Quick tips for choosing outdoor blinds for your home. External shade or patio blinds are designed to offer shade and protection from the weather and give users a higher level of privacy when entertaining outdoors. Australian Outdoor Living\u2019s range of outdoor blinds is state of the art and specifically designed to suit you and your home, giving you the freedom to enjoy the fresh air in comfort and style. Purchasing outdoor blinds should be a one-time investment that can have long lasting benefits for you and your home. In this post we aim provide a helpful guide to buying your new set of outdoor blinds. A helpful guide to buying outdoor blinds. Choosing the material Australian Outdoor Living\u2019s outdoor blinds come in three different material options. The first option is our clear and tinted caf\u00e9 blinds, which come either in our Bella Crystal or Bella Bronze colours. Outdoor caf\u00e9 blinds give you protection from the weather while offering 100 per cent transparency. They\u2019ll provide you a clear, crisp view of your backyard. Our Bella Crystal and Bella Bronze material is made from extruded PVC, which is the best on the market. This ensures your blinds remain clearer for longer. Next you have Australian Outdoor Living\u2019s Bella Vista range of shade blinds. The Bella Vista shade material, with its 2x2 weave, allows you to experience the view outside the blind in the comfort of the cool shade. The Bella Vista also offers a moderate level of privacy looking in with uninterrupted views looking out. Available in an array of colour options, the Bella Vista range is Australian made and designed to your specifications. Lastly, we have our Bella Opaque blinds. The Bella Opaque range offers all the benefits of the Bella Vista, only with more shade, more privacy and more protection from the harsh Australian elements. With a high level of UV protection and a thicker weave, the Bella Opaque material will shield you from the harsh sunlight and provide shelter from the wind and rain. How to choose the operating system for your outdoor blinds. Choosing your operating system Now that you\u2019ve chosen your blind, you now have to think about how you might like to operate them. At Australian Outdoor Living we offer either manual or automated operation systems. The Classic Series The Classic gear tensioned blinds are incredibly popular among Australians. This manually operated system allows for complete control of the blind tension, regulating your blinds and ensuring they remain taut at any height. The simplicity of the Classic blinds is what makes them so popular. They don\u2019t feature any zips, pulleys or straps, and they don\u2019t require electricity to operate! All of this contributes to these blinds passing the test of time. The Classic\u2019s simplicity and wide colour range make it perfect for any home. The SmartTrack Signature Series The SmartTrack Signature series is simple, easy to use and practical. Its articulated crank rod not only ensures a smooth operation, but also eliminates the need for unsightly levers and pulleys. This increases the overall aesthetic of the blind and reduces the amount of tripping hazards in your outdoor area. The Signature offers a sleek, modern and compact design, eliminating the need for any unsightly levers or pulleys. The SmartTrack Power Series The SmartTrack Power series offers all the benefits of the Signature series, with the added bonus of an electrical component. Operate the Power series via an easy-to-use remote and control your blinds from the comfort of your seat. SmartTrack Connect The SmartTrack Connect series is truly the pinnacle in outdoor blinds technology. With an optional Wi-Fi Bridge, the SmartTrack Connect series is a fully automated blind operation system. Control your blinds via the smartphone app to manage them from any location with internet access. Experience the best in outdoor blind technology with the in-built Smart Home integration. Set up voice control via Google Home or Amazon Alexa and control your blinds, your way. Are you interested in a set of our quality outdoor blinds? Australian Outdoor Living\u2019s products are custom made to suit your particular specifications and needs - that\u2019s why we offer a free measure and quote. Contact us today! 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.