Know How to Install Skylight Blinds – 6 Easy Steps
As we already know, there are a number of window treatments in the market and each has its own qualities and features. Roman shades come in many varieties and they are known for their unconventional and overwhelming good looks. Honeycomb blinds are known to provide a textured appeal to your interiors while protecting the home against harsh sunlight and cold windows. Then there are Venetian blinds, plantation shutters, good old drapes, roller blinds and so on. While these blinds can be (more or less) installed on any kind of window, there are other blinds that are suited for only one type and purpose: skylight blinds.
Ever saw those openings in the attic or roof that are used to let in a good amount of sunlight to light up the house during daytime? Those are called skylights, and they are usually built at an angle of 30-60 degrees. Naturally, they are not only beneficial to the home for providing sunlight and cutting down on electricity costs but are also great at making the exteriors of your home look amazingly beautiful to passersby and visitors.
Like other windows, skylights must be accompanied by blinds in adverse weather conditions because the windows are not enough for controlling outside temperatures. Because of their height, you must be careful before installing these blinds as they might pose a challenge. However, once you have a step-by-step guide ready in front of you, it is a fairly simple process.
How to Install Skylight Blinds
Imagine working in a hot kitchen under a skylight, and wanting to cover them to avoid the insufferable heat that is building up in the kitchen. Or consider watching television in your living room while being affected by the sun’s glare which is falling directly on your TV set. Blinds for skylights are very essential to avoid unpleasant situations that may arise during scorching summers. Here are the steps that you must take while installing them.
1) Choosing the Right Blinds
While many of your daily blinds may not be used for your rooftop windows, honeycomb blinds are some of the most popular blinds used for skylights. They can be easily customized according to the measurements, choice of colors, etc. that you need. You can choose either the single cell shades or the double/triple cell shades, depending on the purpose you want to achieve. If you are staying in an area with seemingly high temperatures through the year, it’s better you go for double cell shades to trap the heat in multiple pockets through which it cannot escape.
2) Mark the headrail mounting bracket locations
Ensure you have sufficient space left for the casing. A pencil needs to be kept ready to mark the bracket locations on both ends of the headrail. Use the pencil again the mark the screw locations in the space formed by holes in the brackets.
3) Secure Using Screws
Start drilling using screws on the marked locations to keep the headrail in place. The material that is being drilled into does vary, and there are different types of screws for every kind of material including wood, plastic and so on. Hold the bracket firmly while securing the screws, and repeat the exercise for every bracket.
4) Attach the Headrail to the Brackets
This step involves fixing the headrail to the brackets. Make sure the bottom rail is fully extended without putting undue and excessive pressure on the headrail. The guide wires must also be firm and taut.
5) Install the Bottom Rail
Make sure that the bottom is kept firm and steady in the location you want it to be mounted on the casing. Use your pencil again to mark the location of the empty mounting holes, and then ensure that they are kept on a steady level by moving the bottom rail aside. Then drill the holes at the locations and secure the bottom rail in place using the screws.
6) Operate Your Shades
Now your shade is ready for years of service once it is properly installed on the skylights. However, for convenient operation, ensure that you go for motorized skylight shades or smartphone access. Operating them from the ground below can be a daunting task if you want to open or close them, especially if your skylights are far up and hard to reach. However, once they are ready for use and installed correctly, they can be used for a variety of purposes, including light control, heat and cold control, and improving the look of your windows and the overall ambiance of your home.
Skylights are very practical openings on the roof that lend a natural aura of charm and vigor to your indoors. They are generally used in independent apartments or bungalows. Naturally, your responsibility is to help maintain them with the necessary blinds that aid in their purpose instead of making them a nuisance to endure. Choose the right blinds and install them properly so you do not have to correct them time and again. Use your blind manufacturer’s help if you feel the task is difficult at hand. Either way, plan accordingly and let the skylight blinds weave their magic inside the home.