We help you decide if indoor or outdoor blinds are best for your home
Blinds can help your house feel like a home. Internal blinds and external blinds can be used in different ways—maybe you’d like your home to feel warmer for longer during winter or you’d like to increase the level of privacy in your home during the day. The right type of blind can help do just that, and more. Let’s take a closer look at the differences between indoor and outdoor blinds, and how they can work for you.
PROS AND CONS OF INTERNAL BLINDS
Here’s how to fix the three main disadvantages of indoor blinds:
Where to use internal blinds
Because they are so versatile, internal blinds can be used in any room throughout your home, including:
- Kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms and bedrooms
- Home offices, studies and walk-in wardrobes
- High-reaching and tall windows
- Patio, glass and French doors
Internal blinds can be custom-made to fit perfectly.
What is an outdoor blind?
Outdoor blinds are fitted on the outside of the windows. They are also called external or exterior blinds and can be operated either manually, or automated with electric or battery-operated motors. Outdoor blinds come in many sizes, shapes, colours and different materials.
External Venetians and motorised external roller blinds are two types of outdoor shades that SOM Blinds specialise in. Retractable awnings such as folding arm awnings can also be referred to as external blinds.
Read more: Benefits of External Blinds for Windows
PROS AND CONS OF EXTERNAL BLINDS
Similar to the advantages of internal blinds, external blinds can also play a role in an energy-efficient home design. The less you use a heater or air conditioning and electrical lighting, the less power you use. Over the long term, this will help you save on your utility bills too.
Motorised external blinds can be automated and work together with sensors to detect sun, wind and rain. This allows your blinds to be automatically retracted when the weather changes, even when you are not at home—ideal for areas like Melbourne where the weather can be unpredictable. When your external blinds are automated, you don’t need to go outside to physically adjust them.
Having your outside areas double up for more than one use is another benefit of outdoor blinds. They can provide a comfortable and safe extension of your living areas, allowing you to spend more quality time outside while staying protected from harmful UV rays.
Here are some disadvantages and how to prevent them:
Where to use outdoor blinds?
External blinds can be used in a variety of different places around the home, including:
- All external windows in the home, especially those windows facing north or west.
- Large glazed surfaces
- Conservatories and sunrooms
- Enclosed patios, verandahs, balconies and courtyards
When you work with a professional, your outdoor blinds can be tailored to fit perfectly.
Outdoor vs indoor blinds: Which option is the best one?
Deciding between internal and external blinds really depends on your needs and preferences. To help you choose, think about what you are trying to achieve at home and where. It’s often worth investing in a combination of indoor and outdoor blinds to cater to your home and lifestyle needs.
Consult with an expert in internal and external window treatments
If you’re looking for an expert opinion, our team can help you. We have many years of experience in manufacturing, supplying and installing internal and external blinds in Melbourne, as well as motorising and automating them. Contact us today on 03 9808 1807 so we can discuss the best options for your home, or visit us at our showroom in Burwood. It is always best to call ahead to make sure we are available for a consultation.