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Sun Shades - Let not Rain and Sunlight Fade Your House

Updated on February 8, 2015

Sunshades Providing Protection

Sunshade is a protective armor that guards the windows and exterior of a building from rain and sun light. Apart from this protection purpose, sunshades, now a day, are used for embellishment purpose as well. Since our climate is pretty hot and humid and since it rains for almost six months a year, sunshades will be of optimum benefit for the buildings out here. The design, position and material of the sunshade are of primary importance. The position and size of the sunshade depends upon the structure of the building and the direction in which it is put up.

Sunshade can be erected as an extension of slope roof. This reduces the expense considerably. Of all the sunshades, ferro cement sun shade is the lightest and the least expensive.

Different Types of Sunshades:

Sunshade can be structured along the entire exterior or above the window or even in a specified space alone. There are three basic types of sunshades. They are Flat Shade, Slope Shade and a blend of both flat and slope shades. Flat Shade is the one that directly juts out of the wall. The one which slopes down from the wall is the Slope Shade. Sunshades can further be differentiated as horizontal and vertical sunshades. This type of sunshade is used to give protection around the four sides of window.

Sunshades are again classified on the grounds of the materials used to craft them. Concrete, ferro cement, glass, polycarbonate sheet, bronze, roofing sheet etc. are used to make sunshades. In concrete buildings, concrete sunshades are generally used. Since windows have lintels over them, it’s usually from these lintels that the sunshades are given. If more slanting is needed, the sunshade is to be erected a bit above the lintel. These sunshades are being made by inserting the metal wires of the slab into the walls so as to ensure strength and stability.

If the sunshade is erected close to the roof, the shade can be attached after providing the location with a belt. If the belt is not required, the shade can be erected in the wall itself as directed earlier. Manufacturing the sunshade after casting the belt will be an expensive affair. Slope sunshade is more expensive compared to the flat sunshade.

Metal Sunshade Frames

Sunshade can also be built by setting sheet or bronze on a wooden or steel frame installed on the wall. Besides sheet and bronze, glass and polycarbonate too are used to create sunshade now. These sunshades are put up on spider fittings, metal frames etc. Yet another upgrading is glass and polycarbonate sheets that suspend from stainless steel metal wires. The steel wires hang from hooks on the wall. This method is pretty expensive.

The most recent revolutionary innovation in this field is automatic sunshades that project out only when there is rain or sun light. This functions with the help of sensors.


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