Whether you're renovating an existing home, or designing a new build, your choice of window coverings play a key role. There are all kinds of things to consider - light-flow, heating and cooling, operating models, safety and much more. However, there's one key factor that can sometimes be overlooked: where your window coverings are designed and made.
Research indicates that 90% of Australians prefer to buy Australian-made where possible1 and it's easy to see why. When you buy Australian-made, you're supporting our local workers, and the value of your purchase stays on-shore. But that's not all. Here are five other great reasons why we recommend choosing Australian-made coverings for the windows of your home.
#1 - Fast, reliable delivery
When you choose products that are made here in Australia, you're less likely to encounter production or delivery delays. Our streamlined production processes and commitment to local manufacturing also allows us to deliver your products quickly and reliably.
Many Luxaflex window coverings are made-to-measure in our Australian factories. Our internal blinds and awnings are typically made in our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Rydalmere, NSW, and our Luxaflex PolySatin Shutters are made in specialist facilities in Yatala, QLD.
Known for their style, durability, and for being impervious to moisture, Luxaflex PolySatin shutters are becoming increasingly sought-after by Australian customers - so it's important to know you're buying from a local, reliable manufacturer. Made from an advanced polyresin compound, these innovative shutters are guaranteed not to blister, peel or fade, and can also be used all throughout the home, including wet areas such as the kitchen, bathroom and laundry.
#2 - Made in Australia, for Australia
When you choose to buy from an Australian manufacturer like Luxaflex, you also get the confidence of knowing that your window coverings have been tested in Australia, specifically for our climate and lifestyle.
For instance, our Australian-made Luxaflex Evo Awnings are specifically designed to offer UV protection, privacy and insect resistance. They also protect internal furnishings while still letting enough light and air flow into the interior of the home. Plus, the range includes six different models and comes in a selection of beautiful shade fabrics to suit various styles of Australian homes.
The Luxaflex Evo MagnaTrack Awnings have also been engineered and tested in Australia to handle our diverse and unforgiving conditions and is the most technologically advanced straight drop outdoor blind on the market. It's also been tested to withstand wind pressures of up to 185kph by James Cook University's Cyclone Testing Station, making it Australia's strongest, wind tested, straight-drop awning2.
Here in Australia, light plays a key role in interior design, and in your choice of window covering. As Luxaflex's brand ambassador, Neale Whitaker, says in this recent interview, "Light has the ability to transform a room and change its mood, and that is particularly relevant to us here in Australia where natural light is abundant but often harsh. To my mind, window coverings are one of the key choices in any interior design scheme, from both an aesthetic and functional perspective."
Luxaflex offers a wide range of window coverings - all designed to manage the effects of the harsh Australian sun. Luxaflex Roller Blinds for instance, are made in Australia, and include a range of options to help you control light-flow in your home. Patented EDGE® Technology provides a stylish look and smooth operation, and there are various high quality fabrics available in the range - ranging from complete blockout to light-filtering screens.
#3 - A supplier you can trust
Buying from a local supplier can also mean an extra level of trust and reliability. Rather than buying from an anonymous overseas supplier, choosing a company with extensive heritage and local presence can bring all-important peace of mind.
Luxaflex, for instance, has over 65 years' experience, and is a trusted household name. We have also been responsible for several local innovations in window covering design and technology.
#4 - Warranty
We stand behind all our products and offer a 5 year Manufacturer's Warranty (and a 20 year warranty on our PolySatin Shutters), so that you can enjoy complete peace of mind when investing with us. If you experience any problems, our network of Australian-based dealers is always ready to help.
#5 - Health and safety
Buying locally-designed and made products also bring extra reassurance in terms of their safety and suitability for a family home.
Luxaflex products, for instance, are designed to foster a healthy and safe living environment. We constantly engage in thorough product and material testing, completed by independent organisations, to ensure we are meeting industry benchmarks and providing Australian homes with the highest quality products.
Our PolySatin Shutters, for instance, proudly comply with GREENGUARD Gold Certification standards. They have been rigorously tested and scientifically proven to emit low chemical and particle emissions, making them the ideal solution for all households especially those with young children.
We also work closely with the ACCC on Child Safety Regulations to ensure that our products meet the minimum safety requirements, and we are continuously developing new products to help reduce the risk of accidents. From cordless alternatives to motorised operation systems, we offer many innovative lifting systems designed with safety, convenience and style.
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1Australian Made, Why buy Australian Made? [online], https://www.australianmade.com.au/why-buy-australian-made/about-the-logo/ 2Report No. TS1166 of James Cook University Cyclone Testing Station, College of Science and Engineering dated 12 March 2020. Despite the Luxaflex Evo MagnaTrack Awning's performance in high wind loads, it is recommended that all awnings be retracted during wet or high wind conditions. Refer to our manufacturer's guide for full limitations, width, projection and wind rating information. Performance is dependent on adequate fixing to a solid structure. Tested in accordance with AS 4040.2 with constant wind pressures held for 1 minute, results here. Before relying on the representations made relating to the Luxaflex® Evo MagnaTrack Awning, please read our disclaimer