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How Much Does Window Tinting Cost?

Although the Australian climate is often envied around the world, it can lead to problems. In many parts of Australia, homes, offices and their inhabitants are constantly exposed to the glare and UV rays of the sun for hours each day.

What’s the best way to protect yourself from this, without having to surround yourself in shade or darkness – office window tinting Adelaide.

Window Tinting Options

Window tinting is a really popular option – not least because it is effective and cost efficient. There are a number of different options, which can suit a variety of circumstances so take some time to research and figure out what the best one may be for you.

The price of Window Tinting varies and depends upon;

  • The type of Window Tinting you use – the cheapest way is to use film tinting which is also easy to do yourself by cutting the film to the correct size and shape. However OEM tinting and Coated Tinting can be more expensive options.
  • Whether you decide to carry out the process yourself or hire professionals – have a think about whether you have the skills for the job. Although it could save you money to carry out the work, try to avoid making careless errors, which may increase installation costs.

What Costs are Involved in Window Tinting?

  1. You’ll need to purchase the materials. Window tinting can be purchased either pre cut or in rolls. It’s worth considering the size and shape of the window that needs tinting; if it’s very big or a difficult shape, it may be more cost effective to hire professionals.

The material usually costs around $40 -$70 per square metre however this varies depending on the quality and the type of window tinting you choose.

  1. Next you’ll need some tools. There are relatively few tools required for DIY window tinting however you’ll need to check which tools your supplier recommends that you use for the application process
  1. Alternatively, you may choose to hire professionals. In this case, you’ll need to budget in their labour costs which are generally charged at any hourly rate. Ask for a quote before the work begins and always ensure that you read the small print.

Think Long Term

Although you may be reluctant to spend money on window tinting, the costs are often offset as they help to avoid long term damage to furniture, soft furnishings and any wall hangings or pictures in your home. Damage caused by the sun’s rays can be minimized with the right window tinting.

The best place to find more out about window tinting services in the South Australia region is

How to choose the right roof for your verandah

Verandahs are quintessentially Australian. We’re famous for our verandahs all over the world and they’re a great addition on any home. Generally the word refers to a fully roofed structure running alongside the outside of your home. Verandahs adelaide can bring the indoors, outdoors, and enable you to enjoy fresh air as well as maximum sun protection.

 verandah roof

The Roof

A verandah sits right next to your home therefore its roof is really important when you’re building from scratch, or even when you’re maintaining or adapting the verandah that you have in place already. It’s easy to get carried away as there are lots of different style options for the design aspect of the roof, however you should always try to go for something that’ll enhance or complement your existing roof. The roof pitch, and the overall design are things to consider when matching your verandah roof to your house.


Roof Materials that work best

There are two types of materials that are usually chosen for building verandah roofs.

  • Steel: eg Colorbond: this is very quick to install and is both weather resistant and durable. Steel reflects heat therefore helps to keep things cool. It has the added advantage of allowing you to match the colour to that on the roof of your home.
  • Polycarbonate: this manages to let in light and winter heat, yet keep out UV rays. This may be a good option for those who want more light than a steel roof would allow in, however it doesn’t always match with a tight colour scheme.



gutter optionsAlthough it feels like part of the house, a verandah will require separate gutting and downpipes to the rest of the home. U shaped gutters are generally the most effective. Failing to install these may result in severe and expensive damage from water leakage as the home’s guttering won’t be able to cope with all the extra water being captured on the verandah’s surface.

It’s also important that the pipes empty at a good distance from the home so as to not cause any damage to the building’s foundations. Always check your drains and gutters regularly especially after heavy winds or seasonal changes in weather.


Expert Advice

Don’t be afraid to ask the experts. Architects and designers have lots of experience in helping clients find the verandah roof that will best complement a home. Property or building experts will also be able to direct you to the materials which will work best for your home – you want materials that are durable and able to withstand any specific climate threats in your area. Or go directly to the source and ask experts like to discuss your options.

Types of Internal Blinds Suited to Adelaide’s Weather

For those that watch the popular TV series, The Block, it is clear that ‘window treatment’ can be a defining factor between a good and a bad room and should not be overlooked. When deciding on what blinds to use, I highly recommend using a local company that offers all blind options so you’re not limited. For example, my friends at Bob Burns Blinds offer a wide range of installation and custom Adelaide blinds. Always look for quality, the option for customisation and a solid warranty.

Here, we are going to focus on window blinds and the different options available to help you make a decision for your home.

On the current market today, there are four basic types of blinds for residential use:

Venetian Blinds

The Venetian blinds are the most common blind used on the market today. Venetian’s consist of horizontal slats attached to each other with a single roller that lets you open and close the blinds smoothly. The beauty of the Venetian style is that you can angle the slats upwards so that there is still sunlight shining through the window.

Extensive in size and design, venetians are perfect for practically all types of rooms and home décor. You can find them made from different materials and colours. Typically they are waterproof, easy to clean and easily installed.

Vertical Blinds

Another popular style of blinds are vertical blinds. As the name insinuates, the slats are attached vertically to each other. Similarly to venetian blinds you can control the amount of sunlight passing through the slats.

The most peculiar type of blinds in the market, the name says it all: vertical blinds have slats attached vertically to each other. You can roll them so that they would open and close completely – depending on the amount of sunlight you want to get. Like all the other blinds in the list here, vertical types come in all colours and sizes. However, they are best used for floor to ceiling types of windows.

These blinds cannot be opened upwards – but you can set them aside if you don’t want them blocking the windows to let the light in. It is said that vertical blinds aren’t ideal for windows that need to be opened from the inside, but it really depends on how you proceed with the installation.

Roller Blinds

Roller blinds can be rolled up and down to let the light in completely or not at all. Hence, it is not a good idea if you like to control the amount of illumination that floods into your room. Their design however is definitely more appealing than typical Venetian blinds because there are practically no slats where light can pass through, creating a ripple of protection. They would look great in rooms for the baby or perhaps a reading room where maximum light is always needed. Today, you will find numerous designs of roller blinds, perfect for all home types.


Window Blinds

Window blinds are often defined as a type of window treatment. They are incredibly versatile and make it possible for you to limit and treat the quality of light that passes through the window. Note though that there are subtypes to window blinds so if you decide on this one, it is best to consider the other options that fall within this category. Available in different colors, you should not have a problem buying window blinds that fit your home décor needs.

Of course, those are just few of the window blinds Adelaide available today. You will find that there are numerous other options such as roman blinds, cellular blinds, and sheer blinds. Consider the quality you want for your home before embarking on a search for the perfect product.

For SA residents, check out Bob Burns Blinds. They recently installed my zip screen (check out my last post) and did a wonderful job! For residents in other states, email me and I’ll shoot you some great interstate businesses that will do the job.

What is a ‘zip screen’?

Welcome to my first ever post! I thought I’d kick off with zip screens mainly because we I just installed one to enhance a section on my verandah that we frequently use for entertaining (pictures to come!).

A zip screen was really the best option and I’m surprised to hear that not many people consider them! My wife and I were originally considering extending the verandah with an awning but decided a zip screen ticked more boxes. Take a look at what they actually are and make a decision for yourself.

What is a zip screen?

Zip screens are relatively new to the Australian market, however they offer the ideal solution for many homes and businesses requiring shade blinds to use both inside and outside. Perfectly suited to Australia’s harsh climate, zip screens offer an excellent option for both residential and commercial properties who are exposed to extreme sunlight, strong winds or lots of insects in the air.

zip screen

How they work?

Zip screens have a “zip” that runs inside an inside channel and is welded along the length of their cloth side. Cushioning pads hold the zip back in the outer channel, and the zip is able to stop the cloth from being ripped away from the channeling at its edges.

The zip screens are made from highly durable fabrics and these are sealed at the edges, keeping them neat and tidy as well as fully functional. One of the big advantages of the zip screens being tightly sealed is that the fabric remains taut and prevents bugs, noise and light from getting in.

A great option for larger window areas, zip screens are custom made meaning that they’ll offer maximum fit and efficiency in keeping the outdoors out.


What are the advantages of a Zip Screen?

There are a huge number of advantages for businesses and homeowners to benefit from when installing zip screen blinds. After the initial start up expenditure of having the blinds fitted, the durable nature of the fabrics used mean that there will be minimal maintenance and ongoing costs.


  • Zip Screens are a neat and tidy option for windows that would otherwise require shade blinds. They are ideal for restaurants and cafés who have an outdoor area and want to entice potential customers into a pleasant, bug free eating environment.
  • If you need to ensure protection from sunlight or strong UV rays, zip screen blinds work as a very effective black out option. The mesh fabric used to make zip screen blinds reflects heat and light rays, keeping your area cool and shaded. In addition, you’ll have a zip screen blind custom fitted to your area so you won’t have to deal with light coming in through gaps.
  • Sometimes noise can get a little much and zip screen blinds are great at keeping out noise when you need a bit of peace and quiet. Once drawn, air is trapped between the window pane and the fabric which draws on the concept of double glazing and reduces the amount of noise that can come in.
  • As long as your zip screen blinds are installed onto a secure point, they are ideal for areas that are exposed to windy conditions. There will be no more instances of cloth billowing out of side channels or pulling so hard that it rips the fabric creating more hassle for you.
  • Zip screens are generally motorized so you’ll be able to control them simply by pushing a button. This ensures that the area around them won’t look messy with pulleys and ropes and they’re simple and easy for everyone to use.

Lastly, zip screens can be custom powder coated to fit into whatever area you’re installing them so you won’t have to worry about them being an eye sore in your beautiful surroundings.

So there you have it. They’re pretty cool! Next post I’ll be discussing different types of window blinds.