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|A window blind is a window covering composed of long strips of fabric or rigid material. Examples include
shutters, Venetian blinds, roller shades and curtain-like track blinds. In Britain awnings are also considered
blinds. A blind limits observation and thus “blinds” the observer to the view. The main types are slat blinds
which can be opened in two ways and solid blinds.
Slat blinds have long strips called slats. These can be rotated to open the blind while it is still covering the
window. In track blinds the slats hang vertically from one end. In Venetian blinds and mini blinds the slats are
suspended horizontally on cords. A slat blind can also be opened so it is no longer covering the window.
Solid blinds can only be raised or lowered and are often called shades. In some such as Holland blinds and
woven-wood blinds there are small spaces between the slats. In others such as pleated shades there are no
spaces because the slats are sewn inside fabric.
Window blinds reduce the heat from sunlight. Ancient Egyptian pharaohs had blinds made of reeds. The most
inexpensive blinds in the 1800’s were home-made roller shades, made of cloth.
Window blinds can be manually drawn or automated through motorization, controlled from a wall switch or
keypad, remote control, or a personal computer, thus eliminating the hazard of dangling cords.
|Hurricane shutters are used in hurricane mitigation to protect houses and other structures from damage caused
by storms. They are frequently constructed from steel or aluminum, but homeowners sometimes use the
low-cost alternative of plywood. The shutters are affixed to the outside of the building with screws or a track
system. Advanced shutters may be motorized, and they may fold away when not in use.
Three major types of shutters are known alternatively as panel systems. They are usually made of plywood, metal
(aluminum or steel), or polycarbonate plastic. A panel system hurricane shutter made out of aluminum or steel.
Another type of shutter is an accordion shutter which are made from interlocking vertical blades which slide into
place horizontally on a track. Another type is the roll-up or rolling shutter, consisting of a series of slats that form
a curtain with both sides of the curtain being inserted into guide rails. The curtain is then rolled onto an axle
which is covered by a housing. Rolling shutters can be operated manually by gear, by pull strap or can be
motorized independently or in conjunction with a manual override. Motorized shutters can be operated by either
a switch or remote and can be controlled either individually or in groups.
Other types are the Bahamas and Colonials. Bahama shutters are mounted above the window creating shade
when they are open, and when in use, they are brought down and secured over the window. Colonials are
similar to the wooden shutters, but are made of aluminum.
|1) Venetian Blinds
QB Blinds presents our fantastic range of Venetian Blinds for your
home. Venetian Blinds from QB Blinds.