Window protection: A Guide

When we want to install a protection for its windows, we often think of the shutters but there is another alternative with the blinds: indeed, this product makes it possible to ensure a very effective solar protection especially with the UV. It is a product that also beautifies and enhances a home, to better enjoy an outdoor living space as a terrace with refinement and elegance, without any embarrassment, with ease of use.

The blinds can, of course, be installed outdoors to protect against the sun, rain, moisture, heat but also indoors, such as shop windows, windows on the terraces.

Advantages of blinds

The advantages, as we have seen, are many with the installation of blinds, it effectively reduces the internal temperature by 2 to 5 degrees; this accessory consists of a frame, a canvas and any accessories such as a remote control for a motorization is the perfect product to always benefit from invigorating freshness.

Types of blinds

Different types of blinds exist according to the needs and expectations of everyone, whether a professional or an individual, depending on the type of architecture. The awning can be installed either against a wall or on a ceiling. Which blinds should you buy? That really depends on your goals.

First of all, there is the awning for the windows, with their different models, namely the vertical awning, which is installed parallel to a glazing, and the projection awning (called the Italian blind), which offers a reduced space requirement.

There is also the side blind or privacy screen for the terraces and protects from prying eyes but also wind and sun.

The other best-known blind is surely the awning that is used outdoors to protect from the sun and bring freshness.

Finally, for indoor blinds, there is roller blind or roller blind that offers perfect insulation and increased safety.

Things to keep in mind when fixing the roof

1. Add an underlay screen.

The HPV (Highly Permeable to Water Steam) underlayment screen helps to waterproof your roof with air and water while allowing water vapor to escape. It reduces pressure-depression phenomena of the roof, responsible for the flight of tiles during storms, which allows the installation of tiles on lower slopes. It finally avoids the penetration of powdery snow, dust, pollen. How to choose the screen? Everything depends on the frame, the spacing of the rafters, the type of coverage, but also the presence or not of attics.

Only a professional can judge the feasibility of the operation. Opt for a quality product and thick enough because it is made to last. Once installed, the screen is exposed to the risk of aging, firstly because of UV rays (before the laying of the cover), then hot weather under the cover in summer (they can exceed 80 ° C). Some membranes have a metallized surface and therefore reject some of the heat in summer, while reducing winter energy losses and allowing water vapor to escape.

2. Install roof windows.

Quality roof windows (with good thermal and sound performance) provide appreciable solar energy in converted attics. Peripheral connections must be perfectly executed to ensure reliable sealing and thermal insulation. Today there are models suitable for classified buildings, metal or wood.


3. Opt for a green roof.

It can be installed flat roof or sloping, regardless of its size. It offers good thermal and sound insulation. The professional must check if all the requirements for the installation are met. In the north of France, the green roof will generally be lighter than in the South. The abundant rains will feed the plants, so the watering system is less complex. It will be necessary to provide a high-performance waterproofing membrane (a conventional under-roof screen is not suitable because it is permeable to water vapor). The attic, them, must have an effective and adjustable ventilation to avoid condensation. Last tip: choose a system whose plants are mostly mature when laying.

4. Install photovoltaic tiles.

More aesthetic but more expensive than large panels, the “tiles” photovoltaic (in fact, small stackable panels) adapt well to slate or terracotta roofs. The watertightness of the roof must be guaranteed and provide good ventilation of the roof, because the panels generate a real overheating, too often neglected. This overheating is also detrimental to the performance of the photovoltaic panel. For a zinc cover, the integrated panels are specific because the contact between different metals causes an accelerated oxidation. It is better to go to a QualiPV zinc fitter and opt for products that have received a technical opinion (issued by CSTB).

The Journey Begins…

Fault Line Living are recipients of the 2010
‘Go Beyond’ bursary from The Royal
Geographical Society (with IBG) and Land
Rover. It is a 15,000 mile expedition and
multi-media project exploring the lives of
people living on fault lines. We’ll be talking
to schools, scientists, geologists, residents,
and city developers to explore what life is
like living on a fault line. We’ll travel from
Iceland, through Denmark, Germany, Italy,
Greece, Turkey and Iran exploring what it’s
really like to live in these danger zones, from
the ordinary to the extraordinary.

We’ll be posting much more information in
the next few weeks and once we’re on the
road we’ll be uploading material on a daily
basis. Thanks for your support, and please
come back soon when we have more for you
to look at.

Vital Stats…

Start date: 31st July 2010

Estimated distance of proposed route:
15,000 miles

Countries visited along the fault line:
UK – Denmark – Iceland – Denmark –
Germany – Italy – Greece – Turkey – Iran

The Team:
Tamsin Davies, Serena Davies and Adam Whitaker