Orangery Roof Blinds (A Complete Guide)
Orangeries are a stylish way to extend your home. With their brick bases, lots of windows and lantern-style roof, it offers a great space full of natural light.
The main problem however with orangeries is heat regulation. With a lot of glass on show, temperatures within the orangery can be exceptionally hot in the summer and equally, ice cold in the winter months.
The best way to compensate for this issue is through orangery roof blinds. A decent roof blind for your orangery will help regulate the room's temperature and provide options for altering the amount of light within the orangery.
This complete guide will take you through everything you need to know about orangery roof blinds, answering all the common questions we get on the subject.
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Can You Fit Blinds Onto An Orangery Roof?
The short answer is yes you can and it is surprisingly easy. So much so that an average DIY enthusiast should be able to fit them.
This is simply because the fixings can be secured easier onto a solid flat roof compared to the glass-pitched roofs on conservatories.
An example of an electric roof lantern blind
What Are The Best Types Of Blind For Orangery Roofs?
There are many different options on the market for orangery roof blinds and choosing can sometimes be a minefield. The following options are features to consider before picking.
Manual Or Electric Roof Blinds
The advantages of electric orangery roof blinds far outweigh those of manual roof blinds. A motorised roof blind is by far the superior option as they offer more convenience as well as a touch of style to your room.
With manual roof blinds, you would have to open and close them via unsightly pullies in your room or via a manual winding pole.
Electric roof blinds can be opened and closed either by a touch of a button or, if you want to be really fancy, through voice-activated control.
Cellular Material Or Flat
The cellular (sometimes called honeycomb) material adds additional insulation properties to the blind as the air gets trapped in the cavities of the material. This type of material also adds a degree of rigidity to the blind.
The flat type material is not only inferior with its insulation properties, but it also has more of a tendency to sag in the centre due to it being heavier.
Our advice would be to choose the cellular option.
The efficient cellular material for roof blinds
Blackout Material Or Translucent
Whether you choose a blackout or translucent material often comes down to personal taste and ultimately what your main goal is with the roof blind.
If your main objective is to regulate temperature, then the blackout option would be best as the thermal properties of this material are far more significant.
That's not to say, however, that the translucent material doesn't have insulation properties as they do. It's just not as much as the blackout option.
Translucent blinds do however let more light in and so if your main goal is to reduce glare but still allow light through, then this may be the best option for you.
How Do You Motorise Orangery Roof Blinds?
Orangery roof blinds are very light, especially when choosing the cellular material option. For this reason, motorised orangery roof blinds do not use much power.
There are generally 3 ways to motorise orangery roof blinds:
Mains Electric Power:-
With this option, the blind is wired up to your mains circuit within your house. To motorise your blind this way would require a qualified electrician to install.
This is the most popular option with the blind achieving its power through a rechargeable battery. Depending on the amount of usage, the battery, on average, has to be recharged every 2 months.
Another popular option. This basically negates the need to recharge the battery as this is achieved through solar energy through the use of a solar panel that is attached to the lantern glass.
The motor on an electric orangery blind can be controlled through 3 methods.
This method operates similar to a light switch where the buttons to open and close the blind is placed on a wall.
There is an option with this method to operate different channels which means if you have more than one electric blind in the room, you can choose which one to operate.
As the name suggests, this control option is similar to that of a TV remote control. You simply point and press either the open or close button. Again, there are multi-channel options to allow you to operate more than one electric blind if you have them.
If you really want to impress your friends, this option is a must. You basically can activate your blind through devices such as Alexa and Siri. Check this out in action here…
Can You Self-Fit Orangery Roof Blinds
The short answer is yes you can. The electric orangery roof blinds we sell at Easy Lantern Blinds are easy to fit with some basic tools and basic DIY knowledge.
The blinds fit onto a frame that runs around the perimeter of the roof lantern. The blinds are bespoke and are made to fit so it's important that you measure the blind accurately before you order.
You can check out our ultimate guide on roof lantern blinds for more information on measuring.
If you ever get stuck or have any questions, the friendly customer service at Easy Lantern Blinds are always there to help.
If the thought of fitting the blind yourself sounds too daunting, we also provide a measuring and fitting service that can take this burden away from you.
What Colours Do Orangery Roof Blinds Come In?
As mentioned previously, orangeries are a great way to extend your home but you don't have to let a roof blind ruin the style that you wish to bring to the extension.
Orangery roof blinds come in many different colours that can suit and compliment the furniture and decor of your orangery.
Easy Lantern Blinds provide orangery roof blinds in 12 popular colours that should suit most tastes. The colours available are as follows…
Dark Denim Blue
Black & White Mix Light
Black & White Mix Dark
How Much Do Orangery Blinds Cost?
The cost of an Orangery roof blind largely depends on the size and the additional options you choose with your blind. By additional options I mean, the power type and control method you use and also whether or not you need it professionally fitted.
In terms of size, the cost will increase with the size of the blind. At Easy Lantern Blinds we provide bespoke sizes from 1000mm up to 5000mm in length.
One of the frustrating aspects of the majority of online blind companies is that they ask you to fill out a form with your size requirements and they will get back to you within a certain timescale.
I don't know about you but time is precious and if I am in the middle of researching what roof blinds could be suitable for me then I would want full transparency, there and then of the price.
What sets Easy Lantern Blinds out from the competition is that we provide an instant online quote depending on your requirements. You can check out how easy this is on our price calculation page below…
The Advantages Of Orangery Electric Roof Blinds
The 2 main advantages of orangery roof blinds are temperature regulation and control of light. Add the electric version to it and you then have convenience and style in the mix.
There are other advantages to orangery roof blinds though that often gets forgotten about. These include the following:
- Additional style and colour to your orangery that suits your tastes.
- Additional privacy for your orangery from overlooked buildings in the vicinity.
- Enhanced security by simply not having your possessions on view from overlooked buildings.
- Added protection to your belongings from harmful UV rays that can permanently damage over time.
What Are The Disadvantages?
The main disadvantage to an electric roof blind is cost. Manual blinds are cheaper but are largely inferior.
The price, however, is a small fraction of the total cost of an orangery but has a big impact on the style and comfort of the space. With this in mind it can be a worthwhile investment.
Again, you can get insight into how much a roof blind for your orangery will cost by entering your requirements on our pre-checkout page below.
Choosing a roof blind for your orangery is an important decision that shouldn't be taken lightly.
If extremes of temperature and lack of light control are preventing you from enjoying your orangery as much as you would like, then purchasing a roof blind is highly recommended.
At Easy Lantern Blinds we aim to make the process of deciding, and indeed choosing a suitable orangery roof blind, an easy one for you. Please check out our homepage below, and if you have any questions at all, please contact us and we will be more than happy to help.
Many thanks for reading our guide.