When my first child had an accident at home, I realised we hadn't childproofed the house as well as we could have. Thankfully, they were fine, but I learned my lesson and began a thorough inspection of my home and garden. I got to work addressing the various hazards we had overlooked, and I started this blog to help other parents think objectively about the hazards in their own homes. I post about a variety of topics, such as pool safety, choosing a safe garden fence, storing medication and cleaning products, window and door locks and kitchen safety for kids. I hope you find my blog useful and informative.
Australians love spending their leisure time outdoors, and this is reflected in the popularity of decks and patios that are used as outdoor rooms. Unfortunately, sometimes the extremes of weather may make your deck or patio a less than hospitable place to be. For this reason, you may be considering installing a product that will provide you protection from the weather while you're enjoying your outdoor space. Here are two of the most popular choices for this purpose.
Outdoor blinds are a popular option for protecting your deck or patio. This is because they're highly effective and very easy to install. Outdoor blinds work in much the same way as indoor blinds and can be lowered or retracted as they are needed. Because of their slimline fitting, they are unobtrusive and won't detract from the lines of the architecture of your home. Outdoor blinds also come in a variety of shades, so you're sure to find one that will complement your home.
Most outdoor blinds provide protection from the heat of the sun and its damaging UV rays. They also provide protection from annoying insects, such as mosquitoes and flies, which can plague outdoor areas, especially during summer.
More basic models of outdoor blinds are hand operated and can be lowered and retracted using cords located on the sides. For a more functional and high-tech option, there are outdoor blinds that are run on electricity, which can be operated by the touch of a finger via remote control.
Outdoor shutters are another stylish and popular way to shelter your outdoor living space. Shutters allow you to completely control the level of protection by having them fully closed, fully retracted, or using the louvers to allow a certain amount of light and airflow through.
Shutters are an excellent option for decks and patios in parts of the country that suffer from cold winters. They are very good at blocking out chilly winds and offer excellent insulation if the louvers are made with an insulated core. This insulation also works in hot climates by reflecting the heat of the sun through the summer months.
Shutters come in a large range of colours and can also be painted to exactly match the colour of your home. This gives them a streamlined look, which will make them look as though they were a part of the original design of the house.
Adding blinds or shutters to your deck or patio means that you'll be free to use the space no matter what the elements may throw at you. They will turn your outdoor area into a truly functional outdoor living space.