Comparing the Best Exterior Blind Options: PVC / Canvas Roller Blinds, Shade Weave, and Bamboo Laguna Exterior Blinds

When it comes to enhancing your outdoor living space, choosing the right type of exterior blinds can make a significant difference in terms of functionality, aesthetics, and protection from the elements. In this blog post, we will compare three popular exterior blind options: PVC roller blinds, shade weave, and bamboo laguna exterior blinds. Each type offers its own unique set of advantages and styles, so let’s dive in to help you find the best fit for your outdoor space.

PVC / Canvas Roller Blinds

PVC roller blinds are a popular choice for outdoor spaces due to their durability and versatility. They are made from a synthetic material that is resistant to moisture, UV rays, and temperature fluctuations, making them perfect for all-weather conditions. The cord system is the best for sloped trusses or where there are obstacles to work around like gutters or balustrades.


  • Durability: PVC blinds are resistant to wear and tear, ensuring a long lifespan.
  • Protection: They offer excellent protection against harsh weather conditions, including rain and strong winds.
  • Easy Maintenance: PVC roller blinds are easy to clean and maintain, requiring just a wipe-down with a damp cloth.
  • Privacy and Light Control: PVC blinds offer good privacy and can block out light effectively.


  • Appearance: PVC blinds may lack the natural aesthetic appeal of other materials.
  • Limited Color Options: While some customization is possible, color choices may be more limited compared to other options.
  • Clear PVC Window: These tend to shrink over time, putting additional pressure on the zips and can start looking unpleasant.

Shade Weave

Shade weave blinds are designed to provide a balance between shade, privacy, and ventilation. They are made from woven fabric materials that allow air to pass through while blocking out sunlight and heat.


  • Aesthetic Appeal: Shade weave blinds offer a modern and stylish look, available in a variety of colors and patterns with various levels of UV protection.
  • Ventilation: The woven fabric allows for natural airflow, keeping your outdoor space cool.
  • UV Protection: Shade weave blinds block a significant amount of UV rays, protecting your furniture and belongings.
  • Operating: Comes in a Rope / Pully system and a crank system.
  • Wind Speeds: PVC / Canvas blinds can handle wind speeds of up to 40kms/h, anything more and you would be required to roll the blind up to avoid damage.


  • Operating: The crank system is not suited for sloped trusses or supports and can be tricky to install at times. If you do choose that system you end up with a gap at the top which, depending on the angle, might let through a bit of wind and/or rain.
  • Maintenance: Shade weave blinds may require more maintenance to keep them clean and free of mildew, they can collect dust and dirt, especially the lighter colors, making it more noticeable.
  • Wind Speeds: Shade weave blinds can handle wind speeds of up to 40kms/h, anything more and you would be required to roll the blind up to avoid damage.

Bamboo Laguna Exterior Blinds

Bamboo laguna exterior blinds bring a natural and earthy touch to your outdoor space. They are made from bamboo reeds, which offer a warm and organic aesthetic.


  • Eco-Friendly: Bamboo is a sustainable and renewable material, making these blinds an environmentally friendly choice.
  • Aesthetic Appeal: Bamboo blinds provide a rustic, natural look that complements outdoor spaces.
  • Light Filtering: They offer soft light filtering, creating a cozy atmosphere in your outdoor area.


  • Durability: Bamboo blinds may be susceptible to moisture and weather damage over time. They do require maintenance in the form of reapplying the sealant when necessary.
  • Privacy: While they provide some level of privacy, bamboo blinds may not offer as much coverage as other options.
  • Weight / Operating: Being a natural product and made mostly for larger opening, these blinds can be quite heave when lifting. The wider widths and larger drops may require 2 people to roll the blinds up.


Ultimately, the best exterior blind option for you will depend on your specific needs and preferences. PVC / Canvas roller blinds are an excellent choice for durability and weather resistance, while shade weave blinds provide a stylish and ventilated option for your outdoor space. Bamboo laguna exterior blinds add a natural touch with their eco-friendly appeal. Consider your outdoor environment, the aesthetic you desire, and your budget when making your decision. Whatever you choose, each option offers unique benefits that can enhance the beauty and functionality of your outdoor area.

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