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Versatility of Outdoor Shutters: A Comprehensive Guide

Even if shutters have been installed in several rooms of your home or workplace, you might not have realised that shutters can be affixed in a range of outdoor settings, too. We can explain to you exactly how, as we are experienced at fitting outdoor shutters in Auckland and Northland.

We can add outdoor shutters to not only exterior windows but also decks and patio doors. The following overview of outdoor shutters will enlighten you about their versatility.

Aluminium vs Cedar: Which Should You Choose for Outdoor Shutters? 

We can provide you with exterior shutters manufactured from either material — and which of them you choose can depend on the style of the building as well as what practical benefits you want to gain from these coverings.

For example, while aluminium shutters are highly durable and would excel at securing the building even when windows are open, you might want to go for cedar shutters instead if the property is more traditional than contemporary in design. Our cedar shutters resist twisting, warping or bowing.

Pick from Various Types of Shutter 

Some shutters have solid panels that can be opened and closed like doors, while other shutters are slatted, i.e. come with louvred blades that the user would be able to tilt to moderate the amount of light that enters the room from outside.

However, other shutter varieties can also have solid panels, slats, or a mix of the two including:

  • Full-height shutters, which entirely conceal the glass;
  • Café-style shutters covering only the frame’s bottom half;
  • Tier-on-tier shutters include top and bottom panels that can be opened independently.

We can also make outdoor shutters in custom designs to suit unorthodox spaces where standard-design shutters wouldn’t naturally go. We will start this manufacturing process after taking measurements of your property.

To arrange a free initial consultation with our team, please ring 021 146 9366. We will discuss aesthetic and practical options available for outdoor shutters in Auckland and Northland, enabling you to make an informed decision. We will also be able to take care of the installation work.

Designing Your Dream Outdoor Space: Aluminium Pergola Ideas

Simply the thought of having an aluminium pergola could bring a wide array of glamorous images to your mind. Imagine, say, lifting yourself out of an outdoor swimming pool before heading over to a nearby pergola where you would be able to sip cocktails in the shade.

However, it is important that, whether you are eager to incorporate a pergola into something ambitious — like, as we have illustrated, a poolside lounge — or instead just a backyard garden, you think carefully about how to make sure the pergola will fit in harmoniously with the rest of your outdoor space’s design.

Select a Sensible Size of Pergola  

In other words, make sure the pergola you opt for won’t overwhelm the overall space where it is set to be placed. If that space is in New Zealand’s most populous city, Auckland, we can give you an aluminium pergola in any of various sizes we offer, including:

  • 3 x 3m
  • 3 x 4m
  • 6 x 4m

Of course, where exactly a pergola is positioned can also have implications for how well it suits its new backdrop. Where exactly the pergola should be positioned can depend on whether you want to use it as an outdoor extension or instead an independent structure kept a physical distance from your house.

Consider How You Will Use the Pergola 

Maybe you will be spending long stretches of time in the pergola, using it as a place for having dinner with friends or catching up on that new Kindle book?

In situations like these, you could easily appreciate our Pergo-X motorised pergola, as it offers full coverage against rainy weather.

It’s also possible to source an aluminium pergola that comes complete with sliding glass doors, enabling you to enjoy regularly using the pergola over the course of the year without being exposed to harsh elements, such as strong wind and bright sunshine.

These glass doors can also aid you in ensuring a smooth, seamless transition between indoor and outdoor living spaces, making it even easier for you to switch between them as and when you wish.

Order a Pergola from Ata Home Experts Today

If you live in Auckland, we would be happy to provide you with an aluminium pergola for your home in this city. To place your order for this semi-permanent structure or ask us any questions you may have about its features, such as its wind rating and internal gutter system, please ring 021 146 9366.

Motorised Blinds VS Traditional Blinds: Which Is Right for You?

Blinds provide you with more control and convenience when it comes to lighting and privacy in your home. Whether you choose to go for regular traditional blinds or motorised blinds for your home, you’ll be making a fantastic window-covering choice.

What is the difference between motorised and traditional blinds?

Traditional blinds are sometimes referred to as manual blinds, and require hand operation to open, close and adjust the blinds. Whilst, traditional blinds tend to use cords or chains to control the blind, motorised blinds remove the need to hang cords, chains or strings. A motorised blind is operated with an electric motor and controlled with a remote. This enables you to open and close all your motorised blinds with just the touch of a button.

Which type of blinds is right for you?

Due to motorised blinds coming with a motor, you will find that it will cost more to purchase them and have them installed in comparison to traditional blinds. With this in mind, if you are on a budget, then traditional blinds could be a better choice for you.

Despite this, if you have some wiggle room to spend slightly more, then motorised blinds can provide you with a range of perks which make them a worthwhile investment.

If you opt for traditional blinds for all your windows, you’ll spend time opening the blinds each morning and closing them each night. This time is eliminated with motorised blinds.

On top of this, motorised blinds provide an automated lock system, making them safer than traditional blinds. As an example, if you forget to lower your motorised blinds when you leave the house, you will be able to lower the blinds and lock them from any location.

At Ahe Shutter and Blinds, we don’t just supply indoor and outdoor motorised blinds, we also go above and beyond to ensure your new blinds fit perfectly. We have a wide range of custom-made blinds, including motorised blinds, roller blinds and Venetian blinds manufactured from high-quality materials in Auckland. All our window solutions are custom-made and installed by our expert team. Get in touch with us today.

Why you should have outdoor blinds installed?

Outdoor blinds offer an extensive range of benefits for any space and can tremendously increase the scope, usability and aesthetic of your outdoor space. Let’s explore some reasons why you should consider having outdoor blinds installed.

Avert Insects

Outdoor blinds allow you to relax without the worry of unwanted bugs, insects and critters entering your space.

Added privacy

Outdoor blinds offer a degree of privacy between you and the outside world. They can help to keep nosey neighbours or passersby away from your visual shield.

Block UV rays

UV rays can be harmful to our skin, so whilst we are indoors it is important to protect ourselves from these rays. Outdoor blinds can help prevent UV rays from getting inside your home.

Enhance energy efficiency

Outdoor blinds can help reduce your energy bills by reducing your need for AC, and by keeping the temperature of your home down, especially in those hotter months.

Add value to your property

If you are planning on selling your home at some stage down the line then adding outdoor blinds is a good investment because they can add value to your property. Potential buyers will be impressed by their function and ase6hic which therefore increases your property value, offering you a return on investment.

Versatility

Outdoor blinds enable you to revel in the full expanse of your outdoor space without direct sun exposure. They also allow you to create a smaller area for a cosy evening atmosphere. No matter what the vibe is, your outdoor blinds can help you achieve your wanted function.

Protection 

Outdoor furniture can easily get messed up due to wind, rain, debris and insects. You can protect your outdoor furniture by installing outdoor blinds which act as a barrier to protect them from getting damaged or discoloured.

If you are looking for outdoor blinds in Auckland, Ahe Shutter and Blinds have got the solution that you are looking for. Create a focal and atmospheric change in any space and instantly upgrade the value and experience that the space offers with the right choice of outdoor blinds. To get a free, no-obligation quote for outdoor blinds, please give us a call at 09 6002513.

How shutters can help to cool your home down during heatwaves

When a heatwave strikes, you’ll want to do everything possible to keep your home cool. Many people’s first reaction is to switch on a fan or air conditioning, or throw open the windows and doors. But there is another option: shutters.

Having shutters installed over your windows is a simple yet highly effective way to keep your home cool during a heatwave. They stop the sun from heating up your home and prevent cool air from escaping through the windows. But how does this work? Here are some of the ways that shutters can help to cool your home down during a heatwave.

Shutters keep cool air in 

One of the most effective ways shutters help to keep your home cool during a heatwave is by insulating it. Maybe you’ve already switched on a fan or the air conditioning to introduce cold air to your home, but this is only effective if you’re able to retain the cold air. If the fan is on but the doors and windows are open, the temperature indoors will remain high as the cold escapes. Even with the windows shut, cold air can still be lost.

That’s where shutters come in. With shutters over the windows, you have an extra layer of insulation, which allows your home’s interior to stay cool for longer.

Shutters stop sunlight getting into your home

Not only are shutters useful for keeping cold air in, but they are also a lot of help when it comes to keeping the heat out. When the sun shines through the windows, it causes the interior to heat up, which makes it more difficult for you to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. By installing shutters over your windows, you can block the sun’s rays, which means it’s much harder for your home to overheat.

Not only this, but particularly sunny days can lead to too much light coming in through the windows, causing your home’s interior to look uncomfortably bright. With shutters, you can restore shade to your home, allowing you to relax inside even on the hottest days of a heatwave.

If you want to experience the benefits of shutters during a heatwave, you’ve come to the right place. At Ahe Shutters and Blinds, we offer a range of shutters in Auckland, so you can keep your home’s interior cool and comfortable throughout the year, even on the hottest days.

5 Tips For Increasing Privacy in Your Garden

In many ways, the garden is like an extra room in your home. It’s a place to relax, spend time with family and friends, and enjoy the weather throughout the year. But while you can usually be confident that your home is private, have you thought about privacy in your garden?

If you want to enjoy your garden without worrying about privacy, we’re here to help. We’ve put together this list of five top tips for increasing privacy in your garden.

1. Outdoor blinds

Outdoor blinds are a really effective way to create small, private areas in your garden—for example, around a patio or decking. This gives you the opportunity to spend time outside without having to worry about the neighbours or passersby looking in. Plus, they’re available in a range of different colours and styles, so it’s easy to ensure they match the rest of the garden, as well as your taste in home décor.

2. Use potted plants as a natural fence

Placing tall potted plants around the perimeter of your garden is a creative alternative to hedges, and also helps to make your garden more private. Potted plants tend to be a good substitute for trees, as it’s unlikely they’ll grow out of control.

3. Think about where you put your shed

Sheds, greenhouses and other outbuildings are useful when it comes to privacy, as they can be near low fences to stop people from looking over and seeing into your garden. If you’re planning to have a shed built, think carefully about where you’re going to put it.

4. Climbing plants and trellises

Setting up trellises and allowing climbing plants to grow over them is a great way to increase privacy and enhance your garden’s appearance. Flowering plants in particular can make your garden both more private and more pleasant to be in.

5. Install a water feature

Privacy isn’t just about what other people can see – it’s also about what they can hear. Installing a water feature helps to generate continuous background noise, so you can talk in the garden without having to be concerned that someone will overhear you.

Now that you’re aware of some of the best ways to increase privacy in your garden, it’s time to start thinking about having outdoor blinds installed. Get in touch with us here at Ahe Shutters and Blinds today to find out more about the range of outdoor blinds we offer.

3 Reasons to Invest in a Pergola

Are you interested in an outdoor pergola? If so, but you are still undecided about whether it would be a good investment for your property, we have compiled a list of three main reasons why you should invest in a pergola.

Firstly, let’s take a look at what a pergola is.

What’s a pergola?

An outdoor pergola is an outdoor structure that stands as a shelter which can be used for a variety of purposes. From a focal outdoor dining place to an outdoor seating area, pergolas are ideal for extending your outdoor living space, enhancing the look and appeal of your garden.

Pergolas can be made from wood, aluminum or other materials, can stand on their own, separated from the house, or attached to the house itself. How you use your pergola is up to your own preferences.

So, what are the main reasons to invest in one?

1. Extends space

As previously mentioned, pergolas are extremely useful in extending your living space, especially when it comes to the outdoors. An outdoor pergola has a vast array of applications, so no matter if you already have a patio or deck, installing a pergola can add extra space for an additional outdoor seating area or other means.

2. Customisable design and add-ons

You can choose from a variety of pergolas, including custom ones or prefabricated kits that are limited in design but are easy to install. This means that you can have a pergola that still matches the style and theme of your space, so that it doesn’t oddly stick out (unless you want it to). For better shade and privacy, you can even install outdoor blinds to your pergolas as well. These outdoor shutters can be used to control the light and ensure privacy for your pergola.

3. Adds value

Pergolas can certainly increase the property value of your home, so regardless of whether you’re planning on selling your home in the near or far future, you’re bound to be able to sell at a higher price point due to your added investments to your home such as a pergola.

Ahe Shutters and Blinds provides a range of outdoor blinds and shutters that can be installed on an outdoor pergola for added privacy, better light control, and improved protection against the weather. Browse the collection online today.

Window Shutters

Top Tips For Choosing Window Shutters In Auckland

When homeowners buy a property, it is usually one of the biggest asset investments they will make. It makes sense that everything added, changed or removed from that asset will take careful thinking and assessment. Today we are talking about window shutters in Auckland and whether they will add value to your property.

Do Window Shutters Add Value?

Not every renovation executed on a house adds value, which surprises many homeowners. It is good to speak to people in industries that deal with home improvement and get advice on what elements or changes add value. For example, recarpeting second and third bedrooms does not add much value. However, adding window shutters to your interior or exterior has consistently shown over the years to increase the value of a property. This means that you will get a good return on investment for your window shutters purchase.

Window shutters are not a cheap add-on, which is probably why they are so valued by property buyers, but there are very few “cheap” add-ons that do deliver great returns on investment. Therefore, it is prudent to allocate a good amount of time to assess the different window shutter options, the design, the functionality, and the impact on your interior and exterior.

Your investment of time and money will reap the rewards in the form of a better sales value of your home and an architectural design feature that is classic and won’t date.

Planning Your Window Shutters

Here are some tips for approaching the planning of your window shutters:

  • Assess your home and decide whether you want window shutters on all windows.
    • You might want to stagger the budget and do the front facade first
    • Or do the windows that have the greatest security risk
    • Or do the windows that have the greatest heat challenges
  • Do you want shutters on all doors?
  • Do you want shutters on other openings like:
    • Interior archways to close off corridors to bedrooms for security at night
    • Outdoor, undercover verandah areas to protect the space from sun, wind or rain and therefore increase its number of useable days
  • Do you want the shutters installed on the inside or exterior walls?
  • Do you want them to be manually operated or by remote control?
  • Do you want them made out of aluminium or cedarwood?
  • Auckland properties are always exposed to sea air to various degrees, so aluminium will require less maintenance than cedarwood, but both are suitable for our climate.

What Benefits Do Window Shutters Bring?

You might be considering window shutters purely due to their highly attractive, timeless aesthetics. Window shutters do, however, also give you the benefit of:

  • Adjustable privacy
  • Great security
    • A very attractive alternative to burglar bars
  • Adjustable light and sun ingress control
  • Extra ventilation if you have the shutters on the inside as you can open the doors and windows and still be secure with the shutters locked.
  • Additional noise insulation
  • Additional temperature insulation
  • A space dividing screen that tucks away neatly when not required

Are you ready to install window shutters? Now that you have worked out your window shutters needs, contact the ATA Home Experts team for a no-obligation quote.