DIY Outdoor Blinds? The Importance of Choosing a Quality Supplier
Outdoor blinds are engineered to be a long-term investment – if done correctly. DIY outdoor blinds may sound appealing, but the idea is far from reality. When considering DIY installation for your outdoor blinds, there are several factors to consider. Here’s everything we know.
What are DIY Outdoor Blinds?
In terms of product quality and durability, there can be a large difference between professionally installed and DIY outdoor blinds, however, they carry the same purpose: to protect large areas from the sun, create privacy and shelter outdoor furniture from weather damage and fading.
The proverbial asterisk of DIY blinds has more to do with the quality and ease of the installation rather than the quality and durability of the materials. For example, attempting to complete electrical installation for remote control operation can be very hazardous if you are not a professional. Other considerations may be ensuring the correct measurements are made, personal safety when attempting installation and if the installation will withstand tough weather conditions.
While there are many outdoor blinds on the market, some suppliers will install your outdoor blinds for you, so you have the peace of mind that it’s done correctly and efficiently. The convenience may save more time, money, and hassle than you thought.
Types of Outdoor Blinds
If you’re thinking about installing an outdoor blind, you’ll need to consider the fabric you want, the level of sun protection and the choice between block-out blinds or non-opaque options – the list goes on. Here are two popular types of outdoor blinds to consider:
Canvas Shade Blinds:
Canvas blinds provide maximum sun control to prevent direct sunlight and block UV rays. Because they are opaque, canvas blinds do not allow an inside view of the outdoor area but are perfect for patio areas, gazebos and any space that requires optimal privacy.
PVC Screen Blinds:
PVC screen blinds are one of the most popular outdoor blind choices and offer a range of fabric openness’s (the size of the holes in the mesh) so you can choose the amount of shade you require. This also means you can dictate the glare reduction and view-through, to tailor the blind to your shade requirements.
Considerations of DIY Outdoor Blinds
We attempt DIY projects in an attempt to save the hassle of paying a third part to complete the task. What we don’t realise is that DIY projects can end up being more costly when attempting to cut out the middle man. Outdoor blind installation needs attention to detail, precision and professionals to ensure it’s done correctly and the product reflects your individual needs. Here are the main factors to consider when considering the DIY approach:
The cost of outdoor blinds
Outdoor blinds can be costly, but if a mistake is made then it could end up costing you more than you budgeted for. Usually, outdoor blind costs may vary depending on the following factors:
- Size of the area
- Outdoor blind supplier
- Materials and mechanisms used
- Manual or automated motorised operation
- Installation of weather and element sensors
Quality outdoor blinds are custom-made to suit your outdoor area and facade, so the cost varies depending on what you need. If done correctly, outdoor blinds can last up to 15 years depending on the quality of product, quality of installation and proper maintenance. Professional installation may seem out of your budget to begin with, but if the measurements are wrong or the product is damaged then it’s on you to fix it.
Time allowance for outdoor blind installation
Installation may take weeks to complete after measurements are taken to account for ordering, custom manufacture, location and any unforeseen weather conditions. You can discuss the timeframe of installation with your professional outdoor blind supplier during the initial consultation.
The importance of choosing a professional outdoor blind supplier
DIY installation may sound like a great way to save money, but there can be serious risks. Before you get ready to go, consider the pitfalls of DIY attempts:
Mistakes can be made:
To get the most out of your outdoor blinds, they need to be correctly measured, fitted and designed to suit your outdoor needs. Outdoor blinds need to be customised to fit on the external facade of the building – if measurements are millimetres off, you’ll be out of pocket trying to correct the issue. You may also end up damaging the walls or facade in the process.
An installation team can come to your home and get the job done within an appropriate timeframe convenient for both parties. It could take days or weeks depending on demand, scheduling or weather restrictions. For a first-timer, you may spend the same amount of time trying to learn how to do it correctly.
It all falls onto you:
Without a reputable quality supplier, there is no warranty to fall back on if the installation doesn’t go according to plan. You will be accountable for all issues, obstacles and mistakes.
Australia’s Most Popular Outdoor Blinds
Helioscreen is one of Australia’s most reputable suppliers of architectural sun screening systems. With a selection of European-engineered outdoor blinds to suit any outdoor facade, Helioscreen custom-make outdoor blinds ready to withstand tough Australian conditions. With a reputable supplier, your outdoor blinds can be installed hassle free by a professional team to ensure quality performance and durability. Contact us for more information.