinds were announced as winners of the award!

Clare was overwhelmed as she was called to the stage at the presentation event hosted by Britain’s Got Talent star, comedian and best selling author David Walliams. The delight is clear on Clare’s face as she stood proudly next to a very tall David Walliams.

Just Blinds will continue to serve Cannock and the wider area for all types of blinds and with the newly opened blinds manufacturing facility and refitted showroom in Norton intend to continue to expand to meet the needs of their expanding customer base.

Can blinds be added to a roof lantern?

At Just Blinds, we like to keep up with what our customers are interested in. We’ve noticed a recent uplift in requests for lantern blinds, so we thought going through the options might be useful in helping you to decide what suits your needs the best.

What types of blinds are available for a roof lantern?

For lantern blinds, there are two options available – these are pleated blinds and roller blinds. If you have a relatively small roof lantern, a pleated blind is probably your best option. However, pleated blinds do have limits in terms of the size of area they cover, so do check with your blind fitter on whether they will be suitable.

Pleated blinds are available in a good choice of fabric. Blackout fabrics will cut out all light, although you do have a choice of lighter fabrics such as voile which will let in plenty of light even when drawn. Whatever your fabric choice, a popular option is to choose a material with a reflective coating. This will not only help to cut down on glare, but provide effective temperature control in both summer and winter.

This type of blind has a moving rail with the fabric attached, and a fixing rail at each end. Steel or nylon support wires stop the pleated lantern blind from sagging, although steel wires are superior as they are less prone to being affected by sunlight which can cause them to break.

Perhaps your most important choice is how you will operate them – blinds can be motorised so you can open and close them by remote control, or they can be operated manually with a rod. Obviously, there are pros and cons to both, but we can help advise if you can’t decide what would be best for you.

Your second option for roof lantern blinds are roller blinds. These are the only option open to you for a large roof lantern area, but they do work on smaller spaces too. Roller blinds differ from pleated blinds by having no support wires, and again can work either manually (with a gearbox and handle), or by remote control.

One option available for roof lantern roller blinds is to have a zip on the fabric to prevent sagging. This also stops the fabric coming out of the side channels it runs along, and prolongs the life of your blinds. Your fabric options are a little more limited here, as voile is too delicate a fabric to cope with the side channels we can offer a screen fabric instead, filtering light into the room but blocking out the glare.

We hope this has given you a bit more information about roof lantern blinds, but if you need further advice, please give us a call on 01543 274207 at Just Blinds in Cannock to discuss your needs and one of our friendly team will be happy to help.

Can Blinds help me keep my heating bills down?

As the cold weather starts to bite, we all want to ensure a warm and cosy home and keep on top of our heating bills too. There are only so many extra jumpers you can put on before you can’t move – but there is another solution to keep you and the whole family warm throughout the winter months.

Blinds look good as well as being practical by blocking out light and giving your home some privacy, but they’re also an excellent choice for energy saving purposes, and can help to insulate your home not just from the winter’s cold, but from those summer days that are just too warm for comfort.

Heating bills are likely to be higher than ever this winter as small suppliers go under and commercial fuel prices rise. Since we offer a no obligation measuring service in the Cannock area, now is a great time to find out how blinds can help you keep your home warm in winter, and book us in for a no-obligation free fitting.

How does my home lose heat?

How quickly your home loses heat will depend on several factors including gaps in doors, a poorly insulated roof, and via your windows, which can be one of the biggest factors in losing warmth. Finding a way to prevent the heat loss through your windows will save you money and keep you cosy in winter.

You might have long curtains, but they are unlikely to provide the same kind of insulation that well-fitted blinds can offer you. Many customers combine curtains and blinds for the ultimate in thermal efficiency and design.

How will blinds help?

Our expert fitters make sure that your blinds are measured and fitted properly so that they insulate your home effectively. Trapping a layer of air between the blinds and your windows means heat can’t escape (and can’t get in during the summer months!). Open your blinds first thing in the morning to get the benefit of the daytime sunshine, and close your blinds as soon as it gets dark to keep that cold night air out!

Which type of blind is best for insulation?

There are many different kinds of blinds, made from a variety of materials. Fabric is best if you are looking to keep the cold out, but any kind of well-fitted blind is going to help with both cold and heat insulation. Of course, you’ll be looking for something that goes well with your home décor, but we can advise and show you the wide range of blinds at our showroom, or on a home visit.
Blinds are one of the most effective ways for you to insulate your home and therefore save on your heating bills in winter – so much so, that you’ll be wondering why you didn’t have them fitted years ago!

Our family run business has a reputation for delivering high quality products at competitive prices, and our vast industry experience makes us confident that we can provide exactly what you need at Just Blinds.

Call the Just Blinds friendly and knowledgeable team today,
Cannock: 01543 274 207
Stafford: 01785 556 424
Crewe: 01270 698 642
Tamworth: 01827 930 588
Sutton Coldfield: 0121 8244 842
Free Phone: 0800 012 6927

Why Faux Wood Blinds can be even better than Wood Blinds

Faux wood blinds are becoming more popular with blinds buyers and now match the sales of real wood blinds here at Just Blinds, Cannock.

Although in many cases the word ‘faux’ can imply a reduction of quality, (like faux leather) when it comes to blinds the faux wood venetian blinds actually outscore the real wood venetian blinds in a number of ways. Let us explain.

The faux wood blinds are actually made of a specifically developed PVC material that brings a number of advantages verses the more traditional wood venetian blinds.

  • Faux wood materials are waterproof. This makes them easier to clean. These blinds can be wiped with a damp cloth with no danger of damage to the paint like a wooden blind.
  • Faux wood blinds are not effected by moisture. This makes them perfect for high moisture areas such as bathrooms and kitchens.
  • Increased range of colours and styles. The range of faux wood colours is far greater than the traditional wooden blinds.
  • Increased durability. Traditional wood blinds can splinter and crack if handled without care. Once the blinds start to crack and splinter then the structure is weakened. In comparison, the faux wood blinds slats are able to bend, and flex rather than crack. Perfect for homes with pets, children and clumsy adults!

However…

PVC faux blinds provide many advantages as detailed above. However, they do have their limitations. Faux wood blinds cannot be fitted in places that may subject the blinds to high heat, such as conservatories. Excessive heat can cause the slats to twist. This problem is exacerbated in darker colours due to heat absorption. Due to the reduced rigidity of faux wood blinds, additional supports or ‘ladders’ may be required for faux wood blinds.

Just Blinds provide free, no obligation advice and quotes for all types of blinds to suit all properties. The range includes faux wood blinds and real wood blinds. The helpful showroom team are able to discuss the benefits and drawbacks of all blinds available and help customers select the perfect blinds for their property and needs.

Call Just Blinds on Cannock (01543) 274207 for your perfect blinds.