Melbourne has relatively warm to hot climate in the summer months of December-February and it has been known to stretch into the 30C + in March and sometimes early April.

January is the hottest month in Melbourne with an average temperature of 21°C (70°F) and the coldest is July at 10°C (50°F) with the most daily sunshine hours at 11 in January. The wettest month is May with an average of 68mm of rain. Though with global weather changes, these figures too are altering on an annual basis keeping the meteorologists guessing all the time.

You can even experience four seasons in one day when you visit Melbourne and surrounds.

A sensible solution to these weather changes is to protect yourself, your homes, and your expensive furniture and save money on cooling bills, by installing awnings, block out blinds, roller blinds, vertical blinds, outdoor blinds and sun blinds in Melbourne.


Outdoor Awnings

The right type of outdoor sun blinds installed on your windows can reduce solar heat gain in the summer by up to 62% on south-facing windows and 75% on west-facing windows. You can use an awning to shade one window or have vertical blinds custom-made to shade the entire side of your house. While those figures seem impressive, new products coming onto the market daily boast protection in excess of 90%.

In the past, most block out-blinds of any type be it awnings, roller blinds, vertical blinds, zip screen blinds and sun blinds were made of metal or canvas. They easily frayed with wear over the years, showed signs of sun bleaching and needed to be re-clothed every five to seven years. Five years under the harsh Melbourne conditions seems to be the norm. So having outdoor blinds for protection could easily be a very expensive exercise if you choose a sub standard product that you have to replace every 5 years.

Today, cloths and materials for outdoor blinds and sun-blinds are made from synthetic fabrics such as acrylic and polyvinyl laminates that are water-repellent and treated to resist mildew and fading. The Docril brand from Ricky Richards seems to cover all the angles including a massive ten year warranty on all fabrics.

External Blinds Fabrics

Ricky Richards offers an extensive selection of stylish awning and sun blind fabrics for both interior and exterior window furnishings. This includes diverse fabric solutions for coverings such as folding arm awnings, retractable roofing systems, zip screens and roller blinds and sun blinds of all types. Their collection of colours, designs and textile options help you create aesthetically pleasing window coverings that will last for years to come.

Sun Blinds Melbourne range of DOCRIL stock

This is where Australian Tradition meets European style.

Docril fabrics allow your domestic or commercial indoor design to flow through your windows and outdoor living areas with elegant beauty.

This is what Docril fabrics for vertical blinds and awnings can do for you:

  • Reduce solar heat gain by up to 90%
  • Provide protection for the sun helping reduce solar energy bills
  • Provide outdoor comfort and indoor climate control
  • Stylish, durable and easy to clean
  • Coated with DuPont Teflon and have exceptional resistance to water, high temperatures, chemical reactions, corrosion and stress-cracking
  • Increase commercial profits in cafes and bistros by creating usable outdoor dining space
  • Expand and shelter outdoor living space
  • 10 year warranty

Docril fabrics are as durable and stylish and are designed to handle high traffic applications with ease. In Melbourne outdoor situations these sun blinds should be hosed regularly to remove dust, bird droppings and other solid particles and should be rolled away and stowed while wet.

Outdoor blinds require ventilation to keep hot air from becoming trapped around the window. Grommets (eyelets) or other openings along the tops and sides of vertical blinds can provide ventilation. The awning may also open to the sides or top to vent hot air.

You can roll up adjustable or retractable awnings in the winter to let the sun warm the house. New hardware, such as lateral arms, makes the rolling up process quite easy.

For the 2016-17 summer season, Docril has added award winning colours for roller blinds, vertical blinds, block out blinds of all types for sun blinds Melbourne. All come with their latest ten year warranty.

When properly installed, sun blinds can be one of the simplest and most effective window treatments for saving energy and money

Outdoor Blinds

Sun blinds—tend to be more effective at reducing summer heat gain than winter heat loss.

Exterior roller blinds are usually made of wood, steel, aluminum, or vinyl. They’re mounted above the window, and side channels guide them as they’re lowered and raised. This can be achieved manually via hook stick, crank handle, spring cord or motorized versions which are proving popular with customers daily.

When you lower these blinds completely, they provide maximum shade. If partially raised, the blinds allow some air and daylight to enter through windows. So you can control how much light you want to enter.

There are a few major manufactures that provide a plethora of designs and colours. Brella and Hunter Douglas seem to be most popular with block out blinds, vertical blinds and roller blinds especially in canvas materials.

Brella Classic Canvas climate control fabrics:

  • Makes a stunning contribution to the appearance of any home
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Conserve usage  of fossil energy, saving money on expensive cooling bills
  • Add value to your home. lifestyle and personal all year round comfort
  • Ensure ultimate all-weather durability and minimum maintenance
  • 0% transmission of light factor
  • 30%  absorption factor\70% reflective factor

Brella Classic Canvas window awnings have been scientifically proven to reflect the most solar radiant heat and absorb the least.

What this means to you is:

  • cooler ambient indoor temperatures,
  • efficient all year round shading,
  • privacy and protection of your valuable furnishings
  • Maintain privacy without shutting the world out.
  • PLUS huge savings on heating and cooling bills

When it comes to Melbourne weather you have to take many things into consideration.

The cold, the heat, wind, rain, ice, hale and glare.

When choosing a blind or an awning to suit your home, your budget and your enjoyment, many factor needs to be considered.

Sun blinds and awnings in Melbourne are becoming a necessary part of our urban life.

When you choose stylish DOCRIL or BRELLA products with their fabric designs and massive range of colours, superior warranties, you know you have chosen a product for your Outdoor Living 365 days a year.

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