The Affordable Luxury of Motorized Drop Shades

You love natural light, cool breezes, and the view of your backyard. 

You also really love your privacy, especially when the sun goes down and everything inside your home becomes more visible.

That said, what if there were a way to transform your back door, side patio or front entryway from an exposed terrace to a private, enclosed room in a matter of minutes?

With motorized shades, there is.

These innovative systems are changing the outdoor living realm for the better, allowing homeowners to make better, smarter use of their favorite hangout spaces.

Today, we're taking a closer look at a few of the top benefits that these systems provide. We'll also share how you can add one to your own home, so read on to learn more!

What are Motorized Shades?

Motorized shades work exactly as their name implies. They're designed to drop down upon activation, adding much-needed shade and security to exposed outdoor areas. The shades that we provide come in one of two materials, including:

  • Thermal screens
  • Opaque acrylic awnings

What makes them a smart investment for your home?

The answer is simple: They're affordable, multifunctional additions that you'll enjoy for years. They could also help lower your next utility bill.

Research shows that heat gain and heat loss through your windows contributes to 25% to 30% of your overall residential heating and cooling usage. To save money and stay comfortable, you need to shield your home from the sun's rays before they reach it. An exterior shading system can get you there.

We're proud to carry two lines from industry leader Accent, including:

Though their individual features vary, both of these systems serve to control light, minimize glare, and lessen heat exposure within your home. At the click of a button, homeowners can add instant privacy and protection.

Still on the fence? Let's review a few of the top benefits of installing motorized drop shades today.

Protect Your Interior

You love your carpet, but it's beginning to look a little faded.

What gives? Most of the time, the answer isn't the pets or the kids. It's the sun.

As those rays pour into your home every day, they wash over everything inside of it. Thus, it doesn't take long for your flooring and furniture to become faded. This is especially the case if you place those items directly near a window!

The good news? You don't have to run out and buy all-new furnishings.

The answer could be as simple as installing motorized shades in those spots. On bright days, you can press a button and keep them down, shielding everything inside from the heat and brightness that could work against it. 

Stay Cool Indoors

Are you constantly complaining about it being too warm in your house? If you're still relying on traditional drapes, blinds or window tinting, those systems could be the culprit.

While they might look great, these accessories fail to reach their full purpose. While they might keep your rooms semi-dark, damaging UV rays still have a chance to pass through them. When they enter your room, they're dissipated as heat. 

On the other hand, our motorized drop shades stop both the heat and UV rays from entering your home, serving as a valuable barrier between your family and the sun.

Amplify Your Privacy

If you live in a neighborhood, an intimate backyard dinner party with friends can feel anything but private.

Want to keep the conversation going without feeling like you live in a glass house? We get it. That's why our drop shade systems are designed to enclosed any open outdoor area, adding to the liveability of your home and turning you into the coolest host on the block.

In general, as long as we can install vertically-mounted tracks, any exterior opening is a perfect fit. This means the sky's the limit when you're choosing an outdoor spot for your next patio picnic. 

Shop a Wide Variety of Options

We know that every home is unique, and so is every homeowner.

That's why you aren't pigeonholed into choosing from a small handful of drop shade systems. Rather, our Sun-Pro and Patio-Pro lines are filled with different variations and customizations designed to meet your needs.

Our most heavy-duty option, Sun-Pro is ideal for larger areas with widths up to 25 feet and heights up to 18 feet. In addition to hardware colors in black, cream, or white, you can also select the material of the shades themselves. Your choices include:

  • Textilene solar screen
  • Opaque Sunbrella awning fabric

A smaller version of its namesake, Sun-Pro Jr. system works best in smaller setups (10 feet high by 10 feet wide), such as over a door or window. Here, you can also choose from either a Textilene screen or Sunbrella fabric.

Finally, the Patio-Pro is considered by many to be the most well-known and beloved exterior rolling shade solution on the market. Because it can be mounted onto inconsistent surfaces, it's an excellent complement to stucco balconies, windows, doors, and lattice covers.

Regardless of which kind of fabric you select, you can rest assured that our materials are premium quality and built to last. They're designed to hold up against pounding rain, whipping winds, sweltering sunshine and other weather events that could wreak havoc on traditional window coverings. 

Patio pro drop shade in backyard deck

Enjoy Streamlinded Hardware 

A household addition is only beneficial if it doesn't take too long to install. Otherwise, you could grow frustrated before the steps are even completed! It's also not helpful if it adds a ton of unnecessary bulk to your property.

Thankfully, our drop shade systems feature simplified and streamlined hardware and track system that won't leave you scratching your head. In most applications, the fabric you select is housed in a five-inch box (four-inch for Sun-Pro Jr.) that attaches to ultra-secure vertical tracks. Upon command, the fabric will travel down the tracks, where its weighted bottom bar will keep it in place.

When you aren't using your drop shade system, the shades simply retract into the box. The system looks sleek and seamless within your home, eliminating the need for bulky and obtrusive window treatments that take away from the aesthetic of your exterior. 

Reduce Glare

It might seem like a minor issue, but when you're watching television on the back porch, you don't want a glare cutting across the screen. The same goes if you're trying to have a conversation with a friend. You shouldn't have to cusp your hand over your eyes to see them clearly.

Motorized drop shades offer instant glare reduction. They can turn your entire space into a cool, darkened oasis that you want to retreat to again and again.

Protect Your Investment

We understand that drop shades are an important investment for the long-term comfort of your home. That's why we're here to help you protect it.

We offer the following types of warranties on all of our drop shade systems:

  • 10-year warranty on the fabric and mesh
  • Five-year warranty on the motor and electric components

Improve Your Energy Efficiency

As you block damaging solar radiation from entering your home, you can also reap another important benefit: improved energy efficiency. 

The shades in our shop can lower your indoor temperatures by as much as 20 degrees during the hottest months! This means your HVAC units don't have to work as hard during the summertime, lowering your home's overall energy output. 

Then, in the wintertime, you can raise your shades to allow the solar heat to warm your home. This is one advantage that motorized drop shades have over window tinting, which is another common tactic used to fight solar heat gain.

Shop Our Wide Selection of Motorized Shades

When you want to make the most use of your outdoor space, you have a few options to consider.

Do you want the ability to enclose your gathering spot as required, and then leave it open during other times? Are you concerned about sunlight pouring into your home and damaging your interior? Is privacy a concern of yours because you live on a busy street?

If the answer to all of these questions was "yes", then it's time to install motorized shades at your home!

Fill out this form to request a quote. We'll review your requirements and then help guide you toward the products that will work best in your situation. Soon, everyone in town will know where to gather, all year round!