Save Your Summer with Coolaroo Outdoor Shades

Abigail Sawyer | 18 Apr 2014 | Outdoor

What Is Coolaroo?

Coolaroo shades are known worldwide for keeping patios cool and comfortable without blocking the breeze. The Australian based company developed it’s high tech sun-blocking fabrics out of necessity. The sun-drenched country needed protection from light and heat.

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How Coolaroo Outdoor Shades Work

Coolaroo fabric is made with a combination of monofilament and polymer tape yarns that are patterned in a unique weave. The revolutionary design blocks heat and UV rays while allowing cooling breezes to pass through easily. These materials have been shown to make indoor and outdoor spaces up to 32% cooler.

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Long Lasting Protection

Coolaroo fabric is made from durable exterior grade materials that were designed to withstand the extreme weather conditions of the outback. Even with wind and rain, it’s engineered to resist tearing, fraying, and rotting.

Where to Use Coolaroo Shades

On The Patio

Coolaroo Exterior Sun Shades will keep patios, gazebos and porches comfortable all season long. They can also bring much needed privacy and protection against wind and rain. Base straps securely anchor the shade and prevent it from swaying in the wind.

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These shades can be custom made to fit your space, or ship even faster when you choose convenient pre-sized options.

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 Shade Windows From the Outside

If you love the clean unobstructed look of your interior windows, but need glare control, outdoor shades might be right for you. This option is especially popular for covering several windows at once or sliding glass doors.

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Exterior shades will block heat to give you big savings on energy costs, along with protecting furniture and family from UV damage. The fabric breathes so that hot air won’t get trapped in between the shade and window. Interior shades can hold in heat that eventually radiates into your room.

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Ordering Tips

The first and most exciting part for the shopping process is choosing a color. Coolaroo fabric is available in varying opennesses, so that you can choose the balance between light control and clear view that’s right for you.

Here are a few of our favorites:

The Beachside Collection blocks up to 92% of UV rays and is available in gorgeous vertical stripes.

Shown here from left: Sea Shore, Conch Shell, Nantucket, Tropical Sunrise, Dock Side, and Aqua Passion.

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The Outback Collection has a softer, open weave that will bring beautiful texture to any space. It blocks 90% of light.

Shown here from left: Terracotta, Montecito, Rye, and Blue Steel.

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The Melbourne Collection is made up of natural hues in beautiful variegations. The tight weaves block 92% of UV rays.

Shown here: Spring Sage and Linen.

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We absolutely love the funky colors available in the Urban Life Collection. The palette is tied together by subtle accents of aqua, lavender and gold and blocks 92%of light.

Shown here from left: Canvas, Hearthstone, Pearlmint, Feather Grey and Cabana.

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The Brisbane Collection blocks 80% of light and has an open weave that will give you a much clearer view.

Shown here: Black and White.

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Finishing Touches

Coolaroo shades are available with 2 lift options, a crank lift and continuous cord loop. We recommend the crank for easier opening and more durability.

When you measure for your shades, follow these instructions to find your height and width. Be aware that the factory will make the fabric 2 1/2″ narrower than the width measurement to allow for the  hardware. If you are mounting your shade outside of a window frame, add 2 1/2″ to your width to get full coverage.

Get Your Backyard Ready For Summer with Coolaroo Shades

You can find Coolaroo Exterior Sun Shades at Want expert help placing your order? Chat with one of our designers at 800-505-1905.

  • About Author

    Abigail Sawyer is a Senior Social Media Specialist for She's a home improvement junkie who is currently restoring a 1972 cottage with the help of her husband and goldendoodle, Biscuit. Walking in the footsteps of Martha Stewart, she’s happiest when she’s crafting or whipping up a new recipe; although nothing beats curling up with a good book and some Girl Scout Cookies. Follow her on twitter + instagram at @whatabigailsaw