Awnings v Roller Shutters v Blinds? We Weigh Them Up


Windows are the entry point of light into your home. You can create the perfect mood just by the amount you let through to the space. With that in mind, you’ll want to make sure you have the right fixtures to achieve the perfect lighting as well as nail the styling to suit your home. We weigh up the three main options that’ll do the job for you.

Here’s out take on the three most popular shading fixtures and how they may suit your space.


Awnings are like a protruding roof that sits above your window (or door) and juts outwards. These can be retractable and can be made from a variety of materials, from fabric to metal. Regardless of type, awnings can be differentiated from blinds and shutters by the fact that they always sit on the outside of your window and protrude.

Awnings are usually ideal for houses exposed to extreme heat and light from the sun. They allow for a lot of creativity when it comes to styling and colour. You can also get awnings big enough to cover decks, pools and carparks. The main issue is ensuring you have the space on your property to facilitate an awning without it reaching over your neighbour’s fence. If so, the possibilities are endless.

Roller Shutters:

Roller shutters, like their cousin the awning, can be made a variety of materials and can sit on the outside of a window. But unlike an awning, they’re usually easier to open and close by hand, whereas an awning can take more effort (depending on the type).

Roller shutters are fixed into place at the top of a window and can be rolled downwards to a height that lets in the desired amount of light.

These fixtures are an exceptional option for those keen to ensure security over their windows, as shutters made of metal are excellent at hindering “break-ins” due to their sturdiness; an excellent option for holiday homes that are empty for long periods of time.


Blinds stand alone from awnings and shutters as the window fixture of the two that sit “within” the house rather than “outside”. These are the more common types of window fixtures in metropolitan areas. Unless you’re talking about aluminium roller blinds, in which case you’re probably thinking of aluminium roller plantation shutters.

Depending on the type utilised, blinds allow for better flexibility for letting light in as you can pull them up all the way, shut them or adjust the slats to your liking. This is a great option for homes that are already well shaded by external trees and shrubbery however it doesn’t allow for the same coverage as an awning or shutter, nor does it offer the same security as the latter.

Depending on the style and needs of your home, we can help you find the right awning, shutter or blinds for your windows. See our full range of blinds.

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