How to Connect External Blinds
External blinds add a unique functionality and style to a home. They also offer protection from the elements and help reduce heat transfer. They are also a great choice to complement your existing paint colours and gutters.
Whether you’re building a new home or want to update the look of your current one, Budget Blinds is here to guide you through the process of selecting and installing the right external window treatments for your needs. We offer a wide variety of blinds that can be easily connected to each other for the best possible results.
When purchasing your exterior window blinds, make sure to choose the correct shape, width, slat color and control method. These factors will impact the quality, durability and longevity of your new window coverings.
Installing Outside Mounted Blinds
When you mount your outside-mounted blinds, they will be wider than the opening of your window frame. This will give your windows a wider look and can make your ceilings seem higher as well.
Another benefit of mounting outside-mounted blinds is the way they can help you achieve more room darkening. This is because the blinds or shades will overlap a bit on the sides of the walls.
This can help provide better light coverage as the slats will be able to overlap a little more on each side than with an inside mount. This can help block the harsh light rays that can cause blackout effects.
The slats will also be able to tilt and move up and down for easier control of the light and privacy levels you need. These features are especially useful for large exterior windows that may be difficult to open.
To install your blinds, position them on the wall where you want them to be and mark the location of each bracket. Align the brackets so they are even with each other and drill pilot holes where the screws will go.
Now you can attach the headrail to the installed brackets, sliding it onto the brackets and pushing toward the back of the frame until it snaps into place. Once you’ve done this, you can install the safety bracket or tension pulley along the bottom of the frame where it will not interfere with operation.
If you’re mounting your blinds with a valance, ensure that the headrail will fit over the valance clips before lowering and testing the blind. The valance clips must be spaced evenly to allow for proper operation of the headrail.
When you’re ready to connect your external blinds, it’s important that you follow the instructions on the manufacturer’s installation guide. This will ensure that your blinds are properly installed and that they will last for years to come.
Choosing the Right Fabric For Your External Blinds
The material used to create your outdoor blinds will have a big impact on the look and feel of your window coverings. The best option is to select a material that will not fade, warp or crack over time. The material should be stain resistant and UV-resistant to protect your windows from sun damage.