With hot Okanagan summer temperatures, it's no wonder Exterior Solar Shades are becoming so sought after! These durable and see through shades are built exterior grade tough to be able to withstand the elements, and help to provide homeowners with the comfort they desire in their outdoor spaces or homes interior.
But what are they and how do they work?
The shades are comprised of a solid piece of tightly woven material that rolls up and down from a tube thats mounted above the opening. Solar shades have been designed to block out the heat and glare from the sun, while also helping to prevent furnishings and decor from fading. The weave still allows for a view to the outside which is perfect for Okanagan homeowners who want to maintain their beautiful lake, mountain or city views. They're also great for homeowners who want to be able to see their children playing in the yard, or maintain a view to their gorgeous garden. The fact that these shades don't visually close in a space is a big plus.
What are they made of?
The "fabric" is made from a variety of durable, exterior grade materials including fibreglass, vinyl and PVC. Stainless steel components ensure the shades won't rust and various cassette and fascia options help to conceal the tube and provide a seamless and pleasing finished look. Metal guide cable or track systems will prevent the shades from blowing around in the wind.
How much heat or sun will they block?
Depending on the weave selected, you can expect to block between 90-99% of the suns UV rays. The colour of the material selected plays a large part in how much of the suns glare will be blocked out, with darker colours doing a better job of cutting the glare, (think dark sunglasses!).
Where can they be mounted?
As long as there is a solid mounting surface, these exterior solar shades are great for the outside of a homes windows (stopping heat before it enters the home). Deck overhangs, pergolas, or really any outdoor enclosure are also great locations. A place to attached guide cables or a track system near the ends of the shade is also required.
WestStyle can help!
Chelsea created WestStyle Blinds in 2017. She has worked in blinds and design for the past 13 years including some time spent working as a product representative for one of Canada's largest blind manufactures. Chelsea is a native to the Okanagan Valley and she received interior design training at the Pacific Design Academy in Victoria, BC.