All Weather Fan Blades
Ceiling fans are not just for indoors anymore. A fan with a good set of all-weather blades can add the perfect accent to a sun room, verandah, patio, or deck. These fans need to be sturdy and durable, which means you can not get all of the same varieties you might for an indoor fixture. But there is still plenty of selection in terms of blades and coloring to allow you to make an individual statement.
When selecting a fan with all-weather blades, consider whether you live in an area with lots of humid weather. There are specially designed blades and housings that can prove more robust in the face of humidity.
The blades to these fixtures are pretty standard. You can most designs in a 4 or 5 bladed variety, according to your preference. The blades can be anywhere from 31 to 55 inches in length. Typically, the shorter ones will have a steeper pitch, perhaps 25 degrees. This allows the fan to move more air for its size, and the shortness of the blades keeps the pitch from straining the motor. Longer blades will come with about a 15 degree pitch, give or take a degree.
To withstand the weather, you are probably better off with non-wood blades. That does not mean they can not look like wood. They can and do. But they are formed from molded, high-impact, synthetic resins that can stand up to rain and snow or heat and sun.
The blades can come in a variety of colors. Even if you just want white, there are choices to be made. Architectural white comes with a textured finish, like a wall. Matte snow white has a matte finish and brings out the grain of the blade. Classic white can be more of an off white with a smooth service. From there, you can branch out into possibilities like bleached oak for a light, airy look; weathered pine or rustic iron for a country look; or matte black for a sleek, contemporary feel.
The housings can come in a variety of metals, all designed to withstand the weather and encase the motor in a waterproof compartment.
Antique brass can give your fan an old-fashioned look. Rustic iron can impart a sense of sturdiness and utility. Brushed nickel can add an understated outdoor-appropriate elegance. Aluminum can be painted to match the blades or to complement them.
The housing can secure the blades with simple or decorated clamps that are circular, semi-circular, oblong, or even with more complicated shapes like seashells