Plantation Shutters and Window Blinds

Plantation Shutters

Shutters and Window Blinds

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Plantation shutters were originally fitted to the outside of windows, being first used on the large homes on plantations in the south of the USA, hence their name. But the style of shutter,which proved popular, was latter adapted for use on the inside of the window.

Plantation shutters have a distinctive style. The shutter door has a series of horizontal slats that can be adjusted, being left closed or partial open.

Plantation shutters are unique in having two mechanisms. One is the door like operation common to all shutters. We can open and close the whole shutter, leaving the entire window open or closed. Or we can adjust the horizontal slats of the shutter, leaving the shutter door closed while letting some light in and air to circulate. This can still allow some privacy.

Modern plantation shutters can be made of many different materials. Traditional wood, usually painted white, is still popular. But faux wood or thermopoly have also become popular. These are long lasting, not easily damaged by harsh sunlight or moisture. And they can be manufactured to look like natural wood.

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Plantation shutters need to be manufactured to fit the individual window. But this is an simple matter if the dimensions are know. And it is easy to find a style of shutter to suit most any decor.

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Venetian Blinds

Venetian Window Blinds

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Blinds are functional, and can be made to suit the home decor. They are functional in that they allow us to dim or block out the light outside. And in that they allow us privacy when they are fully closed, so no one can see in. Closed blinds also help keep the inside temperature more stable, which reduces heating/cooling costs. Open blinds that allow light in reduce the cost of using electrical lighting.

Blinds can either add to the decor, if they have a pleasing and suitable design, or be unobtrusive enough to be unnoticeable, at least when they are not being used. Venetian blinds are reasonably unobtrusive when they are fully retracted; they can be simply left as a small strip at the top of the window. But they can also be designed to complement the surrounding room. Being available in timber, clean aluminium or timber style PVC, the Venetian blinds can suit many style of interior decor.

And because of their reasonable simplicity there is very little that can go wrong with Venetian blinds. They are largely maintenance free.

Blinds do need to be cleaned. If we know the tricks with Venetian blinds then cleaning is relatively straightforward. If is a simple matter to use a gloved hand to remove dust from the slats of the blinds. They are also easy to dust with a soft brush attachment on a vacuum cleaner.

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Venetian blinds can be easily made to order. All you need is accurate measurements of the window to be covered. Order Venetian blinds online.

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What we can do for Home Window

We can cover our windows in a variety of ways. we can use blinds, curtains, fly screen and protective film to perform several useful functions. and there is no reason not to have several of these coverings.

UV light

Ultraviolet Light (UV) is invisible energy that is part of sunlight. It is what causes sunburn. This same energy can cause damage to furnishings inside your home, including curtains, carpets and furnishings.

Standard window glass will block most UV, but not all. We can block almost all the UV light with tinted or clear window film. this prevents furnishings, floors and other items inside the house form fading in sunlight.

Fly Screen Sydney

Australia does have insect problems during some parts of the year. It is easy to keep these insect out of the home with fly screen mesh on the windows.

A retractable Fly Screen Frame allows us to use the fly screen mesh when needed, and neatly remove or retract it at other times.

Window Blinds

Window blinds provide privacy during both the day or night. And they can block bright light when needed. Various models of blind will allow you to adjust the amount of light that comes through the window. So you can still make use of the outside light (saving on energy bills) and keep some privacy.

Blinds can be fitted inside or outside the window.

You can order a suitable Blind online, all you need is the right measurements for your windows. Find the style of blind that suits your home.

Curtains

Curtains made of light material will allow most of the sunlight in, so we can use the natural outside light while still keeping some privacy. Heavy curtains can block almost all of the light. This provides privacy, and makes a room suitable for TV /home theater viewing.

Blinds and Retractable fly screens Sydney

Window blinds and fly screens are functional, and add to the decor of your home. Find the blinds that suit you and your lifestyle.

Blinds and Fly Screen Sydney

Blinds and Fly Screen Sydney

Fly Screen Sydney

Australia has to deal with insects for at least a few month of the year. But it is not to difficult to keep these pests out of the house by installing fly screens frame windows and fly screen doors. Once installed these will function effectively without any issues; you will hardly notice that they are there. And if you have security doors with fly screens you will keep out potential thieves as well.

Fly Screen Doors

Older fly screen doors of a generation ago consisted of a flimsy frame fitted with fly screen mesh. Newer styles are security doors, which have solid frames and thick fly screen mesh that will prevent unwanted intruders from entering the home. Best of all these security doors look attractive, so they can be part of the decor as well as practical.

Security doors allow you to circulate air throughout the home during warmer months, while still keeping pests and criminals out. Older fly screen doors could allow air  circulation and keep insects out, but you couldn’t use them for security protection. New security doors can be locked as you leave the house, and still allows both air circulation and protection.

Retractable Fly Screens

Retractable fly screens can be easily put into place during the insect season, and either removed for storage or neatly rolled out of the way.

Fly screens allow for fresh air from outside while still keeping insects out. Strong mesh on windows also provides addition protection, preventing children from falling out windows.

Window Blinds are also a fine option if you need air circulation, but they will only let a moderate mount of light in. And they probably won’t do much to prevent insects.

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It is not difficult to find the right style of blind for your windows. Order online and have the blinds custom made for your home. It’s never been easier.

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Fly Screen Sydney

Fly Screen Sydney

Why don’t we discuss the topic: fly screen Sydney? Fly Screens are manufactured to suit every type of screen door. I beg your pardon, you say? Yes, I’m actually referring to insect screens and fly screen doors; they will fit in sliding doors and hinged doors, too. All types of screens are made to prevent insects from an invasion of sorts; (I mean they prevent insects from invading our homes), direct sunlight that may damage items you care about, plus unwanted access in between areas in your home. They can provide more security as well, however, the good thing about it is that they will still allow natural sunlight to brighten your rooms.

THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN LOOKING FOR THE RIGHT FLY SCREEN MESH

There are many aspects you need to look into prior to choosing the right insect screen or mesh for a door or window for your home. You may need more info so you may get help concerning various types of fly screens available in the market. This way you can select the best one for your purposes.

Unusual blinds

Unusual Windows Blinds

Unusual Windows Blinds

Some homes and other building include a window of unorthodox shape. We have windows over bathroom facilities, in attic apartments, or for second story balconies. These may well be attractive and functional in the right situation, but finding the right window blinds can be a challenge.
Custom blinds will sort out any window situation. But we should know what we want for the windows first.

Bay windows
There are the triple windows used on balconies. There are three glass sections, with the two side sections angels towards the (usually larger) front section. They allow a lot of light in the window, and have an old school appearance.
It is usually possible to cover bay windows with three venation blinds, if there is enough room. Or you can use three roller blinds. When either of these type of blind are closed they will be virtually unnoticeable.
Curtains can work if the sides of the bay windows are too small for blinds. You can even combine side curtains with a central blind of the same colour.

Short Windows
Some room have short windows at a high level. These are common in bathrooms, where we want light and air circulation but no external visibility.
Venetian blinds work well on short windows. Or you can use small curtains.
And there is no rule to say that the blinds cannot be large than the windows that they cover.

Tall Windows
Tall windows look elegant in the right setting. But it can be tricky to get curtains or blind in such large sizes. Furthermore, if we cannot reach the top of the window then we need some way to open the coverings. This can simply be a cord, or perhaps a remote.
One trick is to have separate curtains for the top and bottom of the tall windows. We can open the top section to let in light while keeping the bottom section closed for privacy.
Or we might just have long blinds drawn by a cord.

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If you know the dimensions of the window then finding the right window blinds online is reasonably simple. Good blinds are functional, and will improve the look of the room.

 

 

Privacy, Rooms and Bedrooms

Uses for Window Blinds

Some rooms of the house can be open to the outside, other require privacy at least some of the time. Bedrooms need privacy for personal needs, and they need to block the outside light when people are sleeping. Home theatres and television rooms may also need to block outside light. Blinds are ideal for privacy and blocking light.

A window blind is such a simple concept. But it is also effective, and can designed to stylishly suit the room décor. A blind block outside light and allows privacy when closed. It allows light in when open, and often blinds can be set part open to provide reduced light in sunny conditions.

Individuals who want privacy while still allowing light in may consider adding window frosting or light (translucent) curtains behind the blinds.

Considerations for window Blinds

  • Does the room face onto the street, or another home? You will need privacy.
  • Will the Sun shine in the windows in the morning, or afternoon? Can you use this to your advantage?
  • Do you want to let the breeze through the window?
  • Shift workers benefit from blinds that block the light during the day.
  • Light blocking blinds are useful if the home uses a projector.
  • Does the house have outside shutters? These will also block light.
  • Blinds will help keep the home cooler in summer and warmer in winter, though thermal insulation and infrared film is more effective.

UV protection on windows, using UV film, is another possibility.

Blind Online

If you have accurate measurements for your windows it is not too difficult to order blinds online. There are a wide range of decorate styles and blinds that function in various ways. Browse the range before finding the best option.

Fly Screen Sydney

Australia has had some of its hottest weather ever in the last few weeks. There are a few ways that homeowners deal with this. One is to lock themselves away behind shut doors and windows and run the air conditioning all day. Another is to take advantage of any breeze by leaving windows open. Unfortunately leaving windows completely open allows insects inside the home. And if there is anything worse than being too hot it is suffering insect bites when it is too hot.

Retractable Fly Screen Sydney

Screens should be on every window. They are the simple and effective means of keeping virtually any insect outside, all while letting the light and breeze though the home.

The question is which type of fly screen mesh to buy? Retractable fly screens certainly have advantages over a solid fly screen frame. The retractable or detachable models can be stored away in cold weather, or simply retracted into their overhead cartriage. There are several options here.

  • Pleated fly screens, rather like a blind when they fold up.
  • Magnetic fly screen frame attaches to any steel window. The same magnetic frame can be used on different windows at different times, depending which way the breeze blows.
  • Retractable fly screens simply roll up on top of the window.

Else, security screens are permanently fixed to the window. These prevent intruders coming in, and prevent children of the elderly from falling out.

Security fly screen doors provide protection for the house, while also allowing light in and air to circulate.

Frequently Asked Questions

Its summer again. And people who don’t already have flyscreens often consider installing them around this time. There are many options, including retractable fly screens, fixed screens, pleated screens and removable screens.

Frequently asked Questions about New Fly Screen Sydney 

Do they block light?

Not really. Most screens hardly block any light. You will hardly notice any lighting effect from the flyscreens.

An exception to this is solar mesh, which is designed to block UV light. This prevents sunburn and prevents curtains and internal paint from fading.

Adding UV proof film to windows is a good option for preventing problems with the sun. These will not interfere with the Screens.

Will screens keep out every insect?

A standard screen will keep out medium and larger insect. If you have trouble with very tiny insects, like fruit flies, midges or small ants, then you might consider smaller mesh.

Fly screen mesh will keep insects from entering through windows and doors. But insects, especially crawling insects, might get into the house via other passages.

Are their issues with pets?

Occasionally some pets, especially younger kittens or dogs, will claw at the screens on doors. This will damage old style mesh. New steel or aluminium mesh will be far better at resisting these pet issues.

What about cleaning?

Stronger metal meshes and powder coated frames area easy to clean. Vacuuming is easy. And frames can be wiped down with a damp cloth. Microfiber cloths are good for cleaning window frames and security doors.

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Cleaning fly screen mesh

It is usually easier to clean a fly screen frame if you can first remove it from the window. Some fly screens are designed to easily detach. A few other screens can be removed with the use of a screwdriver or spanner. Occasionally some fly screen frames are permanently attached to the window, or are at least very difficult to remove. 

  1. Be careful removing the screen. Older style mesh is easily damaged.
  2. Find an open workspace for cleaning the screens, somewhere that will tolerate water. Outdoors is idea. Put down some plastic sheeting or a tarpaulin to prevent damage to the screens
  3. Spray the screens with a hose, but do not use too much water pressure. Make sure to spray both sides.
  4. Make a mixture of one part ammonia to three parts water. Or, make some warm water with soap / detergent. Wear rubber gloves to protect your hands. Some people like to wear goggles to protect their eyes.
  5. Use soft bristle brush and ammonia solution to wash the screen. Leave the screen flat on the tarpaulin sheet, and scrub with a circular motion.
  6. After loosening any dirt and debris with the scrubbing you can wipe the surface with a sponge.
  7. Rinse the screen with a hose, and then shake off the loose water.
  8. Allow the screen to air dry. Prop it up so that the air can circulate around the mesh.
  9. Once dry, put the screen back on the window.

Regular Fly Screen Mesh Cleaning 

Vacuum the screen mesh one a week to prevent dust form building up. A soft bristle attachment for a vacuum is a good option. Else, use a small hand held vacuum cleaner (i.e.: A Dustbuster)

Retractable Fly Screens Sydney

Retractable mesh screens require less cleaning as they can be stored away when not in use.

Mesh Fly Screen Sydney

Fly screen mesh was once fairly thin and fragile. It kept insects out while allowing light and air inside. But mesh and the functions it performs has developed over time. High end screen mesh is now used to keep human intruders out, providing security. It also works as a safety feature, preventing infants or pensioners from falling out windows.

Some types of screen are:

Perforated mesh

  This is less of a mesh than it is a perforated sheet of solid metal. The ‘mesh’ effect is achieved by creating holes in an aluminium sheet. These holes are large enough to permit airflow, and moderate light, but small enough to keep out flying insects.

Diamond.

  This works well in combination with a lighter screen. The diamond grill provides strength to keep the house secure. The lighter mesh keeps insects out. This diamond grill should be solid rather than criss-crossed bars of metal.

Polyester polypropylene

This is a common and inexpensive type of mesh screen. You will see this on many older windows and doors. It is fine for keeping insects out, as well as pets indoors. But it can be easily broken with brute force.

This screen will combine will with Diamond grill or decorative pattern grill.

Stainless Steel

A modern solution. This is rust proof under most circumstances, though it can be damaged in salty beach atmospheres. Modern stainless steel can be powered coated to give it a wide variety of colours.

Steel doors tend to be quite heavy.

Aluminium

An older alternative for metal door and mesh, but one that lasts quite well. Aluminium will not rust, unless exposed to salty or corrosive conditions. It tends to be the same matt silver colour, but it can be coloured through anodization.

Aluminium doors are quite light. But they are not always strong.

One good combination uses aluminium mesh and a stainless steel door. But it is not possible to weld these different metal together.

Additions for Windows

We can add many things to windows for style and functionality. And we can also add windows to many situations for the same purpose.

A few popular additions are:

  • Window tints – These remove the ultra violet light that causes sunburn and damage to household goods. They can also provide some insulation against heat.
  • Locks – for security.
  • Exterior shutters – for keeping out the weather, from harsh midday sun to heavy rain or snow. Excellent for blocking the wind. Some shutters have horizontal slats for letting some natural light in.
  • Internal blinds – for letting light in when it is needed, and providing privacy when you desire it. There are many options for electronic to cord adjusted.
  • Windows above doors. These let light in while not compromising privacy.
  • Windows above glass doors can give an arched look to an entrance.
  • Fretwork panels allow some light into the house, and have an elegant decorative look.
  • Curtains are and simple and classic addition to window. You can have privacy with heavy curtains, on privacy and soft light with light curtains.
  • Flyscreens – for keeping insects outside, and providing solid security.

Retractable Fly screens Sydney

These can be used during the summer months, and retracted for the rest of the year when they are no longer needed.

Solid mesh fly Screen Frame Sydney

Strong metal mesh provided solid security for windows. Intruders cannot break in, and children or aged senior citizens cannot fall though fly screen mesh windows.