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Whether you live in a house or a flat, in summer the sun shines on your terrace or balcony, but also inside. An awning is an ideal solution! Made-to-measure, you will be sure to have a piece of equipment that fully meets the dimensions of your windows and your needs. In this post, you will discover the different types of made-to-measure external blinds to protect your home effectively.

What are the characteristics of a custom-made external blind?

The role of a made-to-measure external blind is to provide shade on terraces and balconies and to protect against UV rays. Its characteristics are as follows:

– It is an awning made of coated fabric with a water-repellent treatment or polyethylene.

– It is resistant to moisture and mildew.

– It filters ultraviolet (UV) light.

– It can be horizontal (awning or projection blind) or vertical (roller blind).

– They are available in a wide range of colours, both plain and patterned.

Good to know: the choice of colour for an awning depends on your taste, but also on the regulations of your housing estate, or your co-ownership in the case of a building, and sometimes on the town planning regulations of your town. Before choosing a colour, make sure you find out about your various obligations.

What are the different types of made-to-measure external blinds?

Outdoor Blinds

Custom-made outdoor blinds come in horizontal or vertical versions depending on the use you wish to make of them, the area to be protected, and the type of window to be fitted.

Horizontal external blinds

Projecting blinds

The projection blind or “Italian blind” has the following characteristics:

– It is a simple model, made up of two lateral arms which are lowered to a maximum of 180° and project the fabric.

– It keeps the light in a while, protecting the interior.

– It is often installed on small windows in addition to an awning that is installed above the window, as the maximum length of the arms limits its protective role.

The customised version adapts to old, non-standard windows, for which it is the ideal complement. Its size can vary from 50 to 120 cm in width and 50 to 120 cm in depth.

Awning

Here are the characteristics of an awning:

– Normally, an awning is of great width and depth, made of a fabric operated by two powerful arms.

– It can cover the entire surface of a terrace and is very discreet when raised.

– To protect the fabric from dirt, you can fit it with a box in which it disappears completely when not in use. Talk to a professional about the different options on the market.

– Different options are also available thanks to the custom-made design:

◦ motorised;

◦ with an automatic mechanism to lower it in case of the sun and raise it in case of rain or wind, even if you are away from home;

◦ it can also have LED lighting built into the arms for the evening.

– Made to measure, usually its maximum size is 6 m wide for a 4 m deep projection. Beyond that, it is advisable to install several awnings next to each other, as even a powerful motor will have difficulty handling more weight.

Good to know: there are also made-to-measure awnings for pergolas that are fixed to the structure using a system of velcro, eyelets and tensioners. These are awnings that remain in place all year round or can be removed for thorough cleaning. Typical sizes range from 50 cm to 1.30 m in width and from 1 m to 6 m in depth. Several awnings should be placed side by side if your pergola exceeds these dimensions.

Vertical blinds

The roller blind

The characteristics of a roller blind are as follows:

– It is an awning more suited to balconies and contemporary buildings.

– The fabric is held in place by two aluminium guides or two stainless steel cables on either side of the blind, depending on the window configuration to be protected.

– Installed outside, it blocks the heat while keeping a certain amount of light inside thanks to its micro-perforated fabric.

– It can also be completely blacked out by choosing a suitable fabric.

– You can also use it to close a covered terrace or a loggia.

– You can adjust it in height thanks to a chain mechanism.

– It reduces heat by 30% inside your home and UV rays by 90%.

– It has an elastic or zip system at the bottom to secure it completely and prevent it from moving in the wind.

– You can choose to install it with or without a protective box.

– You can make it to measure, and its width ranges from 80 cm to a maximum of 300 cm, while its height varies from 100 cm to 300 cm.

The privacy blind or side blind

The characteristics of a privacy blind are as follows:

– It avoids side views.

– It is convenient on flat balconies to preserve your privacy.

– Made of acrylic fabric, it is fixed at the bottom to avoid movement due to draughts.

– Its width varies from 150 to 300 cm depending on its height, ranging from 120 to 240 cm for custom-made products.

Good to know: it is possible to order a matching post to facilitate installation to the exact measurements for made-to-measure products.

See you soon in our following publication, where we will tell you how to install a custom-made outdoor blind? See you soon!

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How to Choose Your Outdoor Blinds

Summary

 – What are the characteristics of exterior blinds?

 – What exterior blinds should you choose for the windows of your home?

 – What exterior blinds should you choose for the exterior structures of your home?

 If you want to protect your house, apartment, and terraces and balconies from the sun’s fierce rays during the summer months, you need to think about equipping your facade and your windows with external protection. In their various forms, awnings can be adapted to all situations and can be of excellent service to you. Our article will help you make your choice of external blinds and thus remain with the freshness throughout the hot season.

 What are the characteristics of outdoor blinds?

 Their purpose is not only to shade your outdoor spaces, terraces and balconies but also to protect the interior of your home, acting as a kind of passive air conditioning. They also help preserve furniture and interior coverings by preventing fading due to solar radiation.

 They are resistant to climatic conditions, especially to rain and humidity, thanks to a water-repellent treatment or a coating that prevents water from penetrating them. These treatments also act as a barrier against mould and mildew.

 They filter UV rays and therefore protect your health.

 They come in many colours, from neutral to bright, plain, striped or patterned.

 Attention: if most of them are readily accepted by the local regulations, it is, however, recommended to inquire at your town hall to know if all of them are authorized and thus to be in conformity with the local urban plan or the allotment where the house is built and, in the case of a building, to ask the syndic which colour is to be respected for the installation.

 Which exterior blinds should you choose for the windows of your house?

 Although we most often think of horizontal awnings, such as awnings or projection awnings, vertical awnings are less common but very effective. You will make your choice according to space’s configuration to be protected; all models exist in ready-to-install or custom-made.

 Projection blinds

 Also called “Italian blind”, this model is easy to find and install with a few holes and screws. You need to find the right size for your windows.

 It is composed of a roller around which the fabric is rolled up and unrolled thanks to a cord and 2 lateral arms that you can lower more or less high until completely hiding the window to be protected.

 It is suitable for small windows, and it matches the fabric of the blind that protects the French windows, such as awnings. The arms’ length is limited to 120 centimetres, and their fabric width is also 120 cm.

 Awning

 The awning is both a decorative and protective element of the facade of the house.

 Its large dimensions allow the installation of garden furniture underneath.

 It consists of 2 arms that deploy in an open position to stretch the fabric. It is placed on the facade, and its weight requires the intervention of 2 people to do it.

 It exists without a box, for the entry-level models, with a half box to protect its canvas when it is raised and with a full box for even more effective protection of the fabric.

 It is a model that can be motorized or operated with a crank and home automation so that it opens and automatically closes when you are away, in case of sunshine, rain or wind, thanks to sensors installed outside the house.

 Some models with a box are sold equipped with LEDs to illuminate the evenings outside.

 In ready-to-install, its size rarely exceeds a depth of 3.50 m and a width of 5 m, which is sufficient to protect a terrace or a balcony of average height. Beyond these dimensions, you must call upon custom-made products or choose to install several awnings, which is not necessarily the most aesthetic choice.

 Good to know: the weight of an awning being consequent, and the slope’s adjustments having to be precise, it is often preferable to call upon a professional for its purchase and its installation.

 Which exterior blinds should you choose for the outer structures of your home?

 Awnings for pergola

 Suppose your terrace is vast, and you want to protect it effectively and aesthetically over its entire width. In that case, it may be worthwhile to install a pergola and awnings adapted to it.

 These awnings, which are easily attached, usually with a system of eyelets and cables, provide adequate protection from the sun or rain, as they are made of entirely waterproof fabric.

 Note: they can be found ready to install if you have chosen a pergola from a catalogue, sold as accessories, or custom-made if you have selected a pergola with personalized dimensions.

 Vertical awnings

 There are several types of awnings, depending on the protection you want to obtain.

 Roller blinds

 The fabric slides on 2 stainless steel vertical guides, installed on the pergola’s uprights. They are handy to protect yourself from the sun arriving laterally on your exteriors.

 Made of micro-perforated fabric, they allow light and view to passing through, but they are also available in a blackout version to hide from a side view. This type of roller blinds is rarely found in a ready-to-install version because it must meet each structure’s specific dimensions.

 

 Good to know: You can also install these vertical roller blinds on windows. They reduce the heat inside by 30%, acting as a passive air-conditioning system, and reduce the action of UV rays by 90%, thus protecting your furniture and coverings. Their dimensions vary from 80 cm to 300 cm in width and from 100 to 300 cm in height. They can be completed with a protective box. 

 Fixed awnings

 They are installed on the sides of structures, pergolas on the house, or adapted posts on a balcony, and they are designed to break the lateral views.

 They are fixed and permanently installed, except when they are removed for cleaning.

 It is necessary to find out if they are allowed in real estate and what colour to choose for the fabric and posts.

 Good to know: if you want to hide from an environment that is a little too invasive and you are not allowed to install blinds, it is usually possible to do so in a natural way with trellis and evergreen climbing plants. Again, if you are in an apartment building, check with your building manager to determine your rights and obligations regarding plants installed on your exteriors.

 Where to find outdoor blinds and at what price?

 You will find custom-made awnings in the awning shops, DIY stores, and the Internet or call Blinds and Awnings.

Summary
– The different types of terrace awnings
– What materials are used?

The terrace awning is a pergola that allows you to have meals or rest on your terrace while being sheltered. This type of awning can be of the lean-to type, IE. it can be fixed to the wall, or it can be dismantled.

Terrace pergolas: save space and comfort

Covering your terrace is a good solution to add living space to your home. The room of the house adjoining the pergola benefits from the freshness provided by the structure.

It is also advantageous for many reasons:
– protection against prying eyes,
– protection against wind and rain,
– a shaded terrace, enjoy its terrace in the shade,
– Climbing plants on the pergola provide an undeniable aesthetic touch.

Good to know: In winter, the wall-mounted pergola hides the light inside the house.

Factors to consider for installing a pergola on the terrace

– As it is leaning against a facade of the house, it is mandatory to file a declaration of works or a building permit at the town hall (depending on the type and dimensions of the pergola) before installing it.
– The roof must be sloping to drain off rainwater.
– The standard dimensions of the terrace pergolas are 6 metres long and 3 metres high.
– They can cover all or part of the terrace.

The different types of terrace awning

The terrace awning takes different forms according to your needs and desires:
First of all, it can take the form of a wall-mounted pergola, which is a permanent construction of the lean-to type. It will allow you to benefit from a shelter all year round.

You can also opt for a folding arbour. It has the advantage that it can be dismantled to make better use of the sun during the mid-season. Moreover, once dismantled, it is no longer bulky.

Finally, the terrace awning can be a pergola awning. It can be rolled up and down either with a crank handle or automatically with a switch or remote control. It can also be stored in a box when folded so that it is more discreet and does not detract from the aesthetics of your terrace.

Please note: whatever type of awning you buy, you will find models of various shapes and sizes that can be adapted to your deck. Permanent models have the advantage of being custom-made, while removable models are offered in kit form.

What materials are used?

When the terrace awning is a wall-mounted pergola, the uprights and roof of a terrace pergola can be made of different materials:

– Wood:
◦ natural, warm and solid,
◦ regular maintenance against humidity.
– Wrought iron:
◦ fancy structure with rounded and worked shapes,
◦ solid,
◦ regular rust treatment.
– Aluminium:
◦ light, modern and well insulated,
◦ no special maintenance,
◦ the most sustainable.
– PVC:
◦ inexpensive,
◦ light and easy to install,
◦ unattractive,
◦ fast wear.

When structured as a folding arbour, the terrace awning can have aluminium or galvanised steel structure. Its canvas will be made of polyethylene, polyester or thick nylon. In contrast, the awning-shaped terrace awning fabric will be made of polypropylene or acrylic.

So, that’s it! Hope this post helps you in choosing your terrace awning. You can have a look at the website of Shadelink Outdoor Living Solutions if you are looking for outdoor blinds, roller shutters, Venetian blinds, pergolas, and awnings. And, remember to share your comments in the section below. Your opinion counts for us!

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