How Much are Outdoor/External Blinds?
Outdoor blinds are becoming popular. You may have also heard them referred to as patio blinds. They are similar to interior blinds but are used to offer shade and protection from the sun and weather. They can also add some privacy to your home. So, how much do outdoor blinds cost?
Types of Outdoor Blinds
There are two popular types of outdoor blinds: PVC (mesh or clear) and Canvas.
Canvas shade blinds can be a great solution to block direct sunlight. They cut UV rays but they also block your view. These are very popular and are great for patios, gazebos, and pergolas. Any outdoor space really that you want to shade and use all year round.
PVC Blinds on the other hand, comes in solid (clear), or mesh (woven yearns). You can choose different openness levels that will give different levels of “see through”, and glare reduction.
What Kind of Price Range Can You Expect to Pay?
Outdoor blinds can run anywhere from hundreds of dollars to thousands.
This can vary drastically due to the following factors:
- Size of the area
- Materials used
- If motorisation is required
If you’re looking for a bespoke option then, these variations will contribute to a specific price for your project.
Size of Area
Naturally, the larger the area, the more expensive the blinds are going to be. The width of your blind, along with how far it will need to drop, will determine this part of the price
Different materials have different costs, so depending on what type of material you want for your blinds, your price will vary. Various openness, breathability, look and feel, and stitching materials will all contribute to pricing.
Mechanisms and Automation
You can choose to have an elaborate motorised system to move your blinds up and down along an enclosed track or use a basic, more rudimentary pulley system. The pulley system will cost significantly less than more advanced track or motorised systems.
Comparing the Costs
As with anything, ultimately your budget will be a major factor dictating your purchase.
Cheaper outdoor blinds that use manual crank or pull mechanisms can be as little as a few hundred dollars. These are generally speaking for pre-made sizes, and provide few material or colour options.
The best quality outdoor blinds often feature marine grade stainless steel fittings, and architectural grade aluminium profiles. Robust and long lasting materials mean that these blinds can span wider widths, and longer drops. They are made to custom sizes specified by you, and can be motorised for ease of use, or automated to provide dynamic shading that responds to weather conditions. Blinds of this type can be many thousands of dollars each.
When shopping for outdoor blinds, you want to consider that the higher the quality the longer the life span of the product, which can often save you money in the long run as you will not need to replace them for many years. If quality blinds are serviced and well looked after they can last upto 15 years or even more. So it is always best to contact a reputable reseller and installer who can recommend a product to fit your budget and product objectives.
Things to Consider When Purchasing Your External Blinds
- Warranty – What period of time does the warranty cover? If it’s a short period, you want to make sure the blinds are high-quality.
- Service Support – If you have an issue with your outdoor blinds, you want the company to have good support to help you fix the problem.
- Reputation – Does the company have good reviews or have people complained about their quality or service?
- Product Options– Does the company offer a variety of options, and are they of good quality.
At Helioscreen, we can help you with your outdoor blinds needs. Check out our collection today, and let us know if we can connect you with an installer in your area.