photo by Bill Lane
Given the varying weather conditions in Melbourne, outdoor blinds, a weatherproof screen to enclose or protect an outdoor area, are a great tool to allow homeowners to enjoy their outdoor entertaining areas all year round.
Melbourne, located on the east coast of Australia, is home to nearly 5 million people and experiences a variety of weather patterns easily categorised into spring, summer, autumn and winter. The weather in Melbourne ranges from hot and dry, too hot and humid, hot and windy, and cold and wet, and cold and windy, and any other comprehensible combination. Some parts of Melbourne even experience snow.
Let’s explore some information around outdoor blinds and their associated cost.
What Are The Most Popular Types Of Outdoor Blinds In Melbourne?
Outdoor blinds turn an outdoor area, only able to be used when the weather and insects permit, into an outdoor oasis that is able to be used all year round. Outdoor blinds allow the homeowner to control the impact of the weather on their lives, thereby ensuring their social lives are no longer at the mercy of the weatherman. Additionally, well placed and professionally installed outdoor blinds increase the value of a property.
photo by thoughtfactory
What fabrics are used?
Outdoor blinds come in three types of material.
First is the thin shade cloth-like material. These are generally called awnings and are generally used to provide outside shade to an area or window.
Second, are a mesh-like material that is thicker than cloth and is more wind resistant. These are made to allow airflow whilst reducing the impact of strong gusts and disallowing pests (such as flies) into the area. These are ideal on outdoor patios or entertainment areas.
Lastly, a plastic material. Plastic outdoor blinds are considered all-weather (except extreme) and can protect an outdoor area from wind, rain and heat.
Are they manufactured in Melbourne?
When made to order, it is important to ensure the blinds are manufactured in Melbourne. Some companies may source blinds from interstate or even overseas. Reputable blinds companies will have a manufacturing relationship with a local supplier or even manufacture the blinds themselves.
Are they all waterproof?
Not all outdoor blinds are weatherproof. The material used for the outdoor blind will determine whether or not they are weatherproof.
How much do outdoor blinds cost and Can I Get A Free Quote?
As with all things, blinds are always cheaper when purchased during a sale such as the end of the financial year, or mid-year, or even end of stock or season clearance sales. Being sure to keep an eye out for the blind sales will keep you in good stead. Additionally, remember that off-season purchases and installations will be cheaper than pre- or midseason purchases.
In general, outdoor blinds range from $200 upwards. The material and size of the blind will ultimately determine the price. Longer lengths of blinds will be considered non-standard and therefore will need to be manufactured specifically to suit the required area and will incur a waiting time.
The best method for getting an accurate price to arrange a measure and quote. Most reputable businesses should be willing to measure and quote the blinds free of charge, including providing you with material swatches to consider.