How to spot good quality roller blinds that will stand the test of time

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Roller blinds are a stylish and convenient way to control the light coming into your home. They come in a variety of designs and colours to fit individual needs. There are even custom solutions depending on your needs and preferences. When it comes to buying roller blinds, certain factors may be more important to you than others. For instance, you may be looking for a cost-effective option. On the other hand, you may want to prioritise certain colours and fabrics. However, there is one factor that is a common concern for every potential buyer, and that’s quality. In this article, we help you overcome any confusion you might be having and show you how to shop for durable and quality roller blinds. Let’s look in detail at some of the most important factors to consider.

The material of the roller blinds

Roller blinds are produced from a single piece of material. Unlike certain other types of blinds, such as Venetian and vertical blinds, they do not have slats. For this reason, the quality of the material is vital. Ultimately, the longevity of your roller blinds will depend on the material used to make them. 

In most instances, roller blinds are made from fabric. The fabrics vary according to the amount of light they filter. For instance, blackout fabrics will be commonly used on roller blinds for bedrooms. That is because, as their name suggests, they block out almost all light. In other cases, more translucent fabrics are preferable. In the kitchen, for example, it is often better to have a pleasant influx of natural light even when the blinds are closed, so thinner fabrics are a better choice.

So, if you want to be sure of the quality of roller blinds, the first thing to look at is the quality of the fabric. It’s always a good option to go into the showroom of a manufacturer to look at samples of the material they use. Alternatively, some manufacturers will offer in-home consultations, bringing samples with them for you to see.

Ultimately, it’s worth considering not only the quality of the fabrics but also the range of styles and designs on offer. If your roller blinds are to be a good investment, they have to suit your taste.

A modern home design with a pair of roller blinds pulled down to keep out the sun.

Means of operation

Technology has revolutionised window blinds. You now have many different ways to use and control your blinds. Roller blinds can be controlled manually or electronically. Manual roller blinds use a chain or cord to operate. Motorised roller blinds, meanwhile, are controlled by a remote-control device. Manually controlled roller blinds are a cost-effective option, but motorised blinds have the benefit of convenience and ease of use.

If you choose motorised blinds, it’s a good idea to look for cordless options – this will ensure they are durable, as well as ensuring the safety of children or pets. Also, consider the quality of the remote control. For instance, does the remote control come with a rechargeable battery? If so, this can help ensure the longevity of the blinds.

Warranty

Manufacturers who produce quality products are always willing to stand behind them. So, if you see them offer a warranty, the product is likely of good quality. It’s rare to receive a guarantee for an inferior quality product. When shopping for roller blinds, only go for those with a valid warranty. Go through the warranty and familiarise yourself with the terms and conditions. Check the warranty period. Some manufacturers might offer a warranty for a minimal time. If anything goes wrong within the warranty period, you’ll get a repair or a replacement without any additional cost – subject to the terms and conditions, of course!

The background of the manufacturer

There are a huge number of manufacturers of roller blinds, but not all of them can offer the same quality. It’s important to consider the manufacturer carefully before you buy their products. Do some background research about various manufacturers within and outside your region. Today, almost all manufacturers have websites with details about what they do. Look at the information they provide: is it clear and helpful? Does it inspire confidence?

Also, consider the experience of the manufacturer. How long have they been in the industry? Manufacturers with extensive experience can offer you a greater degree of confidence.

Customer reviews and testimonials

Customer reviews and testimonials can help you spot quality roller blinds without breaking a sweat. Here, you can get opinions directly from those who have used the blinds. Start with friends or family who have bought and used roller blinds before, and get their honest opinions. If they have had a poor experience with a particular roller blind, they’ll tell you to avoid it. 

Also, visit the manufacturer’s website to determine what their customers are saying about their roller blinds. Most websites have a section for customer reviews. Take note if there are filtered reviews because they are often what the seller doesn’t want you to see. 

The cost of quality roller blinds

To some degree, you can tell the quality of a roller blind just by looking at the cost. However, it’s not as simple as it might first seem. While low-quality roller blinds will often have a low price, spending a lot of money doesn’t guarantee quality. Nor does working on a tight budget mean you can’t get a good product. Roller blinds are a case in point here. They can be a relatively affordable option as compared with other types of blinds, but this does not mean they are a lower-quality choice.

Ultimately, price can be misleading, but it’s safer to invest for the long-term in your blinds than to cut corners now. So, consider choosing more durable materials and making sure you get the exact style you want, even if this is more expensive. Again, a reputable manufacturer will be able to give you good advice – and won’t just push you toward the priciest option!

Appearance

Look at the appearance of the roller blinds offered by your chosen supplier. Are they visually impressive? Do they have all the features you’d want in your home? It’s easier to spot a quality roller blind by simply looking carefully at its features. The roller blind shouldn’t contain any defects in terms of aesthetics. Again, consider visiting a showroom before you make any decisions, or asking for an in-home consultation. Always be concerned about aesthetics, even when it does not have any implications for the other aspects of quality. The colour, shape, and design should be consistent.

Additional tips for buying quality roller blinds

Okay, so now you are confident in the quality of the roller blinds you are buying. However, your job isn’t quite done. In fact, in some ways, it’s just beginning! Buying quality roller blinds is one thing, but if they don’t suit the needs of the room then they still won’t be a good investment. The same is true if they don’t fit the décor of your home. So what else do you need to consider before you buy?

A pair of roller blinds stopping the light from getting in the room.

Room

Which room – or rooms! – are the roller blinds for? Custom roller blinds come in a range of fabrics, including light-filtering, blackout, and solar/sunscreen fabrics. The best choice depends on the room you want them installed in and your particular needs. For instance, blackout roller blinds are best for bedrooms as they block light almost completely. For the kitchen, choose blinds that can be cleaned easily. Motorised roller blinds, for instance, are easy to clean, convenient, and easy to use.

Size 

Before you shop for roller blinds, consider the size of your windows. This will have a big impact on the cost, of course, but can also affect how suitable certain designs or colours are. You also need to consider the type of windows you have. Windows fall into various classifications. Some slide from side to side while others open inward and outward respectively. This can have an impact on the type of blinds you should choose.

When it comes to measuring your windows and deciding on appropriate styles, consulting a professional is a good idea. They can give you informed recommendations based on their extensive experience.

Privacy and light control

Decide whether you want total darkness in your room, or if you want your blinds to let in some light. Some blinds block light completely, while others allow some light to filter through. Those that block light completely provide adequate privacy. This means they are excellent for bedrooms. Others are more permeable and can be seen through relatively easily. This can be a nice feature in a kitchen, for instance, if it looks out onto a private garden. However, if your room looks out onto a busy street, this might not be the best option.

Safety of the quality roller blinds

If you have pets and children in your house, you will of course be concerned about their safety. Be sure to check that the blinds you are considering purchasing are child- and pet-safe. Here at Excell Blinds, all our blinds are child-safe as standard.

Alternatives to roller blinds

If you ultimately decide that roller blinds are not your thing, you have many other options. Venetian blinds, for instance, are trendy and work particularly well for kitchen windows. They are stain-resistant and easy to clean. They are versatile and can easily match your home décor. If you’re looking for something simple for your large windows, vertical blinds will be a perfect choice. They can part in the middle or open from side to side.

The bottom line on quality roller blinds

Blinds come in various types, designs, styles, and colours to fit your needs and demands. Roller blinds are a type of blind that continues to gain more recognition. When shopping for roller blinds, always think of quality first and foremost. It can be hard to spot quality roller blinds that can stand the test of time. But with our guide, it’s now easier. When shopping for quality roller blinds, consider things like size, your home décor, and safety. And don’t forget to consider other alternatives like Venetian blinds, pleated blinds, and vertical blinds, among others.