Sunlight is both beneficial and hazardous. A house, for one, can benefit a lot from sunshine. It can help lower heating costs, and with a solar energy kit, help homeowners save on bills.
But at the same time, it’s necessary to protect the home against direct sunlight. The sun’s UV rays are harmful to not only the skin but furniture as well. Direct sunlight streaming into the home can cause long-term damage. Sun shades for outdoor furniture can prevent the premature aging of leather and wood due to UV rays.
Advantages of Sun Shades
Sun shades keep out sun, heat, glare, and provide privacy. The level of effectiveness depends on the shade’s materials. There are those that are inside the home, acting like blinds, and there are some placed outside, providing protection for the patio.
No matter what type, the main considerations include UV protection, durability, and the reduction of glare and heat. Shades are economical and are usually manual in operation. These help to reduce air conditioning energy costs.
Screens and shades can be removed during cold months of autumn and winter and stored for the following year. Exterior screens also offer better shade compared to interior screens.
Since shades are opaque, they can block the view. There are shades that act like shutters, but these still cause the home to look darker, because the sunlight was blocked. Exterior screens have to be removed before a storm or else they could be damaged.
As with everything else, shades and screens can be expensive depending on the type and installation. Shades and screens should be fitted to their proper locations. This would allow the most sunlight without the place getting too warm. Most place their shades facing the south windows. For outdoor use, shades are placed all around the patio.
Solar shades and screens are effective low-tech solutions to protect your home against the sun. They are versatile, durable, and afford the best protection against UV light.