All posts by Chris Edmeads

Are we part of Europe or not?

Are we part of Europe or not? Whatever your political persuasion, window dressing is very different in continental Europe than it is in the UK. Nowhere more so that on the thorny subject of awning valances. Apparently awning valances are an English thing (I was told this by a German!). The traditional shop awning has […]

It’s all about the detail

It’s all about the detail My family enjoyed a visit to the Harry Potter Studio Tour at the weekend. We actually felt like fan frauds compared to some of the people in costume or visiting as a regular. It is as good as everyone raves about, but my main feeling was guilt. Why guilt? Because […]

He could be right this time – Micheal Fish that is.

He could be right this time Veteran weather forecaster Michael Fish has claimed that Britain will enjoy seven times as many scorching summer days by 2100 due to climate change. Now I know he got the hurricane forecast disastrously wrong in 1987, but as I sit here in over 30 degrees heat the thought that […]

So this is a ‘Spanish Plume’

So this is a ‘Spanish Plume’

No – it doesn’t refer to a large feather on the hat of a Spaniard, rather a catchy name for a rather complex set of meteorological conditions. It involves very warm and humid air moving up from the Spanish plateau to the UK. If this meets cooler area of air from the

Rhino Shutters

Secure open spaces, controlling light, heat and glare.

Rhino Shutters

Maintain air circulation, control heat and glare & remain secure.

Atlantic, the warm air can be forced rapidly upwards to produce thunderstorms. And that certainly is what hit my house last night. In fact one our team’s homes got a direct hit and she was lucky she only got a small jolt off the radiator she was leaning against.

What it has made me think about at home is the suitability of my blinds to block out heat and light, but allow air flow. My heavy curtains contribute to a stifling room, but the Rhino Shutters in particular allow me to leave my doors and windows open without any concerns regarding intruders (luckily more likely to be the local feral cats than burglars in our area).

My top tip in this sunshine though is to join in with your kids’ water-fight.

You might be on holiday but they’re not

You might be on holiday but they’re not

“You can tell if folk are on holiday ‘cos all the blinds are closed or there’s mail in the letterbox, papers sticking out or sometimes milk on the step. I just look through a window to see if I can see mail on the floor. If the blinds or curtains are closed a few days on the trot you know they’re away.” – a convicted burglar

 

Electric Bi-Fold Door Blinds

Electric Bi-Fold Door Blinds

Premier Blinds recommends motorising your curtain tracks and blinds incorporating timers or dawn/dusk sensors. If your blinds and curtains open and close at slightly different times each day, and your lights are also on timers it would be all but a dedicated thief who would realise that your home is empty. Great justification to your other-half for upgrading your window décor!

Here at Premier Blinds & Awnings, we were all devastated a few weeks back to hear of the death of another toddler due to strangulation by a blind cord.

Sophie Allen of Sunderland was just two – and like many children of her age she was playing hide-and-seek with her brother behind the curtains. She became entangled and by the time her Mother realised it was too late. Her life support was switched off six days later, leaving grieving parents and siblings.

My two boys are forever climbing furniture and hiding behind things. They think it’s funny to put cords around their necks, but can easily get tangled up and panic. My heart breaks for Sophie’s family, and all other families who have lost children through something so easily preventable.

So PLEASE, follow RoSPA’s guidelines below and insist that any blinds you buy comply with the new European regulations and are installed correctly.

• Install blinds that do not have a cord, particularly in a child’s bedroom
• Do not place a child’s cot, bed, playpen or highchair near a window
• Pull cords on curtains and blinds should be kept short and kept out of reach
• Tie up the cords or use one of the many cleats, cord tidies, clips or ties that are available.

Child Safety Devices 1

If you have any concerns about the blinds already installed in your home, or would like some free safety devices just call us on 01372 377112. Take action this Child Safety Week

(www.childsafetyweek.org.uk)

glorious weather over the past few days

The glorious weather over the past few days will have highlighted the issue of glare to homeowners with roof lanterns. Premier Blinds have just announced the launch of a new blind “The Wave” which is an affordable and attractive way of controlling the light and temperature from glazed roofs.
Wave Blind
The blind is a manually operated shading system that can be installed in the recess underneath the skylight. Engineered with performance fabric and components designed to weather the extremes of temperature and UV light from overhead sunlight. The only cables run close to the sides, leaving the opening clear of any visible wires when the blind is retracted. In comparison to the alternatives on the market, the Wave blind does not require a power source to be retro-fitted, which often adds significant cost or ugly trunking over new plasterwork.

If you have a glazed roof please contact us for your free guide on the options for blinds.

Who’d have thought it?

We recently went to a training day by Weinor who manufacture awnings. They have an exclusive collection of fabrics from Para – one of the leading two weavers in the world, and they showed me this video:

Who’d have thought it?
I was amazed at some of the facts and figures:
1. They spin enough yarn each year to get to the moon and back 173 times, weaving 18 million square metres of fabric per year
2. The Italians lead the way in this type of fabric production
3. Our awning fabric comes from the same mills as the fabric used in Ikea products
4. They use nanotechnology
5. Fabric has a memory, and different materials have different grade memories

I will never look at awning covers in quite the same way ever again!