6 Reasons We Love Exterior Patio Shades
Summer is right around the corner, which means more time to enjoy the outside! If you are looking for ways to upgrade your outdoor space, exterior patio shades are definitely something to consider. Here we will list 6 reasons why we absolutely love exterior solar shades.
1.) Block the Glare
Being outside is so therapeutic. It is one of my absolute favorite places to be. HOWEVER, nothing is worse when you are trying to relax outside than having your eyes blinded by the sun’s bright rays! Sunglasses help, but they can only do so much. With exterior patio shades, UV damage and glare are both blocked! Depending on the openness factor of the material, you can control the percentage of UV blockage. Goodbye blindness and fading of furniture, hello relaxing shade!
2.) Temperature Control
With temperatures occasionally reaching triple digits during Texas summers, climate control outside is absolutely worth it. Solar screen material can absorb and dissipate 65 – 90 % of the sun’s heat. What does this mean to you? It means less sweat and more relaxation! PLUS the added benefit of lower energy costs!
3.) Maintain Your View
Exterior patio shades come in multiple opacities. Our most popular fabric is a 3% openness, which blocks 97% of the sun’s UV rays. Even with the great blockage, the material is still open enough so that you can maintain your view to the outside of the shade. During the day, no one is viewing through from the outside but you can still see out. Another application that we love to recommend is installing an exterior shade on the outside of a large picture window, or even a back sliding door. See below to see what we are describing. This client did not want to cover her large picture window but needed something to cut down on heat and glare. Wala!! Problem solved!
Exterior shades can be motorized, which allow for easy and smooth operation. Not to mention, a very impressive feature to show off when you entertain! Check out the beautiful motorized solar shades that our friends at Made in the Shade Austin installed (below)! Not bad!! Even if there are multiple shades, one remote can control them all at once.
5.) Block Wind (and golf balls :))
Exterior shades are not usually recommended for fighting high winds or inclement weather, but it does limit wind coming through during cold months, and the ShyZip product comes with a wind rating of 50-65 mph. This system uses side tracks and a zipper system to seal the edges and pull the material tight. In addition to blocking wind, it also blocks golf balls if you happen to be one of the lucky individuals who live on a golf course!
6.) Insect Protection
One of my least favorite things on our planet is a mosquito. If anyone knows what purpose they serve (other than to make me miserable) please let me know! Thankfully, we have a solution! Check out the image below. Insolroll’s retractable insect screens are sealed on 4 sides to keep bugs out and happiness in!
Hopefully, by now you see why exterior shades are amazing! We certainly love them and you better believe we have them installed in our backyard. In fact, most days our patio doubles as my home office because it makes being outside so much more enjoyable! If you have questions or would like to learn more about exterior solar screen shades, contact us today!