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Dreaming of Spring? What to Look for in Exterior Shades

Types of Exterior Shades and Their Many Benefits

Dreaming of Spring? What to look for in exterior shades. Spring is just around the corner and that means it’s the perfect time to start shopping for exterior shades to get your outdoor spaces ready for the warmer months! Nothing is quite as relaxing as enjoying an evening on your patio at the end of a long day. But to enjoy your space, you don’t want to bake in the sun. Fortunately, exterior shades can help you create a truly inviting space.


The Benefits of Exterior Shades

What to look for in exterior shades.Exterior shades are specifically designed to make your outdoor experience more enjoyable. They offer many benefits to you and your home including:

  • Keeping your outdoor spaces cooler
  • Protecting you from harmful UV rays that cause sunburns
  • Protecting your exterior patio furnishings and home exterior from the damaging rays of the sun
  • Adding privacy to your outdoor spaces
  • Helping to keep out bugs
  • Adding beauty to your outdoor spaces
  • Protects your home interior from harmful UV rays entering in through your windows
  • Helping to regulate your home’s interior temperature


Types of Exterior Shades

There are a few options when it comes to creating the perfect outdoor living space. 


Outdoor Roller Shades

If you have a covered patio or porch, outdoor roller shades are perfect for creating a cool and inviting outdoor living space. Like all exterior shades, they offer great UV protection and allow you to control the amount of light coming into your outdoor living space by pulling them up or down. If you have a west or south facing porch, go with a low openness fabric to help keep out more sunlight during the hot afternoons. Outdoor roller shades come in both corded and cordless options. You can even get them motorized for a truly luxurious outdoor living experience! They also come in a variety of fabrics and colors to match your style.


You can also use outdoor roller shades on any of your windows, not just on your patio. This allows you to block hot and harmful rays from coming into your home, heating up your house and damaging your furnishings.  



If you don’t have a covered outdoor space, awnings are a great option to create that covering. Some awnings are even retractable, allowing you to control the amount of light and shading not only in your outdoor space, but coming into your home’s windows as well. Awnings come in a variety of colors and fabrics, allowing you to find the right option for your style.



Sails, or triangular shades, are also a great option if you don’t have a covered patio. They can be attached to your home, poles and trees and can even be placed in areas around your yard to create little outdoor spaces around your home. They are even perfect poolside or over swing sets and sandboxes. Just like other outdoor shade options they are UV resistant, but unlike retractable awnings or outdoor roller shades, you don’t have control over the shades themselves as they are stationary. 



If you are ready to start updating your outdoor space for the warm months ahead, make an appointment with Elevated Views today. Our experts can help you through every step of the process, from choosing the right exterior shades for you to installation. We even bring the showroom to you with our free in-home consultation and estimate service.

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