Shading for Outdoor Living

Extend your home or business space through exterior shading.

This outdoor dining area enclosed by FlexShade ZIP shades (no glass windows) maintains a comfortable temperature even in cold weather, with shades down and patio heaters on.

Comfortable outdoor spaces are more important than ever in homes, restaurants, healthcare settings, and more. Easily create inviting outdoor spaces that are protected from the sun, wind, rain, and even insects with Draper outdoor shades.

Not only do outdoor shades protect from the elements, they help bring a sense of calm to your outdoor spaces. Shades provide an extra layer of sound resistance and can hide or reduce the visual impact of surrounding structures or movement.

Extend Your home or business space

Set up outdoor work spaces, elegant areas for entertaining, or relaxing niches on decks and outdoor rooms. Retractable shades can be lowered to provide protected areas for eating, chatting, working, and other activities.

No need for costly renovations – you can add outdoor shades to existing covered patios, garages, or pergolas to help keep your spaces comfortable and inviting year round. Outdoor shades with side channels keep out rain, reduce noise, and control climate and glare. With outdoor heaters or fans, make use of your spaces all year. Insect resistant fabrics even help keep out the bugs.

Stretch the outdoor hours and season

Make your outdoor spaces usable for more hours each day, and for more days, weeks, and months each season. Get the most out of your investment in residential spaces, or even increase profitability of your outdoor bar and dining areas. Simply put, comfortable customers stay longer.

Control the temperature; save money

Install outdoor shades on your home’s windows to control the temperature and save on climate control costs. In summer, outdoor shades can reduce the temperature of a space by as much as 20 degrees, and can cut 74% of solar heat while still maximizing natural daylight.

Block the effect of UV rays

The sun’s rays can be harmful. Outdoor shades block these ultraviolet rays and save your outdoor space from the aging, fading, and decaying look of sun rot. Also look for fabrics that have earned the Melanoma International Foundation Seal of Approval.

Increase Privacy

During the day under direct sun, outdoor shades allow you to utilize your spaces in comfort without feeling like you’re on display. With direct sun hitting your shades, your neighbors won’t have a direct view to you, but you’ll still be able to see the view around you.

Add to the beauty of your home or business

Outdoor shades are customizable and tailored to your needs. Choose from thousands of fabric colors and textures, or select a printed solution that is color-matched to your specifications. Printed options include solid colors, repeating patterns, your own custom artwork, or company logos. Your imagination is the only limit.

Outdoor Solutions

The products below are marked with icons to indicate the benefits offered by that model. These icons indicate the following benefits:

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  • Weather Resistant: The product features a weather- and insect-resistant headbox that allows it to be installed in direct exposure to weather and the elements.
  • Glare Control: The product offers shading from the sun, providing protection from glare, UV exposure, and solar heat gain.
  • Weather Control: The product offers a layer of protection from wind, rain, and snow. Wind-tunnel tested! See the results.
  • Insect Control: The product's design provides a barrier that can help keep out unwanted insects.

Control Systems

Motorization of your outdoor shades provides efficiency and ease of use, but choosing the right controls allows you to get the most out of a shading system.

Simple, easy, and efficient

Wall switches and handheld remotes provide quick, easy-to-use control of outdoor shades with no fuss.

Basic sensor-based control

This approach uses sensors that cause shades to adjust themselves automatically based on brightness, wind, and precipitation in up to four different zones.

Integrated control

Use the IntelliFlex I/O system to integrate control of your outdoor shading into lighting, entertainment, and other systems.

Automated glare control

Some areas, such as atriums, reception and waiting areas, wellness centers, and even larger and more complex outdoor areas, require a more automated solution. The IntelliFlex I/O Sensor/Schedule Interface + (SSI+) with Automated Glare Control utilizes a geographic location to calculate where shades should be and adjusts them accordingly. Sensors still allow the system to automatically react to current conditions. Higher level integration and automation with BAS via BACnet IP is an option with the right controls.

Our award-winning IntelliFlex I/O control system is fully capable of this, and more. Integrate with existing building management systems, or build standalone systems. Simple to implement, yet scalable to handle large, complex systems: IntelliFlex I/O can do it all.

How Can We Help?

Draper is your outdoor shading expert. Every application is unique, so discuss your requirements with us early in your project and let us help you find the ideal solution. Start the conversation by dropping us a note with this easy form, or see your direct Draper contact information below.

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