Blinds have a significant influence in setting the character of the patio and improving comfort levels to support extended use. Blinds can be included while the patio is being designed and built or even as an afterthought. If you are deliberating upon installing patio blinds, familiarise yourself with the advantages they offer.
Environmental control and energy savings
Blinds act as a screen between the patio and the outside weather. They can be articulated to cut out the Sun and offer shade, maintaining comfortable temperature levels in the patio. Some types can be removed during winter to maximise sunlight and heating. On windy or rainy days, patios can get too uncomfortable for use. Blinds help to cut out the breeze and offer protection against the rain. In effect, blinds function as a weather screen and create an outdoor room which has effective climate control. Some types like clear, plastic blinds also offer acoustic insulation and are useful if the surrounds are noisy. By shielding the patio space from undesirable weather elements, they contribute to energy savings in heating and cooling costs of the house. Another financial benefit related to weather control is that the patio furniture is protected from extensive exposure to the Sun and elements which can cause premature discolouration and deterioration.
Patio blinds offer privacy and screening while permitting views to the outside. After dark, blinds may be operated to cut out views to the interior. The extent of visual screening can be nuanced by the material of the blinds and the operating mechanism.
Patio blinds have not only a functional role but also influence the aesthetics of your patio. They are available in several designs, prints and materials to suit your patio furniture and the aesthetics of your home. Bamboo and wooden blinds can complement the wicker furniture of the patio and create a rustic feel. By controlling the light ingress, patio blinds can create a beautiful setting. They filter in natural sunlight and create interesting shading patterns on the patio walls and floors. Visual integration of the blinds with the building is more appealing than other climate control features like sun awnings and canopies.
The functional and aesthetic roles served by the blinds enable the patio to be used for extended duration. The ability to regulate climate allows it to be used even in inclement weather. Light control and privacy permit occupancy for prolonged periods in the day. The improved comfort of the patio expands the possible activities which may be carried out here such as kids’ play area, reading or pursuing hobbies. Patio blinds enhance the value of your patio and help to optimise its use.