Outdoor Pergola Blinds in Sydney & Melbourne
The Difference Between a Patio and a Pergola
First, let’s be clear about the difference between a patio and a pergola. Technically, most people will be referring to a pergola when it comes to needing outdoor blinds (especially in Melbourne), but we don’t mind which term you use – we know what you mean whether you call them pergola blinds or patio blinds.
What is a Patio?
“Patio” comes from Spanish origins and originally meant a roofless inner courtyard. English adopted the word over time to mean an area at the back of the house near the rear door where you could gather. Typically, patios are a paved area with some kind of framed wall structure. Sometimes there will be a basic open-air roof with beams going across for vines or climbing plants to latch onto. Outdoor patio blinds and patio screens can be used to provide shelter from the elements.
What is a Pergola?
We’ve covered the Spanish language, so it’s probably no surprise that “Pergola” is an Italian word that originally meant much the same thing as a patio did to the Spanish. It was an outdoor structure which supported climbing plants. The beams and wall structure were made with wood and the plants clung onto these rafters which, over time, gave some shade to the area. Generally, these were freestanding structures which weren’t attached to the main house. These days, pergolas can be attached to the house, making outdoor pergola blinds a perfect choice for extending outdoor entertaining areas.
Pergolas vs. Patios – Which Term Should You Use?
Generally speaking, most people refer to a pergola as a fully-roofed structure that is attached to the side of a house. With that said, some are detached from the house but are generally nearby. Gazebos are rounded structures which are generally positioned further away from the house into the surrounding garden areas and can come with or without gazebo blinds.
Pergola roofs can be made from metal Colorbond, thatched, translucent poly carbonate, roofing blinds and much more. Available outdoor blinds for a pergola include clear pergola blinds and pergola roller shade blinds to provide protection from the sun.
Patios lately have become known to be attached to the main home structure, with an optional open air or closed roof. Available patio blinds range from patio shade blinds through to patio blinds that provide protection from rain and wind.
Choosing External Blinds in Melbourne or Sydney
Both patios and pergolas are essential outdoor living extensions in Australia. Found both in domestic setups as well as commercial establishments, many people choose outdoor blinds in Melbourne or Sydney in order to help protect occupants from undesirable climate forces and to maintain their livability factor. They are a popular choice to enclose with professional blind systems so they can become an entire room where you can entertain guests and visitors all year round. Outdoor patio blinds are one of the most popular products we sell.
Here are some tips to help you choose the best outdoor pergola or patio blinds:
Step 1 – Measure the width and height
Often, there will be a limit to the span size of pergola blinds in Sydney and Melbourne (the width of the separation between the vertical supports of the structure). The problem with buying outside blinds for a patio or pergola off the shelf at Bunnings or your local hardware store is that this width will be fixed. Custom made blinds, like the ones we produce, will be completely produced to the exact width and height required. All you need to do is book in for a quick measurement with one of our estimators. It’s free!
Step 2 – Select your blind material
The most common choices to enclose a pergola or patio are clear plastic PVC (Japanese marine-grade), shade-weave or canvas. These materials are also useful for other blind types such as outdoor café blinds in Melbourne.
Step 3 – Select your attachments
Here, you get to choose if you want a zipper in the middle or sides, a string or an aluminium tracking system for a tight finish (Ziptrak). This all generally attaches to a roller at the top near the roof. Ziptrak blinds in Sydney and Melbourne are a particularly popular choice and are also the answer to how to cheaply enclose a verandah.
Step 4 – Select your mechanical operation
Gone are the old school days of manual ropes or cranks – most of the time we find people want the motorised option to improve functionality of their external blinds in Melbourne or Sydney.
Step 5 – Select your colour
We have so many colours to choose from, it’s not funny. Most often, we’re asked to match to a Colorbond colour or other paint system. It would be rare that we can’t find a colour to ensure your pergola blinds and shade solutions match your design style.
Choosing the best pergola blinds in Melbourne or Sydney will depend on how you want to use your area. For example, you can opt for a material that helps reduce the temperature range and protect you from direct UV rays. Or you might need a material that helps regulate the temperature and the ambient light but also lets you see what is going on in the outside world, such as outdoor PVC blinds in Melbourne or Sydney. Privacy might be a concern, meaning the choice between clear or semi-transparent or solid block material might be important.
Pictures of Past Outdoor Blind Installations for Pergolas and Patios
Discuss Your Needs Today
Whether you need external blinds in Sydney for a pergola or you’re after enclosed verandah ideas for an outdoor patio area in Melbourne, Clear Blinds Australia can provide the assistance you need. Discuss your needs with our team today to learn more about our available patio and pergola blinds in Sydney and Melbourne.