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What Are the Benefits of Roller Blinds?

The way in which we choose to decorate and furnish our homes is a personal choice – one which allows us to express our own tastes in design as well as specify fixtures and fittings which will serve to make our home lives more convenient.

The right window coverings are one area of home furnishing that falls exactly into this category; a functional fixture that not only helps us to manage the levels of comfort in our homes but also allows us to make a bold design statement if we so wish.

Rather than just a simple window dressing, blinds, curtains and window shutters allow us to really customise our home environments, adding a finishing touch with serves to complement the rest of our interior décor.

Here at Westral, we believe that a high quality set of roller blinds is one of the most versatile yet effective types of window covering that can be installed within any home or office. The options available to you are endless. So with that in mind, we’re going to provide you with an overview of how a new set of roller blinds could benefit you.

Maximum Light Control

The primary purpose of any window covering is to allow control over the amount of light entering a room. There are several ways in which you could go about achieving this but roller blinds are by far the most effective solution.

The way in which they are hung is what makes them so versatile as the roller mechanism sits at the very top of your window opening and allows your blinds to fall vertically, all the way to your window sills and thus provide maximum coverage.

Once installed, roller blinds can be opened to any one of several different configurations, with fully closed, great for those brilliant hot summer days, half open during periods of warm weather, to fully open when the heat is not excessive during the cooler months, thus giving you the maximum views. Fully or partially closed blinds can also be useful when you want to keep the heat inside in winter and at the same time also keeping out the cold.

In addition, roller blinds can be customised in the following ways;

  • Your choice of blind material from providing a complete blackout solution for rooms which require total darkness such as bedrooms to much lighter materials that allow a certain amount of light transmittance.
  • Roller blinds can be fitted to span almost any size window from very small window openings to full height glazed curtain walls.

Roller doors controlling light

Total Privacy

Another desirable effect of any window covering is the ability to hide the interior of your home from those who happen to be walking by or there are neighbouring properties which overlook yours. Our privacy is important to us and whilst large uncovered windows are great for enjoying the view of your surroundings, they can also leave us feeling vulnerable, especially when night falls.

Roller blinds are perfect in this regard as they can quickly be closed to react to sudden increases in external activity and then opened again when your external environment calms down. The same could be said for those times when you and your home’s occupants need privacy.

  • Roller blinds offer additional benefits over curtains in this regard as curtains need to be closed fully to be effective, whereas adjustable roller blinds can offer you the privacy you need whilst still maintaining acceptable levels of natural light.

Reduce Your Energy Bills

Solar gain during the height of summer here in Western Australia can pose a significant problem for homes. Although most of our homes are air conditioned, the strength of the sun’s rays during periods of direct sunlight can increase the internal temperatures of our homes considerably.

What you will notice is that your air conditioning system is forced to work far harder than it otherwise would be if you had some way to limit the amount of light and heat entering your home. The roller blind will do exactly that, by providing much needed shelter for your homes interior and going a long way to limiting solar gain.

  • With our blinds protecting your home, you will be able to set your AC system to a more reasonable temperature, making your homes interior more comfortable.
  • This form of energy management is sure to reduce the load on your AC system with the added effect being one of lower electricity consumption and lower bills.  

A Variety of Installation Options

One of the many reasons that roller blinds are so popular is due to the way they can be operated. We are all familiar with the control chain which is available as an option for any blind installation but what some of us may not be aware of is that this process can also be fully automated.

If desired, it is possible to be fully motorised and this allows you to open and close them via the touch of a button. The technology is radio frequency based with a remote control unit acting as the control point which can be operated from anywhere within the home. Additionally there is the option to control the blinds directly from your phone, tablet or home automation system. You no longer need to leave the comfort of your sofa to react to sudden changes of light.

  • Each individual blind will have its own circuit board which means that two blinds installed to the same window can be operated independently – great for when the sun is in a particularly awkward position.
  • The motor fitted to your blinds will allow for smooth and almost silent operation, giving you quick, efficient and accurate control over your blinds positioning.

A Variety of Designs, Colours and Patterns

It goes without saying that you are free to choose the exact style and colour of blinds that will suit the decor in the rest of your home’s interior design scheme. We offer a catalogue of designs which you can choose from as all our blinds are made to measure.

What we guarantee here at Westral is quality and you can rest assured that the blinds you order will be backed by an extensive and exclusive Westral warranty.

Order Your Roller Blinds

When you are considering new window coverings, we suggest that you call us here at Westral on (08) 9455 1555 to discuss the installation of roller blinds in Perth and the surrounding areas. We offer a free measure and quote service which places you under no obligation to proceed, however, once you see what we have to offer, we are sure you will.

How to Turn an Ordinary Room into an Office with Shutters or Blinds

Whether we are self-employed or work for a large organisation, these days it’s more and more common for us to work at home, at least some of the time. There are many advantages to working in the space we also live in, including no time-consuming and stressful commute, no office rental fees, no distractions in the shape of chatty colleagues and no need to dress up and look smart for the working day ahead! However, there are pitfalls too, and that’s where converting a room, or part of a room into a designated office space can help enormously.  

What are the Issues with Working at Home?

When we work in the space we live in, it can be hard to create boundaries between our work and leisure time – this usually comes at the expense of our free time as we plough on with the task in hand in order to clear our to-do list for the next day. Noise can also be an issue, both from outside and from our families or housemates, who are perfectly entitled to carry on with their home life around us. Finding a suitable space to work can also be a challenge. For example, many people choose to work at the kitchen table but it’s all too tempting to get distracted from the task in hand by the need to put a load of washing in the machine or the urge to pop the kettle on for yet another cup of coffee! Also, more often than not, it feels too hot, too cold, too light or too dark in the space we need to get on with the job in. This is where installing shutters or blinds can make a huge difference.

Let the Light In

Bright sunlight can be incredibly annoying when it streams in and hits the computer screen making it impossible to see the screen properly. It’s equally annoying when the room is too dark and we crave natural light to keep us motivated for the working day. By simply changing the position of the slats on your shutters and blinds, you can get complete control of the amount of light that is coming into your home office, something that is impossible with curtains.

Blinds increasing lighting

The Perfect Temperature

As you sit at a desk for a long period of time, you’ll notice changes in your body temperature both due to external factors and how long you’ve been sitting down with no opportunity to warm up by moving around. Temperature can be a real issue for home-workers as others in your house who are busy playing or getting on with household tasks may not agree with your idea of the perfect temperature for working. Again, adjusting the slats on your blinds or shutters is a subtle but very effective way to alter the temperature by cooling things down or trapping some much-needed warmth. This is a great way to aid comfort and concentration, particularly on days where switching on the air-conditioning or heating doesn’t feel warranted.

Noisy Neighbours

Shutters and blinds will not soundproof your home, but closing them when you’re trying to concentrate is a great way to minimise the noise of that ball being kicked around outside or the kids next door’s screams as they splash in the pool. Combining this with some quiet and non-intrusive background music is a great way to create a calm working environment where you will not be distracted or irritated by the sounds of everyday life going on around you.  

See no Evil

Another major distraction for the home worker is the sight of things going on around you that may look more appealing than the report you need to finish. Shutting the door of your home office is a simple way to keep your fellow house dwellers at bay, but it’s easy to get distracted by the sights of what is going on outside, particularly if you live on a busy road or have friendly neighbours who like to wave as they walk past. Tilting the blinds or shutters is a brilliant way to symbolise work time both for you and for those tempted to knock on the window to say, “hi”. And when you’ve finished work for the day, opening the shutters or blinds is a lovely ritual to end the working day and start relaxation time.

Private and Professional

No one wants to recreate a corporate office in the place they call home, but there is no doubt that creating a tidy and ordered space is much more conducive to clear thought and diligent work than trying to muddle through in a cluttered or chaotic domestic environment. Choosing shutters or blinds is a modern and stylish way to achieve this without compromising the “homeliness” of your home. In fact, you may find that you love your new shutters or blinds so much that you decide to install them throughout your house!

Finding the Right Room

Not all of us are blessed with much choice when it comes to choosing the ideal room for our home office. However, it is important to think about what works for everyone in the house. For example, if you know your kids will be noisily arriving home from school in the middle of the afternoon, it makes sense to try and create your home working space upstairs. If space is an issue, combining your office area with a bedroom is a popular option, particularly if you are lucky enough to have a spare room. Or how about building a garden office away from the hustle and bustle of the house or even converting your garage?

Whatever you decide, for blinds and shutters Perth is covered by Westral. Contact us now for a fantastic selection and a friendly, reliable measure, quote and installation service. Telephone 08 9455 1555 for a free in home consultation.

The Key Benefits of Blinds in Rental Properties

When planning to rent out your property, there are several items you will need to put into place before passing the keys over to the tenants. One of the most important is to provide basic furnishings including window blinds or curtains. Believe it or not, the right decision between blinds and curtains could make or break the effect of a room. Westral, manufacturers of blinds for over 44 years, believes that fitting window blinds will make your life easier as a landlord. Installing blinds instead of curtains or drapes will prove to be a far more economical solution for window coverings. This could even make the difference between properties being let out as well as the duration the tenants are likely to stay. Blinds have several other advantages that make them uniquely well suited to rental properties, as suggested by Westral’s consultants.

They are attractive to perspective tenants

One of the ways blinds can help when installed in a rental property is that they are extremely attractive to tenants. Aesthetically they are pleasing to the eye as they are neater and the minimalistic look of roller blinds is the modern way to cover your windows beautifully.  Because they can greatly improve the appearance of your property, blinds can help sway a perspective tenant’s decision to rent the property initially. Not only that, tenants are likely to stay longer in a property when it is cleaner, tidier and attractive, particularly if new window blinds have been installed.

Blinds help keep your property clean and tidy.

As a landlord, it is important to take steps to ensure that your property is as hygienic and comfortable as possible.  One of the best ways to keep a property hygienically clean is by fitting blinds.  They are way more hygienic over drapes and curtains. Installing blinds to cover all your windows in the property will make the place will look cleaner and tidier instantly. This type of window and glass door covering will also make it easier to clean when one tenant moves out and the next one moves in. Quite simply, blinds are so much easier to clean than either drapes or curtains. A quick wipe is all they need instead of a thorough wash at regular intervals. In comparison, drapes and curtains are more time consuming to wash than blinds. They will need to be taken down from the curtain pole, washed, allowed to dry, possibly iron and then replaced back on the pole. This is too much hassle for a homeowner let alone a busy landlord.

Blinds can act as space savers

There is no denying the popularity of blinds has risen dramatically in the last few years. Experts say more and more people are choosing to live in cities – which essentially means apartments – and these don’t tend to be over spacious by any means. Often a lot of these dwellings are owned by landlords for rental purposes. So, where space is limited, landlords should seek ways to make the property look bigger than it actually is. Landlords have realised that installing blinds is an efficient way to create more space in smaller properties as opposed to folds and folds of heavy curtain material.

Venetian Blinds

There is so much choice

Mistakenly, many people believe that the choice for curtains and drapes is larger than the choice for blinds. But there is so much choice when it comes to blinds in Perth, from Venetians to rollers, from honeycomb to vertical to Romans plus the relatively new panel glide blinds. There is bound to be a style of blinds to suit all types of property. A quick chat to Perth blind experts, Westral, will have you thinking differently. Blinds come in all manner of fabrics and patterns to suit any home’s style and décor. And staff at Westral will only be too happy to assist landlords in their blind making decisions.

Blinds are airy and allow light in

Curtains and drapes can make a room appear much darker than blinds because they can cover parts of the window frame. Blinds in comparison are versatile as they can be rolled away or tucked to the side and make the window all the more visible. This results in bringing in more light into the room because there is way less material to obstruct the window the way curtains and drapes have the habit of doing.

Help improve the quality of tenant’s life

As well as allowing light to spill into the room, blinds can also be used to control the amount of heat entering the room by adjusting their slats in the case of venetian blinds, or raising or lowering the blind itself, as is in the case of roller blinds or Romans. By giving tenants this level of control over their environment, landlords will have happier tenants. By improving tenant’s lives, they are likely to stay longer which will save the landlord the hassle of finding new tenants when a contract ends. It is a clear win-win situation for both tenants and landlords.

Perth blind experts Westral strongly discourage the use of curtains or drapes to dress the windows if you are looking to rent your property. The above listed advantages speak for themselves. Whether you are looking for blinds, awnings, screens and rolling or timber shutters, even roller shutters, Westral is the company for you. Westral manufacture a wide range of home improvements, all of which add real value to your home. With over 44 years of experience, Westral can suggest the perfect solutions for landlords and homeowners. Contact them today to get a free quote on all their services by calling (08) 9455 1555.