Here's a complete guide to outdoor blinds. Outdoor blinds for your verandah, pergola or patio offer a number of benefits: they provide shade from the sun, protection from the weather in winter, and privacy from those annoying neighbours. With winter on the way, you\u2019re probably well aware of how a cold, wet afternoon can put a dampener on your plans. The wind and rain can make spending time outside almost unbearable, and even in summer you have to deal with the issue of heat and glare. Fortunately for you, that\u2019s where Australian Outdoor Living comes in! We offer a great range of outdoor blinds for your verandah, pergola or patio that will protect your space from the weather. But where do you start? We know having so many options can be overwhelming, that\u2019s why we\u2019ve put together this complete guide to outdoor blinds. We\u2019ll walk you through every style of blind as well as each operation system and how it can benefit your home. After all, we\u2019re here to help you find the right option to suit your needs. Outdoor blinds can completely close off your outdoor area. Clear and tinted caf\u00e9 outdoor blinds If you\u2019ve ever been to a caf\u00e9 with an outdoor seating area, chances are you\u2019ve seen cafe style blinds. They come in either a clear or a tinted style, so they\u2019re a practical way to block out the elements without losing the view! Here at Australian Outdoor Living we offer two styles of caf\u00e9 blinds. Bella Crystal The Bella Crystal series is completely clear, yet still offers ample protection from UV rays, wind and rain. It also offers great insulation, meaning you can enjoy your time outdoors on even the coldest of days! Clear and tinted cafe blinds protect from wind, rain and UV rays. Bella Bronze The Bella Bronze series is designed with a slight tint, meaning they are less transparent than their Crystal counterpart. They come with all the same benefits as the Crystal style (UV, wind and water protection); it\u2019s just harder to see through from the outside. While both of these options would be fantastic additions to your home, it is important to remember that since they are mostly transparent, colour options are limited. Both of these styles are available in our Classic operating system, giving you complete control of the tension of the blind. Bella Crystal and Bella Bronze outdoor blinds for your pergola, verandah or patio would both make fantastic additions to any any outdoor space. They add a touch of class and practicality to any outdoor area. What more could you want? Shade outdoor blinds Our Bella Vista shade blinds will let you enjoy your outdoor entertaining area in protection, comfort and style. The main attraction of the Bella Vista material is that it allows you to experience your beautiful view from the comfort of the cool shade. While this blind won\u2019t be as effective in keeping out the wind and rain, it will do a better job of keeping your space private. You\u2019ll also get top-notch protection from UV rays as well as a high level of insulation. Outdoor blinds for your pergola, verandah and patio also offer a much higher level of privacy thanks to their reduced transparency, meaning any nosy passers-by will have to look somewhere else. The Bella Vista range comes in a whopping seven colours, which means you won\u2019t have any trouble finding one to suit the style of your home. On top of this, you can operate them using either the Classic operation system or the SmartTrack operation system. Shade outdoor blinds offer more privacy and protection from the glare. Opaque outdoor blinds Designed with the entertainer in mind, our Bella Opaque range offers the highest level of privacy you could possibly ask for. They are capable of blocking out 99 per cent of UV rays, guaranteeing both you and your outdoor area complete protection from the sun. On top of this, the Opaque range also offers a very high level of wind and water protection, as well as great insulation. If you\u2019re looking for privacy, comfort, style and protection all in one neat little package, the Bella Opaque range is the perfect choice for your home. The best part is, these outdoor blinds for your pergola, verandah and patio are available in both our Classic and SmartTrack operation systems. Outdoor blinds also come in a range of colours and operating systems. How do outdoor blinds work? We\u2019ve spoken about our range of outdoor blinds for your pergola, verandah and patio, but at this point you\u2019re probably wondering how they actually work. Here at Australian Outdoor Living we offer four choices of operation system for outdoor blinds: Classic, SmartTrack Signature, SmartTrack Power and SmartTrack Connect. The Classic Series The Classic Series is the traditional method of operation, offering the user complete control of the tension of the blind. Using a gear rolling mechanism, this manually operated system ensures the blind remains taught at any height. This system is usually the cheapest way to operate your blinds, largely due to the fact it is the most basic. Don\u2019t let that deter you \u2013 the Classic is popular among homeowners due to its ease of use and practicality. The SmartTrack Signature Series Similar to the Classic, the SmartTrack Signature is a manually operated blind. Its uniquely designed mechanism allows for smooth operation, and its guided tracks mean absolutely no gaps. You can also position at any height, allowing for greater control over the atmosphere in your outdoor area. The SmartTrack Power Series The SmartTrack Power Series is a step up from the Signature. It features an electrical connection and remote control operation, allowing for greater luxury and convenience. Basically, the Power Series has all the best features of the Signature Series, but with the added bonus of remote control operation. The SmartTrack Connect Series The SmartTrack Connect Series is the pinnacle of outdoor blinds technology. The SmartTrack Connect Series is the pinnacle of outdoor blinds technology and innovation. You can download a smartphone app and operate your blinds remotely from anywhere in the world. You can also use the app to program your blinds positions so they adjust themselves according to the time of day. The Connect Series also comes with an optional WiFi Bridge, allowing for Smart Home integration. Connect your blinds to your Smart Home device and operate your blinds using voice control. Now that's convenient! What\u2019s next? Now that you have an idea of what sort of blinds might be best for your home, what\u2019s the next step? It\u2019s easy \u2013 just get in touch! We\u2019ll provide you with a free measure and quote, as well as work closely alongside you to achieve the best possible outcome for your home. We\u2019ve got nearly 15 years' experience in this industry, and as a result we\u2019re one of the largest providers of outdoor blinds in the country. Contact us today using the form on the right if you\u2019re looking for premium outdoor blinds at an affordable price. Read here to find out what to expect through the installation of your new outdoor blinds. 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 and fibreglass swimming 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.