Outdoor & Patio Shades and Shutters
Which Outdoor Window Treatments are Best for my Home?
Outdoor shades and shutters 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.
UV Protection with Outdoor Solar Shades
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.
Roller Shades: Simply Elegant
Roller shades are another great option for outdoor spaces, and they come in numerous opacities, colors, patterns and textures. With the dual-roller option, you can even combine two shades on a single headrail for more ways to control light. Roller shades are designed with a continuous panel of fabric that rolls up into a hollow tube, so when they’re raised, you have a totally unobstructed view. Roller shades also look just as beautiful in a minimalist space as they do in a more traditional setting.
Naturally Beautiful Woven Woods
Crafted from natural materials like bamboo, grasses, jute and reeds, woven wood shades are eco-friendly, and their textured fabrics, refined weaves and organic style blend beautifully with the outdoors. Provenance® Woven Wood Shades come in three distinct styles—Roman, Waterfall Roman and Vertical Drapery. For more ways to control light, each can be installed with an optional light-filtering or room-darkening liner that operates independently from the front-facing fabric.
Because Provenance shades are made with some of the most durable substances found in nature, they can withstand a variety of weather conditions and are less likely to stretch, bow, break or fade over time.
The Durability of Outdoor Shutters
Plantation shutters also work well outdoors because of their insulating benefits, durability and classic style. Faux wood shutters, like Palm Beach™ Polysatin™ Shutters, are much more resilient than real wood or hybrid shutters. They feature the look of a finely painted shutter, but they’re made with a unique UV-resistant Polysatin compound that guarantees they’ll never warp, crack, fade, chip, peel or discolor, even when exposed to extreme heat or moisture.
Hunter Douglas shutters come in three louver sizes: 2½", 3½" and 4½". When deciding which size to get, think about how much view-through you want. For big outdoor spaces, the larger sizes will best maximize your gorgeous views.
What are the Benefits of Outdoor Shades and Shutters?
When used alone or combined with indoor window treatments, outdoor shades and shutters can really enhance your living spaces. Here’s a recap of the top benefits outdoor shades and shutters 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 and shutters 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 and shutters 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 and shutters provide all the protection you need while maintaining the look of the room inside.
From selecting materials and colors to expert measurement and installation, our window-treatment specialists can help you find the perfect window treatments for your home. Find a specialist near you to get started today.