Outdoor Blinds that have us in Aw(ning)

External awnings offer both air flow control and sun protection, effectively shading the windows of your home to aid in temperature management. This, in turn, reduces the reliance on air conditioners, and helps to save on energy costs.

The Luxaflex® External Window Fashions range is specifically designed to withstand the harsh UV and demanding weather of the Australian climate. The most recent addition to the portfolio is the Luxaflex® Evo MagnaTrack Awning. The vertical external shade is trusted to remain stable and resilient in Australia’s most erratic weather conditions.

Australian engineered and designed, the Evo MagnaTrack Awning is the most technologically advanced awning available on the current market, with its overly generous, wide application of up to 6.5m and up to 4m drop. The only straight-drop awning system in Australia to boast a self- correcting feature that allows the fabric skin to effortlessly return to its channel if dislodged, the Evo MagnaTrack Awning has patented magnetic technology that holds its fabric taut, ensuring a smooth finish.

The magnetic force in the track system allows the fabric to move while under wind pressure as it floats within the channel.

Once the wind pressure subsides, the magnetic bond of the rare earth neodymium magnets will automatically re-tension the fabric back to its original appearance – a world-first in functionality, which goes far beyond what a standard zipped system can do. Using nothing more than the awning’s remote control, this technology vastly reduces costly service calls, compared to standard zip systems.

External blinds can aid in substantial savings on a home’s cooling bills. The harsh climate, combined with large windows in Australian homes results in increased levels of heat travelling through our windows and doors.

The Luxaflex Evo MagnaTrack Awning can also assist in providing substantial savings on home electricity bills. With up to 87 per cent1 of a home’s heat gain in summer through the windows, Evo Awnings can reduce cooling energy costs by up to 60 per cent2. When combined with Luxaflex Spectra Sunscreen’s ability to eliminate up to 95 per cent3 of heat from solar radiation, the Evo MagnaTrack Awning can bring you long term savings and help you feel comfortable all year round.

A popular trend is to colour coordinate external blinds with the home. As such, Hunter Douglas, the company behind the Luxaflex brand, is always undertaking research into the most popular shades.

We then use these insights to develop and introduce new colours to the latest seasons of Luxaflex awning ranges.

For further information, visit www.luxaflex.com.au

1 Based on research by the Australian Window Association www.awa.org.au/documents/item/214.

2 Based on independent modelling conducted by White Box Technologies in conjuction with Peter Lyons & Associates. June 2013. Savings vary based on location, home type and fabric used.

3 See www.endurisglasscore.com/ for details.

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