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Pleated Blinds - Plymouth

Blindology Pleated Blinds - The perfect window dressing solution.

Pleated blinds are a brilliant way to dress your windows, providing an attractive finish at a window that is suitable for both traditional and contemporary décors. They are sleek, simple and practical, and are ideal for use throughout the home.

pleated blinds imageOur new designer pleated range is now available, in fabrics ideal for adding some texture and pattern to your windows. Pleated blinds collection, offers a large and varied choice to suit all your requirements and it even includes a wide range of fabrics that have a performance backing to keep the temperature down in the summer, and retain the heat during the winter months. Pleated blinds are sleek, simple and practical, neatly folding away, giving you maximum control of light in your home.

The line of pleated blinds we can offer you, can be used in any room of the house as they can be transparent, semi-opaque or opaque, according to your preference and needs helping you create interesting light effects in the room.

Pleated blinds are also the perfect blind for conservatories as they can be made to fit the shaped windows in the roof. We have many special performance fabrics designed to keep excess heat out of your conservatory in the summer, and to help to prevent warmth escaping in the winter.

Conservatories were made for blinds in mind! Especially pleated blinds. Though vertical blinds are also a very good choice.
The sheer volume of glass, makes them the perfect backdrop for a choice from the huge amount of blind types and styles available. From a neutral and relaxing retreat, to a bright and vibrant space that really makes a statement, you can create any look you wish for your conservatory using made-to-measure blinds in the roof and at the sides. But blinds don’t only offer good looks. They’re practical too, providing privacy plus they help to regulate the temperature – because when the sun is shining, the heat and glare it creates can really become unbearable.

What is a pleated blind?

Pleated blinds use a fabric, which has been heat-treated in the manufacturing process to form a concertina effect. The fabric is then mounted onto a rail, which allows the blind to be fixed securely, and also contains the mechanism for operating the blind. When fully retracted the blinds take up a minimal amount of space. How do pleated blinds work?

How do pleated blinds work?

Pleated roof blinds:

Rectangular pleated roof blinds: A pleated roof blind consists of three rails. One rail is fixed at either end of the glazing panel. The third rail, which is attached to the pleated fabric, is used to either deploy or retract the blind. To support the fabric when the blind is in the open position tension wires are used. Also the pleated blind requires an equalization stitching, though optional, this stitching is to help keep the pleats in the blind consistant.

The blind is operated under constant tension. This means that the blind can be opened as far or as little as you wish. The operating cords in the blinds are joined to a spring, which ensures that the right amount of tension is applied at all times.

Shaped pleated roof blinds: Most conservatories involve shaped glazing, which should pose no problem for a qualified pleated blind installer. Pleated fabric is ideal for shaped roof blinds as the “V” profile gives the fabric a unique strength and allows it to be cut to shape without losing its structural integrity. However, over time gravity and heat can affect the pleat retention of the blind. We would recommend on certain blinds that you choose to have the blind “equalised”, this ensures that the blind will hold the pleats at their optimum position and will be evenly spaced, making your roof blinds retain their shape, look more attractive and will last longer. Also it gives your roof blind the advantage of a neater stack of fabric when the blind is retracted, a better fit to the shaped glazing and a smoother blind operation.

Operating pleated roof blinds:

Due to the way pleated blinds are manufactured, using small springs to hold the tension in the operating cords, they are very easy to operate, either manual by the use of an operating pole or by means of motorised pleated roof blinds.


Note: Pleated blinds need to be operated at least once a week to ensure the pleats work effectively.

Pleated window blinds:

Most conservatories have opening windows and doors and pleated window blinds are again the ideal solution because they:

  • Can be fitted within the beading of the window.
  • Take up a minimal amount of space.
  • Are simple to operate.
  • Are hardly visible when retracted.
  • Can fit to opening windows and doors so the blind moves with the door or window allowing you to have shade but still permitting ventilation.
  • Can be fitted to individual windows offering the ultimate control over shading and ventilation.
  • Do not take up room on the sill like other blind systems.

How do pleated window blinds work?

Pleated window blinds work on the same principal as a pleated roof blind but as the blind is fitted in the vertical plane, support wires are not required. The clever, constant tension principle means that the blind can be simply raised or lowered to any position. Blindology can install a pleated blind, which can open or stack in any position as neither rail of the blind is fixed. This offers ultimate flexibility.

Electric operation:

Electric operation is usually available for most blind styles and shapes and is especially useful for roof blinds which, due to their position, are more difficult to operate than window blinds, there is a minimum size required for this type of blind.

Pleated BlindsMost systems use a low voltage tubular motor which is fully contained in the head rail of the blind and it is common that these are operated by radio (wireless) controls. Wireless controls are ideal in conservatories as it reduces the amount of wiring required, as although the blinds still need power from a transformer, the actual operation of the blinds is by radio command. The switches and handsets have an operating range of 200m in open space and unlike infra red controls are unaffected by strong light – essential in conservatory applications.

With electrical operation it is possible to operate an individual blind, group of blinds or all blinds together and the controls can vary from a simple switch to a handset or automatic operation by a timer or light sensor.

Fabrics:

Blindology pleated blinds are manufactured using polyester yarn and are resistant to the extremes of temperature experienced in conservatories as well as having a high resistance to fading. For most of our pleated blind fabrics have a reflective backing or coating, this helps with heat and glare reduction and also protects the back of the fabric from moisture, mildew and                                                         debris.

Care of pleated blinds

Maintenance:

Blindology pleated blinds should not require any ongoing maintenance or adjustment. Though if they do appear to sag or bow, please contact us so that we can advise.

Cleaning:

Blindology pleated blinds are made with aluminium rails and these may be wiped with a non-abrasive cleaning solution.

The cleaning of the fabric varies depending on the type of material installed. Most fabrics may be wiped with a damp sponge

Does it affect my warranty or guarantee of the conservatory?

Blindology always takes great care in the fitting of all the blinds, though it is always better to check with your supplier of the windows or conservatory that this does not void any warranty or guarantee.

Where can pleated blinds be used?

Pleated blinds can be installed into any window/glazed area, though as per any material or fabric there are maximum sizes that they can cover. Normally the main use is in conservatories.

Conservatory comfort.

Your conservatory is an investment and as such you want to maximise the use of it. In most situations the use of purpose-designed and correctly installed pleated blinds will significantly improve the comfort of your conservatory by:
  • Reducing glare and providing shade
  • Reducing the temperature.
  • Minimising the effects of harmful UV rays on people, plants and furnishings.pleated blinds fitted to a conservatory
  • Reducing heat loss in the winter and cool evenings.
  • Reducing ancillary heating and cooling costs.
  • Improving the décor and making a style statement.
  • Making your conservatory more cosy and private in the evenings.
  • Providing privacy.

 

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