An attractive way of providing privacy and protection from the elements, outdoor blinds are a popular choice. They can turn open external space into usable protected outdoor living area. A very popular choice with restaurants and cafes to extend their seating capacity in areas exposed to the wind, rain or sun.
Outdoor Blind Options
They are available as a straight drop, fully retractable or awning style and manual or motorised versions are available:
Straight Drop - this option provides great cover to verandahs, patios, decks and pergolas. Operated as a spring-loaded blind they provide great coverage to your outdoor entertaining area or against a window. Very well suited for sun protection whilst still providing air flow. A simple mechanism with stainless steel clips used to lock the base rail to the floor or to posts.
Wire guides - typically used with spring operation and used for window coverings. Provides privacy and allows ventilation. We use marine grade stainless steel cables making them perfect for use in coastal areas.
Ziptrak® blinds - has the advantage of creating a closed off space ensuring privacy and providing insect control, sun protection and superior insulation. See our Ziptrak® blinds photo gallery to view projects we have installed. Also have a read of our case study where we installed shade mesh Ziptrak® outdoor blinds at a cafe in Wollombi
Choose the finishing touches to suit your situation. We offer the following headbox options:
- Closed Headbox: Provides the maximum protection from the elements to the fabric to help keep it clean
- Open Headbox: Increases air circulation around the blind and reduces the temperature, which can reduce the stickiness of clear PVC blinds.
- Open roller - a modern look and less componentry means the cost is reduced.
Material choices - Choose from a large range of colours and fabric types including clear PVC and shade mesh. See our information in relation to the pros and cons of each option below. Check out our Outdoor Blinds photo gallery to see examples of our work and find the solution that is right for you.
Choices of operation
Motorised - full control of your blind with the touch of a button. Stop the blind at any point.
Non-motorised - options here include an automatic spring operation which allows you to manually adjust the heght of the blind whilst using hold down clips to the ground or post.
The other alternative here is for a fully manual wind up crank mechanism. The geared crank ensures its easy to wind up with minimal effort.
Outdoor Blinds Application
Outdoor blinds are a very popular option for extending outdoor living areas or providing protection against the elements in both doemstic and commercial settings.
We have installed many outdoor blinds in domestic situations that have changed the way people use their outdoor living areas. We have also installed blinds to provide window covering or privacy.
Window covering Once sunlight hits a window, the heating problem is a more difficult one to solve - outdoor blinds prevent the sun from hitting the glass and transferring heat inside. Cool your home by up to 15 degrees, reduce your carbon footprint and save on air conditioning bills.
Extend your outdoor living area Enclose a pergola or outdoor area to protect against insects, sun, wind and rain.
Commercial applications are varied and numerous. A very popular choice for cafes to make their outdoor eating areas more comfortable for patrons. Restaraunts extend outdoor seating seasons using clear PVC or shade mesh blinds. See our case study of shade mesh outdoor blind installation at a cafe in Wollombi.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Should I use shade mesh or clear PVC for my outdoor blinds?
Over many years of installation experience we have observed what works well in what situations what considerations there are to work through to make sure you get the result you are after. Here are some thoughts and comments:Clear PVC
- Is obviously fully transparent so there may be reason to select this as the optimum choice
- Provides wind and rain protection
- Does not provide sun protection
- Is 100 % waterproof as a material
- It does degenerate over time and will fade to a cloudy colour
- Shows creases and crease marks may stay as white marks on the material
- Can get very warm inside the clear PVC
- Is not breathable and does not allow for air movement through the material
- Maximum roll width for clear PVC is 1350mm therefore there tends to be more seams with this material choice than with shade mesh
- PVC blinds tend to shrink and grow - they show distinct changes in characteristics depending on hot or cold weather
- Provides an element of privacy
- Gives sun, wind and rain protection
- Comes in a variety of colour options
- Shade mesh is still transparent - can be seen out of but not into.
- Allows air to circulate and maintain a more regulated environment
- Although not 100% rain proof, shade mesh will provide an element of protection against the rain. Rain tends to hit the shade mesh and fall to the ground on the outside of the blind, the small proportion of water in a heavier rain fall that would make its way inside the perforations of the mesh don't travel very far.
- Blinds can generally be made in one single sheet of material minimising seams within the blind.
- Very stable fabric, doesn't shrink or expand.
Outdoor Blind Range
Conservatory Awning VZ520 (232 KB)
Outdoor Blinds SC670 (233 KB)
Pivot Arm Outdoor Blind FR600 (294 KB)
Straight Drop Blind FR300 (251 KB)
Ziptrak Brochure (372 KB)
Ziptrak Outdoor Flyer (513 KB)
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