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Here’s a quick head start

What types of fabrics are best for you? When dealing with Premier Blinds & Awnings, your design consultant will discuss with you what you’re looking for and make sure the fabric that you choose suits your needs. Here’s a quick head start – this guide should give you an idea of what direction to go […]

Electric Blinds for Shading Bi-fold Doors.

When you’re planning which blinds to go for, there are a number of considerations for you to think about: Do you need blinds for long or tall windows? Do you need multiple blinds in a room or over bi-fold doors in your room? Will your blinds be over a sink, behind a sofa or in […]

3 things you probably hadn’t considered! – motorised blinds

3 Things you probably hadn’t considered! – Motorised Blinds We are talking to more and more homeowners as well as Home Automation specialist who have recognized there is something missing from their automation. #Motorised blinds are on the rise (and fall with your home automation system). Finishing the scheme Home Automation Installers are increasing being […]

 5 Reason to go Motorised 

The perception of blinds is that they are simply blinds.

I grant you, on the face of it, that might appear true BUT there is a little more to it especially now. Motorising your shading, whether that be Roller, Roman, Venetian blinds or perhaps your curtains can be seen as a piece of home technology.

From when I first started in the industry this is a bit of a revelation!!

Adding motorisation to the blinds in your roof lantern or over your new bi-folding doors can raise your home comfort, protection, convenience and beauty to whole different level.

Not a great surprise we talk to a lot of homeowners about blinds for a variety of locations, but more recently they have a heightened understanding of the benefits. Homeowners are creating more convenience turning lights, heating; TV’s on and off through electronic controls, why wouldn’t we also do the same for the window blinds?

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Here are five good reasons to invest in motorized shading:

1. Convenience. Remove all that hassle of opening and closing your window blinds manually. Having powered blinds which are programmed to your favourite or most comfortable position they can be lower or raised with one touch of a button – or one stage better have them do it automatically!!

If you are thinking or have some level of home automation too wire them into that and control your blinds from your phone.

Need ideas to save energy at home?

Get our guide to motorised blinds FREE in this special paper.

2. Energy Savings. Glazing has improved over time BUT with large panes of glass there is still solar gain on hot and sunny days. This can cause the home environment to become uncomfortable warm. Installing a light sensor that signals the motorised blinds to close when light levels get high will help keep your home at a comfortable temperature.

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3. Furniture Protection. The same sunshine that makes causes solar gain also cause UV damage. Overtime UV rays can harm the upholstery on your furniture, damage pictures, hardwood floors causing them to fade over time. Motorised blinds with performance fabrics can prevent this.

4. Security. Moving blinds move up and down during the day, your house has the appearance that someone is there … even when you sunning yourself on the beach or enjoying après ski. Most control systems will allow your blinds (and the lights) to operate in a random pattern rather than on a predictable schedule, ensuring your home looks lived-in.

Need ideas to save energy at home?

Get our guide to motorised blinds FREE in this special paper.

5. Elegance. No matter how much you try it’s tough to get the blinds into the exact position you want. Motorising them, with a touch of a button or at the programmed time they will move to the right spot. If you have several windows or coverings for your bi-fold doors every blind can move in perfect alignment.

Get our guide to motorised blinds FREE in this special paper.

 

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!

 

 

 

All change and focus on Child Safety

There isn’t a lot you can say about these instances, other than feel for the family. I’m writing this as a father and everyone within Premier Blinds & Awnings have children of various ages.

We have been fitting and offering child safe products for a long time now, ensuring chords are fitted with cleats and chains in P-clips.

Child Safety Devices 1

 

 

 

We specialise in automation and can do it for the single blind to the whole home with multiple blinds and rooms. All motorisation is inherently safe in comparison because it avoids the key issue – chains and chords.

New regulations that have been introduced for the industry which means cord or chain operated blinds can only be installed with a safety breaker and/or retention bracket or cleat to reduce the risk of strangulation persons.

We can only believe this was good practice but is now law. Done properly and used will help avoid these instances in the future.

‘Sophie’s stuck’: Toddler, two, found dead by her brother, four, after becoming entangled in window blind cord while playing hide and seek

  • Sophie Allen died at Newcastle Royal Victoria hospital on Saturday
  • Two-year-old got tangled in beaded cord loop while playing with brother
  • Mother Danielle Hudson urged parents to be aware of the dangers
  • Paying tribute she said: ‘She was loving and happy, always smiling’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2614801/Toddler-2-dead-brother-entangled-window-blind-cord-playing-hide-seek.html#ixzz31rnaTyKR

MAKE SURE YOUR BLINDS ARE CHILD SAFE

At Premier Blinds, we recognise that child safety is an important issue for anyone who is furnishing their home. This has now been recognized in law too.

The crux of the regulation is simple MAKE IT SAFE’ but that does mean there needs to be a little more thought applied about what solution is installed to ensure they are child safe.

Regulation EN13120 means cord or chain operated blinds can only be installed with a safety breaker and/or retention bracket or cleat to reduce the risk of strangulation to children and vulnerable persons.

Learn more – http://www.blindsawnings.com/child-safety.html 

Are you a Goldfish?

Who would want to live in a goldfish bowl?

That’s exactly what it felt like last week when we were having our kitchen redecorated. After clearing the kitchen of clutter and taking down the blinds it amazed me how different the room felt. We only have a medium width patio door and two small windows in it, but it felt like we were living in a goldfish bowl.

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At night the door especially became a great big black expanse. I felt exposed, even though we are not overlooked – and got rather a shock one night when a cat walked past peering in! The difference in acoustics (two young boys create a lot of noise) and heat loss was noticeable.

It got me thinking – with the trend towards large bi-fold doors, walls of glazing and roof lanterns in homes, it is more important than ever to dress your windows right. It is usually the summer months when glare and soaring temperatures often drive us to find a solution, but it can actually be during the winter that blinds and curtains really add benefit. You don’t have to be a Goldfish!

 

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