Frequently Asked Questions

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Roller Shutters

Outdoor Blinds

Roller Blinds

Plantation Shutters

Security Doors

Blackout Blinds

Roller Shutters Questions

1. How much does it cost to install roller shutters?

The cost of Roller Shutters in Australia varies based on several factors and specific project needs, making it challenging to provide a fixed price.

At Bargains Shutters & Blinds, we manufacture our shutters locally, allowing us to offer window roller blinds at competitive prices. With over a decade of experience, we deliver exceptional services for both domestic and commercial roller shutter needs, from initial quotes to project completion.

2. How long does it take to install roller shutters?

The installation of shutters typically takes between one to two hours per window, depending on factors such as window size, scaffolding needs, and included accessories.

3. How do you clean roller shutters?

Outdoor roller shutters are a fantastic addition to your home or business, though they may occasionally need cleaning to restore their fresh, like-new appearance.

4. Do roller shutters reduce noise?

A properly fitted roller shutter can reduce incoming noise by up to 80%, ensuring peace and quiet at home. Additionally, window roller shutters can lower stress by offering privacy and light control. At Bargains Shutters & Blinds, we guarantee our experts will excellently install your noise-reducing roller shutters.

5. Do roller shutters reduce heat?

Indeed, roller shutters can significantly reduce heat. Their insulation properties help keep your home warm in winter and cool in summer. Premium roller shutters from Bargains Shutters & Blinds feature a special insulating material, offering better temperature control inside your home. This can lead to considerable savings on your energy bills as you won't need to use your AC as frequently.

Outdoor Blinds Questions

1. How much do motorized outdoor blinds cost?

The cost of motorized outdoor blinds varies based on several factors. We offer discounts at Bargain Shutters & Blinds due to our direct relationship with Australian manufacturers. Contact us to discuss your needs, and we'll measure the area for free. We'll then provide an accurate quote tailored to your preferences.

2. How to clean mould off outdoor blinds?

Outdoor Roller Blinds are an excellent addition to any home or business. With proper maintenance and cleaning, their lifespan can be extended significantly. Outdoor fabrics are susceptible to general markings and mold, but addressing these issues promptly will minimize staining and fabric degradation.

3. How to fix outdoor roller blinds?

Most people don’t realize how simple it is to troubleshoot and repair roll-up outdoor shades. In fact, 99% of the time, you can fix them without spending any money. Here are some common issues and their solutions:

Step 1 - Rolling Tension Too Tight
If the tension is too tight, adjust the internal spring by unrolling the shades halfway and replacing them in the brackets. Test the tension and repeat if necessary.

Step 2 - Rolling Tension Too Loose
If the shades are too loose, pull them down halfway, remove them, and manually roll them back up. Reinstall and test, repeating if needed.

Step 3 - Shades Won’t Roll Up
When shades won’t roll up, follow the steps for loosening the tension. If still problematic, unroll halfway, turn the stationary pin with pliers, and adjust the ratchet and pawl connection.

Step 4 - Wobbly Shades
This often results from a bent stationary pin. Fix by removing the shades, straightening the pin with pliers, and reinstalling.

Step 5 - More Extensive Problems
For more severe issues, contact us at 0437 041 739 or send a message. Inspect and attempt repairs, but be cautious of causing further damage that might require replacement.

4. What are the best outdoor blinds?

To create the perfect outdoor space, Bargains Shutters and Blinds offers a variety of PVC and mesh Outdoor Blinds. Often referred to as Café Blinds, Alfresco blinds, or Patio blinds, these products serve the same purpose. Bargains Shutters and Blinds provides Ziptrack blinds that deliver excellent shade and weather protection without the need for ropes or pulleys, enhancing the aesthetics of your outdoor area. With options in PVC or high-tech mesh fabrics, their outdoor blinds are made from high-quality, UV-stabilised materials, ensuring comfort, style, and year-round usability in the harsh Australian climate.

5. How to install outdoor blinds?

At Bargains Shutters and Blinds, installation is on us! If you've purchased Outdoor Blinds from us, the installation comes free of charge. Don't hesitate to reach out via message or give us a call at 0437 041 739 for any queries or assistance you may need. We're here to assist you!

Roller Blinds Questions

1. How much do Roller Blinds cost?

The price of Roller Blinds will depend on many factors. 

Thanks to a direct relationship with Australian manufacturers, our Roller Blinds will offer discounts that no other company canSend us a message and let’s talk about what you are after, then we will measure the area for FREE and come up with an accurate quote based on your preferences.

2. How to clean Roller Blinds?

Extend the roller blinds fully.

Clean both sides of the blinds by wiping them with a damp cloth or using the vacuum's brush attachment. No need to remove the blinds or use strong cleaning agents.

If the blinds are wet, ensure they dry completely before retracting them. Even vinyl blinds can develop mould and mildew if rolled up while damp, so allow them to air dry thoroughly.

3. How to remove Roller Blinds?

Removing blind 1

1. Roll the blind up completely by pulling the chain tension device. This action facilitates easier handling and storage once the blind is detached. In case the blinds are malfunctioning and cannot be rolled up, manually rotate the blind spool counterclockwise (when viewed from the right) until it's fully rolled up. The spool refers to the cylindrical bar around which the fabric wraps, akin to the holder for a roll of tape.

Remove blind 2

2. Unscrew the lower chain safety clip. This clip, situated around ¾ of the way down the blind, serves as the attachment point for the chain pulley on the wall. Insert a screwdriver into the screw head and turn it leftward to loosen and remove the screw. This step can be skipped if your blinds lack a pulley chain.

Remove blind 3.

3. Identify the safety clamp or disc on one side of the roller. Typically, standard roller blinds feature brackets on both ends to secure the roller. One bracket houses a post that supports the roller, while the other holds a safety clamp. You might need a step ladder to access the brackets, starting with the right and then the left side if necessary. If your outside-mounted blinds have bracket covers, pull them towards you to reveal the side with the clamp.

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4. Release the clamp on the mounting bracket. Once you've located the bracket with the clamp, shaped like the letter "C," lift it upward. This action allows the spool on that end of the roller to be removed from its slot. In the absence of a clamp, your blinds may feature a serrated disc on one end, usually opposite the chain drive. Rotate this disc upward until you hear a click to disengage the blind from the bracket.

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5. Remove the roller from both brackets. Each bracket secures the roller in place with a slot. Start by lifting the side of the roller with the clamp out of its slot, then lift the roller from the opposite side bracket. If one end of the roller is spring-loaded and requires slight inward pressure toward the bracket, remove that end first. Depending on the bracket type, you may need to slightly slide the blind sideways to release it from the brackets.

4. How to install Roller Blinds?
  1. Decide where to place the chain. Assess your space and determine which side of the blind you want the chain to hang on. Most roller blinds allow for changing the chain’s position. For instance, if there’s a chair to the left of the window, you might prefer the chain on the left for easier access.
  2. Determine the blind's rolling direction. The blind can roll either under or over the roller. Typically, blinds are positioned to roll under the roller. However, if there are objects protruding from the window, you might choose to roll the blind over the roller to avoid obstructions when pulling it down.
  3. Secure the brackets. Use a hand drill to tightly secure the brackets that come with the roller blind, ensuring they are firmly attached to prevent the blind from falling. Follow the instruction manual specific to your Bargains Shutters and Blinds roller blind, as each model may vary slightly.
  4. Trim the blind to fit the space. If the blind is too large, remove it from the roller and measure the excess that needs to be cut. Mark a vertical line on the blind’s fabric with a pencil and cut along this line. Reattach the trimmed fabric to the roller. Double-check your measurements before cutting. Ensure the fabric is attached perfectly horizontally to the roller to avoid issues with rolling.
  5. Install the blind on the brackets. Fit the blind into the secured brackets, following the specific installation instructions provided with your Bargains Shutters and Blinds roller blind.
  6. Attach the chain to the wall. Use the provided screws and a hand drill to secure the chain to the wall. If the chain hangs loosely beside the blind, securing it may not be necessary.

By following these steps, you can ensure a proper installation of your Bargains Shutters and Blinds roller blind.

5. How to fix a chain on a Roller Blind?

First, carefully detach the two brackets from the wall to remove the roller blind and hold it in your hands. Ensure the blind is fully rolled up if it is in the down position. Place the blind on a flat surface and gently remove the chain mechanism wheel. You’ll see a screw that needs to be removed with a standard screwdriver to access the inner section of the chain wheel.

After removing the screw, gently pull the cap (it will stay attached) to a position where you can insert the chain. Insert the chain, push the cap back to secure the chain, and reinsert the screw without overtightening. Hold the opposite edge of the wheel while tightening the screw to avoid losing any parts. Now the wheel is fixed with the chain.

Next, reinsert the wheel back into the blind. Before reattaching it to the wall, give a small flick to the other wheel (not the end you screwed) to pop out a necessary pin. Attach the end with the wheel mechanism to the corresponding wall bracket, ensuring the semi-covered part is facing upwards. Finally, secure the remaining end to the wall bracket.

That’s it! You’ve successfully fixed your broken roller blind chain with Bargains Shutters and Blinds in no time.

Plantation Shutters Questions

1. How much are Plantation Shutters?

Plantation shutters are typically priced according to the window size and the cost per square meter. The total price also depends on the shutters' style, material, and installation method. Whether you purchase online or from a physical store will affect the overall cost.

Physical stores with showrooms, sales staff, and installation services often have higher prices due to additional expenses. At Bargains Shutters & Blinds, we eliminate these extra costs and pass the savings on to you, offering affordable plantation shutters. Contact us now at 0437 041 739 or send us a message.

2. How to clean Plantation Shutters?

At Bargains Shutters and Blinds, we understand the importance of keeping your plantation shutters looking their best. Here’s a simple guide to help you clean them effectively:

1. Dust Regularly: Use a feather duster or a microfiber cloth to remove dust from the shutters. Start at the top and work your way down, ensuring you get into all the slats.

2. Vacuum: For a more thorough clean, use the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner. Gently run it over each slat to pick up dust and debris.

3. Wipe with a Damp Cloth: For dirt or grime, use a damp cloth with mild soapy water. Wipe each slat, then follow up with a dry cloth to prevent water spots. Make sure not to use excessive water, especially on wooden shutters, to avoid damage.

4. Clean the Hinges and Frames: Don’t forget to clean the hinges and frames. A soft cloth or an old toothbrush can help get into the crevices.

5. Avoid Harsh Chemicals: Do not use harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners, as they can damage the finish of the shutters.

By following these steps, you can keep your plantation shutters from Bargains Shutters and Blinds looking pristine and extend their lifespan. If you have any further questions or need assistance, feel free to call us at 0437 041 739 or send us a message. We’re here to help!

3. Do Plantation Shutters block out light?

At Bargains Shutters and Blinds, we often get asked if plantation shutters block out light. The answer is yes, plantation shutters can effectively block out light when closed. Their adjustable louvres allow you to control the amount of light entering a room. By tilting the louvres, you can either let in natural light or close them completely to darken the room.

For optimal light control, our plantation shutters are designed to fit snugly within the window frame, minimizing gaps that allow light to seep through. This makes them an excellent choice for bedrooms, media rooms, or any space where you want to manage the amount of light.

If you have any more questions or need assistance in choosing the perfect shutters for your home, please call us at 0437 041 739 or send us a message.

4. How to install Plantation Shutters?

At Bargains Shutters and Blinds, we strive to make the installation of your plantation shutters as straightforward as possible. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you through the process:

1. Gather Your Tools: You will need a drill, screws, a level, a measuring tape, and a screwdriver.

2. Measure the Window: Before installing, ensure that your shutters are the correct size for your window. Measure the height and width of the window frame to confirm the fit.

3. Mount the Frame: Position the frame of the shutter inside the window opening. Use a level to ensure it is perfectly aligned. Once in place, drill pilot holes and secure the frame with screws.

4. Attach the Panels: Once the frame is secured, attach the shutter panels. Start by inserting the hinges into the pre-drilled holes on the frame. Ensure the panels are level and swing smoothly.

5. Secure the Panels: Use screws to attach the panels to the frame securely. Double-check that the panels are aligned and adjust if necessary.

6. Test the Operation: Open and close the shutters to ensure they operate smoothly. Adjust the hinges and panels if needed to achieve a perfect fit.

7. Final Adjustments: Make any final adjustments to ensure the shutters are perfectly aligned and secure.

If you prefer, Bargains Shutters and Blinds offers professional installation services to ensure your shutters are installed flawlessly. For more information or assistance, please call us at 0437 041 739 or send us a message. We’re here to help!

5. What is the best material for plantation shutters?

At Bargains Shutters & Blinds, we recommend PVC plantation shutters for several reasons. Not only are they more moisture-resistant, but they are also fire-resistant, making them a safer and more durable choice for your home.

In contrast, wooden plantation shutters tend to be more expensive, harder to clean, and take longer to manufacture. If you’re upgrading your home on a tight schedule or budget, PVC shutters are a convenient alternative.

Additionally, many PVC plantation shutters offer enhanced security features. They are designed with more efficient locking points, making it significantly harder for a thief to gain entry.

For more information or assistance in choosing the best shutters for your needs, feel free to call us at 0437 041 739 or send us a message. We’re here to help!

Security Doors Questions

1. What are the benefits of installing security doors?

Security doors provide enhanced protection against break-ins, increased ventilation without compromising safety, and improved energy efficiency. They also add value to your property and offer peace of mind knowing your home is secure.

2. What types of security doors does Bargain Shutters and Blinds offer?

Bargain Shutters and Blinds offers a variety of security doors, including Invisi-Gard, X-Gard, Alu-Gard, and the popular Diamond-Griller. Each type is designed to meet different security needs and aesthetic preferences.

3. Are your security doors custom-made?

Yes, all our security doors are custom-made to fit your specific door measurements and design requirements. This ensures a perfect fit and optimal security for your home.

4. How long does it take to install a security door?

The installation process typically takes a few hours per door, depending on the complexity of the installation and the specific requirements of your home.

5. Can security doors be installed on any type of door frame?

Yes, our security doors can be installed on various types of door frames, including timber, steel, and aluminum. Our team will assess your door frame and recommend the best installation method.

Blackout Blinds Questions

1. What are blackout blinds?

Blackout blinds are window coverings made with a special fabric that completely blocks out light, providing total darkness in a room. They are ideal for bedrooms, home theatres, and any space where light control is essential.

2. What are the benefits of blackout blinds?

Blackout blinds offer numerous benefits, including improved sleep quality, enhanced privacy, reduced glare on screens, and better energy efficiency by insulating windows against heat and cold.

3. Are blackout blinds suitable for all windows?

Yes, blackout blinds can be custom-made to fit any window size and shape, ensuring a perfect fit and optimal light blocking for any room in your home.

4. How do blackout blinds differ from regular blinds?

Unlike the light filtering blinds, blackout blinds are designed to block out 100% of light. They are made from thicker, opaque fabrics and often include additional features to ensure no light gaps around the edges.

5. How do I clean and maintain blackout blinds?

Cleaning blackout blinds is easy. Regularly dust them with a soft cloth or vacuum with a brush attachment. For deeper cleaning, use a damp cloth with mild soap and water. Avoid using harsh chemicals to prevent damage to the fabric.