00:20 – Photo 1: Example of an awning with a vertical join
00:47 – The reason why mesh awnings have joins
01:14 – Not a problem with canvas material
01:25 – The mesh material is see through so you see joins
01:44 – Things to consider
01:55 – We use widths up to 3.1m wide
02:09 – Photo 2: Placement of the join is important
02:37 – Pre planning to get the best look
03:20 – Get a professional to measure up your joins
Hi I’m Jason from Blockout Blinds. I trust you’re having a great day and today I’m going to be talking to you about the dreaded stripe in the mesh awning.
What the hell am I talking about you say? Well, let’s have a look at this first photo i have here where you can see an awning hanging on the right hand side there in the picture and as you can see, you can see through the awning that’s because we’ve used a mesh material.
What you might also notice is you’ve got these two vertical stripes running down on both the right and the left side about 500mm in, now why is this?
Well fabrics only comes in certain widths and until the last 2 – 4 years the maximum width used to be around 2.1 meters now what that meant for any blind wider than 2.1 meters they would have to use the 2.1 meters width in the middle and then they use another piece of fabric and they put them a piece on each end hence needing to join the fabric.
Now, using the canvas blockout fabrics this is not a concern because the canvas blockout used to get sewn together and because the light doesn’t shine through, you don’t really notice the join at all.
However, with the mesh awnings because the light shines through you now have a double thickness where the join is and a single thickness where there is no join and so less light comes through making the line rarely visible and look to be honest, we want to avoid if we can because it doesn’t look that great, so what do we do?
Here’s some things to consider, point one, make sure that you’re aware that once your awnings go to certain widths you may need a join, now all the fabrics were used these days well 90% of them, come in up to 3 – 3.1 meter widths which means unless your blind is really big than 3.1 meters you wont need to get a join.
Now if you look at this second photo here, you can see were looking at through a door we have mesh awning and once again it has a join, now this blind was wider than 3 meters and it did need joins. But, still it’s not quite how I’d like to see it. As you can see, the join is right bang smack in the middle of that window pane that glass there very obvious.
So, what we do at blockout blinds is we would advise you that:
- the blind is wider than 3 meters and you will need joins
- we’ll put the joins where you want them
- we’ll make the joins evenly spaced, we don’t just put random joins you know halfway to the left of right just to cut costs.
What we do in this case is obviously the customer had a door or something there in the middle and you can’t see in the photo but there’s another pane of glass to the right we would have measured the window and made sure that they’re joins two of them lined up with the frame of the door so while not ideal having joins, at least the joins lined up with the frame of the window, they’re not in the middle of the glass and they’re not as obvious.
So look, that’s all about mesh awnings and joins a few things to consider and you really need a really trained professional quoting you to make sure you avoid these sort of situations.
So this is another little tip for you, I hope you enjoyed it. I hope you found it helpful and till next time.