When we did our West facing addition with our Nanawall, we always knew we would need to deal with the extreme solar gain. We love the west facing windows at night for the great view of the sky and stars. And, in the winter we even have some mountain views. And, we really love having that sun pouring into the house during the winter.
But, between 4 and 7 every day, our addition was cooking! We looked at doing structured patio covers, but we didn’t want to lose the view and it really would have changed the look of the rear of the house. We also tried using one of those Coolaroo patio covers, but the dimensions were all wrong and it just looked hacky on our house. But, I have neighbors where they fit smaller scale patios and look great.
So, we went on the hunt for a exterior solar shade. We needed a solution that would block as much of the UV, but would still allow us to keep the Nanawall open for airflow and allow us to walk in and out of the patio. And, we wanted something that still let you see out the house. Here is the solar shade that had installed.
We could have had the shade motorized for a small amount more, but that would have required some sort of rail(s) ont he sides. But, we didn’t want to attach anything to the sides of the house. So, it takes about 30 seconds to manually raise and lower the shade manually.
If you’re in the market for one of these, I highly recommend shopping around. I got wildly varying bids. And, there wasn’t much difference in the end product. We used a local company, Liberty Home Products, that’s been in Denver for over 30 years. They make all of their own shades and have a two week turnaround. And, they were half the cost of other quotes that I got. What do you think?
In the future, we plan to box out a fascia around the exterior shade so that it looks like the shade is descending right out of the house. But, that’s a project for another day.