Let’s Talk Shading

Consider your climate for external blinds

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When thinking about shading, your location on the map and your region’s climate must be considered. In temperate climates the magic direction to start with is north. The north side of a home has the most solar energy available and it is the easiest to control. All you need is the right width eave or other horizontal shading to stop the sun in summer and let it inside in winter.

For east and west windows, a different shading solution is needed as the sun is lower in the sky. Adjustable vertically-placed blinds, screens or louvres work best to control sun for the short time it’s needed, and then open up again to daylight, views and breezes.

In hotter climates – roughly north of Brisbane – shading is important all year round, including on the south side of your home. In colder parts of the country, winter heat gain is the priority so it’s vital to ensure any shading doesn’t impede solar access in winter.

Local site topography also plays a part in deciding the amount of shading needed, for example, a south sloping site may need slightly less shading for a longer period of the year. For more information, see Your Home’s ‘Shading’ fact sheet.

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Fashionline’s Top Tips for External Shading

  1. Remember that there are plenty of choices for effective shading, from cost-effective and easily retrofitted blinds to custom-designed automated systems. External blinds, shutters and screens can also provide security while inner doors and windows are open for ventilation.
  2. Fixed awnings for windows are cost effective and allow you to keep the windows open when it’s raining. However, they allow for less active sun control and flexibility than adjustable versions.
  3. For western and eastern facades where the sun is intense at a low angle for a short time you can try retractable fabric awnings. Other adjustable shading options include blinds, louvres, sliding screens and roller shutters. Louvres, shutters and even pergolas with adjustable angled blades allow sun control while admitting breezes.
  4. If the budget stretches, pergolas with motorised blinds or complete louvre roof systems may fit the bill. Such systems can help create the effect of an outdoor room and allow your home’s internal spaces to feel larger.

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The Fashionline Team 

Conserve energy with Window Furnishings

Conserve energy with Window Furnishings

Passive solar building design or climatic design takes best advantage of the local climate and the design of windows, walls and floors store and distribute solar energy without the aid of mechanical or electrical gadgets.

Without effective energy efficient window treatments, up to 50% of a home’s heating and cooling energy can be lost through its windows. A simple way and effective way to reduce energy consumption and to protect internal furnishings from fading is by covering your windows from the hot Australian sun.

Stop the Sun before it hits your Windows

The most effective way to reduce the heat from the sun is to shade your windows and sliding doors to stop the sun seeping in. Stopping the sun’s heat before it penetrates through is up to 7 times more effective than using roller blinds or curtains.

External window shading options include, fixed metal or carbolite awnings, canvas or acryllic awnings, shutters and louvred awnings. The styles vary from fixed, straight­drop, folding arm, pivot arm awnings, with the control options being manual, crank, spring or motorised.

Aluminium roller shutters provide all year round thermal, light, and noise protection with the added benefits of security, storm protection and protection from the radiant heat of bush fires. They provide up to 90% reduction from the effects of UV rays.

Traditional awnings made from quality canvas, sun screen or acrylic materials are available as 100% block out or mesh light filtering fabrics.

Fixed carbolite awnings that have been treated can provide 99.9% UV protection. They are available in many shapes and sizes, from the traditional bull ­nosed, domed and the conventional flat. These awnings will last longer than traditional fabric awnings.

Window furnishings aren’t just a decoration

There are many choices of fabrics and styles of curtains to suit any style of home and many practical reasons for their installation. The effectiveness of curtains depends on the fabric choice and whether the window covering is opened, closed, raised or lowered. In order for curtains to be effective, it is recommended they reach a long way below the bottom of the window frame.

Venetians blinds allow you to control the angle of light entering the room and provide privacy allowing you to see out. Timber venetians can provide some insulating properties in a closed position though due to the slats will not be effective as other options.

Roller and roman blinds keep the heat in due to the fact they are one continuous piece of fabric and are most effective at keeping heat in when they sit up against the window frame.

Timber shutters are crafted from plantation wood or PVC and provide great insulation. Wooden shutters are selected for its long lasting elegance, consistent grain and strength. PVC shutters are fire retardant, termite resistant and mould proof making them ideal for wet areas. They provide character and real style to your home.

Australia has very diverse climates and depending on whether you’re in Victoria or QLD, more than half of your household energy use goes to heating and cooling that is wasted. The cracks and gaps in an average home equate to having a 1 x 1.5 metre windows open all of the time. Forty percent of the heat loss is through uncovered windows.

Creating a comfortable living space is as important as choosing the perfect window fashion. Contact your local awning or blind expert to get specialised advice and service. Alternatively, don’t hesitate to contact us at Fashionline Group.

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