Monday, April 13, 2015

Traditional Roller Blinds

The term ‘Traditional’ when describing a roller blind refers to the style of finish of the cover. A traditionally finished roller blind cover differs from the standard domestic blind in that the cloth is hemmed and stitched, usually with strong zig-zag stitching and has a matching bottom pocket which contains a heavy ‘pear-shaped’ wooden lath to which the draw cord is attached by means of a brass knot holder.

The choice of barrel diameter and strength of spring depends very largely upon the width and height of the individual window, while the type of roller action is determined to a very large extent by personal preference. These are detailed below. Traditionally finished covers can be fitted to less expensive domestic rollers, but these are not recommended for use in windows larger than the standard domestic type.

In addition to the standard range of Traditional Scottish Holland blind materials, Sun-X is also using perforated sunscreen materials, which provide greater light control, whilst allowing a view through to the exterior.

Sun-X has helped to conserve the interiors of Museums, Art Galleries, Historic Houses,

Royal Residences, National Trust and English Heritage properties throughout the U.K. and in Europe for nearly 40 years. Our excellent reputation in this

field is based upon the high standards of our materials and upon the quality of our installation. The Sun-X range of traditional blinds and covers not

only provide privacy but offer a variety of aesthetically pleasing solutions to short-term fade damage. Their use in conjunction with Sun-X clear ultraviolet

filters applied to the existing glass can virtually eliminate fade and fibre degeneration.


This type of metal barrel roller has a brass ratchet at one end and requires both hands to operate the blind. Often preferred for use in very tall windows, one hand controls the blind by the centre cord while the other pulls the cord at the end of the blind to release the ratchet. This frees the spring to raise the cover slowly on this extremely controllable blind.


As the mechanism is internal to the roller, this type of blind affords maximum coverage to the window. The check-action is reliable, robust, and provides a gliding motion, rather than a jerky movement which blights other systems. A single centre-cord is used to operate this blind.


Often preferred for very wide windows or where a centre cord may obstruct a doorway or fire exit. It can be fitted with a spring to assist ascent or fall which is secured by the cord on a brass K cleat. As the cover descends, the cord, guided by a pulley wheel, is wound round the flange by the gravity of the fall. This allows the cover to be raised by pulling the cord and securing to the cleat.


In this instance, two rollers are mounted on the one pair of extended brass or steel brackets within the sash recess, offering separate operation of a dark window-facing cover and lighter room-facing cover. The resultant effect gives an aesthetic and easily adjustable solution to visible light reduction, from almost blackout to light shade.

Sun-X (UK) Ltd. provides a nationwide installation service through the United Kingdom – please contact Sun-X to find out more.

Traditional Roller Blinds

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