When it comes to preventing excessive heat and glare from the sun on South and West facing windows and doors there are several options available, some of which you may not have considered.
The trick with preventing solar heat gain is to prevent the sunlight hitting the glass of your windows, doors or bi-folding doors. Internal blinds of various types only stop sun glare and do not stop the heat entering the building.
Using various fabric and solid metal blinds and awnings externally can provide the perfect solution and provide some vision where required to the outside.
Samson Awnings offer a wide range of purpose made products which are generally suitable for commercial or domestic use on any property covering very large doors and windows if required.
External Zip or Wire guided Fabric Vertical Blind.
Yes, that’s right an external fitted fabric blind to provide proper protection from the heat and glare of the sun but also provide protection from wind and rain if necessary.
The very latest ranges of external blinds offer by Samson are designed to be other gravity fed or cable and motor power driven with a zip channel system to the sides to ensure the greatest tension in the fabric itself when closed. The choice of fabrics is huge and there are also perforated options to provide some vision and ventilation even when closed but still able to provide protection from driving rain and diffuse the sunlight too.
For true weather protection and controlling sunlight and heat gain look to fitting blinds externally and benefitting far more in all round control of sunlight, wind and rain ingress. If you have sliding or inward opening windows then you can have the windows open and the blinds down to act as the weather protection, especially in the hotter months of the year.
External Retractable Fabric Awning
A retractable awning can be used for either providing protection for an area underneath but also for protecting doors and windows from sunlight, especially those facing West and South which can suffer from low lying sun in the Autumn months.
Our awning range is huge, and all the awnings are made to measure with sizes up to 14m wide and 4m projection with a fully adjustable angle for the fabric cover to ensure the best protection when extended out.
Whether manual or electric operation, a good quality awning will provide shade for your doors and windows but also can provide a prefect space underneath to help define an outdoor area for your patio, garden or terrace to entertain family and friends.
Drop Arm Awning
A traditional method for window shading this simple awning will drop down and provide a fabric protection cover at a 45-degree angle with a small protective cassette for the fabric and roll mechanism. The side arms provide the stability when opened and some models will allow the fabric to drop almost all the way down to 180 degrees acting like a normal blind to protect the whole window or door.
Drop arm awnings are a great solution as they are lightweight and don’t require the fixings like a self-supporting retractable awning does.
The cassette is small containing the fabric and the system is stable in wind because of the mechanics.