Exterior Sun Shade FAQ

Q:  Can exterior sunshades protect my indoor furniture, carpet & decor from fading due to sun rays?
A:  Yes, the lock stitch design of the exterior shades blocks damaging UV rays up to 98%, protecting furniture, carpets and decor like artwork, lamp shades, throws & pillows, and even wood flooring and paint on the walls from fading.

Q:  What UV protection do the different shades offer?
A:  There are three UV block available in the knitted fabrics; 80%, 90% and 95%.  PVC fabrics are available in 80% and 92% UV blocks.

Q:  What types of fabrics are best for reducing glare?
A:  Darker fabrics are best for minimizing glare from sunlight.

Q:  What types of fabrics are best for reducing temperature/heat?
A:  Lighter fabrics are best for lowering temperatures

Q:  What types of climates are exterior sunshades best suited for?
A:  Because of the UV inhibitors in the product, the shades work well in hot or cold environments. They will help with heat in hot climates and will help reduce glare in cold climates without damage to product.

Q:  Can I custom order shades?
A:  Custom ordering can be done through various retailers.  Maximum sizes are 120-in wide x 144-in long for select fabrics. Maximum sizes are 96-in wide x 144-in long for select fabrics. Size restrictions do apply to some custom order fabrics.  Check with your retailer for details.

Q:  Where can I use exterior sun shades?
A:  Though gazebos, lanais, patios, porches (screened or not), carports and exterior windows & doors vary in size, the exterior sun shades can be special ordered.  The width can be a maximum of 120 inches (10 feet) to a minimum 36 inches (3 feet). The length or drop can be ordered from a maximum of 144 inches (12 feet) to minimum 36 inches (3 feet).  
Depending on fabric used.  This makes them suitable for a variety of exterior doors, windows, outdoor areas or open structures that require shade.

Q:  What is the widest shade that can be custom made?
The width can be a maximum of 120 inches (10 feet) to a minimum 36 inches (3 feet). Depending on fabric used.

Q:  What if the width is 96 inches, but multiple shades are desired. Will there be a gap between the shades?
A:  When two shades are butted together, you will have a space between fabrics of 1-5/8 inches, to allow room for mounting the hardware at the top. In most cases, the window mullion or support bars are wide enough to compensate for the light gap. Just make sure you measure to the center of the mullion.

Q:  If the area requiring shade is a sliding door, should one big, or two small be used?
A:  We suggest dividing into two. This allows you to keep one side down most of the time. When you are actively using the door, you need only raise the passage side shade.

Q:  What does the term openness mean?
A:  This refers to the amount of open space, or the size of the weave openings, which are actually tiny woven squares. In other words, a 5% openness material is 95% material, 5% open space. For example, the Premier series features a 20% openness while the Designer series uses a 10% openness factor.

Q:  Will I be able to see a fabric pattern when installed?
A:  No, bright sunlight eliminates the appearance of a pattern, making the shade appear seamless and solid; while less light allows the pattern to be seen more noticeably.

Q:  Are exterior sunshades easy to clean?
A:  Yes, they are practically maintenance free. Clean when opened completely with a light soap and water solution and a sponge, soft bristle brush or a dust removal cloth product. An adjustable flow garden hose can be used on a low-pressure, spray (cone or flat pattern) setting. Before rolling up blinds, please ensure blinds are completely dry.

Q:  How much privacy will exterior sun shades give me?
A:  During the day, you will have increased privacy, but still be able to see through the material from the inside. At night however, vague forms or shadows can possibly be seen depending on intensity of the lighting, so in some cases, the sunshade alone may not satisfy privacy requirements.  We recommend a secondary window treatment for privacy.

Q:  Can you see out through the exterior sun shades (from the inside)?
A:  Yes, you can still see the great view or people approaching since the sun shades filter and diffuse bright sunlight to provide the UV & glare protection. 

Q:  Can you see in through exterior sun shades (from the outside)?
A:  Not when the exterior is brighter than the interior-during daylight hours for instance. However, if the interiors are lighted, at night for example, visibility is possible. If complete privacy is required, additional measures are required.

Q:  Are some colors easier to see through than others?
A:  For the most part, you can see quite well through all of the colors, though the darker the color, the easier it is for the eye to see beyond the fabric. This is due to the fact that the darker a color is, the more it absorbs light instead of reflecting any back into the room. However, the lighter the fabric, the better the shading coefficient.