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Add Shade Screens to Block Summer Sun

We put up shade screens on the sunny side of the house and I couldn't be more pleased. Should have done it sooner! Already saving money on airconditioning bills.


Holly from Richardson, TX

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By Audrey (Guest Post)
May 27, 20080 found this helpful


Just what is a shade screen? I need all the help that I can get to keep utility cost down, so would love to do this.


Editor's Note: There are a variety of different material and ways to make a shade screen, but the most common are over windows on the outside of the house. Like blinds but outside. Or they can be around patios or decks as well.

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May 28, 20080 found this helpful
This was the company we used. Chose Phifer 80% rather than the 90% because the 90 blocks too much light. We used the dark brown screens so they won't show dirt. Yes, you'll have to turn on the interior lights, but around here that's less expensive than having all of that strong sun boiling in through the windows. We are not affiliated with this company.


I would suggest, since using an internet company that the screens are self installed, that you NOT do it this way unless you are very handy. The screens need to be held in place by drilling through the exisiting screens. It was suggested that they be taken down each winter. We left them up. Have had these screens on the E side of the house for years and never taken them down for the winter.

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By mary lou (Guest Post)
June 1, 20080 found this helpful

Here's a thought, why not try a portable folding room divider? That way you could follow the sun any room in the house. Also works to keep light reflection from windows on tv screen in daytime. This way it's not permanent. Hope this helps someone. hagd

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February 19, 20100 found this helpful

You can add blinds inside or out. Inside tend to be less expensive- but outside block more heat. You can do some yourself- the problem is the quality is not the same.

Ad is a Company in San Diego that does both.

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