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Disadvantages of conservatory roof blinds

Conservatory roof blinds can reduce glare and improve comfort, but this is where their benefits end. They’re often more expensive than what they are worth, and there are seven good reasons for that which we’ll go into below.

  1. They’re fiddly

Conservatory roof blinds need opening and closing and tweaking and adjusting all day, every day, so they are effective. Not so much of an issue if you have a remote control, but the manual blinds are frustrating to live with. You’ll find yourself getting up a few times a day to adjust them so you can read in peace.

  • They’re ugly

Conservatory roof blinds look fine when they’re in position, but in the case of fabric blinds the fabrics stack deep when retracted and look awful. There’s no fix to make them appear elegant either – they always look awful when retracted. In the case of pleated blinds, these look better but they stand out.

  • They have gaps 

Fit and finish matters when it comes to a glazed conservatory roof because whatever is installed below it will be silhouetted. Gaps between the blinds and frames stick out and can allow sunlight to penetrate the room, and the worst part is you can’t adjust the gap because the blinds are fixed into position.

  • They don’t eliminate glare

They reduce it, but they don’t eliminate it. If you want to eliminate the glare a polycarbonate or glazed conservatory creates with blinds, you have to install blackout blinds. These work but they are the ugliest types of blind available. They stick out like a sore thumb and are dark and dreary.

  • They don’t remedy heat loss

Installing conservatory roof blinds to prevent heat loss is a fool’s errand. The blinds have no insulating properties whatsoever so provide no barrier to prevent heat from escaping up and through the roof. To make a conservatory more energy efficient, you need to upgrade the polycarbonate or glazed roof with a solid one.

  • They need cleaning (and regularly)  

Dust collects on blinds, and that dust gets thrown airborne whenever you use them. Not only is this annoying, it means you have to clean the blinds every few weeks which isn’t ideal. You’ll need a stepladder to do a proper job – or a telescopic duster (one of those on a pole) to do a bad one and brush the dust off.

  • They’re a temporary solution to your gripes

These are the two most commonly cited issues homeowners have with their conservatory:

  1. Their conservatory is too cold in winter, and too hot in summer;
  2. Their conservatory has too much glare, making the room unusable.

As we have already noted, blinds do nothing for thermal efficiency, and while they do eliminate some glare, they do not eliminate all of it. This may or may not suit you depending on what issues you have with your conservatory.

A permanent solution to both these issues is replacing the roof on your conservatory with a solid roof. The Leka roof can replace your polycarbonate or glazed roof without the need for additional building work or support.

It takes around 2-3 days to erect and each Leka build is made to order. The engineering time that went into the development of the Leka roof is vast, extending over several years with the input of master builders and structural engineers.

The result is a roof with JHAI certification, which enables it to be erected without local building control approval. JHAI signs off every installation and customers receive a building control certificate demonstrating compliance.

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