Outdoor blinds are a practical and stylish addition to the exterior of any home, and while keeping the suns harmful UV rays at bay they can also add value to your property. Outdoor blinds can also be used to shelter you from the elements, by protecting a veranda, patio, outdoor entertainment area or outdoor kitchen from the wind and rain. Blinds together with awnings and sunshades can add another dimension to your outdoor areas whilst shielding your precious outdoor furniture from the sun. Outdoor blinds are typically larger and heavier than their indoor cousins, so will have a lift cord, rope pulley or gearbox system for adjustment. Also consider motorised or automated outdoor blinds for the ultimate in convenience, with advanced models offering remote control and timed operation.
Outdoor blinds are available in a range of materials, including:
Fabric – a wide range of treated cloths and canvas are available for your outdoor blinds. The added advantage of fabric blinds is that you have a wide range of styles, colours and designs to choose from.
Timber – timber or wood blinds can add a stylish finish to exterior window treatments, giving your home an elegant and tasteful finish.
PVC – clear or solar tinted PVC (plastic) blinds are a convenient way of enjoying some or all of the suns rays without exposure to the elements, and are popular for sun rooms or enclosed patios. They are a convenient and cost effective way of expanding the living area of your patio or veranda, especially in the winter.
When buying and choosing outdoor blinds, follow these simple guidelines to make your task easier:
Durability – as well the blind material which should be sealed, treated or UV resistant make sure the fittings are aluminium, galvanised steel or stainless steel for maximum durability
Material – choose a material that suits the specific requirements of the space where you are installing your outdoor blind. If you require some light penetration choose a tinted PVC blind.
Measurements – if you are installing the blinds yourself, ensure that you measure accurately leaving room for the blind to overlap the gap slightly
Aspect – consider the direction and positioning of the sun throughout the day when siting your outdoor blinds
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