Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Solar Shading Cont'd

The classic all-aluminum rollup design is my personal favorite solution for exterior window shades. They're economical, ( $150-$300), self-storing, accessible from inside the home, and infinitely adjustable depending on the season or your whims.

They can be ordered at Home Depot or online at

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Sun Control - One of the Solutions to Summertime Overheating

This topic is old news for those of you with those big, west-facing-mountain-view windows. They create an inferno for you in the summer. You may have even spent thousands on beautiful floor to ceiling blinds to shut out the sun.

However, unless the shades are physically outside the window, they are relatively ineffective. Once the sunshine comes in the window, it stays inside as heat.

So the shades must be on the outside.

The easiest, quickest, and least expensive way to install an exterior window shade without completely ruining the view just might be from Screenmobile. They are a national franchise, and I've used the local branch often for conventional screen replacement, and found them to be a good solution for an annoying problem.