There is nothing more relaxing after a long day at work, than being able to come home and kick back on the patio, watch the sun set and forget all your troubles with a cool drink. Depending on your situation, however, you may not get a lot of privacy on your patio, and the last thing you want is the neighbors sticking their noses into your business while you are trying to relax. One of the easiest ways to alleviate this problem is to get yourself some bamboo patio blinds. Not only are they an inexpensive solution to your lack of privacy, but they also do a great job of keeping your patio (and your drink) cool during those hot summer months.
Your average sized patio will need multiple blinds if you want complete protection and privacy. Most patios have somewhere between 4 and 8 openings, and each one will need its own blind. The beauty of this is, you can decide which ones you want open, and which ones should be closed. You can still block out that harsh heat (or that neighbors sticky beak), while benefiting from that southerly breeze from the other side.
Bamboo is one of the best materials that you could use on your patio, as it is incredibly durable, and environmentally friendly. This is why bamboo flooring is so popular and versatile. Many people don’t realize just how strong this material is. As a matter of fact, bamboo, in
many cases, is even stronger than wood, has the ability to withstand the extreme conditions that a patio is subjected to, without having to constantly treat the blinds to keep them in good condition.
From an environmental standpoint, the best thing about bamboo is the fact that it is such an incredibly renewable resource. Bamboo grows many times faster than wood, this means a higher turnover for the farmer, a smaller price tag for you, the customer, and the crops are replenished in a fraction of the time, when compared to wood. With all the talk you hear about global warming and holes in the ozone layer, the less old growth forests that are used in our homes the better.
One of the biggest benefits of having a patio is that it allows you to relax in comfort, while still enjoying the outdoors. Many people don’t realize until it’s too late, that installing fabric, vinyl or steel blinds or shutters on their patio can quite often ruin this characteristic and turn your patio into just another room of your house. Bamboo, with its natural grains and organic look, creates the privacy and protection you are looking for, without taking away from the joy of being outdoors.
If you are on a tight budget, then bamboo blinds are the perfect option. You will find that there is no cheaper material to be found in the world of outdoor patio shades, and you can save even more by doing your shopping online. Because web based stores have fewer overheads, they will more often than not pass these savings on to you. Not only will they save you a packet in the initial purchase, but they are extremely easy to install. This means that you can save even more by grabbing your drill and screwdriver out of the garage and installing them yourself.
Once they are installed, you will need to keep in mind that they should be rotated on a regular basis. I like to rotate mine every three months or so. The reason for this is that one side of the blinds will see a lot more sunlight over time than the other side, and the blinds will start to fade over time. Flipping them around on a regular basis will ensure that the fading happens more gradually and evenly over the whole bamboo blind.
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