Cost-Effective Outdoor Shading Solutions

Feb 19 2019
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Disclaimer: We just reached our February snow fall record. That’s right, there’s so much cold stuff in my yard its almost unbelievable. Which is totally why I chose the very tropical pictures in this post because, to be quite frank, I am SO sick of winter! Regardless though, it will pass as it always does and I am typing this WAY past my bedtime on a Thursday because I am officially on day ONE of my six day stay-cation! And even though being somewhere hot and sunny right now does sound wonderful, I would not rather be anywhere else in the whole wide world.

Speaking of sun and heat I have been really impressed with the new outdoor shade options they’re making these days. Have you seen those cool “sails” folks have been hanging up and stringing about almost like roofs over their patios? Super neat!

While we all love the sun, there are times when shade is required, and your terrace at home should be a place where you and your family can rest and relax
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While we all love the sun, there are times when shading is required, and your terrace at home should be a place where you and your family can rest and relax in a comfortable manner.

There are many ways to shade an area from the harsh rays of the sun, and if your canopy or awning has seen better days, it is time to review the many different options.

Folding Arm Awnings

The latest generation of folding arm awnings take the hassle out of shading, with an innovative system where the two arms fold inwards as the awning is retracted. Once you have a folding arm awning installed, look for a supplier of outdoor blinds in Melbourne, as blinds in the right places will shield you from the wind.

This type of awning will stand the test of time, and with a long product warranty, you will have many years of trouble-free shading to look forward to.

Retractable Roofing Systems

While not cheap, a retractable roofing system is the perfect way to provide permanent shading for any area, and with made to measure solutions, the units are made to fit the environment. While not the cheapest way to shade your terrace, a retractable roof will stand the test of time, and will provide you with a permanent shading solution.

When you factor in the many years of trouble-free shading, a retractable roof does make perfect sense, and as it is classed as a permanent structure that is part of the property, you can expect to see a significant rise in the value of your home.

Designed Around your Terrace

Rather than buying an off-the-shelf shading system, you are better off approaching a supplier who will fabricate the unit to perfectly fit your terrace.

There are rich colours and patterns that allow you to be creative, and there are even stand-alone awnings that do not require wall support, which is ideal if you have a nice quiet corner that you want to shade.

While we all love the sun, there are times when shade is required, and your terrace at home should be a place where you and your family can rest and relax
Cantilever Umbrellas

If you would prefer shading that can be moved around, why not invest in a cantilevered umbrella or two? The units can span quite a large area, and are designed in such a way that the support takes up minimal floor space.

The best thing to do is contact a local awning supplier and they would be happy to send a representative to your home, where you can both discuss the many shading options, and once a style and colour has been agreed upon, the supplier can give you an installation date.

Outdoor Blinds

Blinds are essential if you need shielding from the wind, and with a vast selection of styles and colours, you can choose something that matches your new awning.

Clear PVC blinds are a favourite, as they do not affect the view, while also keeping out insects and sheltering the terrace from the wind.

Al Fresco Outdoor Blinds

If you want to transform your patio into a stylish Al Fresco dining area, there is a wide range of stunning patterns to choose from, and with a choice of manual or motorised units, your shading will complement the property.

If you search online for an awning and blinds supplier who is local, they will arrange a site visit, which is by far the best way to explore the many options, and the supplier would have many images that highlight the wide range of design options.

Rather than looking for an off-the-shelf shading solution, you are better off calling in a professional awning and blind manufacturer who can tailor your shading to suit your needs.

This kind of company can easily be located with a Google search, and after a home visit, you will be able to make an informed decision.

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While we all love the sun, there are times when shade is required, and your terrace at home should be a place where you and your family can rest and relax

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