Pergolas are open shade structures with a roof which is often made with fabric panels that can be opened and closed as needed.
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Awnings for windows, doorways and patios can be fabricated in a huge variety of sun protection solutions. Heavy fabric fitted on a fixed frame, or a retractable scissor awning frame is the most traditional design. However, solar screening that deflects up to 95% of harmful UV rays, and allows light and air to pass through, and is fabricated of a mesh material is also a very effective solution.
Desert homes on open lots can offer very little in the way of natural shade from shrubs and trees. What foliage there may be is often low and sparse, and the building façade is exposed to the sun for the better part of the day. Addressing the need for sun and heat protection in a two storey home involves identifying the source of the exposure and how the heat might travel.
A sheltered courtyard patio is such a wonderful space and can cut at least some of the winds. But it can also absorb more heat and be less appealing in the warm months.
In addition to creating an extension of the home with a useable outdoor space, patio screens when used effectively can help to reduce energy costs throughout the year.
A screened in porch is a classic and can be configured for all kinds of outdoor spaces. By enclosing that space with screening, floor to ceiling, you keep the space, create an extra outdoor room and protect the area from bothersome flying insects.
Whether you live in town or out in the desert, patio screening is one of the most effective methods to protect your home from heat, winds and even cold temperatures. Patio screening offers some insulation from outside temperatures that can translate to 1-5 degrees difference in heat or cold transferred to exterior walls and thereby the interior of the home. That little bit of temperature insulation reduces the energy needed to cool or heat your home and can save as much as 25% on utility costs.
Patio and deck screening, outdoor or indoor window screening that deflects heat and shields from burning UV rays keeps the areas behind them cooler. Put your hand on a sunny wall and then a shady wall. The shady wall is cooler to the touch, as is the space behind it and the room it encloses.
The water is always warmer at the shallow end of a swimming pool. Sunburn is more likely at the beach or the pool than in your own backyard. A custom shade sail can be fabricated in a huge variety of colors, and designed in virtually any shape for the desired coverage of an area.