How Outdoor Blinds Help Homeowners
http://www.blockoutblinds.com.au Window coverings can grant a completely new style to a normally unremarkable residence. When left uncovered, windows usually render houses an empty, unpleasant aura watching from the outside and the interiors get exposed to nasty outdoor light and also temperature that cannot be adequately regulated; householders will also delight in a little seclusion from the glances of people who go walking past the property.
Blinds, Shutters And More: Security, Privacy And Style http://www.blockoutblinds.com.au 1|Page http://www.blockoutblinds.com.au Copyright 2012 Table of Contents Five Ways Using Outdoor Blinds Can Benefit Homeowners 3 Five Reasons Why You Should Use Roller Shutters For Your Home 4 Installing Plantation Shutters: Melbourne Homes Upgraded With 5 Easy Elegance What Are The Options? Types Of Blinds That Can Enhance The 7 Beauty And Functionality Of Any Home Introduce Safety, Privacy, And Comfort To Your Home With 9 Durable Shutters http://www.blockoutblinds.com.au 2|Page http://www.blockoutblinds.com.au Copyright 2012 Five Ways Using Outdoor Blinds Can Benefit Homeowners Blinds are not just meant for indoor use — they can also be utilised for exposed areas of a house, such as the patio or even the front porch. Outdoor blinds, however, are not just mere decorative items; they also serve a whole host of purposes to keep exterior entertaining areas comfortable for both homeowners and the guests they invite into their homes. There are many different kinds of outdoor shades, and these can vary depending on the type of the material used, the style of the shade itself, and even how the blinds can be retracted. Blinds for outdoor use can be made of fabric, timber, or PVC plastic sheets or meshes. Shade styles include the elegant roman blinds, wide strips of cloth pulled up by slats positioned in regular intervals along the cloth’s length; roller blinds that can be easily rolled up or down to a desired length; and vertical blinds that can enhance the aesthetics of a home’s exterior. On the other hand, retraction can be done manually or by spring-loaded mechanisms that automatically close or open a shade when needed. Using outdoor blinds offers many advantages, and the first among these is protecting the privacy of a home. Although patios and porches are indeed exposed to the public (especially since most homes are not surrounded by high walls), this doesn’t mean that you can’t cover these areas and enjoy a quiet moment on your property without any prying eyes. With the coverage offered by blinds, you can easily transform an open space into an exclusive room just for you and your family. Another advantage that comes with using outdoor shades is protection from harsh weather conditions. This means that you can easily block out the bright rays of the sun during hot summers and you are also protected from harsh, cold winds during the winter. Consequently, having the ability to reduce the effect of weather on your home’s outdoor spaces will also help you control your home’s temperature better. Added protection from external elements can allow you to use outdoor spaces whether the weather outside is terribly hot or unbearably cold. 3|Page http://www.blockoutblinds.com.au Copyright 2012 A benefit that springs from better control over the temperature of your home is more efficient power usage — and thus, better savings on electric bills. Because the exterior of your home is well- insulated by the outdoor shades, you won’t be losing too much heat from your house during the winter, nor will you have to crank up the air conditioner during the summer. Keeping your home at a comfortable temperature using outdoor blinds can reduce your usage of other temperature altering devices in your home. Lastly, using outdoor shades can protect your home from dust and other dirt from the surrounding environment. Your outdoor (and even indoor) furniture won’t be as dusty, which means that you won’t have to clean as often as you normally would. Five Reasons Why You Should Use Roller Shutters For Your Home There are many types of window coverings, and each one can be used for a particular purpose. For instance, curtains are meant to be used indoors, and besides complementing the décor of a room, they can also help maintain privacy or control room lighting and temperatures. Blinds, on the other hand, are also used indoors; they offer a more convenient type of window covering since most blinds are easy to clean or install. A popular type of window cover includes roller shutters. Unlike other kinds of coverings, these are installed outdoors. They also offer a multitude of benefits, some of which are listed below: Protect your privacy - Just like all window coverings, shutters also protect your privacy. If you want to keep your home affairs out of prying eyes, you can simply roll down your shutters. On the other hand, you can also just roll them back up if you want to enjoy views outside your home. Control home temperatures - Another benefit that comes with using shutters for your home is better temperature control. These shutters are effective in keeping heat from entering homes during 4|Page http://www.blockoutblinds.com.au Copyright 2012 sweltering summers, thus preventing you from using air conditioners excessively. On the other hand, they can also help trap room warmth during cold winters, which means that you can use heaters much less. Enhance energy efficiency and increase electricity savings - As mentioned earlier, installing shutters outside your home is a good way to control temperatures. This helps air conditioners and heaters function better since these machines no longer have to work double just to maintain room temperatures. Of course, since your air conditioners and heaters are not being used excessively, this will ultimately translate to less electricity usage and smaller power bills. Less maintenance - One of the main advantages of using shutters outside your home is that they require less maintenance. Unlike curtains made of cloth, they do not have to be washed when they get dirty — you can just wipe them with cloth moistened by a cleaning solution. Cleaning shutters can also be done less often compared with cleaning cloth curtains and blinds. Protect your house from dust and debris - Among all the different types of window coverings, these shutters are the best at keeping dust and debris out of your home. This is because roller-type shutters cover the whole window when rolled down, leaving no space for anything to enter. Another advantage that comes with using this kind of shutters is that they protect not only your home, but the window itself. This means that dust storms won’t leave any marks on your window, nor will windows get scratches from hard elements that come its way. Installing Plantation Shutters: Melbourne Homes Upgraded With Easy Elegance When choosing window treatments for their homes, many people point out shutters or blinds as some of the more popular choices. They are typically made of horizontal slats and a tilting mechanism that homeowners can adjust to allow outdoor light to come in or to effectively shut it out. These treatments are also effective in regulating heat and can offer security and privacy for homeowners even if the glass panes of the window are left open. 5|Page http://www.blockoutblinds.com.au Copyright 2012 Plantation shutters, Melbourne residents find, are some of the most desired window treatments available; they are similar to Venetian blinds, except for the fact that the slats in plantation shutters are fixed in a panel attached to the window frame and cannot be lifted up or down. They are a common feature in the graceful plantation homes (hence the name) that evoke images of the southern United States in the 19th century—large properties with stately white pillars, sprawling porches, and blossoming dogwoods and azaleas. Plantation shutters are also the only type of shutter that can actually increase the value of a home. When a house with installed plantation shutters is sold, the treatments often stay with the house and new owners prefer to keep them on as they get settled into their new home. It's easy to see why many people like this type of shutter: their versatility and affordability compared to custom draperies are some of the notable factors for this choice. They are also often made with beautiful and renewable hardwoods like poplar and basswood timbers with various stains and colours. Regardless of whether a home was built in a classic period or a more modern contemporary style, plantation shutters can provide a sophisticated old-world charm to the property. Seasoned shutter makers and installers can create shutters of various louver sizes and make them fit any size window—even those with odd shapes like hexagons, circles, and bay windows. Lightweight and strong, resistant to damages like splitting and warping, low maintenance, cost- effective, and extremely pretty to look at—with all the positive features of plantation shutters, Melbourne homeowners consider these window treatments as a classic choice for adorning windows and enhancing the overall elegance and charm of a beloved home. Experienced tradesmen can be 6|Page http://www.blockoutblinds.com.au Copyright 2012 hired to perform the installation of these features in a speedy and organised manner; thanks to their expertise, old shutters can be easily removed and new ones seamlessly affixed while the house’s interior is left as clean as it was before the beginning of the project. New plantation shutters can be the “wow” factor that will get guests talking about a lovely home. What Are The Options? Types Of Blinds That Can Enhance The Beauty And Functionality Of Any Home Window treatments can give an entirely new look to an otherwise unremarkable house. When left bare, windows tend to give homes an empty, unflattering atmosphere from the outside while the interiors become exposed to harsh outdoor light and temperature that cannot be properly controlled; homeowners will also enjoy little privacy from the glances of people who walk past the property. With window treatments such as blinds, shutters, awnings, and screens, homeowners can regulate the amount of sunlight coming into the house or the level of heat and cold within the space. In addition, because treatments can come in a variety of shapes, sizes, mechanisms, colours, and designs, these features can provide an additional aesthetic touch to the space and help create a warm, comfortable atmosphere for the place. The success of a homeowner in improving the look and feel of her home now lies in the choice of treatments. Blinds, for instance, come in a number of styles, and each has different ways of working to a home's advantage. Vertical blinds are affordable and easily accessible options for establishing privacy within a house without completely blocking out the natural light. They are popular choices for living rooms and bedrooms because of the hassle-free sideways motion with which they glide open or close. The direction of their movement also means that they are well suited for doors as well as windows. The 7|Page http://www.blockoutblinds.com.au Copyright 2012 sleek and streamlined appearance of vertical blinds also makes them beautiful treatments that easily catch the eye of anyone entering the room. For a more striking design, homeowners can pick out casual Roman blinds. This option features horizontal rectangular pleats made from a variety of quality fabrics; they can be pulled up to into soft and neat folds during the day to let the sunlight in or let down for a smooth and protective window covering at night. These blinds can be mounted above the window frame and drawn completely up during the day to maximise the light entering the room and the views offered by large and wide windows or sliding doors. They are also energy efficient because they effectively keep out or retain heat inside a room, depending on the season. Homeowners seeking more minimalist window treatments will find what they are looking for in dual roller blinds. The dual system combines two separate roller blinds and offers a double layer of function and protection: one transparent blind screens the sun's UV rays but allows a person to take in the outdoor views while the second blind provides full coverage perfect for use at night. Because they fit neatly into the width of windows, roller blinds maximise the sense of spaciousness within the room. Homeowners must take their personal needs and design preferences into consideration when choosing the window treatment to use in their houses. Whether the priority is to provide family members with privacy, protect them from sunlight, or accessorise a well- designed room, there are blinds that are specifically designed to fit each purpose and provide customer satisfaction. 8|Page http://www.blockoutblinds.com.au Copyright 2012 Introduce Safety, Privacy, And Comfort To Your Home With Durable Shutters A home is considered a sanctuary—a place where a person can head over to at any time of day and feel secure; no matter what he does during his own time inside his home, he can take comfort in the knowledge that no one is interfering or casting a judgmental glance and that he can sleep, eat, work, or play as much as he pleases. A person can take the necessary steps to incorporate features that reinforce the security and privacy in his own home. Leaving the glass windows bare and unobstructed would be a contradiction to the desire for privacy; neighbours and pedestrians walking past a property would be able to look inside the home and at the people inside it. Thus, the proper type of window treatments must be chosen to provide the level of security the homeowner feels would be best for his needs. Aluminium roller shutters are some of the best treatment options with reliable durability and security properties. These window treatments are made with architectural strength aluminium and injected with a high- density polyurethane core for excellent insulation. They are then coated with abrasion-resistant enamel for increased durability. The solid appearance of aluminium roller shutters provides an effective physical as well as visual deterrent for people wanting to take a quick peek into a house. Homeowners can adjust and operate the mechanism from inside the house as an additional safety feature against potential intruders. The actual durability of the material also provides effective protection against environmental events such as strong rains, high winds, hail, fire, and even bushfire ash and debris, giving a house an added layer of protection from serious physical damage. 9|Page http://www.blockoutblinds.com.au Copyright 2012 These roller shutters also play a key role in lowering a household's energy bills. They can reflect heat by up to 90% during sweltering summers and also reduce heat loss by up to 70% in chilly winter months. They also regulate the amount of sunlight and noise that come into the house from the outside. People who work at night or in shifts can sleep better during the day with reduced outdoor noises and harsh streams of light thanks to the blinds. Keeping family members safe and comfortable at home involves the installation of sufficient security features such as locks and alarm systems, but the right window treatments can also provide valuable protection for highly visible areas of a house. Quality aluminium shutters help enable families to go through their daily routines in the privacy of their home. 10 | P a g e http://www.blockoutblinds.com.au Copyright 2012