Outdoor Patio Covers


Cooling Outdoor Blinds and Shade Canopies

Posted in Patio Shades by admin on the April 13th, 2011

Roll up outdoor blinds by Coolaroo start at under $50 and rolls of patio shade fabric, also in the Coolaroo knitted fabric, cost just over $30 and can be used to create custom shaded shade areas or a complete deck canopy. Ready made patio blinds in 4, 6 and 8 foot widths come in neutral colors like smoke, sunset, and pebble as well as two striped designs called heritage red and summer haze (striped patterns not available in all sizes).

outdoor blinds

Coolaroo shade canopies and prefabricated blinds that attach to the outer side of windows, balconies or open patio areas are one of the best choices because of the way the fabric has been crafted – knitted so that air passes pass through to keep the patio or inner rooms about 30% cooler while blocking as much as 90% of the harmful UV rays. The Coolaroo canopies (which can be made from the large rolls of affordable fabric), and the ready to install outdoor blinds, have a unique see-through quality. While many bamboo or regular fabric patio shade kits will protect form excessive sun, they may also reduce visibility, which is not ideal when it comes to a patio, deck or large windows that may face a scenic garden area.

outdoor blind

Shade, coolness and visibility are the factors that set the Coolaroo products apart. Although their patio blinds and canopys look similar to other bottom roll-up window treatments, which are mounted on the outside and provide shade (and may even bang in the wind if left unsecured), the fabric is the key to keeping the indoors and outdoor area fresh and cool even in Arizona or Florida summer heat.

1. Ready to Install Outdoor Blinds by Coolaroo

The smoke colored =Coolaroo Classic Series Bottom Roll up Sun Shade measures 8 Feet by 6 Feet and comes ready to install with just a couple screws that are included in the kit. The fabric is knitted, is resistant to mildew and really helps keep your house or patio cool. (Smaller sizes of the same style of patio blinds are also available.)

The 4 by 6 feet Coolaroo Bottom Roll Up outdoor blind comes in the funky red and white stripe called Heritage Red.

The blue and white stripe design that’s called Summer Haze, is sometime possible to buy even cheaper than above mentioned patio shade in red.

2. 8 foot patio blinds in neutral colors

8 foot patio blinds

The eight foot patio blinds by Coolaroo come in neutral colors that match almost any home décor, but the most important factor to keep in mind is how much cooler the inner rooms will be and/or how fresh the deck, patio or balcony will be when covered fully or partially with a shade or blind.

If you have a deck with an open veranda or a patio with a roof but so side walls, then the larger patio blinds will be ideal to cut down on UV rays up to 90% and without the expense of a full patio enclosure.

Choose a neutral smoke color for a modern, clean-line look, or the classic sunset colored knit that goes well with various woods.

When it comes to having a patio that’s protected, sidewalls, glass panels or even awnings will cost a lot more than the large Coolaroo patio blinds that cost under $70 and can cover areas up to 8 feet wide and 6 feet long.

3. ultra large patio shade roll up blinds

patio shade

For covering areas that are 10 feet wide, move up a step into the Coolaroo Select Series Top Roll patio shade designs that are versatile and come in a rich chocolate mocha color. The cool, mildew resistant patio shade models that we recommend, also extend 6 feet in length and cost about $180. Get a variety of matching sizes to fill-in other areas on the deck or patio, or to cover windows with roll-up blinds in the same texture and color of knitted, patented, Coolaroo fabric.

The smaller versions of this patio shade start at just over $60. One of the main distributors for the Coolaroo patio shade blinds is Gale Pacific, however your shipment may come a variety of other warehouses such as an online ace hardware outlet. Order online now.

custom patio shade

4. create your own Coolaroo custom canopys

Many patios, decks and garden areas, as well as windows that may be odd dimensions, or patio doors – especially large French doors, may require a blind or some kind of canopy covering that simply can’t be bought ready made. The best solution to getting exactly what you need without resorting to choosing lower quality fabrics that won’t provide as cool an atmosphere, is to buy the rolls of Coolaroo fabric and the hooks, snaps and closures required to customize a blind or canopy. It’s surprisingly affordable to get rolls of the high-tech Coolaroo fabric and you’re not limited by length because there are rolls with 50 and 100 foot lengths.

shade cloth

Order one of the largest rolls to cover a pergola or slat patio roof, or to create an enclosure with limited UV rays yet great visibility. By the Coolaroo Medium Shade Fabric for 185 in a natural sand color (100 feet in length by 6 feet in width) and start cooling down your outdoor areas.

5. pop up patio, garden or deck canopy with Coolaroo fabric

pop up canopy

Aside from using rolls of fabric to create a deck canpy that’s customized, there’s another option in the Coolaroo series. For a very reasonable price you can have a ready made pop up deck canopy in a practical gazebo-like design that’s all ready to assemble for everyday use or for special events. Order the Coolaroo Quick Up One Piece Gazebo (which comes in a neutral pebble color) and covers a 10 by 10 foot area. Fast, easy, no fumbling with hooks or closures – pop up the aluminum-steel frame that’s ultra lightweight, and add the unique knitted Coolaroo fabric canopy, and you’re set! Put it up and take down in minutes, or leave it up during the summer. It’s okay to not take it down it’s designed to be weather resistant, both the steel frame, which is powder-coated for durability and rust resistance, and the deck canopy roofing system that’s made from the patented Coolaroo fabric, are made to stand up to the elements – especially sun.

beach canopy

By the way, the pop up design is so lightweight an easy to put up and take down, that although you may buy it initially as a deck canopy, you may find yourself taking it to the beach, on camping trips or using for outdoor functions away from the backyard. Get your Coolaroo garden, patio or deck canopy online and qualify for free shipping within the United States.

6. Coolaroo shade canopies and DIY Kits

The versatility of the Coolaroo products for patios, decks, windows, doors, pergolas and sun shades is unmatched in terms of quality, UV protection, color choices, ease of installation and price.

coolaroo shade sails

When it comes to shade canopies for over a pool area, or over a window, or patio, the simple elegant Premium Triangle Shade Sail offers coolness, UV protection and affordability. The shade canopies come in three sizes:

  1. 9 foot 10 inch patio or deck triangles
  2. 11 foot 10 inch triangular sun shades
  3. 16 foot 5 inch extended triangles for covering gardens or pools

Order the Triangle Shade Sails with DIY Accessory Kit online. Prices for these models are about $130, but there are various shade canopies in small sizes that are much cheaper in smaller sizes.

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