Outdoor shades may not be top of mind when it comes to choosing window treatments for your home, but they can really enhance your living areas, both outside and inside, and shouldn't be overlooked. If you like to spend time on your deck or in your sunroom, outdoor window treatments can block the sun from shining in your eyes and reduce glare on your phone or laptop, all while providing different levels of privacy. When installed just outside your windows, they help block harsh UV rays, keeping energy costs down and protecting your furnishings.
Even on cloudy days, the sun can fade your indoor fabrics, flooring and artwork. It can also dry out your wood furnishings by breaking down sealants and stain or paint finishes. For spaces like patios, porches and sunrooms, solar shades that offer superior UV protection are an ideal choice. Designer Screen Shades are available in a wide array of sophisticated fabrics and colors and in various degrees of openness. Keep in mind that darker colors will block heat better than lighter colors, and higher openness levels will let in more light and optimize your views. Also, fabrics with tighter weaves can help protect your plants and other décor against wind and rain.
When used alone or combined with indoor window treatments, outdoor shades can really enhance your living spaces. Here’s a recap of the top benefits outdoor shades offer:
Energy efficiency: When placed outside your windows, they add an extra barrier, keeping you comfortable and saving you energy all year long.
UV protection: By blocking harsh UV rays, outdoor shades help protect your valuable furnishings from the damaging effects of the sun.
Glare reduction: Enjoy spending time outside without an annoying glare in your eyes or on your phone, laptop or outdoor TV.
Light diffusion: With so many materials, fabrics, textures and opacities, outdoor shades offer numerous ways to beautifully filter light.
Maintaining indoor décor: Some inside spaces require sun management, but the right indoor window treatment could alter the décor. Outdoor shades provide all the protection you need while maintaining the look of the room inside.