What are Mesh Outdoor Blinds?

Betta 3000
By Betta Blinds and Awnings - 29th December 2022

In the Australian summer, you might find your outdoor spaces fluctuating between uncomfortably hot and too wet to enjoy outdoor entertaining. Mesh Outdoor Blinds can be a helpful solution that will improve the comfort and enjoyment of your outdoor space. If you're in the market for an outdoor solution you might be feeling overwhelmed with the extensive range of options to pick from. In this article, we'll explore the features, benefits and limitations of our Betta 3000 Multi-Stop Awnings. This will help you decide if they are the right choice for your specific needs.

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Why Should I Consider Mesh Outdoor Blinds?

Betta 3000 Awnings are a great solution for covering outdoor entertaining areas on a budget. They offer a twist-locking system that allows them to be stopped at any height along the opening.
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Our Key Betta 3000 Takeaways

  • Accessible price point
  • High-quality construction
  • Simple and easy-to-use design
  • Stylish side channel design

  • Operation can be challenging in longer Awnings
  • Motorisation is unavailable
  • Maximum width 3.8m
  • Fabric may slip out of the channels on longer Awnings

What are the Key Features?

Understanding the design and key features of our Multi-stop Awnings will help you make an informed decision about which awnings would work best for you.  Our Multi-stop Awnings are a type of Side Channel Awning that does away with many of the complexities of traditional side channel awnings and leaves you with all the essentials to protect your space on a budget.
Multi-stop Awnings have a fabric skin that is secured to a tube at the top which allows the Awning to roll up. A bottom rail at the bottom provides stability and tension to the fabric. The left and right sides of the awning have side channels that help to hide fabric gaps and also allow the bottom rail to lock in and stop at any position. The spring-loaded design of Multi-stop awnings not only makes them convenient to use but also provides a stylish and modern look. Because they do not feature a crank mechanism, wires or drop arms, the Multi-stop Awning has a minimalist visual appearance that is perfect for any outdoor space.

Our Multi-Stop Awnings feature an aluminium top tube, side channels and bottom rail. This means that they have improved longevity over other Awning Suppliers that often use steel in their designs. Aluminium construction is more resistant to corrosion and performs better in coastal areas. 

Stylish Cassette

For those looking to get the perfect finish for their outdoor spaces, the Multi-stop Awning can also be fitted with a cassette at an additional cost. Cassettes are a great option if you want to achieve the highest standard of finish. They add a very sleek and contemporary look while also providing protection to your Awning fabric when it is retracted. An added bonus is that a cassette positions the fabric deeper into the channels which may help to reduce the chance of fabric slipping out of the channels.
The simple twist-locking system also makes cleaning a little easier as there are fewer crevices and moving parts that collect dust and need to be wiped down.
Multi-stop Awnings can be fitted with a large variety of fabrics. Mesh fabrics are a popular choice for Multi-stop Awnings and offer the perfect balance of light control and airflow. If you're looking for something a little more unique, acrylic fabrics come in a range of stylish colours and stripe designs.

Fabric Options

Multi-stop Awnings can be fitted with a large variety of fabrics. Mesh fabrics are a popular choice for Multi-stop Awnings and offer the perfect balance of light control and airflow. If you're looking for something a little more unique, acrylic fabrics come in a range of stylish colours and stripe designs.
One of the key differences between Multi-Stop Awnings and other side-channel systems such as our Betta 6000 is the unique locking bottom rail. While many Side Channel Awnings use pins that lock into the side channel to lock the awning into position, with Multi-stop Awnings you simply twist the bottom rail to lock and unlock the Awning. The advantage of this system is that it creates a more seamless look and allows the awning to be operated from the centre without having to unlock any pins.

Style on a Budget

Betta 3000 Multi-stop Awnings are a fantastic alternative to more expensive options. They offer a stylish side-channel look at a more affordable price point than many other types of Awnings. One of the most popular uses of Multi-stop Awnings is to cover spaces where a horizontal beam is present. This makes them a great option for areas such as decks where handrails prevent an awning from going all the way to the bottom. 

The side channels on our Multi-Stop Awnings have been specifically designed to allow both face fit and reveal fit options while still retaining a high-quality finish. Competitors' Multi-Stop Awnings may leave screws exposed when installed face fit. Our unique side channels are fitted with snap infills that conceal the screws to provide a professional finish.
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Limitations to Consider?

One of the disadvantages of the twist-locking bottom rail is that it can fall out of the side channels when improperly operated. While it easily slots back into place, this can be something to consider. Additionally, because the Awning is spring tensioned, they may roll up if they are not fully locked in place.

Another thing to think about is the size of your covering requirements. The Betta 3000 is designed for smaller applications and can only go up to 3.8m wide.
Operating the Awning can become challenging at longer widths as they must be operated from the middle so a crank or motorised product would be more suitable for the elderly. An additional limitation when considering longer Multi-Stop Awnings is that the fabric is more likely to slip out of the side channels.
If you need to cover a larger area our Betta 6000 can span up to 5m. For the largest applications, Zipscreen™ extreme awnings can cover an area up to 7 meters wide.
Additionally, the Betta 3000 is not side retentioned. This means that there are gaps between the fabric and the side channels. Without side retention the Betta 3000 provides less protection against insects.

What Maintenance is Required?

Applying the correct maintenance to your products is important to keep them looking and performing their best for years to come. Fortunately, maintenance is a simple process and can be completed in a few minutes.
Regular cleaning is recommended to keep the surfaces clear of any dirt or dust. Simply use a soft brush to clean off dirt and dust.
Once the dirt and dust is removed you can use soapy water to remove the remaining contaminants. Finish the maintenance by rinsing the Blind with a hose to remove the cleaning products. Ensure your Blind is completely dry before you roll it up.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are multi-stop awnings block out?
Multi-stop awnings can be fitted with mesh or acrylic fabrics that will help to cut down on sun but they are not fully block out.
Are multi-stop awnings worth it?
They provide an accessible price point that is a great balance of value and performance.
Do multi-stop awnings protect against insects?
Multi-stop awnings do not offer the same level of protection against insects as Ziptrak and Zipscreen Awnings.
Do multi-stop awnings protect against the sun?
They are a great option to reduce the impact of the sun on your outdoor spaces. They can help to cut down on heat and glare.

Are multi-stop awnings expensive?
Multi-stop awnings provide a more accessible price point than many other types of awnings. They have a simple design that allows them to be more affordable while still using high-quality materials.

Are multi-stop awnings side retentioned?
While multi-stop awnings use side channels, they are not side retentioned. The fabric simply sits in the side channels rather than using the side retentioned designs found in Zipscreen and Ziptrak awnings.

The Bottom Line

Multi-stop Awnings provide a stylish and affordable way to enclose your outdoor living zones. They feature an easy-to-use twist-lock bottom rail that allows the awning to be stopped at any position. They are perfectly suited to openings less than 3.8m in width and offer low maintenance. So if you're looking to shade your outdoor space on a budget, multi-stop awnings are a great option.
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