Are you able to get maximum enjoyment from your living areas outside, or is a scorching sun too often an obstacle? Perhaps all you need is to take a fresh look at today’s wide variety of outdoor shades for your patio or porch!
Outdoor patio ideas abound, but what often happens is that most of the remodeling budget is swallowed up by the basic design, getting comfortable furniture and perhaps adding something like a fireplace or attention-grabbing fire pit. Very limited resources may be left over for taking care of sun protection and privacy requirements.
If you want to gain the most from your exterior entertainment areas, they should be well-shaded to ensure comfort and should also not be too exposed. Nobody wants to deal with inquisitive eyes from neighbors or passers-by when relaxing with family or friends on the terrace.
If you can achieve this, your patio, deck or porch will become a welcoming extra living space the whole family can enjoy.
Did you know that some shading options can reduce your exposure to harmful UV rays by as much as an astounding 90%? And often, when you reduce sun exposure outside, your furnishings inside can also benefit. Less sun exposure equals less fading of fabrics and a longer life in general.
9 Questions To Ask Before Installing Outdoor Shades For Patio’s Or Terraces
- If you have a screened porch or patio, you may only need to install some roll up bamboo patio shades. Even a quality blind can be quite cheap, compared to other options. So, if your budget is very limited, this may be all you need.What is the level of UV protection offered?
- Will a darker colored fabric be more efficient in reducing heat? This usually is the case, compared to lighter shades.
- How fade-resistant will this outdoor porch blind orawning be under a harsh sun?
- Will this fabric allow for maximum ventilation?
- How easy will this blind or awning be to operate?
- Will this type of covering coordinate well with the architectural style of my home?
- How durable is this type of shading and does it come with an adequate warranty?
- Is the fabric or other material (such as a bamboo patio shade) resistant to moisture and mold?
- Can I expect an energy saving if I choose this type of shading option?
If you have financing or enough spare cash to cover a bigger project, motorized window shades or a new pergola on the terrace could be on the menu!
Let’s quickly run through a few of the different options available to you when remodeling your patio.
Seven Types Of Outdoor Shades For Your Patio, Deck Or Porch
1. Outdoor Bamboo Shades (More Affordable)
When it comes to exterior blinds, there are a wide variety of options on the market. Roll up outdoor bamboo shades remain firmly fixed among the favorites for a screened porch!
Bamboo blinds can be quite cheap to install and is an easy DIY project to try your hand at. Woven bamboo offers all the natural warmth of wood, lots of texture and a tropical ambience. One of the prime reasons for choosing bamboo is that, as a renewable resource, bamboo is an eco-friendly option.
These inexpensive blinds can be surprisingly durable, if you choose wisely. A quality product can withstand extreme heat. Maintenance is fairly easy, as bamboo can generally just be dusted or wiped clean with a damp cloth when necessary.
A wide range of ready-made sizes are available, or you can have perfectly fitting custom blinds made.
2. Basswood Blinds
These come in a variety of shades, from tan to white or even green! Look for a product with heavy-duty twine and a weather-proof finish. A quality line will be mold-resistant as well.
For long term ease of operation, hardware that is top notch is a must. Also check that the basswood blind will not be a noisy nuisance in windy conditions.
The blinds can usually be positioned at the height you need at a particular time of the day. As with bamboo, basswood blinds can help you to create a warm, tropical vibe outside. You can further complement this with your furniture and furnishings.
Never be blinded by a setting sun again! Simply adjust the blind and enjoy your time outside…
3. Offset Outdoor Patio Umbrellas
To maximize stability, you can fill the base of the patio umbrella with sand. If it is a rotating model, it is easy to adjust the umbrella’s position in order to get shade exactly where you need it. The tilt-and-lock technology enables you to change the angle with ease.If you want truly portable outdoor shades for a porch, terrace or deck, you can consider something like Sunbrella offset outdoor umbrellas or a rectangular patio umbrella with tilt. One example is the Coral Coast Rotating Sunbrella Offset Outdoor Umbrella with Tilt.
Windy days can also be handled, as this offset outdoor umbrella has double wind vents. This is another important factor that helps with stability.
This is a more expensive way of creating shade. A pergola is a permanent outdoor structure with support columns fixed in the ground.
The overhead area often consists of a lattice-type frame or wooden slats, although there are many other pergola types. Plants or vines can then be trained to grow over this framework, thus creating the shaded area below. They can give some wind protection, but will probably not be of much help during the rainy season.
A pergola can be attached directly to your home, perhaps flowing out from the living room sliding doors. Or you could add a free-standing outdoor pergola in a separate area of your garden, for instance to create shade and a seating area on the terrace next to your swimming pool.
Here you can find some instructions with pictures showing how to build a backyard pergola.
5. Motorized Window Shades Or Awnings
This is another fairly expensive option, but one that can add loads of color and character to your home. Robust woven awning fabrics are used that can withstand rough weather, should be mold-resistant, water-resistant and provide maximum UV protection.
You will not only get a shaded area outdoors, but your interior furnishings will also be protected from sunlight and heat. This can even be beneficial in terms of the energy you use to keep your home cool.
The main benefit of this type of covering is that it can be retracted with ease when you don’t need them. Motorized outdoor shades can often be operated by remote control, where you simply need to push a button if you want to open or retract it.
6. Canopy Awnings
If you have a smallish patio or porch, a canopy awnings can give very effective shade, covering it almost completely. However, removing the canopy when it is not needed or when there is stormy weather isn’t always easy. In most cases, two people will be required to do the job and it takes a bit of time. This is one of the main drawbacks of this type of shading.
On the other hand, it can look spectacular and give your family all the shade you need to make the most of your outdoor living quarters. The structure of such a canopy can be permanently attached to your home, or it can be a free-standing unit.
Whereas a pergola (below) covered with vines won’t give you protection during wet weather, a canopy awning can keep you dry even if there is light rain.
7. Video Of Manual Outdoor Patio Screen Idea For Shading And Privacy
These are just a taste of the wide range of options available to you for improving the usefulness and your enjoyment of your patio or deck.
With the financial climate as it is, countless families need to cut down on weekends away or excursions that can end up costing a bundle. One of the best ways to bypass these, may be to spruce up your entertainment area at home. How about transforming it into something so inviting, that the whole family will be happy to spend the weekend having a great time right where you are?
By using a touch of creativity and even checking out a salvage yard or two for usable discarded items like wooden slats you can easily paint or stain, you should be able to come up with shading ideas that will give you all the comfort you need on your deck or patio. Have fun!