Choosing the Right External Blinds for Your Home: Factors to Consider

More and more Brits are choosing to invest in external shading solutions such as outdoor blinds because not only do they add value to any property, but they also provide comfort, privacy and protection from the UK’s unpredictable weather.

High-performance outdoor roller and roof blinds effectively regulate light (glare) and UV throughout the seasons, keeping your indoor space naturally cool during warmer weather and retaining heat during the colder months, mitigating the use of heating and cooling systems and reducing energy costs as a result.

Your needs & budget

Whether your aim is to increase privacy/security, regulate the temperature of your indoor space or enhance the overall aesthetic of your property, the installation of external blinds is a quick, easy and affordable way to create a comfortable, sustainable home with lower running and maintenance costs.

The size and inclination of the glazing you wish to cover will determine the type of external blind you require, as well as the fabrics/materials used and whether you opt for a manual or automated system. Although the choice of colours, styles and fabrics may be overwhelming, go for something that suits the aesthetic and style of your home.


External blinds ensure both a thermally and visually comfortable indoor environment, no matter the outdoor climate.

By creating a barrier in front of the glazing they’re mounted to, external blinds can block up to 97% of the sun’s solar heat energy, reducing interior room temperatures by up to 18°C on even the hottest summer days. During the winter months, they trap internal heat, reducing the need for central heating and lowering energy costs/CO2 emissions as a result.

Ease of use

Compared to other shading solutions, the low maintenance and upkeep of external blinds will save you time and money that can be better spent elsewhere. In addition to their financial advantages, they also boast security/privacy benefits such as keeping valuables out of sight, as well as noise reduction capabilities which mean you can relax in peace and quiet without feeling completely shut off from the outside world.

Fabric types

Most fabrics will offer opacity, weather protection, air flow and/or durability, however, opting for quality materials over cheaper alternatives will provide a combination of all your requirements.

Our unique perforated solar controlled fabrics – including our exclusive Twilight mesh fabric which maintains the view from inside to out – are designed to provide an evenly distributed natural light source whilst reducing glare and offering additional privacy. Choosing the right material will offer unbeatable protection and won’t warp, crack or split, with the ability to withstand adverse conditions such as heavy rain and snow.


Our Managing Director, Stuart Dantzic said: “Many modern homes are being built with rooflights, panoramic windows and sliding/folding doors which flood a room with natural light and create a feeling of endless space and openness, however, extensive glazing can lead to overheating in the summer and extreme heat loss during the winter.

“Smart solar shading systems such as external blinds intelligently manage heat and light for the highest levels of comfort and energy efficiency, ultimately cooling our planet and saving our wallets.”


To find out more about our luxury range of UK-manufactured external blinds, contact one of our knowledgeable experts on 0344 800 1947.

Recent Posts

Celebrating the Importance of the Family Business Sector

For 6 years now, Caribbean Blinds has been a proud member of Family Business United (FBU), an organisation that acts as the voice for the global family business community and provides an invaluable source of insight into the sector. Founder and CEO…

Read More

The GHA and BBSA Launch New Design Guide on Shading for Housing

Last night, we attended the launch event of the new ‘Shading for Housing’ guide created by the Good Homes Alliance (GHA) and British Blind and Shutter Association (BBSA), at Diespeker Wharf in London. Consisting of research led by award-winning architect Pollard Thomas…

Read More