Choosing the Right Outdoor Blinds

Things to consider when choosing the right type of outdoor blind

There are many different types of outdoor blinds and awnings available to choose from and it is important to be well informed so that you can choose the most appropriate one. Some outdoor blinds or awnings are more suitable than others and the type of outdoor blind or awning you require will depend on the following factors:

  • Location (e.g. on a second story window or balcony)
  • Budget
  • Structural fixing points
  • Size of the area you are covering

The Auto Standard Blinds

Auto standard shade

An auto standard blind awning using acrylic canvas fabric. The auto standard awning can be made from other fabrics such as Vistaweave mesh or PVC. This type of awning is economical, sturdy and easy to operate.

The roller is spring loaded and can be manually pulled up and down with the side attachments moving up the bar channels; you simply hold the middle bar, twist away from you and slide it up.

You will need side supports to fasten the sliding bars too, and they can not be operated with a winder or motor, so you may be restricted with the height you wish to install them at. They are supplied in width from 1100mm through to 4500mm, with a drop of up to 2700mm

The Channel Blinds

Full height blind 2

The channel outdoor blinds look neat and tidy and can really spice up the outdoor setting. While they are sturdy and supported by the channels of either side of the blind, it is recommended that you wind them up in the event of a storm.

The channel system is one of the more expensive systems for outdoor blinds as there are more components and labour involved during installation. However, they are very durable and the tracks can last 10 years and beyond. You will need side supports to secure the channels, such as posts or pillars, and they can be operated with a gearbox and winder or motor. You can use a variety of fabrics, and they come in sizes from 800mm wide up to 4800mm wide and can drop up to 3300mm

The Rope And Pulley Outdoor Blinds

three shade blinds inside

The rope and pulley system is another economical and highly effective shade solution. The rope goes around a bottom bar and through a pulley system up the top of the blind and you can manually pull the blinds up and down using the ropes. You can then latch the ropes when finished to a support on the side.

You may use commercial grade zips to secure the blinds to the sides or use latches secured to the concrete as shown in this picture. A bottom bar is inserted in the bottom of the blind to add weight to the blind and keep it sturdy. They range from 1100mm up to 6000mm wide and up to a 3500mm drop.

The Wire Guide Outdoor Blind

wire guide

The wire guide blind is ideal for setting where there are no posts to secure to. The wires running down the sides of the blind will help to keep the blind secure and the blind is operated through a cassette from the top.

The wires are embedded into the ground to keep them secure. Though a more expensive option, they offer great stability and provide stylish looks for interior applications. They start at 1500mm wide up to 4000mm and can drop up to 3300mm.

Standard Drop Blinds

outdoor blinds front view

Much like the wire guide blind, the standard drop blinds are suitable for area where you don’t have secure channels, zips, tracks or side posts.

They are also a great options for those on a budget, however it is recommended to use straps to secure the blinds to the floor and/or a gearbox with a winder to wind up and down. They range in size from 1150mm to 4500mm with a 2700mm drop.

Additional Extras

Some outdoor blinds come with some additional extras, these may include:

  • Gear Box
  • Hood
  • Motor
  • Wind sensor
  • Valance

The gear box is used to allow the operator to wind the blind up and down. The winders come in all sizes to suit different heights. A standard size is 900mm up to 2 or 3 m to reach reach areas that are higher up. The winder and gearbox will also help to keep the fabric tight.

The purpose of the hood is to protect the fabric from the sun when it is rolled up, it also has a nicer appearance. You may not want a hood if the area is undercover or protected.

A motor can be used to operate the blinds automatically. You can either operate with an app or remote.

The wind sensor is another optional addition and will activate at certain wind speeds to ensure the outdoor blind or awning is not damaged during a storm

The valance is the strip of fabric found on the bottom of the blind, it’s main function is for appearance and it help to disguise the stitching.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]