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Store-Bought Vs Custom Made Outdoor Blinds – Which Should I Buy?

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The addition of outdoor blinds can enhance your lifestyle, increase your living and entertaining space, add to the beauty of your home and improve the value of your property. However, before purchasing new outdoor blinds for your home, you need to consider what you want the blinds to achieve, how much you have in your budget and what separates high quality custom blinds from other inferior off-the-shelf versions. Nu Style Shutters are Perth’s trusted suppliers of quality outdoor blinds and awnings with over 20 years’ experience tailoring premium café blinds and Zip Trak blinds to homes and businesses across WA. Read on to see why you should choose custom blinds over ready-made outdoor blinds for your property.

The Differences Between Off-the-Shelf and Custom Outdoor Blinds

Custom made outdoor blinds will vary in price depending on numerous factors, but there is little doubt they will be more expensive than off-the-shelf versions from your local hardware store or big box retailer. Let’s look at the reason why custom blinds are a much better option:

Superior Quality – Whether PVC, mesh or material of any other kind, custom-made outdoor blinds are known to be a much higher quality product with thicker grades of aluminium frame and much large weaves or thicknesses of the PVC fabrics used in them, custom made by professional technicians to suit your exact specifications and needs. With custom-made products you can expect premium quality materials and workmanship, resulting in blinds that will last for years to come and also built to suit the weather conditions locally in Perth and the harsh West Australian environment.

Perfect Fit – Ready-made outdoor blinds are only available in a few standard sizes, so it’s unlikely they will be a perfect fit for your property. If they do not fit properly, then weather protection will be compromised, and they will also not look as aesthetically pleasing.

Professional Installation – Custom-made blinds will be installed by technicians who have the right tools and skills to complete your installation for a professional finish. Not all structures are square or simple to install to, its important that any blinds are installed with ample strong and appropriate fixings so that you never have an issue with them falling. A poorly installed blind may not work properly, look good or even worse could fail and injure someone

Expert After Care – If your custom-made blinds are not functioning correctly, or you are dissatisfied with the result, you will be able to speak directly to the supplier and get the issue rectified promptly. It may be that an object has been left underneath your blinds causing damage, or you may have forgot to retract your blinds in strong winds of a storm. Dealing with a custom blind manufacturer means you have the support of a professional service technicians and the manufacturing facility in case anything goes wrong and your blinds require repair

Australian Made – Most off-the-shelf blinds are made overseas, with custom-made blinds you know exactly who is making them, where they are made and have the peace of mind that they meet all Australian standards, including safety, fire and fabric standards. Buying from a local supplier ensures jobs remain in Australia and money goes back into our economy.

If you want premium quality outdoor blinds that will stand the test of time, be perfectly suited to your home, and be made in Australia, you should expect to spend a little more than you would on store-bought imported alternatives, but you can rest assure the end result will be worth it as you enjoy your outdoor blinds for years to come.

How Much Do Custom Outdoor Blinds Cost?

There are a many different things that will influence the price of your custom-made outdoor blinds, these include:

  • Size/Square Metres
  • Track or Clip and Tension
  • Weather Protection Properties
  • Colour Choice
  • Manual or Electric Operation
  • Difficulty of Installation
  • Warranty

Unfortunately, there are some suppliers which use inferior materials and components to keep costs down. It is worth spending a little more to ensure you get outdoor blinds which will look as good as new after many years of use. It might be tempting to choose the cheapest quote; however, the initial costs savings will likely be negated when your outdoor blinds need to be repaired or replaced prematurely. When comparing quotes and products, make sure you compare like for like. Some companies will provide cheaper prices than others, but they may not provide the same quality, service and warranty as the next supplier.

The life expectancy of a custom-made blinds is typically 10-20 years when maintained properly, versus 1-3 years for cheaply made off the shelf blinds from hardware stores. If your looking to install blinds once and properly, its best to get a quote on custom high quality blinds as they are far superior in looks, function and durability.

At Nu Style Shutters we take a lot of pride our quality and workmanship, and have over 20 years’ experience designing and manufacturing custom outdoor blinds for residential and commercial properties throughout Perth. Get in touch with us today on 1300 798 776 or enquire online now. Our friendly consultants will provide expert advice and give you a fast and accurate quote for your new outdoor blinds.

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