Year-Round Outdoor Living: The Benefits of Retractable Roofs, Fixed Frame Canopies, and Outdoor Blinds

September 4, 2023


As the temperature drops and the days get shorter, many kiwi homeowners start to retreat indoors and abandon their outdoor living spaces. But what if you could enjoy the garden / outdoors even during the winter months? With the help of retractable roofs, fixed frame canopies and outdoor blinds, you can create a room or room enclosure that protects you from the elements while still allowing you to enjoy the beauty of nature. In this blog, we'll explore the benefits of these outdoor living solutions and how they can transform your living experience.


Retractable Roofs and Pergolas

Retractable Roofs (also known as retractable pergolas) are perhaps the ultimate in stylish and versatile winter room enclosures. Providing a sophisticated extension to your home, these architectural roofs are designed to open and close easily, allowing you absolute control over the amount of natural light and ventilation in your space.

Our retractable roofs are fully customisable with a wide range of fabric options including translucent fabrics and architectural PVC, whilst frames may be coated in any colour from the Dulux powder coating range. For even further customisation, you can also choose wind, sun and rain sensors or LED lighting.

One of the greatest benefits of Retractable Roofs is their flexibility. When the weather is nice, you can adjust the roof to match the changing weather conditions, retract the roof and enjoy the sun and fresh air. When the weather changes or it starts to rain, simply close the roof so you're always comfortable no matter what the weather brings.

Fixed Frame Canopies

Fixed frame canopies are a permanent structure that create a seamless flow between indoor and outdoor living spaces – providing protection from the elements year-round. These canopies are designed to withstand harsh weather conditions and can be customised to match the existing architecture of your home. Fixed frame canopies are an attractive and functional addition to any outdoor living space, and they can significantly increase the value of your property.

One of the greatest benefits of Fixed Frame Canopies is their durability. These canopies are built to last; they provide a solid structure that can withstand high winds, heavy rain and other harsh weather conditions. Lidgard frames are constructed of aluminium, offering a lightweight and strong structure that is entirely rust-resistant. We have a selection of roofing products from semi translucent PVC to custom glaze polycarbonate sheeting in a range of tints for a highly modern look. They are also designed for easy installation of any outdoor blind system. With a fixed frame canopy, you can enjoy your outdoor living space no matter what's happening outside.

Outdoor Blinds

Outdoor blinds are a versatile option for winter room enclosures. Constructed with water-resistant materials, these blinds are designed to block wind and rain from your patio or porch area while still allowing natural light to filter through. They can be adjusted to control the amount of privacy and shade, so you're always comfortable in your outdoor space.

One of the greatest benefits of Outdoor Blinds is their flexibility. You can adjust the blinds to match the changing weather conditions, so you're always protected from the elements.

You can choose clear fabric for the blinds or use mesh products that diffuse the light and protect against the sun’s harsh UV rays in the warmer months, while still offering a view through the blinds.

Not only are outdoor shades highly functional, but they can also be used to improve the style of your garden or backyard. You can choose from a variety of fabrics and colours to coordinate with the other features on your home.

Outdoor blinds are a great choice to improve your privacy if you find the neighbouring buildings can see you when you spend time on the deck. Choose dark shades if you want to block the views and relax in your outdoor space without being overlooked.


Designed and built to last

Whichever room enclosure system you choose, you can rest assured a Lidgard solution is built to last. The design and build process is handled by us, so you can rest assured your canopy, retractable roof or blinds are quality made with quality products right here in our Auckland factory. And that means your Lidgard product comes with Our Warranty for both workmanship and materials.


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Creating a room or room enclosure with retractable roofs, fixed frame canopies or outdoor blinds is a great way to transform your outdoor living space during the winter months and beyond. So if you’d like to enhance your home with a room enclosure or want to find out which solution is best for your space and budget, contact one of your local design and installation experts for a free consultation and quote and enjoy the winter months in style.

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