Pleated blinds properties
Transparent pleated blinds consist of a sheer and translucent fabric that more often than not has no coating or lamination to speak of. They are an ideal decoration, can act as a filter for daylight and at the most a very light visual cover.
Semi-transparent pleated blinds are made of a translucent fabric that still allows a great amount of daylight inside. Visual cover is limited to a light blur, blinds and schemes will remain visible, both looking out and in. Fabrics with a pearl coating also provide heat protection.
Filtered but not blocked daylight and good visual cover – these are the virtues of our translucent pleated blinds. They are the most effective mixture between keeping privacy private and using daylight as effectively as possible. There are coated fabrics available as well providing good heat protection.
These pleated blinds’ fabrics darken the room they are used in nut do not block the light completely. The intensity of the remaining light can be compared to the light at dusk or dawn. Simultaneously these fabrics provide excellent visual protection. Many of the fabrics that are grouped in this class of transparency are also suitable for display work stations.
All fabrics marked as “blackout” are completely opaque and thus ideally suited for room-darkening purposes. More often than not, those fabrics are laminated with a reflecting coat on the reverse side that also provides strong heat protection. However, there is still a tiny amount of light coming through the holes guiding the tension cords (except for cellular blinds, in which the cord is guided between the two layers of fabric) and the lateral gap between pleated blind and window or wall.
Heat protection works in two directions. There are pleated blinds fabrics that help keep rooms cool on hot and sunny summer days, there are those that keep the warmth inside during colder days and there are those that do both. Heat protection on sunny days is provided by fabrics with a light reflecting lamination. The insulating effects of cellular or honeycomb blinds are useful when it comes to keeping the warmth inside. A combination of both is the all-round solution.
Public or industrial facilities often have special demands towards any kind of textile room decor. In addition to practical demands such as suitability for display work stations, there are safety measures that need to be followed as well. In many buildings and facilities flame retardant materials are mandatory or at least preferable.
Fabrics that are marked such adhere to German fire protection standards. They are flame retardant and fulfill the requirements that are posed on textile decorations and protection in the public sector.
Suitable for wet rooms
There are some pleated blinds fabrics that are suitable for wet rooms such as laundry rooms, bathrooms and shower rooms or kitchens. They are woven from special fibers that are water resistant and remain stable even if they are wet. Pleated blinds made from those fabrics dry very fast. They are thus very unlikely to mildew or get moldy. However, an appropriate amount of ventilation is still necessary.
Suitable for display work stations
Display work stations, whether they are situated at home or in the office need specific light protection. The room is not to be darkened completely; nevertheless any glare on the display is to be prevented, as it does not only hinders he work in progress but is also unhealthy for the eyes. The less translucent a fabric is, the higher are its anti-glare properties. All fabrics marked as suitable for display work stations can be used on workstations with south facing windows.
Laminated reverse side
A reflecting coat or lamination on the reverse side enhances the heat protection capabilities of a pleated blind. White laminations reach reflection values of up to 86% but also darken the room. Translucent fabrics may be laminated with a pearl coat. Their reflection values depend strongly on the color of the fabric and lie anywhere between 27 and 70%.