Did you know that timber outdoor blinds can serve several important purposes for the exterior of your home? These include (but are not limited to) heat protection, light control, blocking wind and blocking rain. Whilst there are a number of different blind materials to choose from (such as PVC), you should definitely opt for timber if you are looking for a natural alternative. We have taken a closer look at outdoor use in this article.
Where can these products be used?
There are a number of outdoor locations that could benefit from the addition of timber blinds, including: the exterior of windows, balconies, verandahs, decks, carports and roofs. Basically, any location around the outside of your home could benefit from the addition of blinds. They can make alfresco areas, for example, significantly more comfortable at all times of the year because they are able to block out more extreme weather (such as blazing heat and driving rain).
Many people also use these furnishings for external commercial purposes, such as the outdoor dining area at a restaurant or on the windows of a school. They can provide the same sorts of protections and benefits that come residentially.
How do they operate and what are the key features?
The great thing about timber outdoor blinds is that they are incredibly easy to roll up and down. They also come fully equipped with a solid timber head rail, locking pulleys, nylon operating cords, pre-drilled fixing holes and a valance (which covers all workings). The blinds can be stopped at any level, which allows you maximum control over light and heat penetration. Any stitching is tetron, which will withstand the elements and provide you many years of use.
These days, it is also possible to invest in outdoor blinds that are motorised. This means that they can be raised or lowered at the touch of a button, whilst some will even operate automatically when a sensor is hit by sun or rain.
What sort of maintenance is required?
The great thing about timber is that maintenance is fairly basic; all you need to do is give it a wipe down every now and then using a damp cloth. This will pick up dirt, dust and other particles that may have gathered on the slats. We recommend that you leave the blinds all the way down when wet until they have fully dried. We also recommend rolling them up during high winds and storms to prevent them from becoming damaged (or even from damaging your home).
Whilst these blinds are relatively low maintenance, it is important to note that they aren’t no maintenance. Failing to properly care for your timber can lead to it deteriorating far too quickly, as well as any stains or paints flaking away.
Now that you recognise timber outdoor blinds as a natural alternative to other manmade materials, we hope that you will consider them for your exterior locations. Not only are these blinds highly suited to a variety of applications, they look fantastic and are sure to serve your home for many years to come. Whilst we do recommend getting them custom made (to ensure a perfect fit), we also believe that you should explore all your options.
Energy Window Fashions offers wide range of blinds including aluminium, thermacell cellular blinds and plantation timber shutters in Melbourne, Australia.