Roll Up Porch Shades

Reduce the Heat Without Losing the View

Mary and I purchased roll up porch shades for our front porch and couldn't be more pleased. Our house faces west and we get the brutal afternoon sun on our porch and the front of our home during the summer months.

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Our newly installed Coolaroo roll up porch shades on our front porch
Oh, what a wonderful difference they are making on our porch this summer. These wonderful shades filter the afternoon sun keeping our porch and home much more comfortable now.

We received instant gratification when we hung our Coolaroo exterior cordless roller shades; we could tell a dramatic difference immediately. And, we can still see through the shades (they are light filtering) so we don't feel like we are cut-off from the yard.

Our front rooms and porch are amazingly cooler to help reduce our overall air conditioning costs too.

roll up porch shades on front porch
Roll up porch shades block the sun and heat



Roll Up Porch Shade Options

Porch Shade Control Mechanisms

You can choose between cord or cordless roll up shades.

Cordless Porch Shades

We chose cordless shades because we couldn't find a way to manage the cords efficiently as we needed two shades to cover the distance between our porch columns. This would in turn, leave one shade's cords hanging in the middle of our porch with no where to secure it.


using a crank to raise roll up porch shades
Our cordless shades have a crank control that easily raises and lowers the shade eliminating the need for cords.



Bravada Exterior Sun Roller Shade 10'Wx6'L
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Outdoor Corded Porch Shades

Corded shades have either nylon cords or pull chains to raise and lower the shade. Most come with a chain safety device that keeps the chain secure to reduce the risk of strangulation. pull chain exterior porch shade
Pull chain or corded exterior porch shades are available on Amazon
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Exterior Tension Shades

Tension shades are also available; we saw some at Home Depot. However, make sure you install them at a height that you or your family members can reach.


Exterior Porch Shade Material Options

Roll up porch shades are perfect for creating comforting haven for both family and friends. Block the sun's harmful rays and heat while enjoying light filtering breezes.

You can also select from a variety of weather resistant fabrics, colors, and patterns. Most have a breathable knitted HDPE fabric or other woven polyester materials that allow for airflow and filtering. Others, like bamboo offer style and more privacy.

Colors range from wood grains to light hues giving you plenty of options. Here are just a few examples we discovered...


vinyl pvc roll up blind by Lewis Hyman available at Amazon.com
Vinyl PVC roll up blind available at Amazon
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white vinyl roll up blind available at Amazon.com
White vinyl roll up blind available at Amazon
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bamboo roll up shade available at Amazon.com
Bamboo roll up shade available at Amazon
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mocha colored porch shade available at Amazon.com
Mocha roll up shade available at Amazon
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Exterior Porch Shade Installation

Video: Installing our Porch Roller Shades

We show you how we hung the roller shades on our porch



Hanging porch shades is relatively easy to do and only requires a few tools. You can attach them in several ways; we opted to hang them on the interior side of our porch beam so as to hide the assemblies when not in use.

Instructions are quite explanatory and give you the distance between the shade holders.


marking the distance between porch shade holders on porch beam

Use these measurements to mark the holes leaving sufficient space below the holders to hide the assemblies if you so desire.


drilling pilot holes for porch shade holders

Drill pilot holes (always a good idea) and attach the holders with screws which are usually provided. Do not tighten until you've attached the shade assemblies.


inserting porch shade assemblies into holders
Attaching the shade assemblies



tighten porch shade assemblies into holders
Adjust the holders if necessary and tighten the screws.



shades in storage position and hidden from view
Shades in storage position



Wind Issues and Outdoor Blinds for a Porch

Porch shades are not designed to withstand really windy conditions. Although the materials and mechanisms are very sturdy, you'll need to probably secure your shades on windy days or roll them up. Most shades come with tie-downs and depending on your situation they may need to be modified.

We have two adjacent shades so I connected them together with small d-rings which are easy to install and remove.

I attached the tie downs holders to our porch columns and extended them with parachute cord as shown. Together, this creates a nice tie down system for us and prevents the shades from over extending their built-in mechanisms.


tie down for exterior porch shade


More Outdoor Blinds for Porch Shade Options

Alion Home Sun Shade Privacy Panel

These panels are perfect for balconies, porches, backyards, windows, instant shade structures (sporting events, farmer's markets, camping), carports, and pet kennels too. They come in several different colors and you can customize the size if needed.


Privacy panel for Patio, Awning, Window, Pergola or Gazebo
Versatile privacy panel
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Beautiful cooleroo porch roll up shades
Exterior roller shades on Amazon
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Beautiful cooleroo porch roll up shades
Learn from us: if your budget allows, give your porch some shade from the sweltering sun






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