Protecting your home with outdoor blinds Having an outdoor space promises you a peaceful retreat or place to entertain in the fresh air and warm sun. But just as we love those natural elements, our outdoor furniture hates them. It gets hit with the winds, the wet and the scorching sun. The only problem is that while we retreat indoors when the sun gets too hot or the wind too cold, our furniture gets left behind. What's the damage? Dampness from wet weather can pervade your furniture. It rots wood and corrodes metal. If you\u2019ve ever left your al fresco sofa cushions outside on a rainy day, you\u2019ve seen how the mould flourishes. It\u2019s not just the wet either. UV rays \u2013 the same ones we protect ourselves from with layers of sunscreen and plentiful shelter \u2013 can fade colour on plastics and cotton. Likewise, intense heat splits wood. What's the damage? What are the solutions? Never fear. There are ways to protect your outdoor furniture. Firstly, pick waterproof furniture. UV-resistant plastic is your best bet, though we admit it doesn\u2019t always look fabulous. What do you do when you want the rustic look, or even just something more natural? We recommend bringing your furniture indoors, whether it\u2019s canvas, metal or timber. If the furniture is too big, just make sure you tuck away the cushions. A protective covering over your larger pieces also works well. We admit though that can be a bit of a hassle to drag the furniture inside, especially if you have little space or continuous alternating days of good weather and bad. Plus, you have to be careful about storage: for example, you need to make sure canvas is folded away dry. What about outdoor blinds? There\u2019s something you can do that solves plenty of these tricky problems and tiresome solutions. You guessed it! (Or was the title a bit of a giveaway?). The answer is outdoor blinds. Outdoor blinds \u2013 whether clear and tinted, shade, or especially opaque \u2013 offer all the protection from the elements your furniture needs without any of the hassle. It\u2019s easy. When there\u2019s rain about \u2013 or burning sun \u2013 pull the blinds down and your furniture is sheltered. There\u2019s an added bonus \u2013 you don\u2019t have to retreat indoors either! Our outdoor blinds are designed to withstand the sun. All types provide a high level of UV protection \u2013 in fact, our opaque blinds block out almost 99% of UV rays. They\u2019re also made of a UV-resistant polymer so they resist sun damage themselves. What else you can do? Here are some other easy tricks you can do to help your outdoor furniture last longer: Brush down, wipe and oil timber furniture at least twice a yearWash polyester, wicker and aluminium furniture with warm, soapy water at least twice a yearScrub or lightly sand timber furniture showing signs of mould Ready to install some outdoor blinds or renovate your exterior? Australian Outdoor Living is passionate about helping people love their life outdoors. We offer a range of products, including: Outdoor blinds Artificial grass Roller shutters Concrete\u00a0and\u00a0fibreglass\u00a0swimming pools Carports Timber decking Pergolas, verandah and patios Have you been thinking about renovating your home? Fill out the free measure and quote form at the top of this article and a member of our dedicated sales team will be in touch.