Guide to Choosing a Solar Shade or Horizontal Shade

Solar Shades on a Sunroom

A Solar Shade Series I is the right choice if:

  • You want to shade your home
  • You would like to reduce the cost of cooling
  • You want a shade mounted outside the home to block the sun before it hits the window glass
  • You want an easy-to-use shade to fit with your home or business
  • You want maintenance free, extruded aluminum framework
  • You want the ability to select a cable, rod or track guide
  • You would like to keep the shade, but lift the bottom for better visibility

Motorized Patio Screens

A Solar Shade Series II is the right choice if:

  • You want to shade your home
  • You would like to reduce the cost of cooling
  • You want a shade mounted outside the home to block the sun before it hits the window glass
  • You want an easy-to-use shade to fit with your home or business
  • You want maintenance free, extruded aluminum framework
  • You would like a solar shade which operates on a track guide
  • You prefer the smaller cassette of the Series II

Horizontal Shade

A Horizontal Shade is the right choice if:

  • You want privacy on your deck or patio
  • You have a Canopy or Pergola and would like to add privacy
  • You would like a sliding shade to block the sun when it is lower in the sky, to block some wind, or to maintain your privacy

Benefits of an exterior Solar Shade

  • When the sun hits the glass pane in your windows, they heat up and allow more warmth inside. Because Solar Shades are mounted outside on your home, they block the sun before it hits the windows, helping reduce cooling costs.
  • Control how much light and privacy you need by choosing solid acrylic fabric or open mesh fabric.
  • Completely cover your sunroom or other windows to provide sun protection when and where you need it.
  • Can be joined together to safely cover large spaces.
  • Operate manually, or by remote control.

Benefits of a Horizontal Shade

  • When you or the neighbors are outside enjoying the weather, the Horizontal Shade provides you with privacy.
  • Since they are mounted between two walls, from one wall to one floor post or between the legs of a Canopy or Pergola, Horizontal Shades can be installed almost anywhere.
  • Operate easily with a bottom caster to roll out and a spring to pull back in.

What to Look for and Watch out for When Buying an Exterior Shade

  • Made in the USA
  • Color matched components
  • Precision manufacturing
  • Durable guide or track system
  • Motorized option (for Solar Shades)
  • Variety of sizes and configurations
  • A selection of architectural finishes
  • Maintenance free aluminum
  • Wide selection of fabrics and colors
  • Professional design and installation
  • Manufacturer’s Warranty

Sun protection, energy savings, and value added to your home.

An investment in energy savings

A Solar Shade or Horizontal Shade is a unique shading solution which will help protect your home, business and furnishings from the sun’s harmful UV rays. They add flair and functionality to your home or business and Solar Shades save energy when attached to the exterior or the home by reducing the amount of heat gain.

Awning & Horizontal Shade

An investment in lifestyle

Whether you are looking for protection from the sun inside a sunroom or patio around the pool or on the deck, or privacy in your hot tub or spa, you will value this addition to your home.

An investment in the appearance of your home

Stand out in the crowd with this unique shade solution – whether it’s entertaining your friends, or curbside appeal. Add your business logo or address to customize your shade and draw clients in.

Aristocrat – a smart investment

Precision made by Craft-Bilt Manufacturing company, a leader in the home improvement industry since 1946, Aristocrat shade products feature the latest advancements in technology, electronics and engineering and are proudly made in the USA. They are backed by Craft-Bilt’s limited lifetime manufacturer’s warranty, and professionally installed by authorized dealers across the US.

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