4 FAQs About Patio Sunshields


If you’re thinking about adding to your home and landscaping with a new patio feature this winter, you should consider a patio sunshield. These additions are an excellent feature for any home in the Phoenix Valley. Not only do they increase your home’s value, but they provide an additional living space throughout most of the year. Still, Mesa Awning experts find that not all homeowners know what to expect with a sunshield and have many questions about this option. So, here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we receive.

1. Will a Sunshield Block My View?

The answer to this depends on the type of product you select. Most people prefer a solar screen that reduces the amount of sun allowed into the space while still providing more privacy from the outside world. While it may appear darker on your patio, your view will not be obstructed. Still, other types of privacy shades will obstruct your view into the backyard. These shades are usually made out of vented or louvered aluminum. However, we should note that these aluminum shades are generally used on windows and not as a patio covering.

2. Will People Be Able to See My House?

During the daytime, privacy sunshields provide optimal privacy from your neighbors. With the sun beating down, the view into your home will be completely obstructed. However, as the sun goes down and the lights come on, your neighbors will be able to see through the screen. For some, this isn’t appealing, yet for others, it’s not a deterring factor. Your preference is entirely dependent on your lifestyle and how much you want to keep nosey neighbors out of your backyard.

3. How Much Can a Sunshield Save on My Energy Bill?

This is a question we get often, and we struggle with the answer since everyone’s lifestyles and homes are different. Still, sunshields can help protect this part of your home from the sun’s rays, keeping them from shining into your home. These shades can drastically reduce your cooling energy usage in the hottest of months. If you’re curious about your potential savings, contact your local utility company. They will likely tell you that sunshields and screens can reduce cooling costs by up to 25%.

4. Can I Take the Sunshield Down in the Winter?

Choosing to leave your patio sunshield up in the winter is a personal choice. If you want a little more solar heat during the cooler months, then taking your sunshield down is the right option. But, if you’re not worried about it or don’t want to mess with your screen, then leaving it up is a fine choice as well. Just make sure you take special care in storing your patio screen should you remove it. Proper storage will ensure it doesn’t rip while it’s not in use.

Protect Your Home With a Sunshield!

At Mesa Awning, protecting your home from the Arizona elements is our top priority. We offer a wide variety of window and patio awnings, sunshields, pergolas, and carports. When it comes to adding to your landscaping and increasing your home’s value, nothing can do this more quickly than installing one of our fixtures. Contact us today at (480) 969-4064 to get your free quote.

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