Cheap Solution to Setting Sun on Back of House/Windows

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  1. QBVII

    QBVII Well-Known Member

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    People we will be back in KY in a couple of weeks (hopefully.)
    What can we rig up to keep the setting sun off the back windows in summertime?
    The entire back of the house has big windows - before we left, I got some bamboo blinds and put up (inside) to help, but what we will really need is a way to knock the sun off the windows. (outside)
    What can I make that will be:
    -fast
    -cheap
    -effective?

    I'm thinking some sort of tarp or quickly assembled "awning".....anyone have any ideas?

    Thanks...
     
  2. donsgal

    donsgal Nohoa Homestead

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    Shade cloth is inexpensive and easy to work with. You could devise some kind of moveable awning system for these windows without too much effort, I would expect. If your area is windy, it might pose a problem though.

    Also I highly recommend thermal insulated drapes. It really cuts down dramatically on the heat that comes into the house as well as damage to rugs, etc., from ultraviolet. You can also go with the "old standby" which is foil on the windows which really works well.

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  3. uncle Will in In.

    uncle Will in In. Well-Known Member Supporter

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    The overhead shade screen used by greenhouses in the south would make it much cooler on the back of the house, but you would need an awning type frame work to support it. You can also buy window screen called shade screen. That would be inexpensive and easy to put on the individual windows. A big plastic tarp would also work, and let in some light, but the sun would ruin it in one year. Meanwhile set out some fast growing shade trees.
     
  4. QBVII

    QBVII Well-Known Member

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    You all gave me a great idea!
    Maybe I can find one of these, used, that someone wants to get rid of.......
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    It actually wouldn't take MUCH to make a wooden frame for a fabric awning; then cut this to fit and nail it on.
    We don't have a lot of strong winds, unless there's storms.
    And I won't have a lot of $$$ invested, so if it gets torn up I can make another simply enough without breaking the bank.

    Thanks...
     
  5. Pink_Carnation

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    My mom uses the bamboo blinds on the outside...she hangs them from the eves
     
  6. Wolf mom

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    How about pounding rebar in the ground on either side of the windows, then make arches over the windows with cheap wire fencing - attach the fencing (chicken wire?, maybe something a little stronger) to the rebar posts. Plant quick growing vines.

    Instant pretty shade that will regrow each year. That is if you want to do the work... :)
     
  7. Cyngbaeld

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    I live in a mobile home with NO eaves. Sun hitting the windows really heats us up. I took white contact paper and put over the inside of all the windows. REally cuts down on heat gain better than foil but doesn't block your light. And does not look trashy on the outside.
     
  8. wilderness1989

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    I've done this with a wooden frame with chicken wire streched across it and leaned the frame at an angle from yhe house. When the vine's leaves drop in the fall you et a solar gain....works great. :cowboy:
    PS- The one outside my bedroom window had a birds nest in it every year. It was great to get up every morning and see the baby birds.
     
  9. grannygardner

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    When we lived in Arizona we hung bamboo blinds on the outside.
     
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    On the ouside of the house make a trelis out of string woven between a few posts. Plant luffa gourds to run on the trelis. The gourds grow fast and grow a lot of vine to shade the house during the hot months. The vine will shade the house only the months needed and you will have the luffas as a major plus. The flowers are beautiful also. You could plant morning glories but they can be a pest.
     
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    I am thinking 2 or 4 posts, framed to hold lattice across the top, which will provide some shade until a vining plant grows over it. (kinda like an arbor)

    We have 2 south-facing windows, and using some leftover reflective foil bubble wrap (from home improvement store), I plan to make interior roll up shades for those 2 windows for this summer - should reflect any sun that tries to come in. Also using it to keep the sun out of our bedroom behind the white curtains (sun wakes us up early, especially with the time change!)
     
  12. Jenn

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    Me too over western windows in Central TX (plus drapes inside)
     
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    Real cheap and most effective? Get to an appliance store and get large appliance boxes. Cut to fit the windows. Cover one side with foil. Place in window, foil side out during sunny time of day.
     
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    We made shade cloth blinds for our porch which gets afternoon sun and the cloth comes in various amounts of shading capability and it really works....looks nice and isn't the least bit tacky...makes a big difference in the amount of sun ....shade cloth is cheap and a semi permanent solution (eventually will have to be replaced but lasts a long time) and it looks nice ....We had screens made out of the same stuff for our screened porch...
     
  15. QBVII

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    What a bunch of great ideas...thanks.
    I really don't want to put anything in the windows themselves on the inside, like foil or anything - we do have the bamboo blinds on the inside now. I want something that will knock the sun off the outside.
    The trellis/arbor thing is a great idea.
    I may rig that up for later and put up easily-dissembled awning for now while I'm waiting for vines to grow.

    Yes I can believe using bamboo blinds in Arizona, we are here now. One thing I do like about AZ is all the glorious rose buses that have already been blooming, they are so BEAUTIFUL!
     
  16. Goldwave

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    1) sunflowers? 2) scarlet runner beans? 3) nasturtiums? All also pretty and tasty!
     
  17. beorning

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    We've used that bubble wrap looking silver insulation stuff from the DIY store in our south facing windows in the summer. We put it on the inside, but it's reflective. It's also cheap and durable, you can reuse it year after year. Got the idea from the Tightwad Gazette, If I remember right. You can even get fancy and make rudimentary roll up blinds out of it.
     
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