Can outdoor blinds protect your house from different weather conditions? The cold in winter or the heat in summer. Outdoor blinds may be the answer. For many people, a house is the biggest asset and purchase they will make in their lifetime. Even if it isn't one you own but rather rent, a home is a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of daily life – a refuge from reality. Therefore, it would make sense for the most part that this asset and sanctuary would want to be protected as much as possible.
Oftentimes people consider protecting their home from “seen” threats or commonly experienced ones, such as burglaries, fire, flood, pests. This is often done with inspections and insurance. However it is not often considered the impact that heat and weather can have on a home, nor how these impacts can be reduced.
Do Outdoor Blinds Protect Against All Weather Conditions?
The level of protection received from outdoor blinds will ultimately be determined by the type of blinds themselves. For example, an awning, which is a blind made of fabric similar to shade cloth, will not provide anywhere near as much protection than sturdier blinds. Similarly, fabric or mesh-type blinds are less likely to protect against the rain but may be highly effective at heat reduction. You can see more types of outdoor blinds here.
Generally speaking, a person will need to make a choice between weather protection or heat protection when it comes to selecting blinds. This will ultimately determine the suitability of blinds for them. In a climate that experiences long, cold and wet winters, there is an added desire to be able to use alfresco or outdoor eating areas. However, these desires are often hampered by the need for waterproof blinds.
Are All Outdoor Blinds Waterproof?
Not all outdoor blinds are waterproof. The purpose of the outdoor blind variety will ultimately determine their level of waterproofness. For example, outdoor blinds meant for heat and light reduction will not often be waterproof as they will need to be made of a very lightweight material or mesh, dark in colour, that still permits air movement. Conversely, outdoor blinds intended for weatherproofing need to be of thick and sturdy material in order to reduce or eliminate water and wind infiltration.
Which Types of Outdoor Blinds are Waterproof?
Outdoor blinds that are waterproof are generally made from a water retardant material, such as plastic or metal. The most commonly seen type of weatherproof outdoor blind is one that is made from clear PVC plastic. Often these roll up and down and are secured by tie-downs or even zips. The zipper type of outdoor blind tends to be more waterproof than those with tie-downs. This is because the zips eliminate space for wind and water infiltration. Tie-down outdoor roller blinds still have gaps between each sheet of the blind, allowing water and wind to creep through. When looking for a waterproof type of outdoor blind, it is often advised to avoid automated or motorised blinds as, if not protected, water can get into the electronics of the motor and short circuit the blinds, rendering them unusable.
Outdoor blinds, when properly selected and manufactured, have the ability to be weather and waterproof. This is a highly useful aspect of outdoor blinds in Melbourne. In order to ensure the blinds selected are waterproof, it is best to contact a professional blinds company to discuss your options. Always remember, though: fabric (such as shade cloth or awning) will not be waterproof whereas PVC (plastic) is more likely to be water and weatherproof.