Typical pitfalls when comparing estimates for blinds

May 05, 2017

1. Fabric check

Make sure that fabric performance is consistent across all your estimates. E.g. black-out / dim-out / screen vision. If different estimates offer different fabrics performance it could a be a reason for a big price difference.

2. Operation

Chain and crank controls are the most popular in the world of manual operation. You need to make sure you have the same across all estimates. Some common misalignments are metal versus plastic chains, metal versus plastic crank or detachable versus fixed crank. Any of these will certainly throw your comparisons.

3. Barrel size

When it’s a roller blind, the barrel size is a key indicator to the system durability. If barrel sizes vary between 5mm - 10mm across estimates you may not be comparing apples to apples.

4. Brackets and fixings

Most systems have options for metal or plastic fixing brackets. If you have both in your comparisons, it’s possibly the reason one price is lower than the other. It’s worth noting that metal brackets are safer, more durable and reduce the risk of blinds falling down.

5. Exits and doors

Check no blinds are blocking doors or fire exit routes. If blinds are needed for privacy then they should be installed to the actual door so they are out of the way when the door is opened. This is to eliminate the risk of hindering doorway use for fire regulations. If this isn’t flagged up on your estimate it could result in prices not being on a level playing field.

6. Configuration of blinds

If the window is too large to fit a standard blind then the blinds should be split down to follow the mullions (Fig. A). Blinds split down not in line with the window pattern is not best practice or aesthetically correct (Fig.B). It can be cheaper to configure the blinds as shown in Fig.B and could mean your prices are not comparable.

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