Monday, August 6, 2012

Choosing The Correct Opacity For Your Vertical Blinds

When choosing new vertical blinds for your home, it is important to not only order the correct size and opening direction, but the correct opacity for the veins. Vertical blinds can open to the left, right or from the center. The controls can be located on the right, the left or even be remote. Once the homeowner has decided on these factors, it is time to choose the veins that will make up the blinds. There will be a wide choice of vein materials in different materials and opacity.

To get the best benefit from a set of vertical blinds one must choose the vein material wisely. Some materials like wood and metal will be blackout naturally, while other materials will need a special backing to make them keep out all light when closed. This backing can be vinyl, metal or a special blackout material. Rooms like media centers or bedrooms that benefit from total blackout for movie viewing or sleeping need the black out veins on vertical window treatments. The choices are numerous because any fabric can be used with a black out vein backing. When total black out is needed in a window treatment, it is important to purchase the correct size. An outside installation would eliminate light coming in around the edges of the window. An outside installation would also allow more stacking room so that when the blinds are open the whole window could be exposed to let light in.

Some rooms do not need total black out, but for privacy need a dimout vein. These veins let a small amount of light come through the vein material, but are heavy enough to insure total privacy for those in the room. Fabrics and vinyls are used in veins with dimout capabilities. The homeowner can have the blinds closed and yet have some light from the outside come into the room. This medium opacity vein is the most commonly chosen for vertical window treatments. The choices in color and fabric are most numerous in dimout blinds. One would not choose solid metal or wood veins in this instance. There are some metal vertical vein choices where the metal is perforated with holes to let in light while maintaining privacy. These medium opacity blinds will work in most rooms in the home and in offices and other public spaces. The insulation value is very good with dimout vein choices.

The third option in the opacity choices is a vein that will diffuse light, not block it. If one wants a light airy look to a room this would be a good choice. It gives the effect of a heavy sheer drapery, softening light, but allowing the room to benefit from all the outside light. These vertical window treatments are more tailored than gathered on rod or pleated sheers. Many choices in veins that only diffuse light, not block it, allow the person in the room to look through them to the outside view. These vertical window treatments have very good insulation value for keeping heat in in the winter and heat out in the summer. This vein choice has the least privacy of the three.

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