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Sun Shade Blinds :: Outdoor Porch Shades
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
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.