Retractable outdoor blinds can be used to make your outdoor space more useful and also improve the indoor environment. Blinds are a great, simple way to block the sun’s rays, heat, and glare. The retractable blind will provide shade from the sun’s hottest afternoon heat and allow you to take in the cool evening breeze by just pulling a cord. You can follow the instructions below to install your blinds.
Before you begin the installation process, it is important to decide where you want to hang your blinds.
The most popular place to install retractable blinds?
At the ceiling’s edge, on patios, decks, or porches. This allows you to customize the shade in your outdoor alfresco.
The building’s exterior. If you need more shade indoors, place your blinds on windows that face west or south.
Next, you need to choose the right material for your budget and needs. There are three main types of retractable blinds: canvas, nylon, and timber.
There are different materials that are best depending on where your blinds will be placed. Wood retractable blinds tend to be more expensive than nylon or canvas blinds and are less durable than nylon. Few materials can match the beauty and durability of timber.
It is important to measure the size of any blind before you buy it. Outdoor blinds are available in sections measuring 6 feet in height. They can be ordered in sizes of 6, 6, or 8 feet.
Measure where the rails will hang. This is done on the patio or outside of the window. The measurement from the outside to the inside of the window or rails can vary by 3 cm to 6cm. A professional blind installer will ensure that your blinds are perfectly fitted to your space.
Tips for blind mounting
Get your tools
You will need the correct hardware to be able to safely and securely install your blinds. For longer blinds, you will need three or four picture hooks and an inverted V bracket to mount your blind. Your blind provider should be happy to assist you with finding the right tools.
Some stores offer complete kits that include all the hardware needed to install your blinds. For easy installation, some outdoor blinds come with an integrated aluminum mounting rail. If this is the case you will need to mount the rail to the hardware.
Mark your site
Once you have all the necessary tools, you can start installing your blinds.
Mark the locations of the brackets’ ends with a pencil. Then mark the center for the middle bracket. You may need to mark the spaces where you can mount brackets between the ends if you feel it is necessary.
Use a carpenter’s leveling tool to check that all marks are straight. Adjust the marks until they are level. This is a small step that is vital as the marks will indicate where the blinds will hang when they are installed. Crooked blinds won’t work well and brackets may not be aligned properly. Blinds could also be difficult to use.
After you have made the marks, attach the picture hooks for the brackets.
Last, hang the blinds on their brackets using picture hooks. Check to make sure they are level. If your blinds are not level, take them down, level the brackets, and hang the blinds again.
Once they have been properly hung, verify that they work by rolling and retracting them to make sure they function as you intended.