“As the sun peaks over the horizon a little earlier each morning and warmer temperatures thaw out the cold days of winter, South Africa welcomes spring in all its glory. Every year, locals and tourists alike look out for particular signs that signal the onset of this much-loved season.” (https://africageographic.com/stories/signs-spring-south-africa/)
In spite of a gloomy 2020, spring is still in the air! This means families are enjoying the South African outdoors, even if it is ‘only’ in their own four walls. Extend your living area with a variety of awning designs or enclose your patio with roller blinds – the choice is yours.
Awnings and blinds are not just decorative additions to a property. They are aesthetically pleasing and can make your home stand out from the rest. But there are many practical advantages to installing them, which go beyond just appeal. You need to choose the right one, so that you can maximise its benefits. With such a wide selection available, from retractable awnings to fixed awnings, from manual blinds to automated blinds…. where do you start?
Here are a few questions and options to consider when making your selection.
Why are you installing an awning or an exterior blind?
If you simply want to enhance the appearance of your home, choose the product that most appeals to you visually, and which best compliments the design of your home. However, if you have a specific reason for installing, you’ll need to be a bit more selective, for example:
Expanding an outdoor area? Choose a fold arm retractable awning that can be easily extended when needed, and easily pulled back again. This maximises shady areas when required, but still allows the light to enter when you want it to. Bonus: This will also help you to optimise energy use in your home, by requiring less heating in winter and less cooling in summer.
A modern alternative to the more traditional awning, is the exterior roller blind option. These allow you to enclose your outdoor area and reduce heat and glare, and it provides a degree of weather protection while maintaining your view.
What material and hardware are best?
If you desire resilient awnings for your home, Aluglass Bautech’s range of awning material is highly durable. It also reduces glare and heat by up to 95% by limiting the greenhouse effect, and, depending on the colour, can block from 90% to 100% of UV rays. The solution-dyed acrylic yarn used to produce the awning fabrics, offers long-lasting resistance to environmental damage, including rain and UV rays. Even when exposed to strong sunlight, colours remain sharp for a very long time.
Just a note: Dark colour fabrics provide better protection from glare, light, and UV rays. Light colour fabrics are better for heat protection. They also let more light through, but therefore increase glare.
The hi-tech roller blind fabrics can control the sun’s glare while maintaining a view towards the outside and still preserve your privacy. The best-made blinds provide a winning combination of function and style – you can choose between fabrics that will work with the colour scheme you have chosen for your space.
Awnings and Blinds are low maintenance
Awnings and Blinds are low maintenance, as they withstand wear from UV rays (if made from superior materials) and take years to fade. The treated awning fabric creates a barrier effect and makes the awning water repellent and dirt resistant. If dirty, the awning can carefully be brushed, or vacuum cleaned. A mixture of water (maximum temperature of the water: 30 ºC) and non-abrasive soap can then be gently applied and then rinsed thoroughly with water. It is very important to allow the fabric to dry completely before rolling up the awning again.
Roller blinds can easily be dusted and wiped with a damp cloth.
Manual, Motorised or Automated awning or blinds?
Options include a manual operation using a removable crank handle, a motorised version with remote control and for added convenience blind automation may be incorporated into your building management system using motors and a KNX control automation system – a fully automated system!
What is your budget?
With so many options to choose from, it’s easy to forget that you might have a specific budget to stick to! Work out how much you want to spend on the awning or exterior blind, and then consider the options available in this price bracket. This will help you to narrow your focus to a few specific styles.
While it’s important not to over-extend yourself financially, remember that when it comes to buying awnings and blinds for homes, you’re making a long-term investment in the property. Although it may cost you a bit at first, it could reap great rewards when you decide to sell one day.
Enhance your outdoor space and enjoy the versatility that comes with outdoor living with family and friends.
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