Pleated Patio Systems
Patio blinds are ideal under polycarbonate or glass roofs which often heat up to unbearable temperatures in Melbourne’s warmer months.
A popular option is a pleated concertina awning that extends via tracks fitted to your existing structure. It can be operated via a pull stick, a cord drawn operation or a motor.
As no job is ever the same, we can customise your overhead structure to carry the patio shade if required.
We are able to source and manufacture all custom fittings for your particular installation. All our systems are available in a wide variety of colours, fabrics and styles.
Two manufacturer systems we recommend are ‘Pleated Pergola Shades’ by Shade Industries or ‘Horizon Shade System’ by Horizon.
For example, fabric choices are:
- acrylic canvas – being sunproof and water resistant, it is a popular choice
- shade mesh – reduces glare and does not hold water
- solid PVC – waterproof and heavy duty
With our long industry experience, we can design and install the best solution for your location.
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Manufacturers Of Pleated Patio Systems
Below, we list some manufacturers whose pleated patio systems we have used very successfully in various applications.
The Solare Praesidio pleated patio shade system is a concertina style awning that is designed to extend under a pergola, glass roof or any overhead structure that requires shade or to simply dress the space and create ambience with a soft feel pleated system to disguise any hard lines.
The Solare Praesidio is sometimes known as the Pleated patio shade or suspended shade.
They are fully custom made to suit any size up to 5775mm wide and projections up to 6500 mm.
With a wide variety of fabrics to choose from this Pleated shade system can be made with either tight pleats pulling out flat when extended or with fuller pleats to create a warm designer feel for more elegant results when ambience is the brief.
The depth of the pleats are fully customisable to suit each space. The more crossbars that are integrated means a lesser pleat depth result. This can be an important factor when considering the stacking height when retracted to clear an obstructions like doors, windows or light fittings.
With a full powder coat colour range available you can apply that perfect tone for seamless integration to your area.
Its operation is simple as the crossbars glide effortlessly along tracks with a basic network of cords and pulleys which are hand drawn or a simple pull stick operation is also optional.
Motorisation is an option for some installations which can allow for smart phone and voice control with modern devices like Alexa and Siri.
The Pacchetto is a motorised belt driven pleated patio system designed to cover vast expanses swiftly. Italian designed and engineered it creates shade or rain protection at the touch of a button.
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All of our awnings, blinds and shades come with a 5-year warranty. Our expert team can help you choose the best system for your home.
All our materials not only look great, but can survive the harsh Australian sun.
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From my initial phone call to Sarah, Tony coming out to quote and discuss my needs, James the Electrician and Chris and Dallas installing my fabulous new blind, I can’t recommend this product and their helpful, knowledgeable staff highly enough. Nothing is too much trouble and a great price to top it off. I will definitely be using them again, don’t bother looking elsewhere.
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What to consider when buying outdoor blinds
We custom build and fit our outdoor blinds directly from our base of operations in Melbourne. Here are some answers to common questions from customers on our custom outdoor blind build and installations.
What role do you want your outdoor blind to fulfil?
With a variety of options, when it comes to outdoor blinds it is imperative to consider exactly what you’d like to achieve in your space. Are you wanting rain protection? Shade in the warmer months? A dry space over your door or a BBQ area? Perhaps you are looking for additional privacy in your outdoor space. Talking to Undercover Melbourne’s outdoor blinds experts is a good place to start. Discuss your outdoor blind project with our team and we’ll work with you to find the perfect outdoor blind to suit your needs and your outdoor space.
To ensure you select the blind that meets all of your needs, we need to consider the environment the outdoor blinds will find themselves in and the times of the year you are going to want to be maximising their use. Are you only planning on enjoying the beautiful summer weather or do you love being outdoors all year-round where a waterproof retractable roof system would suit your project better?
Ease of use
Do you envision yourself using this space over different times of the day or just once a day or a few times a week? Does the ease of being able to push a button to extend and retract the outdoor blinds appeal? Perhaps you would like to have the outdoor blind connected to your smart home system. Or perhaps you simply want to manually wind the blinds in and out as you see fit. We always say, if the blinds are easy to use, you will get more value (and more use) from them!
Type of fabric
When considering fabrics for your outdoor blind, it is best to delve back into some of your climate considerations to ensure you can use them as often you’d like. Are you looking for an acrylic semi-waterproof fabric to maximise your outdoor shade OR are you wanting a see-through mesh?
Once we have established the your basic requirements in terms of outdoor blind fabrics, we can turn our attention to the colour selection. After all, your blind’s functionality and ability to cope with your outdoor conditions is critical, but how it looks is something you’re going to have to live with and enjoy. And that’s where our outdoor blind experts can help. We’ve styled countless Melbourne homes with our outdoor blinds and we will ensure the blinds we supply are beautiful and enhance your property’s appeal.
Not only can your outdoor blinds enhance your outdoor living space, they can also save you energy by retaining heat in the winter (saving you on heating costs) and providing welcome shade in the hot summer months. Custom built to “Melbourne’s four seasons in a day climate,” Undercover’s outdoor blinds won’t simply look good, they’ll help you save energy too!