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A Guide to Selecting the Right Outdoor Shades for Your Needs

A guide to selecting the right outdoor shades for your needs. Things are starting to heat up this season and that probably has you thinking of ways to keep your outdoor spaces cooler and more enjoyable. Custom outdoor shades are not only a great way to keep your outdoor spaces cooler, but they can also help keep the inside of your home more comfortable as well! 


A guide to selecting the right outdoor shades for your needs


Types of Outdoor Shades, Materials and Operation

Sun Shades

If you have a covered patio or balcony, a sun shade is a great option for you. Even when closed, they give you a feeling of openness and airiness because they still allow air to circulate in your outdoor spaces. Solar shades are often made of a UV resistant fabric, which can help protect you from sunburns and your patio furniture from fading, but they can also be made from wood, like bamboo. They come in a variety of color/stain options as well as different texture options. They operate by rolling up or down and come in corded and cordless options. You can also upgrade to a motorized sun shade for the ultimate experience. When installed in front of a door or window, they can even help to block hot sun rays from entering your home and heating it up.



An awning is a type of shade that is attached to your home and is great if you do not already have a covered patio or balcony. Some awnings are permanently extended while others can be retracted and pulled out as needed, using a hand crank or motor to operate them. Awnings come in a variety of colors and fabrics, allowing you to customize them fully. They also help keep your energy bill lower when extended, as they help to shade your windows and doors. 


Sail Shades

Sail shades are a triangle shaped piece of fabric that you can attach to poles, trees or even your home. They can cover patios, pool areas or play areas in your backyard, giving you protection from the sun. Like sun shades, they come in a variety of colors and are made from a UV resistant fabric, which prevents them from fading over time. They require minimal maintenance, but be sure to take it down before winter hits; heavy snow can damage or even rip your sail shade. Unlike other outdoor shades, sail shades are not operable, so be sure you plan their placement accordingly!


Pergola Canopy Covers


If you have a pergola, you can consider adding a canopy cover. This provides even more shade than just the slats of wood or vinyl on its own. Some are even retractable, sliding over cables to adjust your shading to the right amount. Like sun shades, these canopy covers are generally made from UV resistant materials and come in a variety of colors. 


Choose Custom Outdoor Shades for a Perfect Fit!


Choosing a custom outdoor shade ensures a perfect fit to your space and gives you plenty of color and fabric options to match your style! Custom shades are also made from higher quality materials, meaning that your outdoor shades are made to withstand the elements and last for years to come! 

 Elevated Views offers expert service from your free in-home consultation and quote where we help you make your selections and take exact measurements to the installation of your outdoor shade! Make an appointment today to start enjoying your outdoor space even more this summer!

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