DIY Outdoor Blinds Online, Direct To Your Door But What’s The Real Cost?
Easy, quick and cheap is how DIY outdoor blinds are promoted. But what are the pitfalls, limitations and the real cost of ordering a blind online? Before you buy cheap, you should see what your online blind will look like by seeing perhaps one your friend has had up for at least 2 years, then you can decide for yourself if saving a few dollars is really worth it.
read on to find out why buying outdoor blinds online might not be such a good idea, costing you more in the long run for a blind of inferior quality compared to a custom made quality outdoor blind from Inviron Blinds Adelaide.
Across Adelaide, many of us are wanting to spend more time outdoors, enjoying our garden, eating and entertaining our family and friends.
To make life more comfortable, we need to provide additional shelter under our verandah or Alfresco area, protecting ourselves and outdoor furniture from the harsh Sun, annoying wind and the inconvenience of rain.
Outdoor blinds offer an ideal solution, being much cheaper than having additional walls and glass windows installed by a builder. The next step is to work out what type of outdoor blind you would like to have.
DIY Outdoor Blind Online
If you’re searching outdoor blinds online, you’ll find many clear plastic PVC blinds to choose from, often referred to as bistro or patio blinds.
These DIY outdoor blinds, available in a range of standard widths and lengths have been made ready for you to install yourself. They often come with brackets and all the fittings required to hang them. This type of blind has zips and ropes with a pully system to wind up or lower the blind, the tracks and screws you generally have to buy separately, as in the case of bistro blinds from Bunnings. Wall anchors either side of the blind are screwed to your verandah posts. For additional support you can buy, at an additional cost, base anchor plates to minimise the blind ‘flapping’ in the wind.
DIY outdoor blinds online are often made in China, promoted as ‘made from 0.75mm heavy-duty PVC’ are ‘weather resistant’ and come with a 12 month product warranty. Bistro Shade Screen outdoor blinds are also available to buy online using PVC coated Polyester mesh at about double the price to that of the clear PVC blind and come with a 2 year warranty.
Custom Made Outdoor Blinds – The Inviron Blinds Difference
In stark contrast, each PVC blind that is ‘made to measure’ from Inviron, is manufactured by us, locally at our Adelaide factory, using very heavy duty PVC and depending on the size of the blind, often 1mm thick. The PVC that is used with bistro blinds you buy online is laminated.
All PVC cafe blinds made by Inviron use ‘extruded’ PVC, which is far superior, giving you a crystal clear view looking through the blind, just like looking through a piece of clear glass.
Instead of plastic components used with outdoor blinds online and from hardware shops, Inviron only use marine grade stainless steel fixtures and fittings.
The biggest difference however comes from Inviron Blinds installing each and every outdoor blind using Ziptrak’s patented Track Guided Blind System.
There are no zips, ropes or pulleys required to lift or lower your outdoor blind. Ziptrak Blinds are spring loaded, so the PVC is gently tensioned. At the base is a weather strip and centre locking mechanism. All this means you can simply raise or drop the blind easily with one hand, stopping and locking it place at any height you require. The blind won’t sag or ‘flap’ in the wind and will look great for many years of use without going ‘milky’ like you no doubt have noticed with friends online bistro blinds.
If you prefer an outdoor shade blind, Inviron make their premium Alfresco outdoor blinds called Environshade. Made from woven mesh fabric, these outdoor blinds Adelaide residents can have custom made to measure come in a wide choice of colours and boast a UV block of up to 99% and shade factor to 96 as with ‘Onyx’, plus come with a 10 year product warranty, not the 2 years you receive if you bought your DIY blind online.
Providing protection from the Sun, wind and rain, this type of outdoor blind allows air flow, so even on a hot day, you won’t feel like you’re wrapped up in a plastic bag, a common complaint of using outdoor PVC bistro blinds.
If outdoor blind prices are your only consideration when wanting to protect your outdoor living area from the Sun, wind and rain, then it’s buying outdoor blinds online for you, if you can get the right size to fit the space! However we strongly suggest you see what one looks like after it’s been up for at least 2 years to know what yours will end up looking like. Finding out where and how much it costs to get spare zips once they break is worth looking into as well.
If you want your outdoor blind to last and perform to a much higher standard with crystal clear views through the extruded PVC, or have the ultimate protection with Environshade, Inviron Blinds outdoor shade Alfresco blinds that will look great after 10 years, then you should at least make a call and request a no-obligation measure and quote on any of the quality outdoor blinds from the range, with no salespeople and no pressure.
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