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Posted on 9 November 2018

Outdoor shade blinds can improve the functionality and look of your al fresco area significantly!

Because they add such value to enjoying a year round outdoor lifestyle, it is important that the Blinds are properly maintained to ensure a lifetime of enjoyment!

Caring for shade blinds requires less effort than clear PVC blinds, and is relatively straightforward. Shade blinds carry less risk of being scratched or clouded by poor handling, but they still need regular upkeep to ensure they last well into the future.

Caring for your outdoor blinds

Wind them up or keep them down?

Custom Blinds promotes two different systems of shade blinds, which operate differently, and have slightly different nuances.

Firstly we sell and install the Ziptrak channel guided system, which comes with its' own "Caring & maintenance" guidelines. Click on this link to find out what's best!

We also promote a tensioned blind system that is operated with a gear mechanism and crank handle. This enables extending and retracting the blinds a simple process so that you can arrange your blinds at a suitable height suitable, provided there is an anchor point available to clip the blind onto and tension it up!

There are times when it is better to wind your blinds up to ensure safety and durability. Common sense needs to be applied!

Blinds are designed to be extended and it's best to keep them in the vertical fixed position as much as possible. This allows the material to maintain its shape. Keep in mind that if your blinds are too tight, the material may start contracting or 'wasting' in the middle due to the tension. Simply loosen the tension slightly to allow the blind to fill out.

When experiencing heavy gusts or high winds, it is vital the blinds are kept rolled up. If not, you may cause damage to the blinds and potentially the structure to which they are attached. Damage caused in this manner is not usually covered under the Manufacturer's warranty.

Do not roll up your blinds if they are wet. Moisture can be captured inside the rolled up layers and if sunlight filters through the material, the moisture can heat up and cause irreparable damage that may void your blinds guarantee.

How to ensure the durability of your Blinds?

Don't leave foreign matter, such as dirt, bird droppings or tree sap, in contact with the fabric/material of the shade blind for an extended period of time. Regularly clean both sides of the material using a soft cloth and water. Here is our recommended cleaning process:

1. Remove any particles on the shade blind material to avoid scratches when wiping with a cleaning cloth.
2. Wipe gently with a soft fabric cloth using diluted warm water mixed with a water-based cleaning detergent (one part detergent to ten parts water). Avoid hard scrubbing which may damage the surface of the material.
3. Rinse completely with fresh water and wipe dry with a soft lint-free cloth or sponge.
4. Allow to dry completely before rolling up.

It is also a good idea to occasionally hose your shade blinds with fresh cold water to keep them looking clean and crisp.

Be careful with the detergent you choose for your shade blinds. Natural detergents work best. Avoid non-diluted detergents, cleaning fluids, soap, insecticides, garden sprays, petrochemicals, solvents, and bore water.

If you have tougher stains:

1. Mix a weak concentration of household detergent with lukewarm water (one part detergent to 20 parts water) Make sure you avoid detergents with solvents!
2. Use a soft cloth or sponge to wash the fabric.
3. Rinse off any residue with fresh cold water.

Regularly tending to your shade blinds ensures you're getting the most out of the product. Prolonged neglect of your blinds could potentially result in damage to your blind/s material and shorten its life-span. But with a regular wash, you're ensuring years of trouble free protection from the sun and the weather.

Looked after correctly, your Custom Blinds supplied products will


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Ziptrak - The trusted solution for outdoor protection

Posted on 16 March 2018
Ziptrak - The trusted solution for outdoor protection

Custom Blinds is an authorised retailer for Ziptrak® on the Gold Coast.

Ziptrak® outdoor blinds instantly create a brand new space in your home, ready to entertain family and friends at a moment's notice.

Protected at any time of the year, with a sense of seclusion and sanctuary, you'll spend more time enjoying life outdoors.

Benefits of Ziptrak® blinds:
  • Allow you to control airflow, light and temperature whilst remaining connected with nature
  • Provide protection from elements - because Ziptrak® is a sealed system, it will shield you, your patio and furniture from wind, rain, dust, glare and insects
  • Avoid pesky mosquitoes and flies
  • Easy and fast operation - the track guided system is simple and safe to operate with no chains, ropes or pullies
  • Add another room to your home
  • Provide a quick, simple and affordable alternative to renovating
  • Robust design and materials
  • Australian owned and invented
  • Versatile installation options

Custom Blinds is a QBCC licensed business and we employ qualified and licensed Installers to fit our Blinds and Shutters, ensuring they are installed in accordance with the best building practices, look the part and last the distance.

The Ziptrak® blind system comes with a Manufacturer backed 5 year warranty, and the Outlook Mode fabric range has a 10 year warranty, and is available in a wide range of colours.

Here's a before and after of a Ziptrak® central locking system we did on Wednesday, in the Outlook Mode fabric range.


Ziptrak Central Locking System (Before) | Custom Blinds & Shutters Gold Coast


Ziptrak Central Locking System (After) | Custom Blinds & Shutters Gold Coast

Ziptrak Central Locking System (After) | Custom Blinds & Shutters Gold Coast

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Thermalite Shutter Installation in Hope Island, QLD

Posted on 30 January 2018
Thermalite Shutter Installation in Hope Island, QLD

Custom Blinds recently installed a house lot of Thermalite Shutters at this home in Hope Island, QLD.

This happy customer was thrilled with the installation completed by our professional fitters, and gave us some images to support "a job well done"!

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Here's a bit of background on Thermalite Shutters and why they would be suitable for you!..

Thermalite Shutters have the look and feel of wood with several major advantages.

Made from dense polymer foam, Thermalite is a solid, non-toxic synthetic material.

Being 100% made from renewable synthetic material, no natural resources are destroyed in the manufacturing process.

Thermalite is water resistant, fire retardant and provides over 2-3 times the insulation of wood and vinyl shutters, making it the ideal choice for both internal and external applications such as: bathrooms, balconies, kitchens or anywhere around the home.

The superb painted finish on the Thermalite Shutters ensures they won't yellow like other shutters.

Thermalite Shutter's unique louvre tension system will never need tightening or adjusting.

Thermalite Shutters have the longest and most comprehensive warranty in the window covering industry!

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Proudly Australian Made

This unique environmentally friendly and hypoallergenic product can be found in suburban homes, hotels, hospitals and resorts throughout the world.

Cost Reducing

Thermalite Shutters will save you the money now and into the future by reducing the energy required for heating and cooling your home. Lowering insulation and maintenance costs and increasing the overall efficiency in your environment - reducing your carbon footprint.

Thermalite Ultraclear

Our Patented Ultraclear system provides a clear uninterupted view. No tilt rod or controls are required which often malfunction and require repair. No unsightly rods showing and louvres will not loose tension.

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Benefits and Features

  • Australian made       
  • Traditional look
  • 25 Year transferable warranty
  • Will never crack, warp or shrink
  • Minimal maintenance
  • Louvres will never loose tension
  • Manufactured within 15 working days
  • Exclusive Ultraclear mechanism
  • Looks & feels like wood (not plastic)
  • Internal & external applications
  • Insulates 3 times greater than timber
  • Made from non-toxic, recycled materials
  • Flame retardant
  • Water resistant
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Dents can be warmed out
  • Reduces energy costs
  • Termite proof
  • Clean with soapy water


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