Shade Mesh Blinds

Shade Cloth Outdoor Blinds achieve shade protection whilst allowing air movement and aesthetic appeal.

In contrast to Clear PVC blinds, Shade Mesh Outdoor Blinds offer a level of UV and sunlight protection. Most fabric options allow good visibility from the inside out whilst still providing a degree of privacy. Air moves through the fabric allowing heat to escape.

Although not 100% rain proof, shade mesh blinds will provide an element of protection against the rain. Light 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.

Shade Mesh Blinds Options

Options include:

  • Mechanism - Straight Drop, Wire Guides or Ziptrack® blinds.

  • Material choices - Choose from a large range of shade mesh colours.

  • Operation - motorised or non motoried.

Check out our Outdoor Blinds photo gallery to see examples of our work and find the solution that is right for you.

Shade Mesh Applications:

We have installed shade mesh blinds in domestic applications around pergolas, decks, across windows. Ziptrack® blinds enable outdoor areas to be fully enclosed to offer protection against sun, uv, rain, insects.

Commercial installations of shade mesh blinds have included cafes and restaurants. In these applications seating capacity is usually increased as patrons are more comfortable and areas that may not otherwise be used in certain weather situations come into play.

Case Study

See our case study of shade mesh Ziptrak® outdoor blind installation at a cafe in Wollombi.  

Frequently Asked Questions

How to clean outdoor blinds
We are often asked 'How do I clean my Outdoor Blinds?'

The important piece of advice we have is to use the recommended cleaning product specifically designed for Outdoor Blinds and do not use full strength detergents or abrasive products or abrasive cloths including scourers or harsh/wire brushes. 

We provide some information below but always follow the manufacturers specific cleaning instructions.

Proper maintenance and upkeep is important to ensure a long life for your product. Use care and always use quality products through the process of cleaning and maintaining your outdoor blinds.

How to Clean Outdoor PVC Clear Blinds

  • Use a soft clothand remove pollens and dust regularly.
  • Avoid spraying garden sprays or chemicals near your Outdoor Blind product.
  • For cleaning outdoor PVC blinds we recommend using VuPlex® , which can be found at hardware stores.  
    VuPlex® Outdoor Blind Cleaning Product
  • The product can be used on both surfaces (inside and outside) of your PVC blind.
  • Ensure your blind is completely dry before closing it or rolling it up.
  • Remove leaves or bird droppings as soon as possible and don't leave them on the blind.
  • Follow manufacturers cleaning instructions.
    Ziptrak® Outdoor Blind Cleaning Instructions

How to clean Shade Mesh Outdoor Blinds

  • Remove  and pollen and dust reguarly with a soft cloth.
  • Remove leaves and bird droppings as soon as possible.
  • When you need to wash your Outdoor blinds, use a soft cloth/ microfibre cloth and cold soapy water.
  • The soapy water can be used on both surfaces (inside and outside) of your Shademesh blind.
  • Ensure your blind is completely dry before closing it or rolling it up.

Should I use shade mesh or clear PVC for my outdoor blinds?

We often find ourselves running through the pros and cons of shade mesh and clear PVC as alterative materials for 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
Shade mesh 
  • 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.

Shade Mesh Blind Options

shade mesh blinds

To see our full range of Shade Mesh Blind styles and options, view the Photo Gallery and download the product brochures -

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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"Awning solves our problem with direct sunlight and difficulty with putting up any other kind of shade. Service was extremely good. Very prompt response, helpful advice and friendly approach. It was refreshing to deal with a supplier who responded straight away to our request and kept us regularly updated on progress."

Alice & Mark 

Folding Arm Awning

"After a number of alternative providers failed to attend scheduled quotation appointments we contact Tim at 4.00pm. Tim was immediately proactive and set an appointment at our house at 8.30 the next day. In the meantime, Tim mailed photographs to give us an indication of his work. True to his word, Tim attended and provided us a quote on the spot. Later that day we accepted and agreed on an installation date. The product was delivered and installed on the agreed date. We are very happy with Tim's service and advice, the product itself and the final result. We would recommend East Coast Shade Design, Thanks."

Craig F


Installed Skyspan Retractable Umbrella: "Is an attractive addition to our home entertaining area - neighbours comment favourably. Service: Especially good from order to installation and subsequently, obvious interest in our satisfaction levels was most gratifying. It is a pleasure to do business with East Coast Shade Design."

Dianne V


"Excellent - very happy with quality of sails and strength of posts and fittings. Patience and input into design was very much appreciated - end result was perfect. Delivered more than was promised in service, timeliness and effect. Amazing turnaround times - completed significantly earlier than promised."

Emma & Angus H


"Very Good Service. Prompt to quote and install. Awning looks great and was exactly what we wanted."

Harol 230 Folding Arm Awning

"Very impressed with the quality of materials used and very cost competitive compared with my other quotes. First Class Service - very timely service. I very much enjoyed having Tim do the work - very professional and reliable and shows great enthusiasm in his work."

James Harrison


"Great creative insight into design - withstands the weather and supports our need for shade. Regular Communication meant work proceeded efficiently and friendly manner. It looks great, kids happy, we're happy."

Karrawong Kindy

Shade Sails:  "Excellent and prompt. Clean and neat (& cheerful) work. Tim Davies was very helpful and patient."

Max & Lorraine Lowery

Mt Errington Early Learning Centre

"We love our new awning. It is easy to use and looks great. Service: Excellent. Friendly. Good Follow-up. Informative. Didn't push me to spend more - recommended what was necessary. We are very happy with end result and it blends with our house as if it was meant to be there all along."

Melinda C


Outdoor blind installation: "Very helpful, kept informed at all times - installed blind very quickly without disruption. Happy to have done business - would use again."

Neil Hunter

Campus Central, Ourimbah

"Thanks to Tim an and the team for a very professional installation of our new motorised awning. We were very impressed with the product, and with the detailed investigation and resolution of the mounting details and installation process ."


New Lambton

"The sail that we had installed is excellent in both workmanship and quality. It is better than we imagined and provides us with our desired requirement of privacy and shade. The service provided by Tim is exceptional. His expertise and attention to detail was invaluable enabling us to work together to achieve the desired result even though the area to be covered was unusual and complicated in design. Tim understood the importance of getting our sail exactly right and we are delighted with the result. We would have no hesitation in recommending East Coast Shade Design to anyone considering installing a shade sail. Tim kept us informed from beginning to end of the project."

Paul and Jill


"Heavy sail material, powder-coated posts, stainless fittings all look like a quality product. Excellent communications and Tim is there when he says he will be."

Terry W

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We supply and install throughout the Hunter Valley, Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, the Central Coast and Northern suburbs of Sydney.

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  • Rathmines, NSW 2283
  • Call. 1300 668 187