Shading your outdoor area

Rubix Cassette Awning 2 Helioscreen

Are you finding your outdoor space unusable at various times of the day or year?

The harsh Australian climate can mean little to no shade at times and it is then that we need to help nature along a little with an intelligent shade solution

Why shade your outdoor area?

Australia truly is the lucky country, with one of the most beautiful & diverse environment on earth. So it comes as no surprise that we love spending time outdoors, with the backyard a prized possession in most Aussie homes.

But as much as our outdoor spaces are beautiful, most of us are aware that it comes at a price- with some of the strongest UV rays on earth and pretty harsh weather conditions at times. We love spending time outdoors, but not everyone wants to be exposed to the harsh UV rays & weather conditions that come with the territory.

Some of the benefits of shading your outdoor area:

  • Cool your house in summer without excessive electricity bills.
  • Spend more time outdoors in the fresh air
  • Actually get to enjoy your pool/entertainment area by creating some shade
  • Get better use of your whole backyard all year round

If any of the above sound good to you, then read on to find out what options are available.

What are your options when it comes to outdoor shading?

There are a large range of outdoor shading products available when it comes to shading your outdoor area, some of the main solutions are listed below:

Folding Arm Awnings

  • Full Cassette awnings
  • Semi-Cassette awnings
  • Open style awnings

Retractable Roof Systems

  • Varioscreen retractable sunroof
  • Vario-Pergola self-supporting retractable sunroof

External Blinds

  • Motorised external Venetian blinds
  • External Blinds

All of the above offer shade for a range of different outdoor environments. The best solution for you depends on a variety of factors, read on to see which is the best fit for you.

Folding Arm Awnings

Folding Arm Awnings In Backyard

Folding arm awnings are a retractable awning specifically designed to provide shade over many different styles of outdoor area.

The health benefits of natural light are well known but there are times when the suns energy needs to be managed. This is where a retractable solution is a perfect solution.

While protecting from the harsh summer sun for the required period of the day, the awning can then be retracted to allow light to filter into the home as opposed to fixed awnings and shade structures which do not allow natural light into a home.

During winter months the suns energy will be welcomed into the home reducing heating costs however in summer the awning can be extended to prevent the entry of this energy thus lowering cooling costs. We have a variety of awning models designed to suit all situations/mounting positions with different shapes designed to complement individual designs.

Retractable Roof Systems

Retractable Roof System in Melbourne Backyard

Should you require an all-weather solution for your residential or commercial application, a retractable roof system may be the perfect solution.

Some retractable roofs can cover large expanses up to 13m x 10m in a single system and can be used to protect large outdoor entertaining spaces from rain and sun with ease.

These systems often have additional options for dimmable LED lighting & remote control capabilities.

Retractable roofing systems are perfect for those outdoor areas in need of maximum protection from the elements.

External Blinds

There are many different types of external blinds, with some even using the term to describe many types of awnings. For the sake of simplicity, we are going to cover two of the most common types of external blinds you’ll comes across.

External Venetian Blinds

External Venetian Blind Melbourne

External Venetian Blinds are an operable aluminium slatted solar shading system that provides optimal heat protection and light control.

They are perfect for domestic or commercial environments as they provide functionality as well as complimentary aesthetic by blending into external façades.

The slats let in natural light while reducing uncomfortable hothouse effects and eliminating blinding glare.

Our external venetian blinds are made to measure and available in a range of colours with remote control and optional sun and wind sensor controls.

External Roller Blinds & Screens

External Blinds on Balcony

External roller blinds & screens are contemporary light-diffusing sunshades that are constructed using high-grade components and durable external fabrics.

External blinds can often be ordered with a headbox to conceal the mechanism or without should your architect have supplied a recess for them to be mounted within.

They can have Stainless steel cables/ channels or even Zip guides depending on the application.

Outdoor blinds assist in providing a relaxed indoor/outdoor living space and can improve the functionality of a space by being retracted as needed.

External blinds repel up to 90% of the suns heat while reflecting and absorbing harmful UV radiation. Stopping the suns energy before it passes through the glass will drastically reduce the internal temperature of a room and the demand on your air conditioning system will be greatly reduced – saving energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Skylight/Conservatory windows

conservatory blinds

Just like with awning products, there are a range of options to suit your needs when it comes to overhead window protection.

With the known benefits of allowing natural light into your home comes the issue of how much is too much? The excessive entry of sunlight can result in what is termed “Solar Heat Gain”.

Meaning your house can become a hot box if you are unable to control the volume of the sun’s energy entering the house.

Helioscreen manufactures a range of systems specifically designed to suit this requirement, allowing the horizontal glazing areas of your home to be shaded with the touch of a button.

Allowing the sun’s energy to be used to provide light and heat when required e.g. Winter and blocking it out when necessary e.g. Summer.

Features to Consider for your Outdoor Shade Solution


Motorisation allows the user to control their shading product with ease, providing the ultimate convenience for controlling the entry of light and heat into your home and outdoor space.

The benefits of Motorisation cannot be underestimated, you’ll find you get much more use from your product as it can be used at the touch of a button without the need for laborious manual winding seen in older & cheaper shade products.

At Helioscreen we utilise the latest technology automation. All our products can be operated simply with a wall switch, a touch panel, or using a remote control with optional sensors also available. Your product can also be easily integrated into any home automation system.


Optional sensors protect your external blinds and awnings by automatically retracting them whenever strong winds are detected. Providing additional protection even when you are not home.

Helioscreen uses Somfy Sun sensors that can automatically extend or retract your shade system based on the suns position.


Not all fabrics are created equal.

Fabrics for shade solution products can be sourced from many parts of the world.

External fabrics need to be tough and robust whilst internal fabrics need to look and feel luxurious.

It’s important to choose from high quality fabrics so you can be confident your outdoor shade product will stand the test of time.

Our external fabrics are sourced from many parts of the world. All fabrics are selected for their ability to perform for the chosen application.


Powder coating is a method of providing colour and protection to the architectural grade aluminium profile used in the manufacture of outdoor products.

All Helioscreen products are available in any Dulux/Interpon powder coat colours, which can also be matched to many existing Colourbond colours. There is also the option to select from the various ranges of premium powder coats designed for ultra-harsh environments i.e. seaside applications etc


Warranties are a must when it comes to investing in an outdoor shade solution.

Helioscreen offers a 5-year warranty on all its products.

Whatever your requirement to shade your outdoor area, balcony, backyard or commercial space, Helioscreen has a custom-built option to suit all your sun shading needs.

Next Steps, Installing Your Shade Product With Helioscreen

How to arrange a quote and have a Helioscreen product installed?

As we are a wholesale manufacturer, we have a vast network of resellers Australia-wide, all you need to do is contact us and we can connect you to a suitable reseller who will visit your project location and provide you with a quote based on your requirements and specifications. It’s that easy.

What are approximate costs?

The prices vary greatly depending on the product, model, size, operating style and colours.

As a guide, horizontal motorised awnings start from around $4,000 to over $10,000 for larger top of the range products.

Vertical Helioshade external blinds can range from $1,500 to $5,000 depending on specifications.

Helioshade products are considered to be the highest quality Australian assembled product on the market in terms of quality, performance, engineering, durability and support. Costs may be higher than those seen at the home centre or chain stores but there is no comparison in quality or lifespan.

How do your prices compare to others?

From market feedback, we find our products are competitively priced in the market.

Helioshade products are custom-made to measure with specific colours you choose for your order. We don’t hold stock of pre-assembled sizes from overseas of try to use seconds from other orders.

Helioscreen Australia has been manufacturing and distributing premium sun control solutions for more than 20 years which makes us a clear market leader in the field. All products are of high quality and precision tested for each and every order. We believe no other awnings assembled in Australian come close to matching our products.

What is the approximate delivery time after I order?

Delivery time varies slightly depending on season and demand. As a guide manufacturing time is normally 4 weeks from receipt of order.

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