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.

Read the rest of this article on their blog here.

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.

 

To read the complete article please click here.

Blinds for Wet Areas

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Indoor Blinds in Wet Areas

When choosing blinds for wet areas including your kitchen, bathroom and laundry, it is important to choose blinds and fabrics that are resistant to damp environments and moisture. Certain blind fabrics such as cottons, are susceptible to mould and are not suitable in areas where water and steam are present.

So, which blinds are best suited for wet areas? Find out from Ballarat Fashionline member Davidson’s Blinds & Shutters. With more than 20 years manufacturing, assembling and installing blinds under their belt, Davidson’s are experts in helping Australians select the best blinds for their needs.

Learn more about blinds for wet areas at Davidson’s Blinds & Shutters.

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.

 

Luxury Awnings

Luxury Awnings Bring High-End Features to the Shade Game

All quality awnings provide shade and keep you dry when it rains. If you want to add this feature to your home or business, you should opt for a product that has a reputation for quality and can stand up to daily use. Luxury awnings do not only offer the excellent quality that you need, but they also often come with extra features that make them more attractive than standard options.

Luxury outdoor awnings come with high-end features. These elements, paired with the superior look and engineering of these products, provide great overall value and make these options worth the investment.

With the Melbourne Summer Sale at Undercover Blinds & Shade Systems, you can enjoy even greater value on state-of-the-art automated awnings and outdoor blinds.

Folding Arm Awning

Luxury Awning Design Options

There are several types of luxury outdoor awnings. You will want to choose the option that best fits the design of your space and your functional needs. Then, you can select the extra features that add to the attractiveness and convenience of these luxury awnings.

Three popular options are folding-arm awnings, Zipscreen, and retractable roofs.

Learn more about luxury awnings and how they can meet your specific needs at Undercover Blinds & Awnings Melbourne, the experts in luxury awning installations.

The Difference Between Blockout Blinds, Sunscreen Blinds & Translucent Blinds

Davidsons Blinds and Shutters in Ballarat explain, in a post from their news section, the differences between popular blind types. Read an excerpt here and visit their site for the full break down. It’s well worth a read before you take the plunge to buy your new set of blinds.

What’s The Difference Between Blockout Blinds, Sunscreen Blinds and Translucent Blinds?

When building, buying or renovating your home you experience a wide range of emotions. While it is a very exciting time, the amount of decisions you need to make can become overwhelming, some of these decisions will involve what type of blind you should use. Years ago this decision was much easier because there weren’t as many options, but today you are fortunate to have a wide range of beautiful indoor window furnishings available.

The Indoor Blinds you choose can have a huge impact on the look and feel of your home, so we would like to help you decide by explaining the types of custom made indoor blinds we make.

Blockout Blinds

1. Blockout Blinds – also called Blackout

Blockout fabrics completely block out the amount of sunlight entering your room, keeping your home shaded all year long.

Blockout fabrics are a wonderful option for rooms requiring complete darkness and increased privacy, making these blinds perfectly suited to bedrooms, theatre rooms, studies and bathrooms.

Read on to learn more!

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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Image credit: Watson Blinds

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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Image credit: Davidson Blinds

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
Watson Blinds

Image credit: Watson Blinds & Awnings

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

 Image credit: Bob Burns Blinds

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.

Your Fashionline team.

Zipscreen vs Ziptrak®: Let the debate begin

Alfresco entertaining is a major part of Australian living. With so many options for sun protection and outdoor blinds, we want to help our customers choose the right blind. Often we get asked what is the difference between Zipscreen and Ziptrak® and which one is better? Both are great systems but have different strengths and weaknesses. A review of the differences is important before you make a decision.

Zipsreen Outdoor Blinds Image Source_ StanBond

Zipsreen Outdoor Blinds Image Source: StanBond

To help you choose we are sharing this blog post from our Adelaide Fashionline Member, Andrew Earles at StanBond, who has kindly made this list of differences between major track guided outdoor blinds to help you with your decision.

It covers the manufacturing, history, weather, benefits, aesthetics and pros and cons of each product. Zipscreen and Ziptrak are very similar, but the slight differences may indicate which is more suitable for your needs and circumstances.

Andrew has even done a quick video of these differences for you, so click here to read on and see the video.

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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Image credit: Stylecraft Blind and Awnings

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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Image credit: Macarthur Home Improvements

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.

 

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