Window Treatments Aren’t Just for the Inside

Designer Screen Shades

Designer Screen Shades

If you’re like many of us, you want to make the most of all of the space your home offers, including not just the rooms under the roof, but the spaces that might be partially—or even all—outside. You might be thrilled to know that there are blinds and shades that are good for enclosing patios and even balconies, such as the patio shade line from Hunter Douglas. If you’re interested in learning more about how to make the most of your outside space, speak with a trained professional at Windo VanGo serving Baltimore. We’ll be happy to help you find the right product to extend the usefulness of your home’s space.

Check Out Solar Shades

When used to surround a patio or a partially enclosed sunroom, the heavy-duty Outdoor Solar Shade in the Alustra® Collection of Woven Textures® will help reduce your cooling costs in the summer months. They come in many textures that carry many opacity levels. They are not meant to be used as a divider but add privacy and control the sun while lowered. All solar shades come standard with a wind-flex tie-down system that helps keep them in place during mild inclement weather situations.

Areas to Use Outdoor Shades

For added privacy, protection from the sun, and a feel of a room away from the house, here are some places to consider adding outdoor treatments:

  • Sunroom
  • Patio
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Backyard dining area
  • Hot tub area
  • Backyard exercise zone

Child Safety

Always keep your children’s safety in mind. Dangling cords can lead to strangulation of children and pets, so consider your options for operating systems–for a patio or backyard covering, a crank would be a good option. As of yet, motorization is not readily available for the outdoors. Select the safest option for your window treatments for our children and pets.


Most shades or roller blinds are easy to install, The Heavy Duty Outdoor Solar Shades will update your home and aid in energy-efficient living. Expand your living space and give that space added privacy. .

Tips for Outdoors Shades or Blinds

  • Color: Be nice to your neighbors. They may not want to see your favorite color from their backyard. White will usually go to a softer white, so start with white. Black will blend into the evening, and neutrals will always work
  • Texture: The heavier the texture, the more outdoor particles will stick to them. Test the sample to see whether leaves and debris stick to the fabric
  • If you have a patio with a view, make sure you can see through the fabric to enjoy what you love to look at even when the blind is down
  • Remember, respect the heavy-duty Outdoor Solar Shades. If high winds or heavy rain is expected, they might need to be pulled up to protect them. If treated properly, they will give you years of privacy and enjoyment

Finding Outdoor Shades in Baltimore

Windo VanGo is your premier Hunter Douglas Window Treatment specialist and supplier of Farrow & Ball premiere paints and wallpapers in the Baltimore, MD, area, with a gallery showroom in Marriottsville. Serving residential and commercial clients in Ellicott City, Timonium, Westport, Forest Hill, Annapolis, Chevy Chase and surrounding areas.Contact us today for a design consultation!