Panel Light Filtering
Colour Accuracy Policy:
Although we do our best to make sure that the colours printed on our web site are accurate, actual colours will vary. In addition, subtle colour differences and textures may not be fully appreciated on some systems due to differences in monitors and/or display cards. Due to the fact that our products are all custom made, and can’t be returned, you need to be sure that you can live with any colour variations that are possible from our scanning of the actual samples. If an exact colour match is required, then please request a sample before placing your order. Once you receive your sample, keep in mind that all samples may still have minimal colour variations as stated by the manufacturers.
• The Panel blind is similar to the vertical blind and is utilised along the same principles albeit for a few differences.
• Before I discuss the panel blind in itself it is important to understand that this blind has wide panels depending on the number of panels per track and that the opening of the blinds is either left or right. See more
• The first panel on the front rail in the track will always be the front panel as the other panels move in behind the first panel.
• The draw cord always lies behind the front panel. Be careful that the cord does not hook onto the first stopper when opening the blind.
• NB. Packaging will be done in the following manner: the fabric panels will be rolled over a tube and the track will be packed separately. As all panels are the same size it is not necessary to mark them but it would be helpful if you unroll the bundle as we pack them and start attaching to the velcro. Please ensure that the fabric panel runs absolutely smoothly and flush with the velcro against the top level of the rail that fits into the track or else the fabric will be skew and might make a small bubble at the top of the fabric.
• Should the reveal of the opening where the blind is to be installed is skew the panels will naturally ”push” into one another at some point towards the middle enlarging the overlap which might lead you to think that the fabric has been cut skew. This however is not the case so when ordering please check that you order in such a way that the panels will not press into any part of the wall.
• As a result of the differences in widths of the reveals Alutech Blinds & Textiles has decided on a 3-panel blind as well as a 4-panel blind as to give you a wider option for your client.
• To know which panel to install it is important for you as the client to know that the width of the panel track from front to back on the 3-panel is 55mm and of the 4-panel 70mm.
• The panel track width from top to bottom before the fabric is attached (see photo attached on p46) is plus minus 18mm for both track widths.
• It is furthermore important to ensure whether the client wants a wide panel whereby the 3-panel track will be used. Should you be able to fit in a 4-panel track into the reveal with ease the panels will be narrower.
• For face fix/face fit the panel track that probably would look the best would be the 3-panel track as it is narrower and the panels can be moved away from the opening towards the wall entirely unless the entire opening in question is glass. Then a part of the glass will be covered by the panels. Should that be the case the 4-panel will be more conducive as the panels will be narrower and the view from the opening less obscured.
• To indicate the width of the panel fabric I use an example of a track width of 1500mm. In this instance where a 4-panel track is used the fabric width will be 420mm including the overlap of approximately 60mm for the overlap of the panels with a tolerance of 5mm. A track width of 1500mm in the case of a 3-panel track being used the fabric width will be 540mm including the overlap of approximately 60mm with a tolerance of 5mm. When testing the overlap width I felt comfortable with the conclusion that a 60mm overlap will be preferred as there then is no chance of the fabric hooking along the edges which can happen when the overlap is too narrow. The approximate widths of panels are shown below each group’s prices.
• Different lengths of track will determine the width of panel rails in the track as we need to fit in the rails into the panel track therefore affecting the width of the panels of fabric and that is why I used the 1500mm width of track as indication of the width of fabric.
• The topclip that is used for both 3- and 4-panel track is exactly the same, as on the 3-panel track the topclip covers the entire track and in the case of the 4-panel track there is a groove at the back of the track into which the topclip (bracket) fits. This clip is comprised of steel.
• The fabric that is used for the panel blind is chosen from our roller range of fabrics as they can all be used for panel blinds.
• The track is white powder coated aluminium and the panel rail which fits into the track onto which the fabric is attached with velcro is also white powder coated aluminium.
• It is important to understand the difference between what we call the track and the rail in this instance. The panel track is similar to the vertical track having 3 or 4 grooves into which the panel rails fit. Therefore the track is where the choice is made whether it should be a 3- or 4-panel blind and the rails are cut accordingly by ourselves and fitted into the track.
• A very important bit of information: Should you at any point need to order components such as the stoppers attached to the panel rail inside the panel track (these resemble small L brackets comprised of PVC) you need to order these stoppers as stopper for the first rail or stopper for the last rail on the two outside rails as they hook into each other in order for the blind to operate. There is also in the track (similar to headrail in vertical lingo) a T-stopper for the middle panel rails. On a 3-panel track there are two T-stoppers for the one middle rail, and on the 4-panel track there are two T-stoppers for each of the two middle rails, ie four in total. This should not concern you too much as the blinds are assembled in our factory. It should not be necessary if the blinds are cared for and treated with the same care as any other blind but you need to know what to order to receive the correct components if needs be.
• As will be indicated in your pricelist under accessories and samples, should you require a sample blind of 1000mm x 1000mm made up it will cost R175 VAT EXCL.
• No bottom chain is required for these blinds. A white aluminium flat bar 30mm from top to bottom x 3mm thickness serves as bottom weight. The length of the bar will be determined by the width of the fabric panel.
• The pocket of the blind at the bottom that will serve as hem will ALWAYS be straight-stitched (not zigzagged) (never glued or welded) at the top as well as along both sides for the bar not to move out of the pocket. The pocket width from top to bottom will be approximately 45mm with a tolerance of 3 – 5mm.
• When you measure for a panel blind your measurements are EXACTLY similar to that of a normal vertical blind, ie reveal (with or without deductions) / face fit or exact. The calculations are done by the factory as normal.
• Remember that light will filter through any blind no matter how dense the fabric is, as there can always be light between side of wall and slats in this case panels. That is one of the reasons why I make the overlap 60mm for the least light to filter through. Therefore, a blind will darken a room sufficiently when in block-out fabric but light will not be cut out entirely.
• Also remember that all blinds material (whether it be fabric / aluminium / wood) can keep a measure of sun out and a room darkened but it does not serve as a cooling agent in any room as a blind does not serve the purpose of an air-conditioner.
NB. Be aware that dyelot differences in fabric are almost inevitable, therefore try and order once off when requiring a number of blinds and indicate whether blinds are in one opening. We can never guarantee the same dyelot in different batches. We even find that there are colour variations in the same batch.
• Should it be evident that these products are treated with disrespect, resulting in damage, unusual/unnatural warping or discolouration, these will not be replaced. Before a complaint is lodged, make sure that you do a full investigation into the reason for the problem, eg windows/doors being left open, too close to the sea, no regular cleaning, window or door frames not fitting snugly into walls, wet or damp areas around the building, thickness and type of glass used for the openings, etc.