Vertical is one of the most popular types of blinds because of its maximum thermal efficiency in covering the window against the heat and cold circulation. It is usually composed of vinyl, wood, polyester synthetic, and metal components that provide its long-term durability and efficiency.
Offices and houses that have large windows, including those in the patio or living room, highly recommend this type of window treatment. Its expansive coverage capacity, low price, insulating qualities, and the fact you can get replacement slats to change color of your blinds are just some of the features that make vertical blinds the leading choice among all other blind types.
How Does It work?
The performance of this blind heavily relies on its installation process. Some prefer to add cornices with full sides to manipulate the movement of heat and air particles inside the unit. Meanwhile, homeowners opt to install it inside a thermal-backed frame or sealed track. This process offers similar control over the temperature, but what makes it even more compelling is that it provides more security against potential damages.
Its mechanism follows the rule of science wherein heat rises while the cold settles on the ground. In other words, it runs a track from top to bottom and allows only a specific volume of air drafts and sunlight inside the room. With these functions, it is perceivable that, among other types, it is the most energy-efficient.
Additionally, people who do not want the glare of sunlight but still want a glimpse of the outside view should choose this type. With the slats of vertical blinds, you can control and create a balance between the light that seeps in and the exposure of the outside world.
How to Measure These Blinds?
Before installing the blinds, you must take the right measurements so that they will tightly fit the windows, and you will achieve its maximum efficiency. You will only need tape in measuring the height and width of all types of installation processes.
Inside Mount – Identify the width of the opening by measuring the headrail. The left area of the inside frames to the right builds this part. The least depth should be at about 2 to 7/8 inches. Meanwhile, find the height by measuring the inside of the top of the left opening, the center, and the right area of the sill. These numbers should all become rounded to the nearest 1/8-inch. Avoid making any allowances because you can automatically adjust the headrail opening.
Outside Mount – Similar to the inside mount, you should round the numbers to the nearest 1/8-inch. However, the measurements must overlap all openings to at least four inches on every side to create more privacy and allow outside views. For the height, there must be an extension of at least three inches both above and below the opening. When installing on the floor, reduce a half-inch from the smallest height.
Patio and Sliding Doors – To install the headrail, you should reduce the width to at least 1/8-inch. This covering should overlap the opening to at least four inches. For the height, measure the areas covering the left, right, and center. It should extend to at least three inches above the molding. Focus also on the stack width in considering ease of access.
While it constitutes a complicated fitting process because of its massive coverage, this type of window treatment has significant thermal capacities. It can protect you from heat and cold while offering you a controlled outside view.