Using Retractable Blinds for Outdoor Living Spaces

March 31, 2019

Designing the perfect outdoor living space involves more than simply choosing a style of furniture. When you’re battling the elements in Australia, you need to focus on functionality before anything else to ensure your final result is a space that you can use comfortably any day of the year. Retractable blinds in outdoor spaces are a versatile, functional and attractive way to protect your belongings, your family, and your peace of mind.


The Obstacles to Outdoor Living in Australia

When it comes to outdoor living areas, there are a few factors that we get asked the most questions about. Firstly, we find that pests and vermin are an ongoing issue in every season; in summer alone, the flies and mosquitoes make it nearly impossible to enjoy the outdoors. Another problem is sunlight and the UV rays that come with it, fading furniture and causing uncomfortable heat and glare.

Melbourne is prone to some unpredictable weather patterns where rain and hail can occur at the drop of a hat. All of these problems can be solved by simply installing retractable outdoor blinds, and you’ll have complete control of light, shade and breeze. A basic installation of Ziptrak or Roller Crank blinds will see you making the most of beautiful days while minimising the limitations of poor weather.


Why We Love Outdoor Blinds

There are so many benefits to installing outdoor retractable blinds, so we’ve narrowed it down to our top four reasons:

  1. Total protection from the elements, vermin, and pests means you can enjoy your outdoor space more often and for longer periods of time.
  2. Outdoor blinds come in a range of styles and colours so you can add something special to the appearance of your home – this can also help to increase your resale value or rental yield in the future.
  3. If you live in a busy area or your backyard can be easily looked into, you’ll love the privacy that comes with retractable blinds – you’ll feel like you’re in an oasis away from the rest of the world.
  4. Our outdoor blinds are specifically built to last a long time and require minimal maintenance, making them easy to use all year ‘round.


Choosing the Best Retractable Blinds for Your Outdoor Space

There are so many options available on the market, so it’s important to find the right blinds for your home or business. This depends on what you plan on using the space for; for example, if you wanted to build an outdoor kitchenette, you’d need to make sure the space is completely enclosed and waterproof. We’ll discuss some of your options so you can choose the best installation for your home.


Ziptrak Outdoor Blinds

Ziptrak outdoor blinds are fantastic for creating a new space in your home that can be used at a moment’s notice to entertain. They have no zips, cords, ropes or wires, meaning they’re safe for children and pets – plus, fewer moving parts means less maintenance over time. Ziptrak blinds are a good option when you want to create an enclosed area and you’re conscious of how much privacy you have.

Ziptrak blinds are fully retractable, and they can be operated manually or with a motor – we’ll get into the perks of motorisation a bit later. As a whole, Ziptrak blinds will protect you from wind, rain, dust and insects. When the weather is ideal, your blinds can simply be pushed out of the way, allowing you to enjoy an unobstructed view.


Zipscreen Outdoor Sunshade Blinds

The Zipscreen range from Alfresco Blinds Co is similar to the Ziptrak in operation; however, these outdoor sunscreens have a patented zip-guided system that is one of a kind and has been designed for ease of use and durability. When you want to retain your view with total protection from the elements, Zipscreen is an innovative product for both homes and businesses.

If you wish to learn more about the differences and find the right product for your needs and budget, just get in touch with Alfresco Blinds Co and we’ll discuss your options.


Roller Crank Blinds

If you aren’t looking for complete enclosure in your outdoor space, especially on patios and balconies, roller crank blinds are the stylish and affordable answer. These blinds can be tailored to your budget while still feeling upmarket. Roller blinds are simple and effective to protect your home from sunlight and dust while maximising your privacy.

One of the greatest benefits to roller blinds is their versatility and possibilities for total customisation. Whatever your design preferences are, you can pick custom colours, fabrics and styles to match your existing décor. Roller blinds are also extremely easy to clean with a damp cloth, and they are simple to operate.


The Perks of Motorising Your Retractable Blinds

Regardless of the kinds of blinds you choose, motorisation is readily available to simplify how you interact with your outdoor space. Some motors have been developed to use weather sensors that will react instantly to harsh sun, heavy rain and strong wind. The blinds will come down automatically, and they will even retract when the wind becomes too strong to protect themselves from extensive damage.

If you’re concerned about safety in your home, motorisation and automation is a fantastic choice. Motorising your blinds makes them more accessible for elderly people and those with disabilities as the remote control removes the need for strenuous effort. This added convenience is also the most child-friendly option as all dangerous cords and chains are made redundant/hidden.

When you’ve already spent your money on outdoor blinds, you want them to last as long as possible. Motorisation prevents physical wear and tear from manual use, and the blind will never overextend or retract past their intended position.


Speak with Alfresco Blinds Co in Melbourne

To create the ideal outdoor space in your Melbourne home or business, get in touch with the team at Alfresco Blinds Co. We have a range of options to suit all styles and budgets, and we are more than happy to have a chat about your needs. Simply call us on 1300 735 077 or get a free quote online!

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