Blind Faith

Posted on - December 15, 2018

Blinds always seem like the obvious and sensible choice as a way of keeping the sun out.

But are they? Most often they disappoint.

They can be costly, and – sure they stop the sun coming in – but only when they’re pulled down – which is a bit extreme we think.

They can also look unattractive.

And who wants to stumble about in a darkened room when it’s a lovely day outside?

To be affective they also have to work properly.

Automated blinds seem perfect.

Until they go wrong.

Robbed blind

This atrium roof originally had automated blinds that shut when the sun
shone. But these kept going wrong and had a huge annual maintenance bill.

What was needed was a window film that would reduce the sun’s heat and glare
coming through the roof and making the environment uncomfortable for everyone in it.


That’s right up our street.

Keeping it tidy

Due to difficulty of access, cleaning the outside of the glass was far from easy, and a build up of dirt meant for an unsightly view. So – the film also needed to prevent this dirt being too apparent to people looking up.

Again — spot on for us.

We have a film for that!

We installed a frosted film which looks good – whilst impeding vision through the film.

AND the same film reduced the sun’s heat by 50% and glare by 85%.

More roof-related nonsense

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof was the 1958 film starring Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman.

It’s a drama based on a play by Tennessee Williams (who also wrote A Street Car Named Desire’) with a lot of family tension and sharp dialogue.

We can’t do much with tin roofs.

Cat or no cat.

Even more roof stuff

Fiddler on the Roof is the 1971 film version of the original 1964 Broadway play — and although it too deals with family tensions — it handles them with humour and song. It won shed-loads of awards (including being one of the longest running shows ever) and to this day is one of the best films to feature a violin playing Jewish farmer with a great beard.


I reckon.

Definitely top ten anyway.

Did we mention that the film starred Paul Michael Glaser too?

Yep. That’s right. Starsky was in the film.

We like him. ‘Glaser’ is a Durable kind of name…

If our window film had been applied of course — no one would have seen him on the roof — maybe a sort of sketchy outline silhouette.

Whatever. You’d still hear him though.

Which could be good or bad depending on how much you like the violin.

Proper film stars.


Good with glass