The Ultimate Guide to Vertical Blinds: What to Know Before Buying

In this article we will scrutinize Vertical blinds, we will give you the low down of what to expect, what to look for and what to watch out for…

Vertical blinds have a reputation for “Looking officey” and being outdated… and well, although not entirely true, these blinds do still have their place in the market.

They are still one of the better options for Sliding doors, large windows or for clients on a medium to low budget. They can cover larger areas lowering the average square meter price which does suit companies or landlords wanting to make their tenants feel comfortable.

Key Points to Consider When Choosing Vertical Blind Fabric

So where would you start? If you’re looking at using vertical blinds, here’s what you should know and look out for.

Fabric ranges are priced in groups, Group 1 up to Group 6 and vary in price as you go up the list. Group 1 fabrics are the entry level, basic fabrics, they tend to feel and look cheap. They have a fibrous feel and if exposed to moisture, will collect dirt. The more user friendly, longer lasting and maintenance free fabrics start in group 2 and above. These fabrics tend to have a  canvas type feel and are more synthetic than the cheaper fabrics. These types of fabrics are easier to keep clean and don’t absorb dirt or moisture.

Headrail Options and Maintenance Tips

When it comes to the headrails, there aren’t many options when it comes to quality and style. You can choose between white or silver tracks, some brands offer a color coding service but this is totally unnecessary in my opinion.

If you would like to make these blinds  more attractive then rather opt for pelmet that will hide the headrail all together. The components in the headrail are always plastic and do get brittle over time. They are quite fragile and if used incorrectly will break or off set making the whole blind look untidy pretty quick. The bottom weights and chains are also a common fault. These can get hooked on window mechanisms, get stood on by the user or children or break if the blind is left to blow in the wind. Most of these issues are easily rectified and can be done on site by an experienced blind installer, which keeps the costs lower for repairs or maintenance.

We get asked all the time if there is a chance of upgrading the plastic components to metal… The answer for all blinds is NO. The manufacturers import all these components and they only come in the colors and specs that they have chosen. The only item that you can “Upgrade” is the chain of a roller blind.

Vertical Blinds: A Timeless Choice

Verticals are still here and will be for a long time to come, they are a popular favorite and are, most of the time, the first image that comes to mind when someone mentions “Blinds”.

For more info on these or other blinds please feel free to give me a call on my cell, 082 301 2445 or one of our reps to come and give you an accurate price on your window covering of choice on 031 109 4767.