Design Your Place with External Awnings and Blinds

Design Your Place with External Awnings and Blinds
3 min read
02 November 2023

Is your patio or outdoor lounging area unusable in less-than-ideal weather conditions? External awnings and blinds offer the perfect solution for transforming these spaces into comfortable and functional areas all year round. These shading options are incredibly versatile and suitable for both commercial and residential spaces like swimming pools, patios, and outdoor cafes. Plus, their retractable features let you adapt to changing weather and sunlight conditions. Close them for protection against rain or harsh sunlight, and easily open them back up when the weather clears.

Choosing quality materials and professional installation

Maximise your investment by selecting high-quality materials and ensuring professional installation. Cheap or poorly made external awnings and blinds may not provide effective protection against elements like sunlight, rain, or UV rays. They could also become damaged in strong winds. Choosing better-quality materials might cost more upfront, but you'll likely save money over time because you won't have to replace or repair the awnings and blinds as often.

Since the primary purpose of installing external awnings and blinds is to make your outdoor space usable in any weather, aim for premium European designs that deliver optimal functionality and durability. They often integrate advanced technology and engineering to offer superior performance.

Understanding your requirements

External awnings and blinds come in a variety of styles, such as:

  • Folding arm awnings
  • Cassette drop blinds
  • Clear PVC cafe blinds
  • Fixed frame hood awnings
  • Retractable roof awnings

Some installers also offer additional features like wind sensors for motorised awnings and high wind-rating options that exceed 40 km/h.

Understanding your specific design and shade requirements helps you choose the most suitable solution for your property without sacrificing aesthetics or functionality.

Calculating the return on investment

Installing external awnings and blinds is an investment, but it pays for itself over time. Not only can they help you save on energy costs by keeping your space cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter—but they can also expand your living or commercial area, giving you more space to enjoy or monetise.

Selecting the right installer

Partnering with an experienced installer is crucial for obtaining well-designed, high-quality external awnings and blinds. For customised shading solutions, consider working with Versatile Structures. They are experts in this field, collaborating with renowned partner brands like Weinor, Ziptrak, Heliosreen, and Somfy to make sure you get the best external awnings and blinds for your needs.

About the author:

Versatile Structures is a provider of high-quality shade structures in Queensland for commercial, government, council, and domestic clients. Their offerings encompass an extensive selection of shade solutions, comprising shade structures, shade sails, commercial shade installations, membrane sails, aluminium screens, gates, billboard structures, and specific domestic applications. Their core service region encompasses Brisbane, Greater Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba, Ipswich, and all of South East Queensland. Moreover, their operational scope extends further based on the distinctive requirements of each project.

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