The right window blind for flat roof windows

With more and more of us opting to expand our homes instead of moving, it has become more common for homeowners to be faced with the option of choosing the right window. Once reserved for those in property development or interior design, now the right window is a decision many will have to make. While some extensions can use standard windows, others require a more unique solution. Flat roof windows are one such option. Letting optimal light in and creating a modern look, this option has become even more popular. But, what is the right window blind for flat roof windows? And, do you even need one? 

The Small Flat Roof Blind

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Flat roof windows, roof lanterns, or skylights – How to choose the right blind

In mid-2019, the government changed the Permitted Development rights to make extending your home easier. These grants allow homeowners to undertake certain works on their homes without the need to apply for planning permission. For many, it now means that commissioning a single or double-storey extension to their home has become more affordable. Pair this with the fact that we have an ageing population with more multi-generational homes and the need for space is ever-increasing, we expect to see the number of extension projects continue to rise in line with this. 

LanternLITE Honeycomb Roof Lantern Blind

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5 Reasons Why You Need A Roof Lantern Blind

 Here at Skylight Blinds Direct, we’ve noticed an increase in interest in our roof lantern blind. In 2020, the interior design platform Houzz saw an increase of 52% when it came to requests for home extensions. In a year where we’ve spent more time together than ever, it seems that the need to find more space in our homes will continue to rise. For many homeowners, a single-floor extension is a perfect solution. Designed and created in-house, these custom-crafted blinds are made specifically to help you manage light and privacy in your new spaces. 
LanternLITE Honeycomb Roof Lantern Blind

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Roof Lantern Blinds VS Skylight Blinds – What style do you need?

Roof lantern blinds. Skylight Blinds. If you’re just about to start redecorating your home, it might feel like there are a whole host of window coverings on the market you’ve never heard of. And, perhaps, coverings that you might need to improve the usability of your home. Over the past 12 months, we’ve noticed a significant increase in the number of homeowners looking to improve functionality, practicality and style in their homes. As a result of this, the number of queries into the different names has also begun to pop up. 

An image showing the difference between skylight blinds and roof lantern blinds

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Are Conservatory Roof Blinds Worth It?

Conservatories have long been a popular choice with homeowners here in the UK. They allow you to draw in extra light, expand your kitchen space and offer a way to enjoy your garden, even during the winter months. Allowing in as much natural light is one of the basic rules when it comes to making a space feel expansive. So, in this case, do you really need to invest in conservatory roof blinds? Are they really worth it?

Conservatory roof blind rolled back on a peaked glass roof window

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How much are roof lantern blinds?

How much are Roof Lantern Blinds?   The most asked question we get and quite simple for us to answer.  But first we need to know how big is your roof lantern?  The size of your roof lantern window will influence which blind we recommend to you.

For sizses up to 3m wide and 3m long you can opt for either the Honeycomb LanternLITE™ roof lantern blind or the Zip LanternLITE™ roof lanern blind.

So how much do roof lantern blinds cost?

Cost of Honeycomb roof lantern blind 3m x 3m :-

Electric roof lantern blind cost : £1673 inc VAT and delivery (supply only)

Manual roof lantern blind cost : £1300 inc VAT and delivery (supply only)

More information on Honeycomb LanternLITE™ roof lantern blinds

Roof Lantern Blind Honeycomb LanternLITE™
Honeycomb LanternLITE™ blinds are the most versatile roof lantern blind on the market.

Cost of Zip roof lantern blind 3m x 3m :-

Electric roof lantern blind cost : £2742 inc VAT and delivery (supply only)

Manual zip roof lantern blind cost : Not recommended (very heavy to operate)

More information on Zip LanternLITE™ roof lantern blinds

LanternLITE™ Zip roof lantern blind
LanternLITE™ ZIP roof lantern blinds are a sleek wire free easy to install roof lantern blind.

If you would like a quote for any sizes up to and including these sizes on either or both of these roof lantern types please message us.

The Zip roof lantern blinds are restricted to a maximum square meterage of 9 square meters but you can go for a blind that is up to 4.1m long as long as the width doesn’t take the area above 9 square meters.

The honeycomb blind is not only a cheaper option but is also a much more flexible product size wise.  We can make blinds up to 3m wide and 8m long with our Twin Honeycomb LanternLITE™ blind.  Please message us for prices if you have a massive roof lantern that needs a blind.

More information on honeycomb LanternLITE™ blinds

If you would like a quote for any sizes up to and including these sizes on either or both of these roof lantern types please message us.

Prices correct of January 2020

LanternLITE™ DIY Roof Lantern Blinds
LanternLITE™ DIY Roof Lantern Blinds

Your guide to Smart Skylight Blinds

What are Smart Skylight Blinds?

So, let’s start with the basics. What exactly are smart skylight blinds? Essentially, they are the same as regular window blinds but with a built-in motor. This allows them to be opened and closed (or raised and lowered) without the need of a pull cord or manual labour. You may have heard them under the names ‘automatic blinds’, ‘automated blinds’ or even ‘smart shades’. All of these terms describe the smart skylight blinds we will be discussing here today.

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Case Studies : Twin Honeycomb LanternLITE™

Mr Pritchett : Rugby UK

The challenge:

Mr Pritchett had a bit of a problem.  He had a fantastic and massive roof lantern window which was 1690mm x 5210mm.  The problem was the light in the orangery was immense, this caused many problems for him including strong glare all day long meaning it was an uncomfortable room to be in.  He was unable to watch the tv and the room was extremely hot.  He had contacted many companies who were unable to provide a roof lantern blind so big.  He eventually found a company but their quote was more than he was prepared to spend.

There was also another challenge!  He had no electricity in his roof space and it was difficult to get electricity there, so he thought that a motorised blind was not a possibility and he would have to settle for a manual solution (which was not ideal).

Mr Pritchett also had a set of bi-folding doors each with a glass size of 70mm wide x 1800mm drop, and there were 7 doors.

The solution:-

Due to the size of the roof lantern, we suggested the Solar powered/battery operated electric Twin Honeycomb LanternLITE™ blind.   This is the Twin version of our very popular Honeycomb LanternLITE™ roof blind that we spoke about in detail in our previous article.  This clever blind is essentially 2 blinds in one.  One blind is on the left and one is on the right and they draw in to the centre of the roof space when closed to meet in the middle without a gap.  When the blinds are open they retract back neatly with a small stack at either end of the blind.  Each blind travels on discreet steel guidewires which prevent sagging and provide a strong structure for the blind to move backwards and forwards on.   The total system is supported on a discrete white shelving system which is 25mm deep.

The Solar powered/battery operated electricTwin Honeycomb LanternLITE™ blind works with the Somfy Tilt 25 motor which is situated in the head of each blind.  There is then a rechargeable battery pack and solar panel fitted discretely above the end of each blind.  The blind should work effectively for up to 6 months until it needs a top up with the charger that we provide.  Charging the blinds could not be simpler, just release the charging wire from each end of the blind.  This wire dangles into the reveal, attach the charger provided over-night and then you are good to go for another 6 months.

The bifold door blinds were simple.  We supplied matching blinds on a manual Benthin system and they really finished the room off.  We think if you have a roof lantern blind it is always best practice to have matching bi-folding door blinds.

What the customer says:-

“The blinds look fantastic! They are easy to use and the glare has completely gone.  I can watch the tv now without sunglasses on and the room is also much cooler.  I am so glad that I was brave an went with the charcoal coloured fabric as it looks really modern and bold.   The delivery was also hassle free with the office keeping me updated all the time and bringing the blind on their own lorry rather than subcontracting the delivery which could have caused unnecessary damages”.

Electric Twin Honeycomb LanternLITE™ blind

Electric Twin Honeycomb LanternLITE™ blind

 

Twin LanternLITE™ Honeycomb blind retracted

Twin LanternLITE™ Honeycomb blind retracted

 

Twin LanternLITE™ Honeycomb blind closed

Twin LanternLITE™ Honeycomb blind closed

 

Matching bifold door blinds

Matching bifold door blinds

If you are interested in our Honeycomb LanternLITE™ blinds whether it be for a massive roof lantern or for a smaller roof lantern window please contact us.

https://www.skylight-blinds-direct.co.uk/skylight-roof-lantern-honeycomb-blinds-lanternlite.html

Drop us an email as sales@skylight-blinds-direct.co.uk or give us a ring on 0800 008 6293.

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