Last Updated Sep 22, 2015 · Written by Rob Schneider
What are roller blinds? Basically, they can be defined as window blinds made from a stiffened fabric attached to a timber or aluminium roller. Roller blinds can be spring-loaded, adjusted with a chain mechanism or motorised. The basic definition of roller blinds doesn't do them justice, though. There are so many styles to choose from, one roller blind will bear no resemblance to another. If you think you know what roller blinds are, read on. You may be surprised by the array of choices you have today.
In the past, all roller blinds totally blocked out light. To allow some light in the room, you adjusted the height of the blinds. Today, you have more choices:
Light filter blinds give you privacy during the day without blocking light. Sunscreen blinds also give you daytime privacy, but allow you to enjoy your view during the day without having the bright sunlight entering the house. You may want to choose light filter blinds for windows without a view and sunscreen blinds for windows that look out on to your backyard, a landscape or cityscape. Sunscreen blinds also help save energy by blocking the heat of the sun.
The cost of roller blinds will depend on the blinds you choose, the mechanism and the size of the blinds. However, you can get a rough idea of how much your blinds are going to cost from their starting prices:
If you haven't looked at the wide variety of roller blinds that are available today, start your search on our Blind Design Ideas pages. Don't be put off by the stunning styles that are available. Even designer roller blinds can be surprisingly affordable. Getting quotes from blind suppliers is free and gives you the opportunity to compare prices and styles before you buy. When you get quotes for blinds, mention the number and sizes of blinds you need and your preferred mechanism. Also ask for installation costs. You'll probably save money by replacing all your blinds at the same time rather than buying and having them installed individually.*Cost and prices in this article are indicative and should only be used as a guide. They also vary locally and are subject to market forces.