14 Window Sun Screens That Throw Just the Right Shade

It’s your day off. You’re looking forward to sitting in your sun room or on your porch or patio, kicking back with a good book, and reading the day away. Unfortunately, the glare from the sun is in your eyes, and it’s already too hot to really be comfortable. Time to go back inside and forget about that fresh air!

If this happens to you a lot, you need a window sun shade. These shades are made to install over your existing windows or even to hang between the posts on your porch and meant for extended outdoor use. Sometimes, they can look great inside, too, which makes shading your sun room that much easier!

But how can you decide which exterior window sun shades are right for you? Never fear—the Canopy Kingpin is here!

Let the Kingpin take you through the world of sun shade window options he recently discovered when looking for the perfect way to cool down his sun room. He’s compiled a list for you and made sure to point all the pros and cons so you know exactly what you’re getting into with your purchase.

The hot sun can do a number on your furniture as well as on you, so make the most out of window sun shades house options and enjoy the cooler, more comfortable space they provide. When you put in a shade, you’ll have the option to choose between a pull chain, a hand crank, or even a remote control to help you raise and lower the shade as needed.

A sun shade for window use is also a great way to cut back on electric bills by reducing the amount of time your AC has to run! You’ll have cheaper utilities in no time when these shades take care of the heat for you.

No matter which window sun shades you decide to go with, choose one of the picks listed below to get a great quality product at a price you’ll be happy with!

1. 90% Solar Screen

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90% Solar Screen 48' X 25 Feet

Start off your shopping spree with this excellent large-scale screen that shades the window from sun anywhere in your home. Made from a polyester fabric that’s designed to block the sun’s rays, this screen will cut down on the cost of your electric bill and keep your furniture from fading in the sunlight, too. Use it everywhere in your home to provide a lot of shade and protection from the sun, without too much cost!

Pros

Cons

  • Mesh fabric is easy to see out while keeping others from looking in.
  • Durable fabric is resistant to tearing.
  • Gray mesh looks good in your windows and won’t detract from your home décor.
  • Screen does not come with any attachments, so you’ll need to have a screening system in place already in order to use it properly.
  • Thicker screen may be too large for standard-sized screen frames.
  • May be hard to hang on your own without additional help.

2. Shatex UV Block Outdoor Sunscreen

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Shatex 90% UV Block Outdoor Sunscreen and Top Shade Panel Cover,10ft20ft Coffee, Taped Edge with Tie-down Rope for easy instllation on Pergola, Patio, Gazebo, Balcony and other outdoor Frames

When it comes to outdoor window sun shades, there are a few must-have qualities that can help make or break a great shade. This screen cloth has it all and then some, making it an excellent option for outdoor use. This cloth comes in a roll of knitted fabric that’s designed not to fray at the edges, so you can cut it to the size of your windows without fail every time.

Pros

Cons

  • Fabric is treated with UV protection, so it can hold up to a lot of outdoor use.
  • Since you can wash it with a hose or even put it in the washing machine, it’s easy to clean.
  • Great choice for anyone looking to shade a uniquely shaped part of the yard.
  • Screen does not come with any attachments, so you’ll need to have a screening system in place already in order to use it properly.
  • This shade doesn’t come with any mounting hardware or screen frames.
  • Fabric is more likely to tear from tension than other types of shade cloth.

3. Roll Up Solar Shade

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Roll-Up Solar Shade-4'W x 6'L - Monterey

When shopping for window sun shade screens, it’s sometimes hard to keep everything you need in mind. If you’re looking for a great shade you can use outdoors on your patio or porch, however, you can find everything you’re looking for in this product. This shade is treated for UV protection, and it mounts easily in almost no time. Best of all, it’s not only for outdoor use! Keep the décor theme going strong throughout your home by using this shade in all your windows.

Pros

Cons

  • Comes with all the hardware you need to set it up right away.
  • Includes a simple pull cord that makes rolling up or down even easier.
  • Hardware is designed not to rust when you use this shade outside.
  • Fabric is thinner than some of the others on this list, and people outside may be able to see in through it.
  • Fabric isn’t waterproof, so if you leave it outside in the rain, it may mildew.
  • May not repel as much heat as others on this list.

4. Coolaroo Select Series Roll Up Exterior Window Shade

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Coolaroo Select Series Roll-Up Exterior Window Shade (338893)

Sun shade window coverings are a great way to keep your home and outdoor spaces cool, and this shade does the job well. It is designed to work for patios and porches, and it comes with everything you need to set it up and enjoy it as soon as it arrives. Best of all, if you’re worried about the lifespan of the fabric on this shade, it comes with a three-year warranty from the manufacturer that backs its quality materials.

Pros

Cons

  • Shade works well and combines a darker color with see-through mesh to keep rooms looking bright even while shaded.
  • Fabric is made to hold up to weathering and frequent use.
  • Includes a pull chain for easy lowering and raising of the shade.
  • Only available in 8’ x 6’, so your options are limited with this shade.
  • Included hardware may break or become damaged over time with extended use.
  • Installing these shades can be complicated and may take a while.

5. Coolaroo Cordless Shade

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Sometimes, you need something a little less conspicuous at your windows. Pull cords and chains are a great way to operate your sun filtering window shades, but some rooms and outdoor spaces look a lot better when there isn’t a chain blowing around in the wind or cluttering up the aesthetics of the area. With this great shade, you can have the best of both worlds, and enjoy a fully functional window shade that doesn’t look too overpowered by a cord.

Pros

Cons

  • Knitted fabric is designed to let air in while keeping the sun out.
  • Fabric is resistant to mildew, fading, tearing, and other signs of weathering and use.
  • Both the rail and the fabric are recyclable, which is great for anyone trying to keep their home eco-friendly.
  • Fabric may bunch up on the roller and be difficult to raise and lower.
  • Included hardware may not be durable and is prone to breaking easily.
  • Crank handle isn’t very long, and may be tough to reach from the ground.

6. Petra’s Roll Up Solar Sun Shade

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Petra's Indoor, Outdoor 8 x 6 Ft. Cabo Sand Roll Up Solar Sun Screen Blind With UV Protection, Window Shade. 8x6 Window Blind. 8 Foot Wide x 6 Foot Long

If you’re looking for sun protection window shades that are a little bit thicker than many of the others on this list, look no further than this beautiful shade! Available in sand, cream, and black, as well as in three different sizes, this is a very versatile indoor/outdoor shade that can be used just about anywhere. It looks great in any room, and it’s easy to match with your décor no matter what style you’re going for. Hang it up on the porch for a real tropical feeling, or save it for indoors and imagine you’re on vacation every time you step into the room!

Pros

Cons

  • Thick fabric is great for keeping the heat and sun from getting through.
  • Easy to see through despite being a heavy shade option.
  • Includes hardware and a pull chain to make installation and use very easy.
  • Brackets may be thin and flimsy compared to other shades listed here.
  • Chain is prone to breaking and falling out with use.
  • Bottom rail is not very sturdy and may break when used outdoors in the wind.

7. Coolaroo Exterior Shade

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Are you looking for house window sun shades that will blend in with any kind of color scheme and not take away from the design of the room? If so, this simple shade is the perfect solution for your needs. It’s designed to work without a cord, so if you have kids or pets in your home, you’ll never have to worry about safety issues again. Best of all, it comes in a neutral cream color that gets the job done without drawing attention away from the more important features in your home or outdoor space.

Pros

Cons

  • Easy to use indoors or outdoors as needed.
  • Crank is made to work smoothly and effortlessly with a single hand motion.
  • Fabric is made to stand up to weathering and use, and keep looking great.
  • Included hardware is prone to snapping when used frequently.
  • Installation may be difficult and require more than one person to accomplish.
  • Bottom rod may break or bend with use outdoors.

8. Coolaroo Exterior Cordless Roller Shade

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Do you need a set of sun reflective window shades that can make your space look great without costing a fortune? This shade can do the trick easily and still leave you plenty of funds in your decorating budget to make your home look perfect. Choose this neutral color shade to block up to 95% of UV rays and give yourself a great solution for either indoor or outdoor areas. You’ll love how lightweight and airy these shades look and feel when you hang them on your porch, patio, or in your sun room!

Pros

Cons

  • Easy to install on your own without a lot of effort.
  • Durable fabric resists stains, water, and fading from the sun.
  • Breathable shade lets air in while keeping the heat out.
  • Plain style and color may not be as dramatically appealing as others on this list.
  • No anchors or locks are included, so shade may blow around in the breeze.
  • Crank is prone to rusting and may get very hard to turn.

9. Coolaroo Select Exterior Cordless Sun Shade

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Many window sun shade designs try to be too over the top to really get the job done well. When this happens, you’re left with a shade that looks beautiful, but may not be nearly as functional as you need it. With this excellent shade, however, you can enjoy an elegant and sophisticated traditional design without having to worry about how well your shade will work. This shade is a high-quality piece of fabric with included durable hardware that’s made to last, no matter how often you use it.

Pros

Cons

  • Included metal brackets are rust resistant and easy to install.
  • Affordable shade blocks a lot of UV rays and heat without costing a fortune.
  • Includes steel locks to keep the shade from blowing around in the wind.
  • Thinner fabric won’t keep outside people from seeing in.
  • Fabric is not great at resisting water, and may mildew easily.
  • Crank handle gets stiff easily and may be hard to work with.

10. Coolaroo Designer Window Sun Shade

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If you’re looking for beautiful window sun shades for house use, check out these great classic shades to fit your needs. These shades look and feel just like the ones you might find in a tropical resort getaway. Now you can have them as a part of your home, to remind you of your favorite vacation destination and to bring a little touch of island life to your back porch or patio. Hang them up using the included hardware, and roll them down with the smooth hand crank that replaces a pull chain in this shade set.

Pros

Cons

  • Easy to see out while making it harder for others to see in.
  • Hand crank can easily be replaced with a chain if you prefer.
  • Durable fabric is made to last and won’t mildew or fade.
  • This shade can only be mounted one way, making it harder to find a good place to put it up.
  • May not block heat and sunlight as well as some of the other products on this list.
  • Plastic pieces on included hardware are not very durable and may crack or fall off easily.

11. Keystone Fabrics E80 Elite Plus Exterior Solar Shade

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Premium Outdoor Sun Shade, Motorized-Remote, 4-Feet by 8-Feet, Kona

Are you looking for the top of the line in your next shade? Choose this shading system for the most impressive window sun shades outdoor spaces have ever seen! This unique and beautiful shade can be easily hung anywhere in your home or yard, and you won’t have to worry about a chain or a crank ever again. With this great shade, you’ll be able to raise or lower to your heart’s content, all at the push of a button on the included remote control!

Pros

Cons

  • Very stylish and sophisticated, and sure to impress your friends and family.
  • Quality fabric is designed to withstand years of use without showing signs of weathering.
  • Operates smoothly and isn’t prone to getting caught or hung up.
  • Pressure from the shade can warp and bend the lower rail over time.
  • Doesn’t shade as well as many of the other outdoor window sun screens listed here.
  • Included remote can cause other issues, such as frequent battery replacements or losing or breaking the controls.

12. Coolaroo Exterior Cordless Roller Shade

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For a much simpler house window sunshade design than those that come with remote controls, go with this simple but very durable Coolaroo product instead. This shade comes with an included hand crank, and it’s available in two different colors to help make the most of your décor. This is a great option if you’re looking for shades in a variety of different sizes, since you can select from three options including a standard 8’ x 6’ as well as a hard to find 10’ x 8’. Whatever you need, this shade is here to provide it, and look beautiful at the same time.

Pros

Cons

  • Hand crank is smooth and easy to operate.
  • Installation is very simple and can usually be handled by one person alone.
  • Thick fabric keeps the sun from doing damage to you or your furniture while still providing a view of the outdoors.
  • End caps for rails are made of plastic and prone to breaking or popping off.
  • Plastic hardware pieces may become very soft and cracked when used outdoors.
  • Billows easily in the wind, and may need to be tied down.

13. Keystone Fabrics E60 Diamond Plus Exterior Solar Shade

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Premium Outdoor Sun Shade, Loop Cord Control, 8-Feet by 8-Feet, Maui

If you like the style of sun window shades that includes a built-in valance, you’ll love this classic two-tone exterior shade option. It comes in five different color combinations that include a lighter shade and a dark valance for an elegant and modern splash of color on every window. Choose from four different sizes to fit your needs, and enjoy the easy installation and simple use that comes with every one of these lovely shades. If you’re worried about your shade blowing away in the wind, this one even comes with a Bungee tie to keep it safely in place even in bad weather.

Pros

Cons

  • Easy to adjust to the perfect length by using the spring-mounted clips included.
  • Finding replacement pieces can be very easy with this product.
  • Each color is great at keeping the sun at bay while allowing you to see outside clearly.
  • Fabric may start fraying after a while, especially with frequent use.
  • Plastic cord is likely to break when used often, especially if the shades are kept outside.
  • Shade is prone to falling down from the attached hardware because of its weight.

14. Keystone Fabrics E70 Titanium Plus Exterior Solar Shade

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Premium Outdoor Sun Shade, Cordless, 10-Feet by 8-Feet, Caribbean

 

Sun reflecting window shades come in many different colors, sizes, and styles, but this unique shade is designed to look great no matter what décor may be fashionable at the time. Choose from four sizes and four colors to fit your needs. This shade is easy to hang and even easier to use, especially with the included hand crank. While some crank-based shades may be hard to reach from the ground, this one is designed for use without having to stretch too far to reach it.

Pros

Cons

  • High quality fabric is designed to repel water and heat without taking much damage.
  • Included hardware is durable and won’t rust when exposed to rain and wind.
  • Heavy shades will stay put, even when it’s breezy outside.
  • Much more expensive than the other window sun screens on this list.
  • Will require two or three people to install properly, as this is a very heavy shade.
  • Heat may eventually stretch the shade and warp the bars, making it inoperable.

Conclusion

Have you picked your favorite window sun screen from the Kingpin’s great list? He’s got a lot of favorites here, so you might find it tough to make the final call! Remember that you can always narrow down your choices by available sizes, colors, or by your budget, so you’ll have no trouble picking the perfect shade in no time.

But which ones are the top recommended exterior window sun screens? The Keystone Fabrics E60 Diamond Plus is an excellent shade that gets the job done and goes above and beyond expectation. It’s a mid-range priced shade that comes in lots of different sizes and colors, so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding the right one for your home.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for more affordable house window sun screens, the Coolaroo Extended Cordless Roller Shade is a good place to get started. It comes in at under a hundred dollars per shade, but still gives you a few size and color options to work with. It comes with a hand crank that you might enjoy, and it’s a timeless style that looks great just about anywhere.

Of course, sometimes you just need the screen without all the bells and whistles. For a more DIY take on your sunscreen window shades, don’t forget about the Shatex UV Block Outdoor Sunscreen Roll Shade Cloth. Although it doesn’t come with any hardware, you can cut this shade cloth to fit any awkward or large spaces you need to shade. It’s a great choice for homeowners looking to get more involved in their home window sun screens!

Whichever shade you choose, rest assured that the Kingpin has found you the best choices on Amazon today. You can’t go wrong with any of the shades on this list, and no matter what you’re looking to get out of yours, you can find it here. Pick your favorite and get ready to install the best screen you’ve ever seen!

You’ll be reading that book in the shade in no time!

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