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Sun Shade Blinds :: Outdoor Porch Shades

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Sun Shade Blinds for Your Outdoor Porch

Sun shade blinds are solar shades that are specifically manufactured to screen sun and solar heat. The main ingredients of a successful sun shade blind are the fabrics and materials, and the hardware.

As always, when solar shades and blinds are to be used outdoors, it is best to look for blinds that are designed to deal with the elements outside. Cords need to be nylon or similar, and metal hardware needs to be rust free and sturdy. There also needs to be a system for tying the blinds in the down position to prevent them from flapping in the wind.

Once you ascertain that you have found the proper sun shade blind to use on your outdoor porch, deck, pergola or gazebo, consider what style of blind or shade is best for you. You will find solar screen roller shades, sunscreen roller shades, motorized – remote controlled shades, energy saving shades, wood blinds, faux wood blinds, vertical blinds, pleated shades, cellular shades (these are not usually made for outdoors but are great for controlling temperature), roman shades, child safe cordless shades, and sheer blinds, just to name a few.

Check for things like how good the sun shade blinds are at reducing glare and controlling temperature. These go hand in hand with energy saving and light control. A very important feature you should look for is the openness factor of the shade fabric.  Will the shade provide you with the light filtering that you need while maintaining your view? Mesh type fabrics will offer differing degrees of both solar screening and privacy screening, while 100% blocking fabrics will, out of necessity, end up preventing air flow and will end up blocking your view. Privacy issues are different from day to night because at night you may very well have additional light on your porch or deck which will make it easier for people to see in through the blind than it would be during the day.

The most popular brand around the world for sun shade blinds is hands down Coolaroo. That popularity is because the well know Coolaroo fabric is used in many high end shades, blinds, canopies, awnings, patio covers, and cabanas. This is not to say that the Coolaroo company's own SunShades are the best quality out there. Probably they are not the most hight end because they are not too expensive. That being said, they are most likely quite adequate for the typical homeowner, but maybe not a good choice for commercial use. Coolaroo Sunshades block up to 66% glare reduction, and 80% UV protection.

ShadeTree is a company making high quality, heavy duty privacy and sun shade blinds. ShadeTree technology includes overhead blinds for your porch, deck, pergola or patio. The standard length of these blinds is 84” and there are a variety of fabrics and materials from which you can choose. Series A is Airflow Mesh Fabric described as vinyl coated polyester mesh. Different colors offer different degrees of sun blockage. Black, for instance will provide 78% glare reduction, while White will provide only 45% sun protection. Series B and C are Sunbrella brand fabrics that block 100% of suns rays. Remember that this means you’re losing your view and ventilation.

Sunsetter EasyShade is an outdoor sun shade roll up blind made by Sunsetter, an American supplier of awnings. EasyShades are said to block 60% sun still enabling air flow, allowing for some privacy screening while still maintaining your view. They come in four widths and are supplied with hooks and ties to secure the blind to porch rail or post. The storage housing is made from rust free aluminum. They also claim that these sun shade blinds are heavy enough to deter golf balls, for all of you living on golf courses!

Don’t forget to make sure you know what type of fabric, hardware and warranty comes with the outdoor sun shade blinds that you are considering purchasing.