5 Things You Need To Consider Before Buying Outdoor Blinds

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Outdoor blinds are a type of blind that is made of durable materials such as mesh or plastic (PVC) and are fitted to an outdoor area, usually an entertainment area. This article will explore the considerations you will need to make when looking at outdoor blinds for your home. These are weather conditions, the purpose of outdoor blinds, size of the area and the mode of operating the blinds. 

Weather Conditions

Outdoor blinds allow you to keep an outdoor area cooler in summer by having the blinds in a lowered position. Additionally, if the weather is less than ideal for entertaining, such as blowing a gale and raining (perhaps the rain is moving in horizontal sheets) you can still use an outdoor entertaining area. This is because the outdoor blinds provide a level of shelter and protection due to their mesh or PVC material. 

Objective

Outdoor blinds solve usability based on weather pattern issues. What does that mean? Well, it means with the correct use of outdoor blinds you can use outdoor entertaining areas no matter what the weather prediction states (or what it decides to do). You will no longer have to plan your relaxation and entertainment schedule around the weather. If it is too hot, or raining – no longer an issue

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Room Size

Outdoor blinds will enclose a room when in their lowered position which will result in the area looking smaller. However, it also has the opposite benefit which is that the area to which they are applied can also be opened up when desired. 

When in the downward position, outdoor blinds will provide boundaries to space. These can be used as a makeshift wall so furniture can be placed against them on a more permanent basis. However, it is important to remember that, unlike walls, one will not be able to hang anything on them. 

Operation Type

Outdoor blinds can come in both a manual and an automated operation mode, however, there are a few things to consider. Although the automated operation is easier, due to the motor of the blinds being exposed to the elements, the motor and its components will wear more quickly than a motor that was fitted to an indoor blind. This means that your ongoing maintenance costs will be higher and your motor will need to be replaced sooner than would otherwise be required. Having said that, this is a great option for those that would like the convenience of a 1-button operation or that have issues operating manual blinds due to physical limitations. 

Manually operated blinds, on the other hand, will be a cheaper option that will have lower maintenance costs and will last longer. 

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As discussed in the article, it can be seen that there are some important considerations to be aware of when deciding on outdoor blinds for your home. They are highly beneficial in creating a usable outdoor space all year round and will add value to any home.