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Can exterior sun blocking shades on south, west windows help reduce summer heat gain in my home enough to warrant their cost?

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Sep 24, 2013 01:08 AM
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I've looked at several manufacturers online, and exterior sun-blocking shades are all quite expensive and require professional installation, so I want an unbiased opinion before I seriously consider making such an investment. The windows involved are tall (5 ft). Inside, the window treatments are cafe shutters with 2-1/2 in. louvers on the bottom half of the windows only, nothing on the top half. I like the way I can use the louvers to adjust the amount of light and privacy but am considering blocking more sun in the summer by adding a shade to the top half (interior) or a full, sun-blocking shade on the full window outside.




 

 

I've looked at several manufacturers online, and exterior sun-blocking shades are all quite expensive and require professional installation, so I want an unbiased opinion before I seriously consider making such an investment. The windows involved are tall (5 ft). Inside, the window treatments are cafe shutters with 2-1/2 in. louvers on the bottom half of the windows only, nothing on the top half. I like the way I can use the louvers to adjust the amount of light and privacy but am considering blocking more sun in the summer by adding a shade to the top half (interior) or a full, sun-blocking shade on the full window outside.

Marcia,

I wish there was an easy "yes, do this and your problems will be solved" answer to your questions about solar shades, but there's not.

  • Here's part of the answer: solar...

 

 

 
 
 

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