Polyfibre Outdoor Blinds
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 manufacturer of these outdoor blinds simulating bamboo/cane is in South Africa therefore this is a “proudly South African” product! The material is tested by laboratories at Stellenbosch as well as in Europe therefore the material conforms to the harsh weather conditions of our country. NB: These blinds are NOT fire retardant!
• These blinds are a great substitute for the plastic or thick canvas drop blind and has a natural outdoor look as they resemble bamboo. They are convex on the outside and flat on the inside and do not run in channels.
• These blinds are hand woven from recycled material, (the raw material supplier is in fact a member of the Green Building society in South Africa), giving the blinds a rustic, natural appeal. This is ground-breaking innovation in our field of service and wonderful to realize that one contributes towards the protection of our environment by “going green”! The individual, extruded slats, are hand made to aesthetically replicate natural bamboo/cane.
• The extruded slats then have pigmentation added for colour. Also a UV-stabilizer is added to ensure that the blinds will withstand the outdoor elements. UV-stabilized twine is used with which the blind is hand-woven.
• Even though this is a very robust blind since it has been manufactured mainly for exterior/outdoor use there are conditions under which one must take care not to use them. The manufacturer has indicated that they should NOT be applied in extreme windy conditions as they are more suited to moderate wind conditions therefore galeforce winds are detrimental to these blinds; nor should they be in an open position during storms but should preferably be rolled up; when the client is away from home for a time the blinds should be rolled up in their absence. As with any other blind care must be taken with this product as well to ensure many years of enjoyment and longevity from them. Remember it is a man-made product!
• Even though these blinds are manufactured for primary use as an exterior blind it is also suitable for kitchens, bathrooms etc as a solution to steam build up and water splashing onto the blinds. Remember though that this is a thick lookalike bamboo/cane blind therefore it would not look too good in a very small window unless you like the really bulky look inside of a room.
• The components accompanying these made up blinds are a white nylon heavy-duty cleat around which to tie the cord when the blind is in a rolled up position; stainless steel hold down plates that are screwed into the relevant surface; hold down buckles & straps that are used to tie the blind to the hold down plate securing the blind in position when rolled down, UV-stabilizing pull cord, all to ensure that the blind and components are weather resistant. Metal L-brackets are used to secure the headrail to the top surface. To tie the blind down, webbing (straps) (460-500mm piece) is supplied in order for you to secure it onto the bottom rail as you see fit and then attach it to the bottom rail with a screw to keep it in place. (Refer to back of page for illustration).
• Make very sure that the necessary steps are followed to secure the blind when used as a screen, as a loose-hanging blind can become more easily damaged than one secured into a position. Installation brackets are also supplied with the complete blind.
• For the head and bottom rails Meranti wood is used. The wood is treated and protected with a long-lasting exterior sealant.
• Some slight warpage (even a bit of twisting), sagging in the middle due to the weight of the product, as well as natural variation in colour and grain effects are to be expected in a Polyfibre outdoor blind and are not considered defects. A measure of fading and/or discolouration will occur over time as is the case with any other product and cannot be considered a defect or a poor-quality product.
• As with any other blind, dyelot differences will occur therefore should you need more than one blind try to order these blinds as a once-off as every new batch might differ. There will in any case be slight colour differentiations even in the same batches because of the man-made material used. This is what makes this blind so unique.
• To clean the blind and prevent too much salt build up at the coast it is recommended that they on a regular basis get hosed down with cold water and one can use a soft broom for the higher parts to wash them down. A mild detergent or dishwashing liquid can be added to the water.
• These blinds can only be ordered EXACT size as you need to measure them according to the opening where they are to be installed. We cannot do any deductions on these blinds as they need to fit the position exactly as the client requires (cf order requirements p9).
• NB. Be aware that dyelot differences 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 in the context of where the blind is situated.