Roller blind fabrics refers to fabrics that have been custom designed to a specific weight and weave, then treated chemically and heat sealed (laminated) to provide a high degree of resistance to fading and fray. There are lots of different fabrics available for roller blinds, so picking one can be a little overwhelming. Make the decision about how much light you like to come into the room to make picking the fabric simpler. Would you like the room to be as bright as possible, or do you require it to be as dark as possible?
Before you begin searching through the hundreds of colors and designs available for roller blind fabrics, remember where the blind will be used and how it will be handled, so you can decide the fabric specifications. Many roller blinds are utilized in the home for privacy provision in the bedroom at night, but many are often used in other circumstances, such as in a workplace to minimize glare from the sun. This way of thinking about when and how the roller blind will be used will help you recognize the quality you need from the fabric and it will help you choose the best fabric for your roller blind.
When it comes to filtering light, there are only three kinds of fabrics: block out fabric, sunscreen fabric and translucent fabric. These three fabrics differ in features and general uses. Understanding the benefits and uses of each fabric will be useful when it comes to choosing a fabric for your roller blinds.
- Translucent fabric
Some of the most popular fabrics on roller blinds are those that are translucent. A wide variety of colors and patterns are available. If you want to keep your rooms bright and airy while providing a degree of privacy, this fabric is ideal. Contrary to common belief, a transparent fabric cannot be seen though. These fabrics are densely woven but do not have a blockout backing, allowing light to pass in while preserving total privacy. Translucent fabrics on your bedroom window roller blinds are definitely not suitable if you are a light sleeper because lights outside are visible.
- Sunscreen fabric
Sunscreen fabric has a high level of glare protection thus providing optimum transparency. The knit fabric comes in a variety of colors and has a mesh-like appearance. This heat-reflective fabric contributes to and enhances the ambience and comfort of a space by reducing heat ingress. This means that the fabric reflects sunlight and hence avoids a build-up of heat in between the curtain and the windows, which is useful in hotel or multimedia settings where modesty, glare, heat, and UV coverage are all needed.
Energy saving fabrics or dim-out fabrics are other names for these fabrics. As opposed to a normal cloth, these are fabrics came be found with a silver reflective coating on the back that reduces glare. Ideal for places where glare from televisions and computers is a concern but you also want some light to reach the room. Sunscreen fabrics help you to keep your view of the outside while still letting in natural light and providing privacy throughout the day. They thrive at reducing glare in your home, and with a UV blockage of approximately 95%, they shield your furniture and floors from damage by the sun.
- Blackout fabric
A blackout fabric can significantly reduce the amount of light that enters the room. You won’t get some light from the material itself, but you can get some light through the holes at the edges, which are commonly found in bedrooms. There are a few other features that come with such roller fabric that might be helpful and are usually without extra charge.
By reducing the amount of sunlight and UV rays that penetrate the window, blackout fabrics save energy. They also shield floors and furniture from sun exposure and fading, making these high-priced items last longer. Using blackout fabrics on roller blinds in rooms with a lot of light (and make sure to take them down during the hottest times of the day) and in places where you don’t allow the light to flow in, such as living rooms.
Although blackout fabrics are more expensive than the non-blackout fabrics, they compensate for the high price in saving energy and delayed degradation of your furniture and fabrics. They are the best kind of fabrics for privacy, light control, and thermal control throughout all periods of the day. A blockout blind, however, is an ‘all or nothing’ option, which ensures that in an attempt to let light in, you must give up privacy and other safeguards when the roller blind is up. For additional versatility, combine blockout roller blinds with screen blinds or sheer curtains.
Other factors to consider when choosing roller blinds fabric include:
- The color of the fabric
Bright colors can reflect heat and light, increasing the visibility of your room. Darker colors are better on the eyes because they absorb light and heat while still providing excellent vision from inside and out. When deciding which color is better for you and your home, keep these considerations in mind.
- The sustainability of the fabric
Many suppliers already have information on their fabrics’ sources and production procedures, enabling consumers to determine the fabric’s long-term viability. Any vendors also include details on the tests they conducted to determine the levels of toxic VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and other dangerous materials that the blind fabric may release into the atmosphere.
- The washability of the fabric
Some fabrics may be washed in a laundry machine, according to the manufacturers. However, washing a roller blind fabric in this manner would be inefficient, and this form of cleaning could only be used to wash the vanes of specific vertical blinds.
- Moisture resistant fabrics for certain rooms
Roller blind fabrics that are moisture tolerant and durable withstand moisture more than traditional fabrics, making them ideal for use in environments of high humidity or where the blind can be exposed to water splashes, such as kitchens and bathrooms.