Heavy Duty Solar Shades (90%+) for NC Mountains


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Old 08-29-22, 09:30 AM
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Heavy Duty Solar Shades (90%+) for NC Mountains

We are completing an 18-month remodel of our new NC Mountain home and need to buy a rollup type solar shade to protect one wall. During the winter months, rain/snow will accumulate against where the fixed door and sliding panel doors. I need something that can be manually rolled up/down on this exposed side of the patio. It would measure 131 9/16Ē x 98 3/8Ē x 3 3/8Ē and run from the wall of the house to the beam.

I looked at blinds.com and they sell a Bali Heavy Duty Outdoor Solar Shade - 90% (roughly $1400) which would work with the exception that I believe their tie-down strap system is junk and won't hold during the heavy winds we might experience. We are seasonal residents so want something unobtrusive during the summer months but provides protection during the winter months.

Where could I find a place online that makes something that would work for this application (less about the sun and more about blocking snow/rain from blowing into the doors from the closest side of the patio)?

What do you suggest?

131 11 9/16Ē x 98 3/8Ē x 3 3/8Ē

Thanks in advance.

Anthony


 
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Old 08-29-22, 10:20 AM
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I'm sorry but the solution to your problems is a wall, not something removable.
 
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Old 08-29-22, 11:28 AM
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Thank you for the perspective but I don't want to lose the view during the summer/fall.

My challenge isn't finding a heavy-duty outdoor solar shade material but rather a mechanism that can secure it and weather the winter..... Maybe my ask is impossible...
 
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Old 08-29-22, 11:43 AM
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I think you're beyond a solar shade. More like a roll up storm door.
There are several companies around. Big in Florida.
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I have quite a few of the sun blocking blinds you mentioned in the 95% solar blocking version. They are a perforated blind. So, while it could block some weather... it's literally full of holes. I use them for blocking the light around our porch as if you mounted them around the perimeter of your porch. Good for controlling light and with proper tying could block some light wind but not a chance in the winter storms you'll get.

I have family that lives on Beech Mtn. The type of flexible fabric blind you linked is not going to work at all with the winds and weather you can get. A roll up sunshade it totally out of it's element with that kind of wind and will not survive one season if left extended. I would look into hurricane shutters or roll up storm door like PJmax mentioned.

Another option is to go with a more commercial product. Something like an outdoor sunshade that you attach to hard points over your sliding door. I have three from Tenshon and they let about 80% of the sunlight through and water can pass through but would block much of the wind. They are extremely heavy duty have a steel cable around the perimeter for extra strength. You can order a custom rectangular size for your area with whatever attach points you need and leave it up for the winter months. There are also other companies that make similar sails but in solid, opaque material like a commercial tent canvas that would offer more protection but would completely block the view.
 
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Change in plan:

Based on your collective wisdom and insights, I have come to the conclusion that we will need a hurricane roll-down shutter due to the mountain winds. However, we want the smallest housing above to minimize the obstruction of our view.

Can anybody suggest a company/product that would have the smallest footprint, especially when rolled up during the summer/fall months?
 
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Your door and windows are in a pretty well protected location so I doubt you are truly going to need protection from the weather. You may want something though to provide security if leaving the home unattended. And security/hurricane shutters are good protection against bears.

Roll up are similar sized (big) and ugly. They are convenient since it is stored right there but they are big and ugly. You can also consider removable panels though they need to be stored somewhere. I made mine for the beach house out of Lexan to preserve the view when they were installed..
 
 

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