How To Choose Outdoor Blinds For Your Apartment Balcony

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A smart investment for any apartment, outdoor blinds not only add privacy and protection to your balcony, but value when it comes time to sell.  

So, when choosing an outdoor blind for your apartment balcony, you want to make sure you choose a durable, stylish and customisable solution from a reputable supplier.  

In this article we’ll look at the benefits outdoor blinds can bring to your apartment balcony, what features to look for and how to choose the best option to suit your space.  

Let’s dive in. 

Why Are Outdoor Blinds Essential For Your Balcony?

Before we look at how to choose an outdoor blind for your balcony, let’s first look at some of the many benefits they can bring to your outdoor space. These include: 

They Significantly Reduce Heat

Outdoor blinds are not only a stylish addition to your balcony but a practical one as well. Capable of repelling the sun’s heat and radiation by up to 90%, they add significant value to your apartment, especially in the hot summer months.  

This not only keeps your apartment cool during the harsh Australian summers, but saves your wallet from extortionate cooling costs at the same time – it’s a win-win. 

They Increase Privacy

If your apartment balcony is exposed to onlooking neighbours or high levels of foot traffic, outdoor blinds offer a practical solution. Available in a range of opacities and styles, outdoor blinds allow you to enjoy your view when you want, and shield yourself from prying eyes just as easily.  

They Protect You From The Elements

Don’t let the harsh sun or blinding glare ruin your ability to use your balcony. High quality external blinds not only protect you from the sun but the rain, glare and dust as well, so your outdoor entertaining plans are never foiled by the weather again. 

What Features Should I Look Out For?

Now you know the benefits outdoor blinds can bring to your balcony, you might be wondering how to choose a quality, durable solution that works for you.  

When choosing an outdoor blind, look out for the following features: 

1. Easy Operation

You’re more likely to use your blinds if they’re easy to operate, so be sure to look out for a system that offers effortless operation options.  

Outdoor blinds typically come with your choice of two operation methods – manual (ropes & pulleys or crank handles) or motorised systems. While manual methods from quality suppliers are still easy to use, if you want truly effortless operation, you can’t go wrong with motorised outdoor blinds 

Motorised outdoor blinds allow for dynamic sun control at the touch of a button. They can even be programmed to automatically react to the weather or open and close at certain times of day – that’s convenience.  

2. Non-Corrosive Materials

The componentry of outdoor blinds is too prone to corrosion, especially if your apartment is near the ocean. So, if you want your outdoor blinds to last for years to come, be sure to look for a supplier that offers durable, non-corrosive componentry.  

Helioscreen’s European designed and engineered outdoor blinds are built to last. Their tough, non-corrosive headbox, sleek marine grade stainless steel cables and aluminium side channels ensure years of trouble free operation.  

3. Durable Fabrics

Along with robust componentry, durable fabrics are equally as important to ensure the longevity of your external blinds.  

That’s why Helioscreen’s fabric blinds are designed to withstand the toughest of treatments, with our fibreglass core Sergé fabric boasting one of the strongest tear strengths on the market. Our Sergé fabrics are also anti-static, anti-fungal and fire retardant, providing years of safe, low maintenance use. 

4. Customisations

For an outdoor shade solution that perfectly complements your balcony, look for a supplier that can customise your blinds to suit your needs.  

Helioscreen not only offers over 150 fabric and frame colours to choose from, but an array of customisations as well. These customisations include sun, wind and rain sensors that allow your blinds to react automatically to the weather, as well as Somfy home automation that allows you to control your blinds from anywhere.  

With these customisations in place, you can be sure our outdoor blinds perfectly meet your needs.  

5. Generous Warranties

You want to choose an outdoor blind supplier that takes pride in their product and provides you with a warranty cover for the future. That’s why it’s so important to look for generous supplier warranties when choosing your outdoor blinds.  

Helioscreen offers a generous 5 year warranty on all products, including our outdoor blinds, for your peace of mind. This warranty covers the system, fabric and motor for the full 5 year period, so you know your blinds are made to last. To read more about our warranties, click here 

What Outdoor Blind Is Right For Me?

If you’re thinking about adding an outdoor blind to your apartment balcony, you might be curious as to what your options are.  

Some of the most popular outdoor blind shade solutions on the market include:  

Fabric Blinds

Helioscreen’s external fabric blinds are a stylish sun control solution ideal for balconies. Operational via discreet stainless steel side cables or sleek aluminium zip guide channels, external fabric blinds take up little space but have maximum impact.  

Our fabric blinds are designed to manage glare and heat load on your apartment by up to 90%, reducing energy consumption and improving the comfort of internal and external temperatures.  

White modern outdoor blinds for outdoor dining area

Venetian Blinds

Venetian blinds provide optimal heat protection and unsurpassed light control for a range of residential and commercial applications. 

Venetian blinds’ elegant slats can be set to any position by raising, lowering or tilting to allow you full control of indoor light and temperature. Not to mention they’re also capable of reducing the sun’s penetration by up to 90%! 

Helioscreen’s external venetian blinds suit any external facade, coming in a range of stylish colours. Our venetian blinds also come with a range of convenient motorisation options, including hand held remote control and automated operating systems 

White external venetian blinds covering windows

Privacy Screens

Helioscreen’s durable sideline privacy screens add sun and wind protection to balconies. They also allow occupants to enjoy a high level of privacy, ideal for apartments in busy neighborhoods.  

Available in a wide variety of colours and high quality corrosion resistant materials, the Sideline Privacy Screen is a stylish, practical shade solution designed to last. And with the pulling profile able to be wall, column or handrail mounted, your options for installation are endless.  

Blue external privacy screen for backyard

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When choosing outdoor blinds for your balcony, it’s important to prioritise a durable and functional system that will provide a long-lasting shade solution.   

Helioscreen is Australia’s leading supplier of outdoor blinds for a variety of residential applications. Contact us for more information. 

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