Window Canopies

These are often called a Dutch blind or Dutch canopy and are a traditional and still very popular form of blind providing shade to windows.

The shape of a Dutch blind is constructed from four frames (for up to 1m projection) or five frames if larger. It uses aluminium extrusions connected together by metal or nylon components riveted into the extrusion. The fabric is firmly fixed over this frame and a valance can be fitted to the front to provide additional shade as well as a decorative finish.

The quarter circle design of this canopy allows for the side legs to be fixed to the building, providing extra stability in windy conditions.

The canopy folds back above the window when not required so you will need the same amount of space above the window as the projection of the blind when it is lowered.

A retractable Dutch blind should be housed beneath a cover board (either aluminium or PVC) with end cheeks to prevent the fold of the cover from filling with rainwater when not in use.

These canopies are typically operated by a pull cord located at one end of the blind which is then wrapped around a cleat to hold the blind in the desired position. For large or heavy canopies, gear or electric operation is more suitable.

 

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