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How do roller blinds work?
A roller blind allows you to adjust the length of your window covering, thanks to a spring mechanism that hangs across the top of the window. This small yet useful feature contributes to the clean, stylish look that sets roller shades apart from other window treatments.
What levels of opacity can my solar shades have?
The great thing about roller shades is that they come in a variety of fabric choices, which means you also have a large selection of opacity levels. If you’re looking for blackout roller blinds, look for a fabric that allows 0 percent of the light to filter through. For privacy purposes or to block out UV rays, any fabric allowing 3 percent to 20 percent of the light through will work. Keep in mind that although you may be able to see out of the window when your roller blinds are down, anyone standing outside will have a more difficult time looking in.
How do I determine the right size of roller shades?
The amount of vertical space you’ll need depends on whether you choose inside- or outside-mount roller blinds. For an inside-mount blind, carefully measure the inside of the window frame from top to bottom and from left to right, as well as the depth. For an outside-mount blind, measure from where you plan to hang the shade to where you'd like it to drop, and then measure from side to side. The recommended overlap for roller blinds is 1½ inches.
What’s the difference between inside-mount and outside-mount roller blinds?
Inside mount and outside mount are two different ways you can hang your vertical blinds. Which one you choose depends on your aesthetic preference. The inside-mount style sits within the recessed window frame so the shades are flush with the wall, while the outside-mount style covers a larger area and is hung outside of the window frame and on the wall. If you’re considering inside-mount roller blinds, be sure your window is recessed at least 3 inches so there is room for the mechanism needed to operate the blinds.