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0:20 – What is a spring roller?
0:39 – Not enough shade or cover?
0:57 – How do spring rollers work?
2:01 – What are the benefits?
2:59 – Always easier with a crank
4:42 – Benefits of half way or full way
Hi this is Jason from the brand Blockout Blinds and today I’m gonna show you how you can put more spring into your patio and get more use out of your patio all year round.
00:20 – What is a spring roller?
When I say Spring, I mean a Spring roller. Well what is a spring roller?
A Spring roller is basically an outside awning that you pull down and clip at the bottom.
It doesn’t have any guides on the sides like a traditional awning.
You will see what I mean in a minute — so let’s have a look at this…
00:39 – Not enough shade or cover?
In this first photo here, we have a patio of a house that we did obviously, the before photo. Now the problem this person was having was the sun was coming down over the end of the day coming into the patio, and also just those days when it rained a little bit the rain was coming in as well.
00:57 – How do spring rollers work?
So let’s have a look at the after photo here — and you can see we’ve put some spring rollers.So we have the roller at the top, we have the fabric coming down and the fabric for this one is a mesh so you actually see through it and still maintain your view.
You’ll see that the valance at the bottom — there’s hanging down over the edge of the patio a the bottom and that just allows a bit of the rain and stuff to run off so it doesn’t come underneath. Now, what you’ll also notice is this spring roller is clipped down at the bottom.
So the way this works and look it can be a bit difficult using these at times because there’s no guidance for them. And the reason we use them is coz there is nowhere as really to attach guides for them to come down and you don’t want guides coming down detracting from your patio and looking ugly.So these spring rollers are really designed to be pulled down, left down for a while, and then pulled up.They’re not designed to sort of pull down every morning and every night. It would get a bit hard.
02:01 – What are the benefits?
So the way this would work is you would have to manually pull the spring roller down, clip the left, clip the right and it has a spring inside it which holds it tight and that does the job.So you can see here we have fitted spring rollers in between the poles. So we caught that in the recess.So let’s have a look the next photo of the same job…so this is just a different angle of the before photo; and here’s the after photo and you can see it’s fully enclosed, we’ve covered in the side. Now this client can use it when it’s hot, sunny, a little bit of rain, and they’re gonna get more used all year round and also, it stops the prying eyes of neighbours looking in.
Now we have another job here that we’ve done…so let’s have a look at another before photo…you’ll see this is a brick outdoor area, so this is more of a new build which is great. And you’ve got the timber at the top the bricks supports.
02:59- Always easier with a crank
So let’s have a look at the after photo…and here once again we’ve put a very similar blind in the grey colour in between the brick post and this is the spring roller as well. Now the difference with this one which you probably can’t tell is that each of the spring roller has a crank at either the left or the right of the blind. So what does that mean? Well, with the other ones I explained how you pull them down; they’ve got a spring in them. Also if you unclip them and let go, the spring does flip the blind back up.
So these have a crank — what that means is that there’s no spring inside …so you have a handle and you hook it in the end and you wind it and it lowers the blind down slowly, you then clip the blind in, you wind the blind back up a little bit just to put up a tiny bit of tension in the blind.
Not too much, though, co’z you don’t want to over tension that and cause the bottom to bend. And then it’s in place. So it’s just a little bit easier to operate co’z you don’t have the spring trying to lift the blind up. Just makes life that a little bit easier.
Once again this client was very happy they can use their patio a bit more now. And just one last after photo…here’s another massive area of a house that we did and it looks fantastic.The customer was wrapped…once again this customer has gone for the crank option to make a bit easier.
So whenever we can, we recommend the crank option. It does add a little bit to the price so sometimes clients decide not to get the crank because they want to save a little bit of money. But if you can afford that little bit of extra, we always recommend getting the crank.
So there you go, a spring roller. What is a spring roller? What it’s all about?
We generally put them on patios — that’s the main place we use them. And then your patio can get a bit more use all year round!
04:42 – Benefits of half way or full way
Oh, the one thing I forgot to mention is all these photos have shown the spring roller in the down position at the full down position.You can’t stop them at all positions unless we put some clips in. So what some clients decide to do is they put a clip at the bottom, and they clip half way so they can have either half way or all the way down.
So there you go I hope you found this useful and maybe got some ideas for your own patio, and until next time!