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Outdoor Porch Shades

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Outdoor Porch Shades and Blinds

Welcome to Outdoor Porch Shades and Blinds. Let us help you find the perfect shade, screen, or blind.

You have a porch, deck, or verandah; a pergola, or gazebo that you love. Maybe it’s one of the best things about your house. But, sadly maybe your favorite porch is only useable when the weather conditions are just right. Don’t you hate that? Don’t let sun, wind, rain, excessive heat or cold drive you away from using your porch, deck, verandah, pergola, or gazebo--your outdoor living room!

Consider getting some outdoor shades, blinds, or curtains to make your favorite outdoor space comfortable all day long, all year round.

For bringing shade outside, you’ll find a selection of outdoor blinds and shades that are as simple as roll up  shades and elaborate as motorized shades and awnings. Prices vary accordingly. Remember that you can use indoor shades and blinds if you weatherize them regularly. Untreated they can grow mold and fungus, can lose their color and finish and basically just fall apart! Also be sure to consider all the other parts that make up the shade. The pull cords should be made of nylon or similar, and the hardware should be rust-proof aluminum or stainless steel, plastic, or vinyl. There should be a reinforced hem maybe with grommets, that has some weight to it.

Pergola Shades

A pergola is a structure, typically made out of wood, either built on to the side of a building or constructed as a freestanding structure. Pergolas are used for growing plants and for walking or sitting under. If you have a pergola that you use for relaxing and entertaining, check out the selections of larger style shades that have the capability of going the whole height of your pergola. Pergolas are often a good 10 ft. high so you’ll need to look for larger size shades. And because a pergola has big open sides, wind will be an issue when finding the best pergola shades. Look for pergola shades that have a weighted bottom and ways to attach the shade to the structure.

Roll Up Porch Shades

Roll up porch shades are what most outdoor shades are by default! Roll up shades and blinds are the most basic kind of outdoor and indoor shade and very stylistically casual. You must fuss around with them to make sure that they are rolling up evenly, keeping the various cords from getting tangled. This simple type of shade or blind is a great choice for outdoors. You could get some really cheap ones and count on replacing them from year to year, or you could invest in better quality roll up porch shades that will last for years, give you better protection, and probably look nicer as well! Accordion shades are not going to be sturdy enough to handle wind and will probably quickly malfunction, so are not recommended for use outdoors.

Sun Shade Blinds

Sun Shade Blinds is a descriptive terms that refers to blinds that are to be used to shade the sun from your porch, deck, verandah, pergola or gazebo and for enclosed sunrooms as well. There are a few companies calling themselves Sun Shade Blinds but they are not obviously available for sale on the web. Shades and blinds for blocking the sun are usually rated based on what percentage of light is getting through, 5% rated blinds would block out 95% of the light, for example. Outdoor porch shades aren’t usually so high tech. Things on the porch are more casual, so your outdoor shades primarily need to be durable, weighted, attachable to keep them from blowing around, as well as attractive!

Screen Porch Enclosures

If you want to go even further upgrading your porch, screen porch enclosures are a great way to transform your porch into an outdoor screen room. You can buy a screen enclosure system that you attach right onto the posts of your roofless deck or porch. That gives you instant and walls and a ceiling!

Or you can buy a brand new outdoor screen room that you can install, or have installed, next to your house. Sunporch is the best know brand of screen porch enclosure but there are many more company’s that manufacture them. Sunporch makes outdoor rooms with Plexiglas wall panels too.

If you are a Do It Yourself kind of person then look for screen porch enclosure plans or kits.  

Porch Screen Doors

Once you have your screen porch enclosure you made need a porch screen door. You will find porch screen doors made of wood, aluminum, vinyl, PVC and steel, or fiberglass. There are companies that  make beautiful antique reproduction porch screen doors and companies that make custom size porch screen doors to fit your doorframe.