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Can I purchase outdoor blinds and shades at Spotlight?

While we nearly all enjoy the warmth and light of the sun, sometimes you may prefer to keep the sun off your face, or even just away from your precious fixtures and furnishings, to stop them fading. Outdoor blinds come in a variety of styles and options at Spotlight, which means you can find the outdoor blind or shade that suits you and your home best right here!

Why use outdoor blinds and shades?

Having blinds or shades fixed to the exterior of your property means that you dont have to worry about the installation interfering with your interior window dressing such as curtains or sheers. In addition, some retractable awnings are heavy, which might put a strain on your interior walls, and some are motorised, which means the sound is less intrusive when the blinds are installed on the outside of your home.

The heavier material used for these exterior blinds is also more capable of protecting you and your possessions from harmful UV rays. Lightweight interior blinds may do, and when it is not in use, you will not see an exterior blind, so it does not impede your view from inside the house.

What types of blinds or shades can I get?

For windows, choose from retractable awnings or roll up awnings in a number of styles and different sizes. All blinds come complete with fixings and instructions so you can put them up yourself once you get them home.

Another great idea is to have patio blinds. If you have an outdoor seating area, balcony or veranda, these see-through patio blinds can improve the quality of your outdoor time by keeping away flies and insects while you are eating or enjoying a drink outside. They can also extend the length of time that you can enjoy your outdoor space, by protecting you from wind and rain, while still allowing you to enjoy the lovely view from your seating area.

Handy fixing kits enable you to join two or more patio blinds for wider openings and to fix their sides to your walls, to avoid wind creeping past the edges. Easy to install and use, you will be able to open the blinds if the weather turns nice, and quickly lower the blinds if the weather takes a turn for the worse.

Does Spotlight sell any other types of blinds?

As well as exterior blinds, Spotlight also stocks a huge range of interior blinds in a variety of styles and designs, including Roman Blinds, Venetian Blinds (both metal and wood), Vertical Blinds, and Roller Blinds. Choose from sheer Roman or Roller Blinds that ensure privacy and filter the light or blockout blinds that can keep the light out at all times, or if you prefer, use Venetian or Vertical Blinds that are adjustable, so you can vary the level of light and control the view as desired.

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How To Maintain Your Outdoor Blinds?

Have you selected some outdoor blinds from Spotlight, and do you want to keep them in pristine condition for some time to come? If so, we urge you to read through our guide below, which will provide you with everything you need to know about outdoor blind maintenance.

How Do I Clean Outdoor Blinds Made From PVC?

One of the common materials you will encounter for outdoor blinds is PVC. Not only is this one of the most popular types of outdoor blinds, it is also one of the easier ones to clean.

To clean outdoor blinds made from PVC, you will need a gentle detergent and some water. Ideally, you want 1/20 to be detergent out of this mixture. Then, apply the cleaning solution to your PVC outdoor blinds. You can apply with a simple microfibre cloth, but you can also use a soft brush or sponge.

Once you have cleaned the area with the cleaning solution, always make sure you rinse your outdoor blinds. Before you start, please make sure that the water pressure is not too high, as this can cause damage to your blinds. Also, once you have rinsed the blinds, always keep them open or down to let them dry.

How Do I Clean Outdoor Blinds Made From Canvas & Acrylic Fabric?

Even though canvas and acrylic fabrics are brilliant for outdoor blinds, they can be more difficult to maintain. In fact, one often has to obtain specialist cleaning products to remove stubborn stains from the outdoor blinds. Of course, there is an alternative for those who do not want to obtain expensive cleaning products.

One method to clean fabric outdoor blinds is with a hypochlorite bleach. Of course, we must warn you that this product must be diluted heavily before you attempt to use it on the fabric. If your bleach is not properly diluted, it will cause damage to the fabric or leave an unwanted discolouration.

When cleaning your outdoor blinds, it is always best to use a soft brush or a sponge. Avoid brushes with hard bristles, as these can damage most materials used in outdoor blinds, this includes the canvas and acrylic outdoor blinds.

Once you have finished cleaning the stains from your outdoor blinds, it is also necessary to rinse your blinds. Once again, always ensure that you do not use too much water pressure, as this can cause damage to your fabric or even cause rips.

What Additional Tips Can You Provide For Cleaning Outdoor Blinds?

Some cleaning tools can help to make the job a little easier, this goes from sponges to dedicated outdoor blind cleaners. If you still need such tools or accessories, be sure to check out the range of blind accessories available at Spotlight.

When it comes to stains, it is also worth mentioning that some stains are more persistent than others. There are certain things that must therefore be removed as soon as possible to prevent them from affecting the material, this could include bird droppings, dirt, and even sand picked up by the wind. If you notice these things on your outdoor blinds, clean them as soon as possible to prevent discolouration and/or fabric deterioration.

To remove potential persistent stains, never scrub the material. For example, if you want to remove bird droppings, you can add a warm sponge with some clean water on the area for a short time, this should help to lift the stain naturally. If you do scrub, it could cause the stain to settle, this especially applies to materials such as fabric.

Another top tip is never to clean fabric outdoor blinds when it is humid outside. While most outdoor fabrics have some resistance to water and humid surroundings, adding water combined with high humidity can still cause mould to settle on your fabric outdoor blinds. So, always make sure the weather is good before you undertake a cleaning task.

Finally, always remember to stay away from abrasive cleaning solutions when handling outdoor blinds. Some products are simply too strong to handle your fabric or PVC, so if you do decide to use a more aggressive cleaning product, always make sure it will not cause damage to the material.

Spotlight on: Retractable Awnings – ABC Blinds Blog

When it comes to reducing the amount of heat, glare and sunlight entering your home, there’s no doubt retractable awnings are a product to have on your radar. Here’s everything you need to know about retractable awnings:

Benefits of Retractable Awnings

They’re great for reducing heat

Designed to maximise comfort by minimising sun exposure, retractable awnings (aka folding arm awnings) do a brilliant job at keeping the sun at bay and moving heat away from your window, making them a more efficient (and cost effective) option than internal blinds alone.

You can enjoy your outdoor space more often

Designed to fold out and retract when not in use, these awnings can create shade over your garden or table, when you need it. Not only perfect for getting more use out of your space, they double to extend the lifespan of your outdoor furniture, too.

They can save you money

Retractable awnings can often end up saving you money in the long term, because of the shade they provide to the inside of your home. Your air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard to cool your home, which results in lower electric bills (and significant savings!).

They’re available in a huge range of colours and styles

Think awnings are outdated? Think again. Not only are retractable awnings bang-on-trend in 2017, these days they come in so many styles, colours and fabrics, there is bound to be an option to complement your home design. Choose from high-quality fabrics including polyester, cotton, canvas, acrylic, mesh, block-out and sunscreen (confused? Check out our ABC’s of blinds).

They’re retractable to fold away when not in use

Retractable awnings have a cantilevered structure, which means they’re fully supported by the building and can retract completely against the wall. The ability to retract means they’re able to stay out of the elements when not in use, extending their lifespan so they remain a solid investment for much longer.

Cleaning your awnings is a must

All awnings need to be cleaned somewhat regularly (at least once per season), especially if your awnings are prone to moisture or dust, which can lead to unhealthy mould growth. Give them a wipe down and a bit of TLC, and they’ll be serving you well into the future.

They’re more expensive than regular awnings

Sure, non-retractable awnings are cheaper, but they’re also more likely to be damaged by the elements. Having the ability to fold your awnings away during very bad weather means you can keep them protected and secure for much longer.

Interested in retractable awnings? We’d love to hear from you! Give us a call or pop into one of our showrooms to check out what’s on offer and find out more.

Product Spotlight: Sunesta Awnings

Posted on Wednesday, October 14th, 2015 at 4:19 pm.

Your Sunesta retractable awnings will add style to your home for many years to come!

Whether it’s for a home or business, retractable awnings combine versatility and style. There are a lot of benefits to Sunesta awnings. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of owning a Sunesta awning for your home or business!


One of the major benefits of Sunesta retractable awnings is the company-wide commitment to durability. Most homeowners are willing to pay for quality items when it comes to the fixtures around their home. They know they will receive a retractable awning that is built to last. Sunesta awnings are one of the best awnings on the market and will help keep your home cool when it really matters. These awnings are perfect for homes in a variety of climates and can withstand severe winds when they are both retracted and fully extended.


While you may like the benefits of a retractable awning, you might be leery of your options in terms of fabrics. With Sunesta, you can chose from 180 awning fabrics that are available in a variety of colors and patterns. Unlike other fabrics that are constantly in the sun, your Sunesta fabric will not fade in the sunshine. The awning fabric is solution-dyed acrylic so that the colors can remain vibrant and not faded. You also have a choice in your frame colors, so you can easily create a stylish look for your residential or commercial property.

Mildew-Resistant Fabrics

You may have heard horror stories from friends or family members about mold and mildew growing on their awnings. Mold and mildew is a serious concern when it comes to any outdoor fabric. But you can put those fears to rest with Sunesta’s awning fabric. While it’s true that mold and mildew can attach itself to an awning if it has the right conditions to grow, but you won’t have to worry about that with Sunesta retractable awnings. These fabrics are made from synthetic fibers that are designed to prevent mildew and mold growth.

Unobstructed Views

A typical awning might restrict views because of support poles. When a Sunesta retractable awning is placed in an extended position, it doesn’t need support poles. This allows you to sit back in the shade while stilling keeping your unobstructed views.

Sunesta awnings will give your home the perfect amount of shade and style for your home or business. So, are you ready to add a Sunesta retractable awning? Call Carroll Awnings today!

Call Carroll Awning Today!

Carroll Awning provides the best quality energy efficient awnings and frames for any business or restaurant, as well as homes and apartments, for any time of the year. For a free estimate, call 1-800-999-5617 or click here to contact us online.

Five Ways Automatic Awnings Will Improve Your Life Outdoors this Fall

1. We’re in the southwest, and we need shade all year.

There’s a good chance you won’t be getting chill bumps on your first fall afternoon in the south. In fact, it may still be balmy. This is all the more reason to give you and your family or friends plenty of well-deserved shade with a festive awning that covers the outdoor space in style. From patios to decks, everyone will stay cooler with an awning overhead, no matter the weather. Plus, we all know winter has its share of humid days too.

2. That late autumn sun won’t be in your eyes.

Everyone cherishes summer for the long days and late nightfall. When fall arrives, one of the telltale signs is how the sun blinds you in the late afternoon. Guess what? An automatic awning is the perfect answer to this dilemma; as the sun moves, your awning can adjust its position keeping that piercing daylight out of your face. It even offers UV protection.

3. Fair-skinned friends (and all friends) will attend your parties.

Dying to throw a festive autumnal gathering with spiced cocktails and other non-weather nods to the season? Well, trust us, your friends will be more willing to come over and participate under a stylish automatic awning.

It’s guaranteed to keep the elements off the food, drinks and fair-skinned neighbors.


4. Your dwelling space will be larger.

Everyone craves a bigger space to live and thrive in, and an automatic awning will allow your outdoor space to have a new purpose and bring delight to family members and friends. Your living room and sitting room aren’t the only places to host gatherings—guests love relaxing outdoors in the right setting. And don’t forget about sending the kids outside for lunch while you enjoy the peace and quiet.


5. Automatic awnings are fun.

Automatic awnings, also known as motorized awnings, work independently from those annoying, old-fashioned hand cranks. Best of all, they come in a variety of colors and patterns and give your home and outdoor space that extra pizzazz along with the ease of functionality. What better way to express your love for the outdoors and your personal taste?

Want to know more about automatic awnings and how they’re perfect for celebrating the change in season and enhancing your home? Visit the Academy Window Covers website at academywindowcoverings.


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Feature in the Spotlight: The BunduAwn Batwing Awning

Truck Camper Adventure is proud to present, Feature in the Spotlight, a periodic look at a truck camper feature or option that is new and revolutionary or just plain cool. In this third installment, we take a closer look at BundutecUSA’s new BunduAwn Fold-out Awning.

It’s no secret that I’m no fan of the standard, retractable RV awning on truck campers. It’s not that I don’t think they have any value, they do. But I don’t think that retractable awnings are particularly that useful and practical on a truck camper. That opinion changed after watching a demo of BundutecUSA’s new BunduAwn awning at the recent Overland Expo West (note that some literature still refers to this awning as the BunduEL or the BunduHalf Wing, the old names). Unlike the standard RV awning, the BunduAwn opens out with three arms on one pivot and provides coverage on two sides of your camper rather than just one. Not only that, but the extended arms of this revolutionary awning are also self-supporting. No poles are needed! When opened, another small support arm pops up to provide additional height to the slope of the roof to provide better drainage during rains. The zippered travel bag, when open, closes the gap between your vehicle and the awning to prevent water running down the side of the vehicle. It essentially works like a gutter while the awning is deployed.

Like all of the Bundutec awnings, the BunduAwn is quick and easy to deploy—it takes about 1 minute—and is constructed entirely of aluminum. This makes the awning not only lightweight (just 27 pounds), but also resistant to the elements. The fabric is made with the Riptech400 material which is a woven polyester/acrylic blend manufactured to endure the harshest climatic conditions, even those found in Africa. The awning’s fabric is also coated with an aluminized material to reflect heat away from the awning. This reflective material, which is also waterproof, provides a temperature difference of 10 to 15 degrees underneath. The BunduAwn also performs better in the wind than your standard retractable awning. When deployed, it’s designed to withstand up to 35 mph winds without the need for support lines. With support lines, I saw this awning remain fixed and rock solid during wind gusts of 50 mph (at the Overland Expo everyone had stowed away their awnings due to high winds except for BundutecUSA). The BunduAwn is currently available in 8-foot lengths.

Can the BunduAwn be used on any truck camper without a rear ladder? It can, but it’s best used on a pop-up truck camper, so that it can be reached for deployment. On a hard-side truck camper, you’ll need to either mount it lower on the side of the camper or mount it near the roof line and use a ladder or step stool to reach it so that it can be deployed and stowed away for travel. If you watch the official video, you’ll see what I mean. Mounting the BunduAwn is easy and the awning includes all of the mounting brackets and hardware that you’ll need to install it. The awning’s size and ease of use means that it can be used on all kinds of vehicles and RV’s including utility trailers, toy haulers, and van conversions longer than 8 feet. This trend setting awning retails for $1,110 and can be purchased directly from BundutecUSA. So if you’re serious about purchasing an awning for your truck camper or trailer, I’d give the BunduAwb a serious look. I certainly am.

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