This timeless staple could be the answer to your window problems

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Sometimes the classic and traditional options remain the best. That is often the case with plantation shutters, which have existed for hundreds of years and remain functional, versatile and stylish options to this very day. Jim’s Flyscreens and Blinds are your plantation shutter specialists and we have put together a guide on why your home needs plantation shutters, whether it is modern or contemporary.

Your home needs plantation shutters – here’s why

There is a lot to consider when it comes to choosing your window coverings. You can stick with basic curtains, look at roller blinds if the light is an issue or select from a range of blinds, shutters and louvres that can help you control the light and airflow in your home. Read more

The great Aussie household sidekick: roller blinds

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As the mercury begins to rise it is only natural that we want to enjoy more of the glorious Australian sunshine that is heading our way. But sometimes that sun can heat up your home to uncomfortable levels, lead to higher energy bills and make it difficult to sleep – especially for shift workers. The perfect solution is roller blinds and the latest innovations make it simple to control the sunlight in your home.

Everything you need to know about roller blinds

While roller blinds may be simple in design, they can include a range of different features and technologies to suit each individual’s needs. Getting to know these features will allow you to come up with the right solution for your home and give you complete control over how much sun, light and breeze is allowed to enter your rooms. Read more

Get ready for the warmer months ahead with retractable flyscreen doors

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Spring is at our doorstep and summer will be hot on its heels, which means we are going to want to open up our homes again and enjoy the warmer weather on offer.

Retractable flyscreen doors are the perfect addition to your home for these warmer months because they give you the option and control over how much light and sun you are letting in, while also protecting against insects.

Permanent options are great for keeping insects out, but what about those times where you want to be able to let the breeze in or just enjoy an unfiltered view of your garden and surroundings?

Meanwhile, retractable flyscreen doors give you the best of both worlds, allowing you to slide them out when you need them and then retract them back into the door frame when you don’t require them. This is not only a tidy and convenient option, but also offers plenty of other benefits which we’ve outlined in more detail below.

Keep the flow of air going in your home

One of the biggest annoyances about summer is the flying creatures that will try and invade your home through an open access point. So opening up your doors and windows is going to let a lovely breeze through your home, but also invite the bugs and insects in.

Retractable designs are a perfect solution to keep the flow of air coming through your home while also keeping the insects out.

You can get rid of the insecticide

One way to get rid of insects is to spray them with bug spray, but this is not a preferable option for many people. A lot of these sprays contain harmful chemicals which is not great when you have children and pets in the house.

It also sticks to your carpets, your furniture, your curtains – pretty much everything and then you also have the issue of dead insects throughout your home. By installing retractable doors, you can get rid of the spray and just keep the bugs outside where they belong.

They help provide the perfect lighting setting

Summer can obviously be very bright, which also poses dilemmas. Opening up your home can let too much light in while keeping it closed up can make the heat unbearable – or ratchet up those electricity bills because you are using air conditioning and fans more.

Retractable flyscreen doors have an additional benefit in that they cut out about 50 per cent of the glare from the sun so you can have a softer level of sunlight streaming into your home, with no bugs and with those expensive aircon units left turned off.

They are perfect for entertainment spaces

You can have retractable designs made to order, and they can cover large spaces so you can protect against the insects on patios, decks and other entertainment spaces. Contact the team at Jim’s Flyscreens today, and we can measure your home up and have a quote ready for you so you can make the most of your summer.

Why Cellular Shades are the Hottest Window Blinds this Winter

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There are many different ways to cover your windows, with each option offering their own selling points. But when it comes to the people’s choice, cellular blinds remain the most popular for all the benefits they offer across the year, particularly for winter.

Cellular blinds or shades are the number one selling product in our range, ahead of wooden blinds, roller systems and sheer shades.

Why all the fuss about cellular shades?

So what sets these blinds ahead of the rest of the chasing pack? Well, for a start, they are unbeatable when it comes to insulation.

They are also referred to as honeycomb shades because of their design that includes fabric cells which traps air and creates a natural insulation barrier between the window and the room.

This is a critical feature when you consider that about 30 per cent of a home’s heating energy is lost through windows and that the average Australian electricity bill each year is almost $1800.

They are highly effective in both the summer and winter months, helping trap your air conditioning or heating, reducing the workload of your heating/cooling devices and driving down your energy costs – which is also great for the environment.

While a blind that includes air-filled cells may sound bulky, cellular blinds are actually extremely low profile so you don’t need a lot of depth in your window frame to fit them into.

And when these products are busy blocking out the heat or cold, they are also blocking out light so you can have the ultimate sense of privacy and also pitch black rooms for cinema-like movie sessions. They even make for a  great daytime rest space for children or shift workers.

The fact they have twin layers flanking the cells means they are just as effective at blocking out light and prying eyes as wooden blinds. This insulation also blocks out noise which is perfect for homes that are exposed to heavy traffic on main roads while also allowing you to turn up your music and movies a few notches louder without attracting complaints from your neighbours.

Cellular shades are also highly versatile, with a range of colours and styles available and motorised options along with corded and cordless mechanisms to open and close them.

With all of these benefits, it is easy to see why cellular or honeycomb shades and blinds remain the consumers top choice over all other options year after year. They are affordable and ultimately pay for themselves through energy savings and you can match them with the rest of your decor with the vast range of colours and styles on offer.

If you are looking to have cellular blinds installed on your property, Jim’s Flyscreens and Blinds has the right team for the job. All of our franchise holders are trained to the highest of standards and we can install the cellular shades you have purchased, or supply industry-leading products for you.

To learn more, contact the team at Jim’s Flyscreens and Blinds on 13 15 46 to find out more about our line of products and services.

Easy Ways to Choose Plantation Shutters for your Home

There are often a lot of questions that come with installing plantation shutters, starting from whether they’re worth the investment, through to what style or feature to prioritise. In this post, we’re guiding you through everything you need to know about picking out the right design for your space, as well as what to do with your old shutters.

What kind of look should I aim for with DIY plantation shutters?

Remember that you want your space to feel like it’s naturally lit, inspiring a sense of warmth and welcoming into your home. Dull areas or those that block out too much like don’t always add the pop of colour you want in the space, so we recommend picking out a bright, white shade that adds to a contemporary feel. These styles also stand out against any contrast you have on your walls, including art of wallpaper.

What should I do with my old plantation shutters?

You don’t even have to throw out your old design if you don’t want to part ways with it. There are a few ways you can rework your existing blinds into pieces that add to the aesthetics of your space overall. For example, if one part of your home is more rustic in design, put your old shutters here and hang them as a feature piece. You can even stain or paint them to add to this kind of look or opt to keep their original colour.

Do they really block out light?

Yes, and they do it exceptionally. They give you full control over the amount of light that enters your room and can also add easy privacy as well. For those that don’t want to give up their drapes or curtains, these designs are easy to add in underneath. The drapes frame the window while the shutters block out and act as the functional element that you need. Mostly, this kind of combination is perfect for bedrooms and living rooms where you’re more likely to spend time in during the evening.

Can you put shutters on glass doors?

Plantation shutters can be placed on glass sliding doors to keep heat out from the harsh sun. This is especially important in Australia where Mother Nature is known to wreak havoc in summer.

Plantation shutters can be installed on your glass doors while still maintaining access to the view in front of you, and the amount of light you let in. Overall, they’re an all-rounder for keeping tabs on how your space looks and feels, while still doing the job of blocking out excess heat, cold or light.

Not sure what kind of designs you need for your space? Get in touch with Jim’s Flyscreens and Blinds to find out the best option for your budget and requirements.

Selecting the Right Fly Screen for Your Windows

Doors and windows allow the flow of breeze and natural light into the interior spaces of your home. However, opening up your doors and windows can potentially allow a party of unwanted guests in your home: flies, mozzies, organic materials brought in by the wind, and even the view of prying neighbourly eyes.

The best way to curtail these threats is to install quality fly screens. Here is a guide to choosing the right ones for your home.

The Difference Between Fixed Screens & Retractable Fly Screens

Screens are a popular choice for attaching to doors and windows. However, there is a difference between fixed screen and retractable screens. You should understand the difference before making a purchase decision.

Fixed Screens

Fixed screens cover your doorways or windows and stay in the same position permanently. For optimal protection, they can be designed using a variety of quality materials. They are installed using rivets, screws or welded frames. They might even have the added function of fire protection.

Retractable Fly Screens

Retractable fly screens, conversely, are not fixed in their place. Instead, their design allows them to roll away when not in use. The screen folds onto itself and is kept in a cassette. For window usage, you can slide the retractable fly screen open or closed as needed. For doorways, the screen can be shut and opened when you come home or leave. This way, they can serve as a versatile barrier during the day and can be closed along with the door when locking up at night.

What Works Best

Retractable fly screens provide considerable convenience for doors, whereas fixed fly screens are great for windows that don’t require much opening.

Keeping Out Bugs

Both styles are highly efficient when it comes to keeping out pests. They are both produced using fine mesh and successfully keep out bugs like flies and mozzies.

Cleaning & Maintenance

Both screens are easy to clean and maintain. All you have to do is wipe them down with a damp cloth to keep them clean. You can also choose to have them professionally cleaned.

Subtlety

Retractable fly screens can be fully retracted, while fixed screens are stuck in the one place. Although retractable fly screens are better for subtlety, fixed screens can also come in a variety of unobtrusive colours and styles.

Convenience

Both styles can provide you convenience depending on what you’re looking for. For example, for upstairs areas, fixed screens might be a better option as they don’t require managing. For any doors that enter into an outdoor space, retractable screens are best so that you can quickly open them when necessary.

Ventilation

Both styles offer a great amount of ventilation. You can keep out pests whilst allowing fresh air to circulate throughout the home.

Installation Compatibility

You can buy both fixed and retractable screens in a variety of colours, shapes and sizes. So it’s never a big deal looking for a screen to suit your home’s design, as long you choose a respected provider like Jim’s Flyscreens & Blinds.

Using Blinds to Make Your Apartment Feel More Like Home

Regardless of whether you live in the CBD or suburbs, apartment living is rapidly on the rise. It is becoming a much more economically viable option compared to the high cost of maintenance and upkeep of a standalone home.

Many of these new, contemporary apartments provide the perfect lifestyle for younger occupants. They are designed for convenient living, being closer to city centres, parks, public transport and restaurants (to name a few things).

But, all this being said, apartments can still have a slightly exposed to feel to them. Anyone who has ever lived in an apartment can attest to the sounds of neighbours on all sides at all time of the day and night. And the close proximity to your neighbours and the densely populated areas they are prevalent in can reduce the feeling of privacy.

So, one of the best things an apartment owner can do is install stunning blinds to ensure an element of privacy. Jim’s Flyscreens & Blinds has an extensive collection of high quality, ultra-stylish blinds that are simply perfect for installing in Melbourne apartments.

Find out why below.

Aesthetic is Key

Aesthetic is important for modern consumers. What’s more, a home is a place that should provide a sense of belonging and one where memories can be created . Jim’s Flyscreens & Blinds’ collection of blinds with their quality fabrics add an extra homely element, complementing surrounding colours and furniture.

The best part lies in choosing your design, as they create a natural flow from one room to the next and creates an illusion of enhanced space. This all works to helping apartment occupants feel less cramped.

Keep the Neighbours Out

Living in densely populated suburbs means there might always be prying eyes on the watch. For this, there is a most simple of solutions: installing quality blinds! Jim’s Flyscreens & Blinds can adorn any apartment with top quality blinds that have been custom-made to keep out the eyes of nosey neighbours.

Our extensive range of cordless, venetian, aluminium and roller blinds are a cost-effective means of keeping out any annoying, peering neighbours.

Blinds Work As A Feature

As apartment blocks are often adjacent to other apartment blocks, views can be blocked by said surrounding buildings. As a result, these windows might seem useless or futile. But with our selection of stunning, elegantly-designed blinds, you can make these viewless windows something of a feature to impress those who can’t be impressed by the lack of vista outside.

Contact Us to Get Started

If you would like the Jim’s Flyscreens & Blinds professionals to install quality blinds at your apartment, please feel free to contact our friendly team of installations professionals.

We are committed to providing an exceptional standard of service, and will be happy assist you with your enquiries or book your apartment in for a service with the blind of your choice.

Call us on 131 546 or submit a “Request a Quote” form on our contact page and we will get back to you with all the information you require.

Maximise your outdoor dining this summer

The arrival of the Australian summer means an increase in outdoor dining and entertaining, but the Australian climate can be harsh (and changeable) and a little protection can go a long way in maximising your enjoyment of your outdoor area.

 

Shelter can bring many benefits:

  • Extend your living space
  • Increase the time you spend outside, making your outdoor area useable year-round
  • Protection from the elements (sun, rain and wind) for your family, friends and furniture
  • Define your entertaining area, adding value to your home
  • Enhance your privacy

There are many options available, differing specifications, colours, motorized or manual, all varying to suit your home or businesses needs.

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