Protecting Heritage Suncreen Blinds

Kensington Palace sunscreen blinds

Kensington Palace - bronze

Bishops Palace sunscreen blinds

Bishops Palace - linen

Brantwood sunscreen blinds

Brantwood - alabaster

Tyntesfield sunscreen blinds

Tyntesfield - bronze

Key Features

  • Perforated, allowing through-vision
  • Excellent lux control
  • Highly durable & sustainable
  • Flame-Retardant
  • Roll widths up to 3.2m

Sunscreen Blinds

Over the past few years, historic buildings have seen a significant shift away from traditional cotton blind fabrics, towards a more modern but very effective range of perforated materials. Cotton, or 'Holland' fabrics do transmit the light beautifully, but unfortunately suffer from many disadvantages:

  • Shrinks in sunlight, distorting the cover and increasing light spill at the sides
  • Stains irrevocably (squashed insects and leaky windows are problematic)
  • Restricted to a neutral colour range, due to colour fastness
  • Limited material width (1.8m / 6 ft), resulting in fabric joins on larger windows
  • Does not allow a view out, thereby 'boxing in' the room
  • Sustainability and pollution issues in manufacture

The wide range of perforated 'sunscreen' materials at the disposal of Sun-X will eliminate all the above shortcomings. The robust and sustainable fibreglass construction means the material will remain stable & hang true for many years, and can be wiped clean as required. A vast myriad of colours and weave densities are available to suit any requirement; a dark colour with one of the more open weaves will provide over 90% reduction in lux levels, whilst maintaining an excellent clarity of through-vision. This has a priceless positive impact on visitor and staff satisfaction. It will also be near-invisible from the outside, giving a uniform appearance even if half-drawn, and also an added security benefit, as it appears that shutters are not closed, and the building is occupied. Roll widths of up to 3.2m enable almost all windows to be covered with just a single piece of material.

Following an extremely successful trial at Kensington Palace in 2011 prior to its grand refurbishment, Sun-X installed blinds throughout the building in the now highly popular charcoal/bronze colour. Hampton Court Palace and Kew Palace have now followed suit with wholesale replacements. Once word had spread, many other presigious properties are continuing the trend, such as the Palace of Westminster, Somerset House, Apsley House, and a growing list of several National Trust buildings including Waddesdon Manor, Tyntesfield, and Uppark.