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Protective Coverings | 3 Shrewd Plots To Outfit Exterior Windows With Weather-Tolerant Blinds

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Awnings and external blinds are popular protective coverings for your outside windows because they punctuate your home with solitude and alluring enhancement. Bad decisions could leave you with faded and damaged window treatments because outdoor spaces are prone to weather extremities. Follow these shrewd plots to outfit exterior windows with weather-tolerating blinds.

Your Material Choice Must Endure Outdoor Characteristics Of Your Local Region

The material or fabric you choose for external blinds plays a crucial role in how they survive on your exterior windows. Cloth fabrics tend to be light and absorbent, so they may not be ideal for outdoor windows subject to harsh weather, particularly during rains, winds or storms. Areas like Newcastle in NSW are well known for high-speed winds with an average of 22.9 and 30.9 kilometres per hour (kph) morning and evening winds. Similarly, areas like Toowoomba in Queensland and Ballarat in Victoria average winds of 21.7 and 19.2 kph respectively in the morning. In these areas, heavier fabrics like PVC or fibreglass are better equipped to handle local weather characteristics and are less susceptible to damage from dirt, insects and mud.

Affirm Your Operational Desirability

Most external blinds are remote-control operated or chain operated. Your convenience and preference should come into play when making a final choice. Before deciding, you should be aware that motorised remote-controlled blinds tend to be slightly more expensive because they are electronically operated, which is different from the chain mechanical operation. If you open and close your external blinds every day or a few times in the day, motorised varieties are more convenient. If you don't use them frequently, chain-operated varieties are good choices.  Keep in mind that motors for your remote-controlled external blinds may need protective shields to ensure they remain undamaged outside.

Choose Lighter Coloured Blinds To Prevent Heat Absorption

External blinds are privy to extreme levels of heat throughout the day, so your best option is to choose lighter coloured blinds like creams, beiges and tans because they redirect sunlight and heat away from your windows. On the contrary, dark colours like blacks and browns are known to absorb and retain heat, which could make your interior room feel extra hot during the day, even though the blinds are located outside. This colour choice is especially important when you live in hot areas like Darwin and Perth where the average temperatures in January (peak summer) are 31.8 ºC and 31.1 ºC respectively.

Follow these shrewd plots in your quest to ensure that your outdoor windows are outfitted with weather-tolerant external blinds.


28 September 2016