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This is our blog – over time we’ll address all the questions you need the answers to. Openly, honestly and truthfully. We're calling it - Shadeipedia or is it Blindipedia?

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Back and running!

We're very pleased to say that our factories have been in production now since 1st June, albeit at a reduced staff level. We're pushing blinds out just as fast as we can, and fulfilling as many installation and sales/survey calls as we can as well. We're not quite up to full strength yet, but really hoping this won't be too much longer. We're monitoring the Covid news, watching the trends, constantly reviewing demand and supply and making daily and weekly decisions over our activities and staffi...

June 20, 2020

STOP PRESS - Corona NEWS update. 20th May, 2020

Our fresh start – #newnormal #newnantmor #staysafe #staycalm #helpothers 20th May, 2020 We’re very happy to announce we’re now in the process of returning to work in our factories and you’ll soon be able to book an appointment with us for sales and installation, once we’ve worked through our existing customer orders and enquiries. It doesn’t need us to say that this has been a terribly unsettling period for every one of us, and whilst we’re as keen as mustard to get back, work thro...

May 20, 2020

Gable windows

Gable windows, by which we mean the triangular windows found at the top of and between the edges of a pitched roof, used to be really tricky areas to cover with a blind in the old days. Vertical louvre blinds are a versatile option here, but probably better suited to larger expanses of glazing. And the usual depth of the louvres used, 89mm or 127mm, mean this option can appear a little bulky in some locations. However, if your windows are larger than usual, this option is great value for money, ...

May 1, 2020

Can I have an awning on a bungalow?

This used to be really difficult to do. Because of the high level of pull-out forces involved with awnings and, as mentioned elsewhere, because these stresses can mean the fixing can fail and a catastrophic accident take place, we used to have a builder remove the roof tiles to gain us access to the space above the soffit/guttering, and then install timber blocks between the roof joists, and then we could fix our brackets upwards into this, once the roof tiles were replaced. Now we have chemica...

April 30, 2020

What's the best awning?

The best awning for you will depend on the type of building you’re wanting it fixed on. Essentially there is ONE BIG GOLDEN RULE with awnings - NEVER have an awning that can’t be properly installed. To be installed correctly there must be enough wall or ‘weight’ above the fixing point to ensure the fixing doesn’t move or lose its integrity. You'll need at least 3 or 4 courses of brickwork for sure. An awning can exert a massive amount of force upon its fixing point. Think of this simpl...

April 30, 2020

How much do awnings cost?

An ‘off the shelf’ ready-made awning can cost between about £150 and £500. A bespoke made to measure unit can cost between £2000 and £7000, depending massively on size, spec, methods of operation, extras and so on.Buying an awning is a little like buying a car. You can spend £500 on eBay, or you could spend up to £150,000 from an Italian or German manufacturers showroom. They’re both likely to get you down to Dover for a European road trip. Maybe it depends on what you want to do onc...

April 30, 2020

How do awnings work?

A patio awning will generally consist of a large panel of fabric which is attached to and wrapped around a roller tube at the top, and this fabric extends and is attached to the front rail of the blind. The front rail is bolted to a pair of folding arms and the back of these are fixed at the awning body, which is itself installed to the building.The folding arms are articulated, and have two tensioned springs inside each, which are attached via cables, belts or chains around the elbow of the ar...

April 26, 2020

Where are shutters made?

The best value and now the very best quality plantation shutters are sourced directly from China. For many years they have been refining and improving their manufacture, to the extent that it now seems nowhere else can produce shutters of such quality. Having said this, as of April 2020 we do now however, have an alternative supplier that is making Faux Wood shutters at their Birmingham factory. The main reason we sourced this alternative supplier, is as a direct result of the Corona Virus issue...

April 24, 2020

Temporary Blinds

In all our years it's been rare that we’ve been asked for temporary blinds. I suppose that’s because when a customer has a real need for something urgently we’ve been able to step up, and get the blinds manufactured urgently. What’s changed? - well over the last few years we’ve found ourselves supplying and installing plantation shutters. And lots of them. As a rule these are at the front of a property. In addition, the best wooden shutters are made in the Far East, and the shipping t...

April 21, 2020

Are shutters expensive?

This is a question not everyone wants to answer...Compared to a simple roller blind, yes. Less so if compared to a motorised Alexa activated bespoke motorised and interlined Roman blind. Or a beautiful pair of curtains.If you look at comparing a bespoke installed shutter to a wooden venetian blind, the shutters can work out about 3 or 4 times more costly. ...

March 25, 2020

Where are my blinds made?

If it's important for you to know where we make our products, or where they're made for us, this is what you may like to know. Roller and Vertical blinds - we make these at our main factory site. We buy the hardware (extrusion, brackets, roller tubes, bottom rails, all working and ancillary components etc) from Benthin, a supplier based in Germany. We use this supplier because they have a huge reputation for quality and innovation. All their systems are extensively tested and our exper...

February 6, 2020

Bi-fold door blinds

When we first started in the window blind industry the largest areas of glazing we dealt with were sliding patio doors, and most, if not all the time, we would simply install vertical louvre blinds. Vertical blinds were brilliantly practical - they could be drawn aside for an open view, and they could be tilted through 180 degrees so you could control the sun’s wicked ways by tilting the louvres to provide shade. These were the only real alternative to the omnipresent metal venetian blinds. or...

February 3, 2020

Vertical Louvre Blinds

Vertical louvre blinds have been around now for some 100 years or so. The original vertical blind is thought to have been invented in Kansas City, Missouri by Edward and Frederick Bopp who held the original patent until it was sold. Back in the early 1980’s we watched the vertical blind take many sales away from the more traditional venetian type. Most customers were wanting to get away from the ‘dust-trap’ metal venetian and, frankly, who would blame them? Although the humble venetian bli...

January 6, 2020

Bay window blinds and shutters

All blind types can be installed into a bay window. Whatever shape of bay window you have, these are the types of window covering you can choose from - RomanVenetian (Aluminium or wood)RollerVision or Mirage (‘Zebra’)Vertical louvreShuttersPleated or Honeycomb (Aka ‘Duette’) Measurements, as always, but especially in bay windows, are CRITICAL! It’s important to note that there will almost always be gaps between adjoining blinds, whichever type is chosen, and these need to be kept to a...

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