Why an Outdoor TV Enclosure is better than a Weatherproof TV ?

Weatherproof TV vs. Outdoor TV Enclosure

We’ve seen a huge explosion in the number of people bringing their indoor TV out, allowing them to enjoy the outdoors all year round. However, if you’re new to this game, the information can be a little overwhelming.

Fundamentally, beyond dangerous and rife-with-hassle ideas such as pulling an indoor TV to an open window, you’re down to two choices: a weatherproof TV (often called a waterproof TV), or an outdoor TV enclosure. The first is a specifically designed all-in-one weather resistant TV which you install outside. The second, TV enclosures, allow you to use a regular TV with the kit to remove the outdoor problems.

The Problems

It doesn’t matter where in the City you are, you have a weather problem when it comes to having a TV outside. Whether your TV’s enemy is heat, cold, humidity or rain, there’s no point in having an outdoor TV that can’t handle it. Given that a decent TV will set you back a buck or two, you really don’t want to be mixing electronics with good old Canadian weather.

This means your outdoor TV has to solve a weather problem.

Secondly, no matter where you are, security is an issue. If you’re in an urban area,  then unfortunately the local opportunist is probably your outdoor TV’s biggest security risk. However, if you’re rural, you can’t ignore this issue either. Local wildlife are just as intrigued by outdoor TV’s as they are drawn to your garbage cans.

This means your outdoor TV has to solve the security problem.

The Solutions

To solve these problems weatherproof TVs and outdoor TV enclosures have different solutions, and this is where you can really start comparing them.

To solve the weather problem, a specific weatherproof TV usually offers a less valuable TV in an integral casing to ensure it is waterproof, as well as allowing for insulation against the cold and airflow to reduce humidity. This is great in theory. However, firstly you compromise on the quality of the TV and the picture. Secondly, if things go wrong - and they might, given this piece of kit is outdoors - it’s very hard to fix electronics which are inside an integral casing and still ensure it is waterproof thereafter.

Outdoor TV cabinets on the other hand, solve the weather problem by creating an absolutely fit-for-purpose enclosure. This enclosure is weatherproof by preventing water ingress, ensuring airflow to reduce humidity, while being insulated against extreme temperatures. You can put any TV you like in it. Outdoor TV cabinets such as The TV Shield are designed to be opened and closed. Therefore, even when the TV has problems, or you want to replace it, it’s designed to come out with ease.

For the security problem you need to take a look at the specific product you’re considering – whether that’s a weatherproof TV or an outdoor TV enclosure. However, typically, outdoor TV’s might fare well against the local opportunist who can’t get it off the wall – they may not fare so well against a willful raccoon armed with a stone because the screen is not protected behind an enclosure. The TV Shield, however is shatterproof -making it tough against wildlife, but also has two metal-chambered and keyed locks to stop a would-be thief. And, when it comes to actually watching the TV, you get to lift the screen’s cover off, if you want.

Weatherproof TV vs Outdoor TV Enclosure – The Costs

This is where you really start to see the pros and cons come down in favor of the outdoor TV enclosure. Weatherproof TVs come with a fairly eye-watering price tag. For a mid-range outdoor TV you’re looking in the region of $4,000-$5,000, but don’t be surprised if, for the features you need to really combat the weather and security problems, you end up heading towards $7,000-$10,000.

On the other hand, our outdoor TV enclosures start at just $559. Even if you need to buy a TV to go in it (if you don’t have an old one to hand) and need a complete outdoor TV kit, then you’re still looking at massive savings.

So the verdict? Outdoor TV Enclosure – always. 

Frequently asked question

CAN I USE ANY TV OR DISPLAY?


Yes almost any standard flat screen Television or Display can fit inside The TV Shield® and The Display Shield® enclosures that fit within the specifications for that enclosure. (See specs for each enclosure) This includes LED, LCD or Plasma.




WILL MY TV FIT INSIDE OF THE TV SHIELD®?


Below are the general sizes available for each unit. With a maximum break down of dimensions below. Specs: So you can verify your TV will fit. DIMENSION 19-29 Fits most 19”to30” Displays MAX INTERIOR DIMENSIONS: 27.75" (W) x 19.75" (H) x 4.75" (D) EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS: 32.25" (W) x 23.75" (H) x 6.25" (D) WEIGHT: 19 LBS DIMENSION 30-40 Fits most 30”to42” Display MAX INTERIOR DIMENSIONS: 38.75" (W) x 23.5" (H) x 4.31" (D) EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS: 42.25" (W) x 27.125" (H) x 7" (D) WEIGHT: 24 LBS DIMENSION 40-50 Fits most 40”to50” Display MAX INTERIOR DIMENSIONS: 45.25" (W) x 27.75" (H) x 5.25" (D) EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS: 49.13" (W) x 31.63" (H) x 7.5" (D) WEIGHT : 34 LBS DIMENSION 50-60 Fits most 50”to60” Display MAX INTERIOR DIMENSIONS: 55.50" (W) x 35.25" (H) x 4.10" (D) EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS: 59.20" (W) x 39.40" (H) x 6.70" (D) WEIGHT : 58 LBS Still not sure? Please give us a call 1-514-313-9616 or go to our contact page and we will contact back asap with confirmation of your fitment.




HOW DOES The TV Shield® & The Display Shield MOUNT®?


The enclosure is mounted “sandwiched” between the TV and any standard “store bought” VESA TV mount, we also offer specific mounts that we have selected that are of great value and offer all the features you could want. The TV Shield and/or The Display Shield can be mounted using flat mounts, tilting mounts, tilting and articulating mounts or ceiling mounts. They can also be inset into a wall if being done during a build and planned for in advance.




WHAT IS The TV Shield®?


The TV Shield® is the ultimate in indoor and outdoor TV protection. The TV Shield®, outdoor TV enclosure and cover is designed to protect from water, weather, flying objects, vandalism and theft and the solution to being able to use regular every day TV’s (not the expensive outdoor TV’s) in an outdoor environment. While also securing the TV against theft and damage, outdoors, or indoors. Watch, protect and secure any TV in almost any environment!




WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN The TV Shield® & The Display Shield®?


The TV Shield® is a “residential grade” enclosure at a lower price point which can open and close easily for direct viewing and listening of the TV or Display. The Lexan® Polycarbonate Shield is hinged at the top with prop arms that can be used to keep the front viewing panel or Shield in the upwards position. There are two keyed (2) locks (chambered) for security. Fans don’t come standard and can be ordered as an option. The Display Shield® is a “commercial grade” enclosure that comes standard with security screws used all the way around the LEXAN® ultra-clear shatter resistant Polycarbonate front Shield. It cannot be opened easily nor propped up like The TV Shield®. This is perfect for those who intend to just put the TV or Display in and leave it closed, sealed and secure at all times.




HOW DO THE SPEAKERS SOUND IN The TV Shield® & The Display Shield®?


All TV’s are different and have varying levels of speaker systems. Most of the time you can hear just fine by simply turning your TV up about 1/3rd higher than your normal listening volume. The TV Shield’s polycarbonate cover can be raised on its hinge and propped open with its standard prop arms to make more effective use of the TV’s speakers. When The TV Shield® is used in the closed position, TV sound volume is reduced. Some people want to improve sound overall in any case with their TV, especially in outdoor or loud environments so the use of The TV Shield® Outdoor Speaker Kit is recommended, if you plan to watch in the closed position or want overall improved sound. The Display Shield® has been designed with a semi permanently affixed front panel so in some cases external speaker systems are recommended. Again it all depends on the quality of your TV or Displays internal speaker system, the environment and intended use.




HOW DO YOU GET YOUR TV TO MOVE FORWARD INSIDE The TV Shield®?


There is an optional TV spacer kit listed on our websites. Price is dependent on the size of The TV Shield® or The Display Shield® enclosure. Do not hesitate to contact us if you need more info's.




IF GLARE IS AN ISSUE, HOW CAN IT BE ADDRESSED?


There is no good answer for glare even for TV’s or expensive outdoor tv’s. We have tested many different glare reducing films and none have worked to our satisfaction. Using a glare reducing Polycarbonate Shield creates a problem for off axis viewing and makes for a blurry direct view. The best anti-glare solution that PEC has found is an overlay film made by “NuShield”. PEC estimates that glare is reduced by about 40%. Another solution is to make sure you mount the enclosure high and point it downward with the sun at the back of the unit. Or to use a tilting, articulating mount to adjust the angle of the TV or the viewing angle.




WHEN USING THE DISPLAY SHIELD® VERTICALLY, WHAT IS DONE WITH THE VENT AT THE TOP OF THE ENCLOSURE?


Vertically oriented The Display Shield® for Digital Signage or Digital Displays are available direct from the factory. The vents and fan are placed for vertical orientation.




IS THERE A THERMOSTAT OR AUTO OFF FEATURE ON THE FANS?


The current enclosures come with fans that are thermostatically controlled to turn the fans on at 31,1 Celcius degrees and off at 25,6 Celcius degrees.




BENEFITS OF The TV Shield® & The Display Shield®


Anyone who wants to protect their indoor LCD, LED, Plasma TV or Digital Signage Digital Display in any indoor or outdoor environment. This includes homeowners who entertain outdoors, snowbirds, RV owners, boat owners, sports tailgaters, and owners of hotels, resorts, sports bars, restaurants, beach or ‘tiki’ bars, country clubs, and any other outdoor or indoor entertainment venue. Do not VOID your warranty by having your TV exposed to the elements!!! Protect your TV with The TV Shield™ or The Display Shield indoor and outdoor TV enclosure.




WHAT KIND OF MATERIAL’S ARE The TV Shield® & The Display Shield® MADE OUT OF?


We researched and tested many materials (metals, coated wood/synthetic wood products, fiberglass, and many plastics) until we found the perfect solution. The TV Shield® & The Display Shield® outdoor weatherproof and water resistant TV enclosure is crafted from a premium, flexible material because of its strong, water resistant, scratch resistant, and UV resistant properties. The housing of The TV Shield® is made from HMWP “High Molecular Weight Polyethylene”, the same material used in outdoor slides or pool slides. The front panel is made from an industry leading ¼ inch thick shatter resistant and ultra-clear LEXAN ® polycarbonate, the same material used in bullet proof glass!




DOES THE ENCLOSURE PROTECT THE BACK AS WELL AS THE FRONT OF AN OUTSIDE TV?


Yes, The TV Shield® & The Display Shield® are complete TV/Display enclosures and protect your TV 360°. The TV mounts inside of the outdoor TV enclosure.




WILL THE OUTDOOR TV COVER WORK WITH DIFFERENT KINDS OF WALL MOUNTS?


Yes, The TV Shield® & The Display Shield® are engineered to be “universal”, and is able to be used with all “standard” VESA mounting systems, up to 600×600. The TV Shield® & The Display Shield® are manufactured with pre-measured and marked “divot” systems, in which you can drill out the back of the unit in pre-molded divots to fit your mount and configuration (this not only lets our Patent Pending TV Shield ® & The Display Shield® be “universal”, but also allows the minimum of holes or moisture entry points), using the provided instructions.




HOW DO I CLEAN MY THE TV SHIELD® LEXAN® FRONT COVER?


Your outdoor The TV Shield® will look its best when kept clean. The front and back housing can be cleaned with a mild soap and water; however the front panel is a special LEXAN® material, which will look best if you use one of our APPROVED CLEANING PRODUCTS, available on our website.




HOW DO I PLACE AN ORDER?


Visit our secure, user-friendly STORE and complete the ordering and payment information. ALL online payments are SECURE for your safety. You can also CALL US at: 1-514-313-9616 We will be happy to take your order over the phone or answer any questions you may have. Still have questions? We are here to help call us 1-514-313-9616, CHAT with us online or email us through our contact page.





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