Stopping the sun hitting in the window is one of the best ways to reduce the heat load in your home. Internal blinds are fine but once the heat is inside your home it is only a matter of time before it leaks into your room from behind the blind or curtain. Outside Blinds, Awnings and Roller Shutters are your best option to keep the heat off the window and outside your home. Here are our thoughts on what are the best options to keep your home cool and why.
Roller Shutters have insulation in the slats and create a tight barrier over the window which creates a pocket of air to insulate your window from the hot sun. In winter the opposite is true and they do a great job of keeping your home warm. This makes shutters the best choice of all outdoor blinds for insulation. However, shutters only work when they are down shading the window and many customers do not like the closed in feeling that Roller Shutters can make in a small room. If you don’t like having them down they aren’t going to provide much protection.
Learn more about Stan Bond Roller Shutters here.
Canvas Auto Guide Awnings
Auto Guide Awnings are the traditional way to stop the sun on South Australian homes. The canvas is 100% block out and it provides great shade for the window. The Auto Guide Awning (sometimes called Automatic Awning) comes down on an angle and sits around 250mm away from your window allowing air to flow around the blind. Auto Guide awnings protect you from the heat by forming a shading barrier while still allowing light and some vision out of the window thus providing a less closed in feeling than a Roller Shutter.
Ziptrak® or Zipscreen®
Ziptrak Blinds and Zipscreen blinds are normally made with a Mesh fabric like Outlook or Shadeview. These mesh fabrics provide around 95% shade whilst still allowing vision through the blind. Ziptrak and Zipscreen blinds can be installed either on the face of the window or between posts on a verandah area. This makes these outdoor blinds very versatile and appropriate for many situations. The tracks at the side create a similar insulation barrier when installed on a window face which can greatly reduce the heat through a window. Outdoor entertaining areas can be almost unusable on hot afternoons making evening entertaining too glarey and uncomfortable. Outdoor Blinds can cut much of the glare and heat to make your area more comfortable as well as providing extra shade for your house.
Call us on 08 8336 2066 and have a Stan Bond representative help you find the right heat protection for your home.
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