FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
Electric operated blinds are a type of window blind that can be operated by an electric motor instead of manually. The motor is connected to the blind mechanism and can be controlled by a switch, remote control or smart home automation system. The motor is powered by mains electricity or battery power depending on the model. Electric blinds are ideal for hard to reach windows or for people with mobility issues. At Direct Fabrics, we offer a range of electric operated blinds with various control options to suit your needs.
Yes, electric operated blinds are safe for homes and offices. The blinds are equipped with safety features such as automatic stop and reverse mechanisms that prevent the blinds from closing on objects or people. Our electric blinds are also tested and certified to meet the latest safety standards. In addition, our team at Direct Fabrics can advise you on the best installation methods and safety precautions for your electric blinds to ensure they are installed correctly and safely.
Yes, electric operated blinds can be integrated with smart home systems such as Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit. This allows you to control your blinds with your voice, smartphone, or other smart devices. At Direct Fabrics, we offer a range of electric blinds that can be connected to different smart home systems. Our team can help you choose the right blinds and integration options to suit your needs.
As a family business, we at Direct Fabrics aim to provide a uniquely professional and personalised service for all our customers, however big or small. We work within contract furnishings sectors and have over 60 years of experience, ensuring we provide unparalleled quality in all projects we assist in. We are only too aware that each customer will have individual requirements, whether it’s a metre of fabric or a contract for a hotel, school or nursing home, we’ll be able to tailor our service for you.
All members of our customer service team pride themselves on giving every customer clear concise advice and informing you, whatever stage your order’s at, from quick quotations to receiving free samples, and then post-order. When you pick up the phone, you’re able to speak to the team between 9am-5pm from Monday to Friday. You may even speak to the Director himself as he plays a keen role in the day-to-day operations of the company.
Our humble story started with Joe Simon commenced trading in 1947, his market stall was the place to buy velvet in the North East. The chances are that if you are from the North East, a member of family will remember the ‘curtain men’, Joe and son Martin, from the early days. Nowadays Direct Fabrics is a third-generation family business; for over 60 years we have expanded our business with loyal and dedicated staff.
ECS Enterprises Ltd’s trading entity, Direct Fabrics, still prides itself on the same ethics that Joe and Martin Simon stood by. We share our passion for textiles with all our clients to make your projects run smoothly and ensure the quality of soft furnishings you expect from a British manufacturer. We continue to provide you with a comprehensive range of quality fabrics including bedding, towels and restaurant linens, all at competitive prices. We’re preferred by some of the most prestigious hotels including the Marriot, Sheraton, Hilton and many more.
We look forward to doing business with you and we look forward to receiving any questions or comments you may have.
Edward C. Simon
ECS Enterprises t/a Direct Fabrics
Company Registration - 08543363
VAT Number 181905107
Our fabrics that feature sound absorption coefficients and an acoustic rating have these scores as a result of extensive laboratory testing alongside SRL Acoustics.
Contract curtains are required by law to be flame retardant, they must meet the BS5867 Part 2 Type B/C standards. We at Direct Fabrics offer a large range of fabrics that BSI have accredited with these standards.
Some other accreditations held by our several flame retardant fabrics include:
- NFPA 701 Part 1 & 2
- European EN 13773
- Italian Classe Uno
- IMO FTP Code 2010 Part 7
Electric Operated Roller Blinds Features
The Direct Fabrics Defiant® R55 electric roller blind with a Somfy motor as standard. White plastic covered, metal brackets for face or top fixing with 53 or 70mm grooved aluminium barrel, depending on blind size and fabric weight, housing a powerful 240v AC Somfy motor. The motor is controlled by a switch/transformer which may be surface or flush mounted. Fabric is locked into groove in barrel, and features white Tear Drop aluminium bottom bar as standard.
The R55 offers a premium roller blind for situations where strength and ease of use are paramount. It’s quiet and reliable motor is housed within the barrel and supported by sturdy, attractive metal brackets. The fabric is locked into barrel and bottom bar in such a way that, although it cannot be pulled out, it may be slid out sideways for easy repair or replacement of blind cover. A large number of control options are available, including RF and infra-red remote allowing the specifier to integrate the window shading element into an overall scheme of electrical control systems.
Alternative bottom bars in aluminium, including fabric covered; Tear Drop aluminium bottom bar in black or silver; Wire side-guiding system; Remote and/or group control systems.
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