We all know about blinds and curtains, but most people don’t realise they’re not the only options for adding privacy and controlling light levels. Vertical awnings (referred to as vertical blinds on our website) combine the benefits of a sun awning with more traditional forms of window protection. Here’s a little more information about them.
How are vertical awnings different?
While blinds and curtains are designed for indoor use, vertical awnings are more comparable to the traditional patio awning design. Their robust construction makes them suitable for shading from outdoors, although they can be fitted indoors too.
They have a cassette which is fixed on the wall above your window frame. This is what the awning fabric retracts into. Each side of your window will have a guide wire or guide rail, and the cover fabric runs vertically within this.
It’s possible to have a window awning with indoor or outdoor operation, either using a manual winding handle or electric power and a remote control.
What are the advantages?
One of the main appeals of vertical awnings is the fact that they are strong enough to withstand being outdoors. But why would you even want your windows shaded from outside instead?
Stop the sun from reaching the glass. Vertical blinds drastically reduce heat transfer onto the glass, keeping your home cool. This makes them perfect for south-facing windows.
Maximise light and views. Curtains and blinds always take up some space in front of the window, even when they’re opened wide or tied back. Window awnings are invisible from indoors when retracted, providing a neater appearance and an uninterrupted panorama.
And it doesn’t stop there. Other advantages include:
Easy operation. Open and close multiple motorised window awnings simultaneously using the remote control. Optional sun and wind sensors control the whole system automatically, so you wouldn’t even need to lift a finger.
Made to measure design. We can find a solution to cover wide, tall or bay windows. If there are a combination of window types in a single room it's still possible to have matching fabrics.
Sturdy construction. Traditional blinds, particularly segmented Venetian and Roman styles, can be prone to damage. It’s not uncommon to find broken slats after a relatively short period of time. Window awnings are designed for life outdoors, so they're a lot stronger. The aluminium enclosure and tough acrylic and polyester fabrics also resist sun bleaching effectively.
Fuss-free cleaning. Curtains require regular washing, and blinds can be a magnet for dust. Window awnings are available with self-cleaning fabrics, making them virtually maintenance-free.
More precise shading. Drop arm awnings allow you to angle the awning at a pitch, blocking the brightest rays while still letting in natural light.
Want to find out more about our vertical awnings? Call us for a chat.