Whether it is to shelter us from the hot sun, chilling winds or rain, since the dawn of time we have invented a vast array of ways to protect ourselves and our homes from the elements.

Today, besides sitting under a tree to stay cool, there is a vast array of shade solutions available that do the same job. Whether it’s an umbrella, shade sail, window awning, Ziptrak patio blind or verandah blind, through to a sophisticated, motorised retractable awning that opens and closes itself automatically when it is sunny or windy, the choice is varied and infinite.

But is one of these shade solutions better than another at keeping us cool? Well, it all depends on the situation and the amount of shade required at different times of the day or year.

For example, if you have a north facing courtyard you may want maximum shade in summer but little or no shade in winter so you can enjoy the warmth of the sun on cooler days. The answer here could be a retractable awning.

On the other hand, if you have a door or window that is bombarded by sunlight that heats up an entire room all year round. a retractable Ziptrak window blind might be the way to go.

At Kenlow, we have over 40 years of experience in the shade business and can advise you on the best solution for your circumstances. Contact us today.