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What to Consider When Choosing Outdoor Shades

As the weather warms up, spending time outdoors becomes more enjoyable. However, it’s important to stay protected from the sun and bugs while enjoying the outdoors. Outdoor shades provide a solution to this problem and allow you to be outside without being too exposed to the elements.

If you don’t know where to start, read on to learn our tips for outdoor patio shades and the benefits that outdoor blinds offer. Get ready to spend more time outside in comfort this summer.

6 Reasons for Choosing Outdoor Shades

1. Light Control:
Outdoor shades come in a variety of materials with different levels of opacity. The higher the opacity, the less light that will pass through, which will help block out harmful UV rays. Consider solar shades with a weave pattern, which will reduce glare and provide privacy while still allowing some view.
2. Privacy:
If your outdoor space is in view of others, adding an opaque outdoor shade material will provide you with more privacy and allow you to enjoy your outdoor space without worrying about prying eyes.
3. Heat and Glare:
Outdoor shades provide relief from the heat by reducing glare and keeping the
temperature comfortable. Their insulating properties keep the heat out, allowing you to stay outside for longer without getting too hot.
4. Style:
Outdoor shades come in a variety of colors, fabrics, and textures, allowing you to find the perfect match for your home's aesthetic. Consider how your outdoor space will look when you’re choosing your shades.
5. Manual vs. Motorized:
Outdoor shades can be operated manually with a beaded chain or with a remote control, free smartphone app, or even with a smart home device like Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. Motorized shades are a safer option for children since all dangling cords and chains are eliminated.
6. Bug Control:
Outdoor shades help create a barrier for bugs, keeping them out of your outdoor space and allowing you to enjoy your time outdoors without any distractions.

Patio solar roller shades, black, see through

What is the Best Outdoor Shade

Now that you’ve decided to add outdoor shades to your home, you’ll need to figure out which option is best for you. Waterproof roller shades are a great choice for outdoor use, as they come in a variety of colors and opacities. Consider how much privacy you’d like and how much of your view you’d like to have visible.

Solar shades are a good choice if you prefer to see through your window treatments. The opacity of outdoor solar shades determines how tight the weave is and how much light comes through the material. Choose a 5% outdoor solar shade for some privacy while still allowing natural light to pass through.

Blackout shades provide maximum privacy and light blockage, making them perfect for outdoor areas that feel too exposed to the elements or nosy neighbors. These shades are opaque in material, creating a private escape for you without staying indoors.

Call ShadeMonster today for a free consultation and have your new outdoor shades installed before summer arrives!

What Are the Different Valance Options for Outdoor Window Shades?

The Z-Box shade is the pinnacle of innovation, offering maximum durability for outdoor installations and complete opacity through its state-of-the-art zipper system. Specifically designed to withstand any weather condition, the Z-Box features a zippered side guide system that securely holds the fabric, while internal straps cushion against external forces.

Z-Box Valance for outdoor window treatments

The O-Box system roller shades have a smart and durable design, with a cylindrical box and strong stainless steel parts that can withstand harsh outdoor conditions. With ceiling and wall-mount supports specifically for the system, the O-Box is easily installed regardless of size or location. These supports make it possible to install the shades even on wall-shade facades or in tiered installations, using just one support for two shades. In addition, the multiple channel systems provide secure fastening of the fabric outdoors, ensuring long-lasting performance.

O-Box valance for outdoor window treatments

The B-Box shade system offers a perfect blend of elegance and durability, making it a great choice for outdoor use. The use of high-quality stainless steel material ensures that the shade can withstand even the toughest weather conditions. The system has a simple and refined design that complements the contemporary architectural style of buildings facades and exteriors. It can be easily installed on walls or ceilings, and maintenance is a breeze due to easy access to the interior of the box.

B-Box valance for outdoor window treatments

How to Clean Outdoor Shades

Cleaning outdoor shades is easy, and waterproof shades will even repel rain or pool water. To remove dirt or small stains, use a damp cloth to dab and gently massage the spot. For persistent stains, use a mild detergent, and make sure to always use a light-colored cloth to prevent the stain from spreading.

Outdoor patio shades - white roller shades hat provide privacy and heat protection

Before summer begins, get ready for the season by adding outdoor shades to your home’s exterior. With the right outdoor shades, you’ll be more comfortable and get more use out of your outdoor space. Keep these benefits in mind and consider waterproof roller shades for the best results.

Why Trust ShadeMonster With Your Window Treatment?

ShadeMonster boasts over 25 years of experience creating custom window treatments. Our products come directly from our local factory guaranteeing high quality customizable materials, competitive pricing, and quick turn around. Contact us today for your free estimate, and have your new shades in less than 7 business days!

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