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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, and does have the useful option of being able to be fully motorised, which offers both tilt as well as draw functions, and automated if required.

We've manufactured sideways operating spring rollers in the past, but the manner in which we need to maintain tension in the fabric for such blinds means that size is severely limited, and it's almost impossible to efficiently maintain tension over a shaped roller blind mechanism and cloth.

Pleated blinds have for a long time been the preferred option. Most pleats are only 25mm deep, and stack up to very little depth, so these are the slimmest and we would argue the most discrete of shaped window shading.

Holes are drilled through the fabric to allow the necessary tension wires and control cords to be threaded through, and these are exceptionally efficient at preventing sag and ensuring a long lifespan. The only real issue with using pleated fabric is that the holes can appear invasive in that there a lot of them! - and this is particularly noticeable in opaque fabric (known as ' black-out' fabric) when used for dim-out purposes.

The 'double pleated' blind, or what we call 'Cellular' or 'Honeycomb' fabric, is better suited to having the necessary holes put through for the tension wires and operating cords. The holes are placed in the centre of the honeycomb and are barely visible to the user. The cords and wires are there doing their job, but the 'double-faced' fabric obscures the cords and presents a much softer effect to the eye. And if you specify an opaque fabric these are foil backed and are amazingly efficient at preventing heat gain.

Depending upon the size of area involved, we can offer manual, rod operated as well as fully motorised operation for windows that are out of reach. We also have some excellent value and efficient rechargeable battery driven motors available now so remote control is very simple if desired.

Always ask to see physical working samples of the blind types you're considering. Look at how much depth the blinds take up when you want to look at your view! What control options would you like - timers? Automation? App or Alexa control? Perhaps you'd like to operate the blinds while you're at work or on the way home? All of this is possible. Take a close look at the fabrics too - they can vary wildly in their thermal efficiency and appearance. The BEST test is to hold up a decent size sample of fabric to the sky and literally feel how much glare and heat the fabric removes from your face. Just don't look directly at the sun though unless its the blackout fabric option you're considering!

One more option to consider - we can make plantation shutters now to fit your gable or shaped windows really beautifully as well. Timber of course is great at insulating too, so shutters won't just be efficient, they'll look stunning!

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