Last Updated May 28, 2010 · Written by Craig Gibson
Do you need to enclose an outdoor area, or are you looking for new ways to stop the heat from entering your home? External blinds are the perfect solution. Read on to learn more about the different types available.
It is interesting to note that if the sun hits the glass in windows, the glass will transfer heat into the house, even if the interior blinds or curtains are closed. As well as stopping this heat transfer, external blinds also stop UV rays from damaging curtains and furnishings.
These blinds are truly versatile and can be used to enclose patios, pergolas, other outdoor living areas, as well as providing protection to windows. Straight drop blinds are retractable blinds that are available in a huge range of colours and styles. They can be operated in a variety of ways also – from a gearbox or motor operation, to a spring loaded top tube with a rope and pulley or a pull stick system. Motorised blinds also have the options of being fitted with a sensor or radio controlled.
These blinds are custom made to fit your windows and come in a range of designs, shapes and sizes. The components of the blinds are anodized, powder coated or stainless steel. As far as colours and fabrics go, there is a huge range available.
Exterior conservatory blinds stop up to 95 percent of the sun’s rays from reaching the glass, allowing you to use the room comfortably in the summer months. There are many types of suitable fabric but the best option is shade mesh, as shade mesh fabrics cut up to 95 percent of UV rays while still allowing good visibility and enough light to make the room feel open.
PVC retractable blinds are the perfect solution for outdoor areas, allowing you to make maximum use of the area even when it is raining or windy. These blinds can be clear or tinted, depending on your preference. The blinds are made from UV stabilised PVC and are operated using a gearbox and crank handle. In some applications, they can be motorised.
External Venetian blinds can provide protection against glare and they also provide exceptional light control, thanks to the ability to control the position of the slats. As well, the blinds significantly reduce the amount of heat that enters the building as they stop the sun’s rays from hitting the glass. These blinds can even be automated to ensure that the shading levels are perfectly matched to the time of day.
A variety of slat widths are available in a choice of colours. The slats themselves can even be perforated. Matching head and bottom rails ensure that the blind is both functional and decorative. When the blinds are not required, they can be retracted. Venetian blinds can be operated manually, be motorised, or be fully automated. They are usually made from aluminium.