exterior solar screen shades

Exterior Solar Shades

Let’s face it, most of us love being outdoors.  Each year millions of dollars are spent preparing our outdoor spaces for family fun and relaxation.  One thing that can spoil the fun is the hot sun.  One of the best ways to combat the heat is to install exterior solar shades to protect those cherished outdoor spaces.  Exterior solar shades are ideal for decks, patios, and porches.  The shade they cast significantly reduces heat, while allowing us to continue enjoying our favorite view due to their inherent opacity.  You might consider them sunglasses for your outdoor space.


There are several exterior solar shade options when it comes to how they function.  They can be installed with an open roll or in an aluminum cassette.  Many move up and down using a plastic or metal chain.  Motorization is available with most exterior solar shades.  The motors require exterior AC power on an approved GFI outlet.

If you need to cover a large opening, or if you just want a higher-end exterior solar shade solution, there are some outstanding products on the market.  At Made in the Shade of Northern Virgina, we proudly offer Rainier exterior solar shades, which can span openings up to 25 feet.  Many of these solutions utilize AC power, but they can be lowered and raised using an ergonomic hand crank.  With careful planning, these exterior solar shades can be incorporated into the construction of decks or patios.  Not only do the Rainier exterior solar shades provide protection from the sun’s rays, but they can keep the flies away from dinner.

Most exterior solar shade manufactures offer some sort of hold-down mechanism to secure the shade when the wind picks up.  To secure the shade against the wind, bungee cords, ball and hook, and guide cables are often used.  Color coordinated aluminum tracks are also a very popular option, they secure the shade along its full vertical length.  The cables will also guide the shade as it moves up and down.


Whether you choose a simple chain controlled exterior solar shade or a motorized shade, there are several stylish options to choose from.  The most popular colors for exterior solar shades are black and brown, but there are lighter colors available, there is sure to be a color that will appeal to everyone.  Shades often reside inside an aluminum header, when they do, there is most often 3 or 4 colors to choose from.  They are typically white, cream, brown, or black, one is sure to coordinate well with your outdoor space.

Made in the Shade of Northern Virginia

Regardless of what type of exterior solar shade you choose, your outdoor space will be more enjoyable even on the hottest days.  At Made in the Shade of Northern Virginia we offer a wide variety of quality exterior solar shades.  Let us help you determine which shade would work best for you and fit comfortably within your budget.  Give us a call at 703-330-6487 or look us up on the web at MITSNOVA We will take all the time you need to choose your perfect window coverings, all from the comfort of your own home.