A Summer Necessity: Straight Drop Awnings

Check out this fantastic piece from our member Macarthur Home Improvements about the virtues of Straight Drop Awnings which are a must for those wanting to enjoy the rest of the summer.

It’s coming up to summer and by-geez aren’t we excited to get the BBQ roaring after a year like this one! If you’re keen to get the family and friends over to enjoy summer in style in South Sydney, we recommend a straight drop awning to upgrade your outdoor area or unit’s balcony.

And here’s why…

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They look great!

Straight Drop Awnings are just that. They are Outdoor Blinds that hang “straight” down from the top assembly to the bottom fixings. The Straight Drop Awning is generally installed to fit and operate between 2 “poles”, as they are anchored to an optional frame box (aka Over-Roll Hood) at the top of the Awning and then anchors can be set down at the ground to ensure that they don’t get blown around in the breeze.

The design and installation of the Awnings create a sleek look and act like a temporary “wall” when in use, i.e. acting as a barrier between the weather elements and your protected space. They provide you with privacy when you need it!

Each Awning can be made from as little as 500mm wide and span up to 5600mm wide. If you have an area that is wider than that, it will require more than one Awning to cover the area. There is a limitation on width to ensure maximum protection and ease of operation, otherwise, the weight will be overwhelming for the size and it won’t function as it should.

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Introducing Veri Shades

Introducing Veri Shades

Verishades are a wonderfully functional and elegant shade solution for your home, we are pleased to present this article published by our member Stanbond SA 

Say hello to the newest product on the market, Veri Shades!

The Clever Curtain, Veri Shades are an innovative new product that combines the flexibility of vertical blinds with the elegance of a sheer curtain.

Veri Shades are a compact product, made from folds of fabric that include sheer and room darkening panels attached to a single track. So with the twist of a wand, you can control the amount of the light and shade that enters of your room. This gives you the best of both worlds – day and night, with a single product.

You may have noticed them on The Block recently. They featured in Mitch and Mark’s Living and Dining room reveal. The white Veri Shades were installed on a sliding door which leads to their outdoor terrace. A great option as Veri Shades are perfectly suited for sliding doors and large areas of glass.

 

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Security Door vs Safety Doors

What is the difference between a security door and a safety door? And if you’re in South Sydney, why do you need to know? Find out from our expert and Fashionline member Macarthur Home Improvements.

Some key differences are the style, design and colour to suit your home but both security doors and safety doors provide key benefits and limitations that you need to be aware of to make an informed decision.

Safety Door

safety door or also commonly known as a screen door, provides you with an aluminium frame, aluminium grill design and colour for your home. Although the appearance is nice, the door only adds as a deterrent to potential unwanted visitors.

Aluminium is sturdy but not unbreakable and if accompanied by standard fly-mesh it can easily be torn or broken.

Pet clawing at the screen door but not causing damage as its a strong mesh from Macarthur Home Improvements in Campbelltown

Security Door

security door provides you with added strength, ideal for entrances of your home to protect against unwanted visitors. With a reinforced aluminium frame, the door is accompanied by a stainless steel woven mesh and a triple-lock to ensure unwanted visitors cannot enter when locked.

The stainless steel woven mesh has been developed and tested by Macarthur Home Improvements, security door experts in South Sydney, as one solid piece. The mesh is so strong, it does not require an added aluminium design. The door offers a clean-cut look to your home.

Pet clawing at the screen door but not causing damage as its a strong mesh from Macarthur Home Improvements in Campbelltown

What are the benefits vs limitations of each option?

Learn more about the differences and benefits of each here.

 

It’s Time to Replace Your Window Treatments

Our window treatments are designed to serve a purpose, we want them to help regulate the heat, protect our home and contents from UV damage, provide privacy and security and help to add a decorative element to our homes. A manufacturers warranty on blinds is often 5 years with an average lifespan of about 7-8 years. But with a quality choice of blind and proper maintenance, your blinds will last you up to 10 years and beyond. These are some signs that it is time to replace your window treatments.

Wear and Tear

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If you have just moved into a new house and are not aware of the age of the blinds or you can’t remember the last time you replaced them, there are a few things to look out for. Faded fabric or timber is a normal sign of age with all blind materials due to prolonged exposure to UV rays, however, pronounced discolouration is a sign that your blinds are nearing the end of their days. Fraying fabric down the edge of your roller or Roman blinds is a sign of both age and ill-fitted window treatments, the fray is caused by the friction of the blind scraping down the inside of your window frame. Custom-fit blinds will allow for block out protection without hugging so tightly the fabric is damaged. Faulty or aged mechanisms will be the most obvious sign that it’s time to replace your blinds, for example, twisting the tilt wand on your Venetian blinds only to find that they barely move or no longer fit snugly together are a sure sign the tilt mechanism is compromised.

Safety

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Wear and tear can lead to safety issues with your window treatments. When the lifting mechanism of Venetian or Roman blinds wears it can make it very difficult to manoeuvre up and down, while this is annoying it also means that the mechanism has the potential to fail which could result in the blind falling unexpectedly. There is no better time to consider replacing old blinds than when our children or grandchildren become mobile. Roaming toddlers have the unique ability to highlight all potential dangers within a home. Blinds with long dangling cords are hazardous to small children so the safest remedy is to replace these with roller blinds, shutters or panel glide blinds.

Upgrade Your Aesthetic

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Sometimes when taking on renovations or home upgrades our window treatments slide down the priority list. Well-chosen, quality made window furnishings will provide added privacy and security while helping to reduce the cost of your energy bills, but all utility aside they can also drastically elevate the design aspect of your home. Universal streamline blinds can work perfectly in modern spaces while layering treatments such as blinds and drapes in older or more traditional homes can add texture and warmth. Regardless of your taste, one thing is certain; aged, warped and discoloured blinds can look very shabby, without the chic… so by replacing worn-out blinds you can instantly transform the space to be more functional and tasteful for years to come.

 

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How to beat the heat with your window furnishings.

Summer is almost upon us and depending where you are, you may already be dusting off your fan and switching to your lighter bedding. As the weather warms up, we often feel inclined to run the air conditioning unit in attempts to keep our home at the comfortable temperature we have become accustomed to in the cooler months. Though effective, 40% of the energy used in a home escapes through the windows so simply by adding the right window furnishings for your unique style and budget, you can reduce your power bill by up to 70%.

As the sun’s UV rays radiate through our windows, they will transfer heat into our homes. With well fitted window furnishing this light will reflect off the back off the fabric, repelling the heat and is best achieved with finishings with light-coloured backing. Choosing to opt for window furnishings that will reduce heat gain will provide ongoing reduction in your energy costs as they also work to prevent heat loss in the cooler months. Correctly fitted window dressings create a pocket of air between the window and the finishing resulting in an insulation barrier.

Cellular blinds
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As one of the most popular window finishings, cellular blinds provide the highest level of insulation due to the combination of their tightly woven fabric and how well they fit within the window cavity. Compared to Roman shades and roller blinds, cellular blinds are the most versatile window finishing in terms of aesthetic and your overall goals. Light levels in the house can be managed by the opacity of the blind from sheer to block out and often single or double cell so you have the best of both worlds. Blinds have evolved where you now have the options of cordless, adding greater safety features than corded blinds around small children and motorised with the convenience of being incorporated into your smart home. For the most effective heat reduction aim to have the blinds drawn between 10am and 3pm, particularly on north facing windows as they will receive the most UV exposure.

Plantation Shutters
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Timeless, clean and seamless, plantation shutters are always a good idea. As the shutters must be custom fitted to each of your windows, they provide an extremely effective insulation barrier. While providing heat reducing benefits, shutters also add a layer of security to your home adding a physical barrier with locking systems for an intruder trying to enter through the window. Plantation shutters are considered a permanent fixture to your home and are often quite desirable due to their timeless design, for this reason they can be included in your property’s evaluation, increasing the value of your home.

Awnings Bob Burns Blinds

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Automatic, wire guard, pivot, fixed or folding arm; all awnings will provide premium energy efficiency by preventing sunlight from reaching the external glass on your windows, stopping the issue of overheating before it can begin. Awnings can be motorised and incorporated into your smart home to control the light throughout the day but also to help protect your home against the other elements even while at work or away on holiday. Awnings are available in a variety of fabrics and colours, making them a stylish addition to your home and outdoor entertaining areas.

With the weather starting to heat up and summer just on the horizon, beat the summer rush and contact one of our knowledgeable experts to help find the perfect window treatment for you.

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Shade solutions for summer. Is your home summer ready?

When you first think of summer – what comes to mind? Hot weather, beach days, garden barbeques and endless days spent soaking in the sunshine. It sounds wonderful, but Australian summers are known for their harmful UV rays and harsh elements – not only to our skin, but also to our homes.

If you are someone who enjoys entertaining outside but is in need of some extra protection to help block out the sun and provide some much-needed shelter during the summer season – outdoor awnings are a great, cost-effective solution to creating shade or protection from Australia’s elements.

When selecting your awning, it is important to know that there are several types to choose from, we’ve picked our top three to help you be ready this summer.

Retractable awnings
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One of the most popular awnings on the market is retractable awnings. These types of awnings can be extended or retracted depending on the weather conditions. This type of awning is a great option if you wish to use your awning for certain occasions, certain times of the year or when needed – e.g. to provide shelter or shade from hot or rainy days by extending the awning and retracting the awning when it is not required.

There are several variations of retractable awnings available, each with many benefits, unique styles and functionality – we encourage you to discuss your desired look and feel with one of our knowledgeable experts to ensure the right type of awning is chosen.

Vertical awnings

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Most modern homes today already have an outdoor covered entertaining area but often these areas are still faced with harsh UV Rays from either the morning or afternoon sun. A great solution is to install Vertical Awnings – a combination of retractable blind technology with weatherproof awning material.

When extended, the awning provides perfect cover from UV Rays and sun glare as well as other weather elements such as wind and rain. If these awnings weren’t smart enough – opt to have motorisation added during installation – providing needed shelter has never been easier – simply control your awnings by a touch of a button.

Fixed awnings

Unlike other awnings, a fixed awning has been designed and manufactured to withstand the harshest of conditions for long periods of time. This makes them the perfect option for those searching for a permanent undercover area.

Fixed awnings are available in a range of materials to suit customers’ needs such as; canopy material, carbolite (a type of resin) and Colourbond. As well as this, fixed awnings are available in an array of shapes, sizes and colours – to help tailor the awning to the customers’ needs and desires.

With the weather starting to heat up and summer just on the horizon, beat the summer rush and contact one of our knowledgeable experts to help find the perfect awning for you.

Your Fashionline Team.

 

Why custom-made window furnishings are worth every cent

When it comes to decorating our homes many of us will spend hours paining over paint colours, tile samples and benchtops yet window furnishings are often overlooked. If you think of the aesthetic of your home as a stylish outfit, each piece carefully selected and well-tailored, then window treatments are the accessories that not only elevate the space but provide a range of other benefits. If you have a new home or are contemplating replacing your window furnishings, then there are quite a few benefits of considering a custom option.

Precise window measurements

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When purchasing premade curtains and blinds from retail chains and websites you’re bound by the sizes they have in stock and this can lead to ill-fitting window treatments that do not control the amount of light filtering into your home or the correct level of security. When choosing custom you have the benefit of a professional window treatment specialist measuring even your most unusual sized windows and offering options that will suit your unique needs. They can answer all of your questions, make suggestions and offer you advice and education on all of your options so you can feel confident that you have made the right choice for your home.

Quality workmanship

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While store-bought options appear to be the most cost-effective, this is only true in the short term. These products are mass-produced and often lose the ability to keep out UV light after a few short years. When you buy custom window furnishings, they will be more expensive in the outlay as higher quality woods, aluminium and fabrics are used.

Professionals will only offer high-quality fabrics and linings so when your curtains and blinds are created you will see the workmanship in the seams, stitching and overall look of your product.

Aesthetic

You don’t have to be a judge on The Block to appreciate the finer details of design. One of the most enjoyable benefits of custom window furnishings is having choices for fabric and material colours and details. Depending on your style and location you can opt for light filtering linen curtains that add a romantic element to a home or heavy, luxurious block out drapes to reduce UV light and retain heat in your home.

Block out curtains and roller blinds are premium options for those with infants or light sensitivity. Roman blinds are a classic option for bathrooms and kitchens or windows that do not allow space for curtain rods to be hung symmetrically.

Plantation shutters are a stunning and effective option for homes in higher humidity or coastal environments. While timber or aluminium Venetians are the best options for allergy sufferers who still want a contemporary style.

Energy efficiency 

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Obviously, each climate will require different window treatments to achieve optimal efficiency and aesthetic, this is something that can be discussed with a professional. For those living in cooler climates, 30% of your home’s heating energy is lost through windows. Whereas in warmer climates, during the months where you run air-conditioning, 76% of sunlight filtering through the window converts to heat, increasing your running costs. With endless options to suit your personal budget, style and needs, custom made window furnishings are a worthy investment.

Contact one of our knowledgeable experts if you would like to find out more and they will be able to assist you with your window furnishing choice.

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How can you benefit from installing security screens and doors at home?

Often when we think of security doors and screens our minds create visions of traditional bars and grilles across the windows that compromise both the aesthetic and outlook of your home. Thankfully modern security screens now come in a wide range of colours and styles to suit any home décor without compromising on safety. Enjoy clean lines that offer protection and peace of mind for any door and window dimensions.

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Security Doors

Gone are the days where your home could only be secured with standard 90mm window and door security screens. From farmhouse to ultra-modern and everything in between there is a security system to suit your style and needs.

Hinged doors – The classic sized screen door fitted to standard and front entry doors.

Sliding doors – Can be single, double or triple sliding screen doors for small or large openings.

French doors screen doors – For French and double-door entries. The doors have locking features at the top and bottom and can be open in either direction to suit your needs.

Bi-fold doors and screens – For very wide, indoor-outdoor style openings. Bi-fold doors can open up an entire wall of your home and can be hinged so they fold in either direction depending on your space. They can be installed as permanent glazed Bi-fold doors, or as a stand-alone security screen solution.

Stacking screen doors – For very wide, indoor-outdoor style openings. Each screen panel glides behind and interlocks with the next one, finally sliding behind a fixed panel for maximum security and a stylish, streamlined look. They can be stacked neatly and effortlessly to either the left or the right for optimum convenience while not compromising on design.

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All security doors are created using Structural Grade 304 Stainless Steel Mesh, which is held in place with a patented Screw Clamp Locking System. The mesh is finely woven to allow for greater protection from intruders and insects. High-quality steel safeguards your doors against tears is much easier to clean and is less susceptible to mould unlike traditional fly-wire. The design provides such enormous strength against attack, by spreading the load around the frame of the door, allowing you to feel safe while your solid doors or glass windows are open when home. All screens and doors are custom made to fit your specific needs.

Window Screens

There is something to fit every type of window including fixed, hinged, casement-style, sliding windows and louvres. All window systems are created using Structural Grade 304 Stainless Steel Mesh and fitted with internal keyless escape mechanisms in case of an emergency exit.

Lifestyle benefits

  • Premium grade security allowing only invited guests into your home
  • Keep pests and insects out
  • Cut down on air conditioning by offering airflow and cross-breezes to cool your home in the warmer months
  • Protect your windows against hail and damage from debris during storm season
  • Hinder transfer between buildings in the event of housefires
  • Offer security and protection without hindering views or aesthetic
  • Don’t detract from décor specific window furnishings like curtains and blinds

Contact one of our knowledgeable experts if you would like to find out more and they will be able to assist you with your security screen furnishing choice.

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Which is the better choice: Wooden Blinds or Faux Wooden Blinds?

It’s the battle of the blinds; wooden blinds vs faux wooden blinds. Each has their own advantages and disadvantages, and you’ll probably need both when kitting out your home’s interiors. The guide below takes the guesswork out of choosing the right blinds for certain areas in your home.

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Wooden Blinds

Wooden blinds are timeless, and the appeal of authentic wood is hard to match. These blinds go especially well in homes with modern architecture and wooden furniture. In saying this, the versatility of wood means blinds can be as light or as dark as you like, and it’s easy to match with existing home décor.

Not Suitable in High Humidity

One thing to keep in mind is that wooden blinds are not suitable in environments with high humidity, like bathrooms, kitchens and laundries. Wooden blinds will warp, fade and stain when exposed to high levels of moisture in the air. This changes the blind’s aesthetic and function. When it comes to cleaning, you should not use water on your wooden blinds; use a duster, cloth and furniture polish instead.

Natural Insulation

Wood is a natural insulator, providing protection from stinking hot days and the colder ones too. Wood reduces solar heat gain, keeping interiors cool on hot days and reducing energy consumption. Ultimately, they will help keep your energy bills low, especially if you live in a tropic or subtropic region.

A Little More Expensive

When compared to faux wooden blinds, real wood blinds are a little more expensive. They also may not age as well as faux wooden blinds, without proper care. In saying this, you pay for quality and at the end of the day, nothing can replace the elegance of real wood.

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Faux Wooden Blinds

Faux Wooden blinds, made from a durable polymer material, are designed to look like the real thing. They have all the charm of natural wood and they give you a little more flexibility when it comes to window covering treatments in all areas of your home.

They are Waterproof

Unlike wood, plastic is waterproof. So, if you are putting blinds into your bathroom, kitchen or laundry (in fact, anywhere with high humidity) you must install faux wooden blinds because they won’t warp, fade or stain. Being waterproof, faux wooden blinds are much easier to clean, and can even be hosed down for a deep clean.

Colour Variety

Being a plastic material, faux wooden blinds come in a wide range of colours. They can be made to match any wood material, with an array of texture-rich wood grain finishes. These blinds can be made in neutrals and whites as well, allowing you to be more creative in your home decorating.

Durability

Faux wooden blinds last very well in any setting. Being plastic, they won’t crack, peel or chip over time. While real wood is often chosen for its authentic look, faux wooden blinds can offer a low maintenance alternative that will see you through the years.

At the end of the day, the choice is yours. It’s so important to consider the environment where your blinds will live and to make sure you are choosing a material that will last.

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Which window furnishings are best for your rental property?

Whether you are building a new build, have purchased an investment or a run-down property that needs some TLC… installing window furnishings can help maximise your weekly rental income and attract potential tenants.

Window treatments not only create privacy, but they also generate a sense of ambience and softness within a room, they help make a room appear bigger and most importantly… increase the capital value of your property, which allows you to charge more rent per week – so it’s vital, if you choose to install window treatments, that you install the right furnishings from the get-go!

Cost effective option

Curtains can be both the cheapest and most expensive window treatments on the market. They can adapt easily to suit windows of all shapes and sizes, as well as creating the desired style you wish to achieve e.g. floor to ceiling curtains, or curtains installed just above the window frame.

With a wide selection of fabrics and colours to choose from, we recommend choosing a neutral colour tone for your curtains to help appeal to a larger audience.
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Low to mid range option

Blinds are a highly attractive furnishing – they provide partial shade or block out the afternoon sun, they are easy to use and can be made from a variety of materials such as soft cotton fabrics, natural fibres e.g. timber or plastic-coated fabric that helps block out light.

Vertical and venetian blinds are often favoured, however, these types of blinds might be the cheaper option in the beginning but in the long run they could become the costliest option due to tenants mistreating them, incurring damage and needing to be repaired or replaced.

Don’t get us wrong, vertical and venetian blinds are a great blind to install, but if you are after a window furnishing that is going to last in a rental and does not need fixing or replacing very often, we recommend installing roller blinds due to their durability, inviting price tag, are easy to maintain and have a modern look and feel.

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High range option

Plantation Shutters are the costliest option out of the three to install, however, they also help increase your rental return. These types of shutters can be customised to suit windows and doors of all shapes and sizes, which is why they continue to be very popular with investors. These shutters are available in a range of colours, but neutral tones are favourable due to their classic timeless look. Angling the louvres allows the user to have control over their privacy e.g. stopping people looking into the home without sacrificing the natural light. Despite the price tag, these shutters are worth the investment, they are long lasting due to being built with durable materials and are easier to clean when comparing these shutters to venetian blinds – which will highly appeal to the rental market.

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When renting your property, you want to make sure that your home appeals to as many people as possible… especially if you are wanting to maximise your rental return or sell in the future. If you are unsure which treatment is best suited for your property, we encourage you to discuss your window furnishing needs with one of our experts.

Your Fashionline team.

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