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Newsletter 14

Updated: Sep 17, 2021

Outdoor Blinds are a popular option when creating shade for your outdoor space. Find out the difference between Guided Track and Gearbox Blinds below.


Making Shade guided track outdoor blinds are customised for each and every project to ensure you receive a strong, robust and long-lasting blind. With colour options to match or compliment your existing space, our outdoor blinds are discreet in installation, offer superior functionality without compromising your style.


  • No zips, cords, ropes or wires

  • Robust design

  • Customised installation

  • Leave at any height

  • Locks at bottom

  • Reduce your energy bills

  • Provides sun protection & superior insulation

  • Insect control

  • Manual or electric operation

  • Smooth track guided operation

Manual or Electric

Pelmet Options

Gearbox Blinds

Easy to install and operate, the Gearbox blind can be raised when not required. For effective sun protection and ease of use - the mesh Gearbox blind is an excellent option for all environments. Gearbox Blinds are sleek, stylish and durable, incorporating smart design and practicality. A great choice if you require maximum protection and modern design with little maintenance.

Fabric: Shade mesh 90% block out to suit any décor and comes with a 5-year UV warranty.

Mesh or Clear


  • UV protection

  • Some airflow

  • Primarily blocks sun & glare

  • Blocks up to 96% of wind & rain

  • Doesn’t mark or scratch

  • Motorisation available

  • In the day, provides privacy and restricts viewing into area from the outside

  • At night, cannot see beyond fabric from the inside. From the outside (especially if a light is on) can see in easily

  • Strong & sturdy fabric which will stand up to heat waves, wind & rain, hail and frost without any damage

  • Range of colours to suit your design situation


  • Full weather protection

  • Blocks wind

  • Maintains temperature

  • Clear view

  • Can mark, scratch & show dirt

  • Expands and contracts with changes in temperature

  • Can create noise in wind

  • Can cloud & mist if rolled up wet although it will eventually disappear

Staff Focus


Fabricator & Installation

The creator and maker of all your aluminium and stainless steel bits!

When he’s not welding and creating Shade Sail poles, Ziptrak parts, creating custom brackets and the like, Keith can be found manufacturing and installing our popular Shademaker Awnings.

He’s your go-to guy for anything Shademaker!! Just don’t call when he’s up a ladder! Oh and he’s English, but I guess he can’t help that!

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