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How to Add Shade to a Balcony and Keep It Cool for Summer

May 25, 2023

A balcony is a majestic addition to any home, providing an outdoor space for relaxation, entertainment, and a breath of fresh air. However, as the summer heat approaches, it can be challenging to enjoy the balcony as the sun beats down relentlessly. To make your balcony a comfortable space all summer long, adding shade is a must. 

At SummerSpace®, we know how important it is to have a shade solution for your balcony that is not only effective but stylish. That’s why we incorporate cutting-edge innovations and expertly designed materials into our products. Let’s explore two of our favorites when it comes to shading your balcony: retractable awnings and shade screens.

Retractable Awnings

Retractable awnings are a popular choice for adding shade to a balcony. SummerSpace retractable awnings come in a variety of sizes, styles, and colors, making them a great choice for any type of balcony.

When choosing a retractable awning for your balcony, it’s important to consider the size of your space and the angle of the sun. If your balcony receives direct sunlight for most of the day, a larger awning may be necessary to provide sufficient shade. On the other hand, if your balcony only gets direct sunlight for a few hours each day, a smaller awning may be sufficient.

Shade Screens

Another effective way to add shade to a balcony is to use shade screens. SummerSpace shade screens are made of a fabric mesh and are designed to block the sun’s rays while still allowing air to flow through. 

When choosing a shade screen, it’s important to consider how you can install it to the structure. In some cases, you may be able to install a FlexShade® Zip Traditional Screen System which creates a sealed barrier along the edges of the screen. Otherwise, you can use a FlexShade® Non-Zip Screen System which consists of a free-hanging screen panel with no sealing at the edges.

One thing to keep in mind when using shade screens is that they will affect your view of the surrounding area. If you have a balcony with a beautiful view, a shade screen can help you enjoy the picturesque scene while also blocking sun glare.

Other Tips for Keeping Your Balcony Cool

In addition to adding shade to your balcony, there are a few other things you can do to keep it cool during the summer months. Here are some tips to consider.

Install a fan: A ceiling or floor fan can help circulate air and keep the area feeling cool and comfortable.

Use plants: Plants can provide natural shade and help cool the air around your space. Consider adding potted plants or a hanging garden to your space.

Invest in outdoor furniture: Metal or plastic furniture can get hot in the sun, making it uncomfortable to sit on. Invest in outdoor furniture made of materials like wicker or wood, which stay cooler in the heat.

Use light-colored decor: Dark colors absorb heat, making your outdoor furniture feel even hotter. Use light-colored décors such as cushions, tablecloths, and curtains to reflect the sun’s rays and keep your space feeling cool.

Shade Solutions for Your Favorite Outdoor Spaces

Your balcony can be a true retreat as long as it is comfortable. Help your balcony and those who use it realize the most benefit possible by incorporating a retractable awning or shade screen from SummerSpace. Get in touch with one of our trusted dealers to learn how they can help you choose a product and install it. In the meantime, browse our gallery for more inspiration on how you can upgrade your favorite outdoor spaces with a SummerSpace product.

Interior shot of a balcony with a gray retractable awning extended over it.

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