Get Ready for the Summer Sun by Upgrading Your Blinds

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Get Ready for the Summer Sun by Upgrading Your Blinds

The summer sun is on its way. Is your home prepared? If your blinds are outdated or simply not doing their job, late spring is the perfect time for upgrading your blinds. Here are some things your blinds are responsible for this summer. Are yours going to be doing their job?

Regulating Temperature

First and foremost, your blinds are a key element in your home’s temperature regulation. Did you know having blinds that insulate can save you a significant amount of money on cooling? Without blinds, sunlight will come straight through your window, heating up your home much faster than if it was stopped short at the blinds. Metal, slatted blinds are poor insulators, even when completely closed. But who wants to sit in the dark all summer? A happy medium is better for everyone.

Blocking UV

Want to protect your skin? A lot of people don’t realize that they’re just as susceptible to sunburns and skin damage from inside as they are outside. If you’re in direct sunlight through a window, it can actually amplify the effects, like a magnifying glass.

There are many kinds of blinds, such as honeycomb blinds, the ninet, and roller screens that block out UV while still letting in the glow of sunlight that you enjoy so much during this time of year.

Preventing Sun-Bleaching

Because our blinds are responsible for blocking out UV, they’re also responsible for preventing sun-bleaching. Damage caused to fabrics by the sun is specifically attributed to the UV in sunlight. Therefore, if you take the UV out of the equation, sunlight is no longer a threat to that lovely blanket you have across your bed.

Keeping Screens Visible

Direct sunlight does more than just threaten us with damage, it also threatens us with extreme inconvenience. Sure, sure, there might be bigger problems in the world than the glare of the sun on your TV screen. However, that doesn’t mean screen glare won’t have the power to drive you up the wall this summer. 

Make your relaxing time actually relaxing by protecting your screen from direct sunlight and upgrading your blinds. That goes for the TV, the computer, a handheld game console, or even your cellphone. If you find yourself squinting at a screen because the sun is getting in your way, your blinds are not doing their job.

Protecting Your Eyes

Screen glare is one inconvenience, but sunlight getting directly in your eyes is another. Not only is direct sunlight in your eyes irritating and inconvenient, it’s also bad for your eyes. Instead of squinting against the evening sun shining directly in your face through the kitchen window, get the best of both worlds with a roller screen or the ninet. Both allow sunlight to filter in through them without allowing direct rays to hit you in the eyes.

Giving You Privacy While Letting in Sun

And, last but not least, we can’t disregard privacy. Your blinds are responsible for giving you privacy from the world around you. You shouldn’t have to sacrifice daylight to get it either. By upgrading your blinds with a roller screen, honeycomb blinds, or sheer vertical blinds, you can maintain  your privacy while still enjoying daylight hours. Light up your home without sacrificing what matters. Give us a call at Domir Blinds if you have any questions about our products or how to order.

Accessible Blinds for High Windows

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Accessible Blinds for High Windows

It’s incredibly common for office buildings, clinics, and much more to have high windows in them. These let in lots of natural light and create a more attractive building. However, they pose a bit of a problem for anyone who wants the ability to block out unwanted sunlight. Installing blinds over them is one thing, but controlling those blinds is another. Domir Blinds has the perfect solution for those needing accessible blinds for high windows. Let’s check out what it is!

Motorized Blinds

If you’ve heard of motorized blinds before, this is probably a pretty obvious solution. However, tons of people struggle with high, inaccessible windows every day, and have no idea they could be motorized. Motorized blinds are just like any other blinds, but with one huge difference. At the top of the blinds, there’s a motorized mechanism, allowing you to control them from out of reach. 

Motorized blinds are the ideal solution for any high windows. If you find your office or other kind of interior flooded with direct sunlight as the sun rises or sets, these are a must-have.

Automated Blinds

Not only are motorized blinds able to be controlled indirectly, they can also be automated. If you have a specific time of day that you want your blinds to open or close, simply set them up to do so at those times. They’ll continue to open and close at those times unless told to do otherwise. This is convenient for stores that want privacy when closed, offices where the rising or setting sun can cause visibility issues, and anywhere with high windows.

Accessible from Anywhere

How exactly do you control motorized blinds? Is there a control panel that’s mounted on the wall? Or, perhaps there’s a remote that comes with them? Wrong on both accounts. Motorized blinds have evolved with the times and can be controlled from any smart device just by downloading an app.

This convenient ability to control your blinds from anywhere makes it possible to check if they’re opened or closed, even from far away. This kind of unrestricted access is especially useful for those with plants that need controlled daylight while you’re away. Or, if you’re the sole controller for a set of office blinds, you can adjust them at the request of others working at the office, even while you’re off the clock.

Convenience in Any Style

You may be wondering, what do motorized blinds look like? Surely they’re simplistic and utilitarian. Fortunately, this is not the case. Any of the blinds offered by Domir can be made motorized. Motorized blinds are made accessible by attaching the motor to any blind design. That means accessible blinds and stylish ones too.

If you’re interested in creating better accessibility for blinds on high windows, Domir is the place to call. Let us know if you have any questions and we’ll be happy to help you get started or make an order.

Different Blinds Cord Types and What They’re Good For

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Different Blinds Cord Types and What They're Good For

Most people don’t put much thought into blinds cord types. They seem pretty unimportant, generally. However, each cord type has its benefits and drawbacks. Each one works better in a different environment. So, what’s the lowdown on blinds cord types?

Standard Pull Cord

The standard pull cord is something everyone is familiar with. These pull cords are thin and long, usually in bundles of 3 strings, and typically have a small plastic cone or bulb on the end.

The most prominent reason these cords are one of the most popular blinds cord types is because of how fast they are to use. You can pull the blinds up in under a second, and put them down just as fast. This makes them great for in-home use and use in offices.

Where standard pull cords fall short is in safety and appearance. If looking for a very neat appearance, a cord that hangs freely is not the ideal look. When the blinds are open, a standard pull cord can be so long that it drags on the floor. This is both unattractive and can become a tripping hazard. Not to mention, even when the blinds are closed and the cord is retracted, it’s still long enough for small children to play with, making it a strangling hazard.

All in all, these are very good for casual settings where small children won’t have access to them. To improve safety, they can be draped over the fascia or even braided to make them shorter.

Pulley Chain

Pulley chains are frequently seen on shades, screens, and honeycomb blinds. These little chains are the kind made up of little, round spheres and are typically attached to the wall. To use them, you simply pull on one side. One side will make the blinds go up, and the other will make the blinds go down.

These are common in settings that are meant to be clean and tidy in appearance. For instance, in a meeting room with window shades. The cord can also be allowed to hang freely, allowing some personalization, rather than anchored to the wall. However, this diminishes the clean, controlled appearance of them. 

Another benefit of this cord type is that it’s fairly safe for small children. While children may try to mess with them, if they’re anchored to the wall, there’s little they can do with them.

The downside to these pulley chains it that they’re much slower to use. They typically have more resistance than standard pull cords – a tradeoff for their tidiness. Another element that slows down their use is their proximity to the wall. Fitting your fingers between the chain and wall can be ever so slightly slower than a pull cord and is less comfortable.

Cordless Blinds

And, last but not least, we have cordless blinds. These can work one of two ways. There are manual, cordless blinds, which involve grabbing the bottom of a shade and pulling quickly. This movement unlocks a spring-loaded coil, allowing the shade or blinds to move upon their own. Then, they can be pulled back down, and will stay put when let go.

Secondly, there are motorized, cordless blinds. These don’t require any contact at all, and can be controlled from an app on  your phone. These are, no doubt, the cleanest, safest, and easiest blinds to use.

No matter what kind of blinds you’re after, we’ve got you covered. Give us a call at Domir Blinds and we’ll ensure you leave with a set of blinds that make you happy.

What Are the Best Blinds for Sliding Glass Doors?

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What Are the Best Blinds for Sliding Glass Doors?

Do you have some sliding glass doors that need covering? Domir Blinds is here to help. If you’ve never had to buy blinds for sliding glass doors before, you might be unsure of where to start. Therefore, we want to make that learning process easier for you. Here are some of the best blinds for sliding glass doors.

Individual Needs

The first thing to note about blinds for sliding glass doors is that the best choice really depends on someone’s individual needs. So, the first step in choosing is determining the most important things for your home: precision lighting control or comfort.

Precision lighting is the ability to control exactly how much sunlight exposure your room gets. Blinds that are more comfortable will be more in tune with sliding glass door movement and ease of use. If you like being able to choose complete darkness, complete exposure, or anywhere in-between, precision lighting is the best choice for you. If you’re more interested in quiet, privacy, and a soft appearance, comfort is more your style. Here are two types of blinds for sliding glass doors that fit neatly into these categories.

Magic Lite Blinds

Magic Lite blinds are the ideal choice for those looking for precision lighting control. They’re built with flat, overlapping slats. These slats are much wider and thicker than those in standard, metal blinds. When overlapping, they can bring your room to complete darkness. Or, if you want things to be a bit brighter, you can open the slats for complete exposure. 

This flexibility in lighting control isn’t the only thing that makes Magic Lite a great choice. Magic Lite blinds also offer a sense of minimalist design. The straight, flat slats, most popularly bought in white, look great with most interiors. They clean lines in the design look especially good in contemporary, minimalist, or sleek-styled homes. However, just because these styles are what Magic Lite matches best with, doesn’t mean it lacks the flexibility to go with other styles. Paired with more country or primitive styles, the Magic Lite can give off a shutter-like impression.

Sheer Vertical Blinds

If comfort is more your priority, sheer vertical blinds are the superior choice. These blinds have a similar design to curtains, but come with more control and privacy.

While curtains are typically made to block out most light when closed, or none when open, sheer vertical blinds are different. Sheer vertical blinds come in two layers of fabric. With both layers closed, the sun is completely blocked out. This effect is akin to that of blackout curtains. However, if you only want direct sunlight blocked out, simply pull open the thicker layer.

With the light-blocking layer of fabric pulled open, the sheer layer is left to filter direct sun while letting in plenty of light. This protects your home from UV rays, which prevents sun bleaching and damage to skin and plants.

The sheer layer also provides privacy. You can see outdoors, but those passing by outside will not be able to see in. This layer, even by itself, is superior to traditional curtains.

Give us a call at Domir Blinds if you have questions about blinds for sliding glass doors. We look forward to helping you find the perfect set of blinds for your sliding doors.

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