It is best to use an external sunshade wherever possible for the most effective climate control. External blinds and awnings will stop the sun at the point of entry, before heat gets onto the glass and into the room. When glass is heated by the sun, it acts as a ‘mini-radiator,’ sending heat into the house.
With retractable shades you have precise control over the amount of sun coming into a building. During summer, the shades are extended to keep the home cool; in the winter they are retracted to let in light and warmth. Retractable sunshades will save money on energy costs.
A screen fabric fitted externally will block up to 92% of the sun’s rays without cutting the light or view. You don’t have to sit in the dark and block your view to stay cool, even on the hottest days.
Acrylic canvas gives the highest form of protection blocking 99.5% of UV rays. It is ideal for giving overhead protection where the sun in at its highest and strongest. Depending on the colour chosen, natural light can still filter through.
An external and retractable awning or blind gives much greater flexibility than other types of shading systems. The great advantage is the retractability - giving you shade on demand. You can extend the awning and blind when you require protection and retract it when you want the winter warmth.
Fixed systems give constant shade even when you want the warmth of the winter sun and can have permanent blades or poles obstructing the area.
When our systems retract away, they go into the headbox and there are no blades or poles obscuring your area or view. You can also maintain the natural light and keep your view while protecting your home. The iShade awnings & blinds are much less cumbersome than umbrellas or temporary gazebos and a lot more durable. External and retractable systems are really the way to go for the intelligent home owner.No. The only way to get full weather protection is to glass in the whole area. Our systems are strong enough and resistant enough to withstand most Australian conditions, but will not protect against infrequent storms or hurricane force winds.
Australia predominantly experiences temperate weather - Sydney only has 23 days a year when the sun doesn’t shine; Queensland experiences over 300 days of sunshine; Adelaide experiences up to 10 hours of sunshine a day. The average number of annual wet days experienced in capital cities is 125 days.
Consider these facts when choosing an awning. Buy a shade for the majority of weather conditions not the less frequent scenario of stormy weather. Plus, you would only be using the awning when you are comfortable to sit outside. If it is uncomfortable for you – too windy or rainy it is uncomfortable for the awning.