Shading or sun control measures are the external additions to your home which limit the sun’s heat from entering your home. External shade structures can range from awnings to eaves, shutters, shade sails, deciduous trees and other vegetation. External shading devices can block up to 90% of the unwanted direct sunlight hitting your windows during summer. There are two main types of external shading to choose from:
  • Fixed shading devices such as eaves and pergolas have been the traditional mainstay for shading. These can be designed (particularly on the northern side of a house) to allow the winter sun to enter but exclude the hot summer sun.
  • Seasonal shading such as sails and awnings can be put up and pulled down when needed, so you have more control over how much sun you invite into your living space.