Choosing the right shade blinds for pergola may be an interesting project for you when you understand what exactly to look for, and what to avoid during the selection process. There are many blind and shade makers and seller, and when you are looking for options, you would get a lot of options, enough to confuse you unless you have fixed your mind about the requirements.
Tips to choose the Right Shade Blinds For Your Home:
The amount of sunshine and precipitation you receive
The type of shade, the color, the blocking characteristics, all depends on the climate of your zone. Hence, you have to realize first that, how much sunshine you are getting, and how much you really want. Again, you will have to calculate, how much precipitation you are getting, and how much you really want. Based on that your shade will be decided.
There are shades, which will block all the sun’s glare. And, again, there are shade blinds designs to give you partial blockage to receive sunlight and give view of the outside. Whether you want little or more outer view and the amount of light you want inside the pergola will make you decide, if you want heavy and opaque shades or perforated and light shades.
A blockout shade will not only hide the glare, but also cut off much of the heat, and help the pergola stay cool. However, if you choose to see through shades, you would enjoy a better air circulation. Now this means, a bigger pergola may allow you to go for blockout shades easily.
If the pergola is already in shade, then you may go for a see-through screen to imply keep off pests and bugs, and get the air and view of the outside garden.
Full length or half length
A full-length shade is good to block rainwater and high winds while a half length shade helps you get more sunlight and air. Hence, the choice would be done after speculating your exact requirements and the precipitation. If you are getting too much of rain or chilling winds, then you may choose a full block shade. Else, you may go for a partial mid length or quarter length shade only just to give enough shade and allow lots of air.
Locking down the shade or letting it flow free
You may choose to lock down the shade to the ground in case you want a full-length shade, or let it flow freely. If you are locking the shade then it will actually create a room for you outside the house, and will not give in much passage to air and wind, but will give you a cool place to hangout. If you want to get airflow and light through the see through full length shade, then you may keep it free flowing instead of locking it down to tracks on the ground, and this looks quite nice.
Mode of operation
Shades blinds may be manually operated or may be moved with remote control. If you want remote operated shades, then you will have to ensure that you may face hiccups in operation when the battery of remote is down. With manually controlled shades, again you will have to rely on muscle power. Now, this depends on your choice and investment budget.
Choosing the material
Shades come in several materials. If you live in a moist and humid area, and get lot of rainfall, then you may need shades with mold and fungi resistance. In case, your pergola is getting a lot of sunshine, you would need shades, which will be UV resistant, and filters UV rays.
As far as colors are concerned, you would get a lot of choices in color to suit the property exterior and pergola style.