Scroll up and down to find all there is to know about sunscreen blinds. Hit the links on the super handy nav bar (just below) to go straight to the section you need. Learn what to ask suppliers to ensure you’re getting ‘long lasting quality’ sunscreen blinds. How to measure and install like the professionals, available fabrics, popular FAQS and links to ‘Get A Quote’. Whether you’re a DIY type or need us to take care of it all, customise your service, right here – Ryan.
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One of the great things about sunscreen blinds is they are so easy to use. With one control chain you lower or lift your sunscreen blind to exactly where you want it. Cut back daytime glare while keeping some light coming in and your view out. There’s no constant dusting or adjusting them like with venetians for example. Sunscreen blinds protect your floors and furniture by cutting back that harsh NZ UV while not giving you a feeling of being trapped indoors. They are super low maintenance; just make sure you pick a supplier that uses lasting quality parts and fabrics. This will ensure your sunscreen blinds will last for years and years to come.
There are plenty of companies that cut corners to deliver the lowest priced sunscreen blinds. You don’t have to look hard; they kept me busy for years when we used to repair blinds. This is why there are no compromises made here; only lasting quality sunscreen blinds. Ask what the brand of componentry is and where it’s made. So many parts are out of China and Taiwan and are simply not designed to last in our sun. Nor are the fabrics; ask who their suppliers are. We only use reputable NZ based fabric suppliers for good reasons. Most people tick off, “yes the fabric is the same” when they compare quotes. That’s the beginning of your due diligence, not the end. Read through the FAQS for tips and questions to help you choose true quality sunscreen blinds.
If you’re one of the many DIY characters out there; we deliver your sunscreen blinds anywhere a courier goes. Choose the DIY option. If you’re in or around one of the main New Zealand centres and you’d prefer to sit back and let us check measure and install; no problem! Choose the service option. If you’re on the fence and think you might want to be a DIY character; read on for the measuring and install tips you’d need to get it done like a pro. Sunscreen blinds are relatively easy to install when following our step by step instructions.
During the daytime you can look out your sunscreen blinds (to differing degrees) while people outside can’t see in. Sunscreen blinds are great for daytime privacy. However, come night time this phenomenon is reversed somewhat. People can’t see in with total clarity, it’s more blurry shapes really. While some people are fine with this level of privacy or lack of, many aren’t and will have some other window covering used in conjunction with their sunscreen blinds.
While looking into sunscreen blinds you may quickly discover the fabrics are often referred to as a percentage value. There is 3%, 5%, and 10% commonly, with even a sneaky 6% available sometimes. These values refer to the ‘openness factor’ of the sunscreen blind fabric and indicates how much light is passing through. For example: a 5% sunscreen blind fabric lets 5% of the sunlight pass, while blocking 95% of it out. These percentages may also help you decide which way to go in terms of view and privacy; 3% cuts back the most light and gives you the least amount of view. 10% gives you the most view. 5% sunscreen blinds are a good balance and is most often chosen by clients.
Following on from above (in the quest to make your perfect sunscreen blind decisions) is the influence fabric colour makes on both heat and glare. Darker colours attract more heat but reduce glare and provide a better view. Lighter colours reflect more heat but can be quite ‘glarey’ to look at and hard to see out through when the sun is directly hitting the sunscreen blind (especially straight white colours). When choosing colour consider and weigh up the path of the sun, the above points, but also make sure you complement your existing carpets, floors and décor.
Further above goes into how and why it is essential to question what componentry suppliers are using. This comes out of years of seeing how and where roller blinds fail and what componentry lasts and what doesn’t. Acmeda componentry is NOT a brand I’m stuck using; it is chosen and specced by me after years of experience in the blind repair industry and ensures that you and I remain friends for years to come. ‘Componentry’ includes the roller head tube where wall thickness and adequate reinforced tube webbing dictate the ease of operation, deflection, and how the fabric will ‘hang’. Control ends, idle ends, control chains (all the plastic stuff) are made using high-grade plastics, designed to be used in our sun, and are far superior than the majority of options out there. Acmeda is a leading parts manufacturer whom others attempt to copy and fall short in my experience.
Allow for 3–4 weeks for manufacture – for the main range of sunscreen blinds using all Acmeda components and head tubes etc. The more basic ‘no frills’ range of sunscreen blinds can be done in 10-12 working days however you forgo the Acmeda componentry. Add between 1–4 days for couriering your sunscreen blinds to you (depending on where in NZ you are) or to arrange installation if we’re doing that for you. Great sunscreen blinds aren’t rushed; they are made with care, lasting components, and reputable NZ based fabrics.
All the sunscreen blind fabrics we offer are from reputable long established NZ based fabric suppliers. We don’t compromise, so your blinds will last, and you’ll want to tell all your friends for years to come. All these sunscreen blind fabrics are designed to cope with our higher UV conditions. Don’t waste your time and money on poor quality sunscreen blind fabrics not knowing the origin of parts and fabrics. Use the fabric selector to narrow down choices and choose the right colours for your home. For the tighter budgets, you can also search by price. If you get stuck with any aspect of sunscreen blinds just ask me to assist.
Measuring for sunscreen blinds is made easy with the following steps. Breath, stay focused, check you wrote the numbers off the tape measure correctly, and you’ll be fine. Whether you want your sunscreen blinds ‘inside the reveal’ or ‘outside the reveal’ there are pdf instructions below. The more common approach is to install within the reveal and the following 3 steps outline that approach…
Grab a tape measure with millimetres. We’re going to measure hard ‘wood to wood’ inside your window reveal. This approach when followed never fails to deliver perfect fitting sunscreen blinds. Measure the width at 3 different heights and use the smallest measurement. This allows for any warping or bowing in your window frames and has you reading the tape measure more than once. Measure near the bottom, somewhere in the middle, and at the top. Hold the measuring tape level to ensure accurate measurements are read and as mentioned above measure wood to wood; inside edge to inside edge of the window reveal. On wider windows employ a willing apprentice to hold one end of the measuring tape for you. Remember, it’s the lowest measurement in mm you want to provide.
Measuring for the sunscreen blind drop isn’t as intense or crucial as measuring for width. Just hold the measuring tape perpendicular to the sill and measure once, in one spot. There’s always a little extra fabric in the sunscreen blind so you don’t need to be as accurate by measuring three times. Make note of the drop dimension in millimetres.
There you go that wasn’t too hard was it. Sunscreen blinds perfectly measured for every time. Now click ‘Get A Quote’ and send them in for a quote. If you want us to check measure then approximate dimensions will do for quoting. We’ll get them exact when we visit, before manufacture. Exact width and drop dimensions will be required from DIY clients before confirming your order.
Install your sunscreen blinds, no swearing involved, by following these 3 steps. The majority of sunscreen blinds are installed within the window reveal and use the following procedure. If you’re installing outside the reveal or for other trickier sunscreen blind scenarios you’ll find these approaches supplied as PDF’s further on down. Now let’s get your blinds installed like a pro…
It’s always a good idea to assemble the bits and pieces you’ll need to successfully install your sunscreen blinds first. Screws (as supplied or to your preference), and the screwdriver to match. Or maybe you know what you’re doing when it comes to using a power drill. If so you’ll need the right bit for the chosen screws and maybe a 2mm drill bit to pre-drill your holes even. Add to this, a tape measure, pencil, and step ladder and you’re in good shape for a successful install.
You’re all ready to go. Brackets go up first and there is two per sunscreen blind. Each bracket in the pair look quite different to each other. The bracket with the ‘pokey outey’ bit is for the control chain end of the sunscreen blind and the other one is for the ‘idle end’ or ‘pin end’ of the blind. Hold the brackets up within the reveal and visualise where they’ll go so the fall of the fabric is within the window reveal and is going to miss any handles etc. With the bracket held in place mark where the screws will go, up through the top of the bracket (2 screws per bracket). Perhaps use the tape measure to ensure you’re setting the sunscreen blinds at the same depth in the reveal from side to side and window to window. Pilot holes are a good idea to help screws go in easily and prevent any wood splitting. Tighten screws to secure those brackets.
Take the sunscreen blind out of its packaging however leave the band secured around its middle. If you have straight white sunscreen blinds or overly grubby fingers perhaps read ahead to TIP 1.
Offer up the control end of the blind first, to the control end bracket and slot these together. The chain should hang free and the control chain guard should be level front and back. It is possible to insert the blind at the wrong orientation so do check the guard is level front and back before securing the other end of the sunscreen blind. Good to move on? Hold the blind so the control end is firmly in its bracket and raise the ‘pin end’ so the retractable pin slides in the groove of the idle end bracket. Push up until an audible click is heard signalling the blind is safely home. To get the pin started in the groove you may need to retract the pin a little by turning the notched wheel located at that end of the sunscreen blind. Once safely installed remove the securing band and marvel at your cleverness as you pull the blind down and up, up and down.
TIP 1: For light coloured fabrics or sweaty hands, keep the sunscreen blinds safely inside their wrappers with just the blind ends poking out. This way you can install the blind knowing it’s safe from oily stains or lunchtime mayonnaise. When installed just carefully cut or rip the packaging free. Maybe even consider wearing surgical gloves if you feel they’re needed.
Your sunscreen blinds are protected with a 3 year warranty; covering any defects in componentry, fabrics or workmanship under normal conditions of use. Please don’t subject your sunscreen blinds to negligence, misuse, incorrect installation, improper maintenance or accidental damage as these actions are not covered by your warranty. Our blinds are specced after years of blind repair experience, repairing all blind brands, then manufactured using components, procedures, and fabrics that actually last.
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Hi there, would just like to tell would be purchasers of sunscreen blinds of our brilliant experience with Ryan from Blinds Online. We contacted him on referral from our builder a couple of days before Xmas. Even though it was really close to the Xmas madness he came out with all his blind samples and measured up our bedroom for some quite challenging windows. As promised, the sunscreen blinds were ready exactly 3 weeks from our acceptance of the quote and the installation was done on time and with the minimum of fuss. We would wholeheartedly recommend Ryan and Blinds Online to any one looking for a professional and competitively priced job!
Belmont, Auckland - Mar 2014
An absolute pleasure Barb, thanks for your business and I hope you keep on enjoying those sunscreen blinds for years to come. Thanks for your business and the time taken to write such a great review.
Ryan Ambler - Blinds Online Ltd
MANAGING DIRECTOR - Mar 2014
Ryan and Mark were really great from my first meeting with them to installation they communicated well and did a fantastic job. Our sunscreen blinds were for a whole floor of an office building and we needed them installed in a really short time frame. Ryan worked with me to get them in as soon as possible as well as giving me all the information about what the right sunscreen blinds for us would be. We are really happy with them, they look great and are helping block the glare and keep us cool. I would highly recommend Blinds Online to anyone looking to get sunscreen blinds installed.
Gillian Ardern - LeapThought NZ Limited
Ellerslie, Auckland - Mar 2013
The whole office floor looks amazing, Gillian. So happy we could help and get it all done on time. Those sunscreen blinds should make for happy workers and far reduced glare and heat. Thanks for your business and thanks for taking the time to review our service and sunscreen blinds. Till next time, cheers.
Ryan Ambler - Blinds Online Ltd
MANAGING DIRECTOR - Mar 2013
I purchased sunscreen blinds from Blinds Online and I can't speak highly enough of the professional service Ryan gave me. He answered all my questions quickly, followed up and made contact with me regularly. The blinds are exactly what we imagined we were getting and look fantastic.
Hillcrest, Auckland - Aug 2017
What a great review, thanks so much Sharon. It was a pleasure; thanks for your business, and enjoy those sunscreen blinds.
Ryan Ambler - Blinds Online Ltd
MANAGING DIRECTOR - Aug 2017
Do sunscreen blinds provide privacy at night?
Not complete privacy, no. And not enough for many people. Clients living rurally or where there is no direct view from neighbours or the street are often happy with sunscreen blinds alone. You have daytime privacy with sunscreen blinds. However come night time, when it's dark outside and the lights are on inside, visibility is the other way round to some degree. People can't see in super clearly. It's more blurry shapes and colours really however if privacy is important to you sunscreen blinds alone will not be enough.
You could accompany your sunscreen blinds with either curtains, romans, or a blockout roller blind. And sometimes light filtering roller blinds may be better suited to your needs than sunscreen blinds. (And remember; 'if it wasn't for blinds, it would be curtains for all of us!')