Pleats as sun protection  


General facts:

Pleats are a kind of blinds, however, they are not made of aluminum lamellae but of an artificial fibre. This fibre reflects the sunlight and thus protects from sun. (Plissee, Sonnenschutz) Most pleats are treated with a so-called pearl reflection coating and reflect sunlight up to 70%. So, you will always find a cool room even in summer. Pleats have become very popular since they are easy to demount and to clean. Pleats are available in most various colors and shapes that is why they become more and more popular with customers. Pleats do not only protect from light but as a heat protection or privacy shields. (Wärmeschutz, Blickschutz) Especially in summer pleats prevents sun light from shining into the room whereas in winter they offer an additional heat protection. Also in bathrooms and moisture-proof rooms pleats can be applied as they can be made of resistant fabrics. (Feuchtraumplissee)

Pleats fabrics:

When it comes to fabrics, pleats are very flexible. As already mentioned above pleats are not only made of paper but of artificial fibers as well which is very often produced of 100% polyester. In the meanwhile not only single-colored cloths are offered but also structured ones. Preferred colours are currently warm shades such as red and orange. Many pleats contain the very popular crash optic and thus are a real eye-catcher. (Plissee) They are particularly popular for children’s rooms as they are available in many different forms and shapes.

Types of pleats:

Pleats can be distinguished between 2 different types. Pleats can offer light protection as well as heat protection. (Lichtschutz, Wärmeschutz) Light protection pleats can be purchased in three variations of different permeability to light. These three variations are called transparent, light-permeable and dimming. Transparent pleats let a large amount of the light into the room whereas in the evening only little privacy protection is provided. (Sichtschutz) Light-permeable pleats, however, only lets a small amount of light into the room. Theses pleats can create marvelous light effects and provide an optimal protection from dazzling. (Blendschutz) Dimming pleats do not let any light into the room, it can neither be looked inside nor to the outside. 100% protection from light and dazzling is achieved which is a huge advantage when holding presentations. (Lichtschutz, Blendschutz) Now we have given you an insight into the world of light protection pleats.

Heat protection:

The second type of pleats is made for heat protection. Here as well can be distinguished between 3 different types: pleats with high, sufficient and low heat protection. Pleats with a high heat protection are equipped with a reflective layer on the eoutside which reflects the light. This provides for little heat in the rooms in summer and insulation against cold in winter. (Wärmeschutz, Kälteschutz) Furthermore this type also offers an additional protection from noise since the sound waves are softened. (Lärmschutz) In contrast, pleats with a sufficient heat protection scatter the light which leads to a quick and even warming up of the things located within the room. (Wärmeschutz) Furthermore also only a part of the light is let into the room and sound waves are softened as well in order to guarantee a protection from noise. (Lärmschutz) Pleats with a low heat protection do also scatter the light but less than the ones with a sufficient heat protection. An even heating-up of the things in the room is achieved as well. The protection from cold is not as good as the one which other pleats provide.

Pleats for moisture proof spaces:

Additional types of pleats are pleats for moisture-proof spaces which have a big advantage in moist rooms. Thanks to their water-resistant fabrics they are especially well-suitable for bathrooms. Especially for bathrooms that contain a lot of glass they are a perfect solution. In order to avoid mould frequent ventilation is absolutely essential. (Feuchtraumplissee)


Whoever is fed up with the complex cleaning methods for aluminum blinds will love the cleaning possibilities for pleats since many of the cloths can be soaked in 30 degree warm water and afterwards simply be washed off. (Reinigung) Afterwards the pleats are pressed together and hung up for drying in moisture and slightly piled condition. The slight piling of the cloth is important in order to prevent the pleats from smoothing and the system from losing its functionality and optic. By doing so, your pleats will look like new after 15 to 20 minutes.