Most balconies are often desolate, left to collect whatever the wind carries: rainwater, fallen leaves, dust from the nearby construction sites and even dead insects. Yikes! But your balcony can be so much more functional. One way is to equip it with outdoor blinds to shield it from these unwanted elements and the scorching sun.
However, not all outdoor balcony blinds are built equal. Here are the four features they need to have, so you can convert your balcony into a play area for your kids, a mini garden, your private sanctuary or … well, you get the idea.
1. A durable fabric
Fibreglass fabric is one of the most popular choices in outdoor blinds, and justly so. With a high melting point of 840°C, it’s able to remain in top condition even in Singapore’s notorious climate and continue blocking out the sun’s UV rays to keep your balcony cool on a hot day.
It’s also waterproof, so it can deal with the rain and prevent dust and insects from sneaking into your balcony. Don’t forget to look out for the ‘openness’ of the fabric. A 1% openness means your fabric has a tighter weave for maximum protection.
2. No gaps
Been blessed with a sprawling L-shape or U-shape balcony? You’ll need more than one row of outdoor blinds. Apart from securing your blinds so that they won’t blow out in wind or thunderstorm, aluminium spines cover the gaps between the blinds to prevent seepage.
Speaking of aluminium spines, there’s a surprising amount of tech inside each spine to ensure your blinds operate smoothly. Most outdoor blinds use a ‘zipper’ system to guide the fabric along the spine, but this mechanism leaves crevices that are prone to trapping dirt.
For a clog-free spine and lesser wear and tear, consider a track-guided system. This mechanism serves the same purpose as the ‘zipper’ system, but eliminates any gap between the fabric and the spine!
3. Easy push-and-pull movement
Outdoor blinds are usually offered in both manual and motorised options. If convenience is key, you can’t go wrong with motorised blinds. But if you’re watching your budget a little more, it’s hard to beat the value of manual blinds.
Most manual outdoor blinds are controlled via chains, ropes or pullies. Obviously, these aren’t great to have around if you have babies or pets. If you have large blinds, they will also be cumbersome to push up or pull down.
A spring-loaded system helps to absorb the weight of your blinds, so you can glide them down or up without breaking a sweat.
4. No rattling in strong winds
Live by the sea or on the top floors? Then the wind might just be your biggest enemy. To ensure your outdoor blinds won’t get knocked out by the wind, ask for certification. For example, Ziptrak® Outdoor Blinds have been tested by prestigious German inspection company TUV SUD to withstand up to 260km/h of wind speed.
The brand’s outdoor blinds sport a proprietary Centre Lock Release mechanism that helps the blinds grip onto the spines at both ends. As its name implies, both the left and right locks can be simultaneously controlled from the middle. Convenient.
At The Curtain Boutique, we believe in offering outdoor blinds of the highest quality. That’s why we import only genuine Ziptrak® Outdoor Blinds from Australia.
Equipped with exclusive innovative features such as a gapless track-guided movement system, an intuitive spring-loaded mechanism for effortless operation and a Centre Lock Release control for convenience, it’s no wonder Ziptrak® Outdoor Blinds have already been installed in over 4,000 homes in Singapore.
Convert your balcony, patio or other outdoor areas into a functional space today with Ziptrak® Outdoor Blinds.
To get a free quote, speak to a Ziptrak® Specialist today or make an appointment for viewing and demo, simply fill up the form below:
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