Why Aluminium Blinds are the Best Choice for External Blinds in your Building

Why install aluminium blinds? Well, to answer this question let’s take a look at some of the most common mind-sets people have when purchasing blinds. Most of the time people spend money on blinds when it’s that time of year they decide to remodel or refurnish the house. It’s the perfect time to make everything […]

Why install aluminium blinds? Well, to answer this question let’s take a look at some of the most common mind-sets people have when purchasing blinds.

Most of the time people spend money on blinds when it’s that time of year they decide to remodel or refurnish the house. It’s the perfect time to make everything match in colour and finish.
When remodelling their houses, commercial buildings, offices, or any other place, people take into account every single detail because they want everything to look perfect as visual amenity in a place plays an important part in the performance of daily tasks.
Producers of furniture are well aware of this, and that’s the reason why the spectrum of options regarding furniture is so wide, including of course, blinds. Depending on functionality, design and material used in the making, the prices from different types of blinds may vary.
It’s also common that prices be affected by other features, such as opening and closing systems (blinds that block when people try to open them from outside the house have an extra cost of course) and so on.
However, there are two leading materials regarding internal and external blinds: aluminium and PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride). Both have their advantages and their limitations, in this article we’ll dive into each one and break down the reasons why we think aluminium blinds are the right choice for external blinds.

The Advantages of Aluminium Blinds:

    • Even though their price is higher than PVC blinds, the cost pays off because of their durability.
    • They are extremely resilient against tough, adverse meteorological conditions.
    • They adapt well to different types of facades from different types of buildings.
    • They are light-weighted, meaning they can be transported easily and it also make them easy to install.
    • Maintenance is very simple and not expensive at all.
    • Some aluminium blinds are made with high quality extruded aluminium for extra safety.
    • These are very safe against possible burglars and they also offer acoustic isolation.
    • Some of them come with a motor (otherwise, it can be installed) in order to open them and close them easily.
    • They are waterproof as well.
    • Some of them come with a motor (otherwise, it can be installed) in order to open them and close them easily.
    • They are way more resilient to sunlight than PVC blinds.

     

    The colour does not bleach because of the passing of time.
    Aluminium blinds also come in many different colours. The only relevant disadvantage about these blinds is that they aren’t that effective as thermic isolators, with aluminium getting too hot by receiving sunlight, it’s impossible not to transmit some of the heat to the windows. But there are solutions for this, some of these blinds are laminated with extended polyurethane which is an effective thermic isolator.

    The Advantages of PVC Blinds

    Having mentioned the advantages of aluminium blinds, it’s time to introduce the other most popular option, PVC blinds. PVC blinds can be even more popular than aluminium blinds due to their low cost, but that does not mean they are better in quality than aluminium blinds.

    The following aspects are the most relevant advantages of PVC blinds:

    • PVC is a great material. It’s very resilient and durable. If it’s not exposed to tough meteorological conditions it can last very long, but not as much as aluminium.
    • PVC blinds are the most affordable ones in the market, mostly because the quality of the material is under the standards of aluminium. But people can save up to 15% on each window if you go with PVC blinds.
    • This is the most customisable option for blinds. PVC is paintable, and the colours do not fall off when it rains or when the blinds are washed. If you’re looking forward to decorate the interior of one of your kids’ room then this is the perfect option.
    • The maintenance is not only cheap, it is also easier than in any other type of blind, as PVC blinds can stand being cleaned using many different cleaning products.
    • They are good for acoustic and thermic isolation. Even a little bit more than aluminium regarding heat repealing.
    • It can endure some metrological adversities, but not as well as aluminium blinds do.

    It’s not recommended to have PVC blinds installed in a house which is constantly exposed to strong streams of wind because they are not as resilient as aluminium blinds. They can also crack if they are exposed to very high temperatures and sun rays. As a last disadvantage, their closing systems are usually damaged by the passing of time, in some years they may start failing.

    Comparing Both Options

    Putting both options in a balance, we can see that both of them are pretty good. However, there are some aspects where aluminium blinds are superior. Mostly because of their durability.

    As aluminium blinds are more resistant and durable because the material is tougher, they become the undisputable best option for external blinds even though they are not such good heat isolators but there is always the option of buying models laminated with extended polyurethane which are very good heat isolators. Even though they are a little more expensive than PVC blinds, the extra cost is completely worth it because of their durability, some aluminium blinds can last up to 30 years.

    On the other hand, PVC blinds are great heat and acoustic isolators but they are not as resistant as aluminium blinds. Knowing that external conditions are unpredictable, especially during winter, it’s not a good idea to have them as your choice for external blinds. Leaving them as a solution for people who want to have their blinds inside. PVC are also a very good option for houses that do not receive sunlight directly, in both cases either external or internal, these are good houses to install PVC blinds.

    However, no matter which one you choose but you have to make sure they offer great lighting (and great darkness when required), sun protection, regular ventilation and a great design that matches your house. Contact us for more assistance!