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5 Types of Exterior Shades You Can Add to Your Home

Increase Your Outdoor Space with the Right Outdoor Shading Solution

After spending time, money, and energy designing your backyard and patio, you’ll want to spend as much time outdoors as possible. But sometimes, weather, bugs, and intense heat can get in the way of those plans. That’s why you need exterior shades for your outdoor space. There are many types of outdoor shades, so one solution is sure to fit your needs. To learn more, here are five popular types of outdoor shading solutions that may suit your home in Austin, TX.

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1. Retractable Roof

Sometimes you want to sit in your open-air space and soak up the sun. Other times, you need a break from the rays or need to protect your furniture from UV. That’s where a retractable roof comes in! Choose between an open top on your pergola or arbor for a little protection. Retract your roof to enjoy the sun or extend it at the touch of the button. 

2. Motorized Bug Screens

Your outdoor patio space is built to optimize your time on your property. However, pesky gnats and mosquitos quickly ruin your time outside. So keep them out! With motorized bug screens, the bugs stay out of your patio space. With the touch of a button, you lower the screens to enjoy the sun’s warmth and outdoor view - all without worrying about pests ruining your time alone or with friends and family. 

3. Patio Screens

Patio screens work much like motorized bug screens but also provide protection from ultraviolet rays and heat for superior outdoor solar control. Companies like Draper allow you to pick the size and style to get the right balance of UV protection and airflow to your outdoor space. The screens can span large areas too - more than 192 inches wide. On top of that, Draper shades can be controlled with ease using a wall switch, remote, or smart home tablet. 

4. Louvered Roof 

A louvered roof comprises many panels that tilt to either open or close. When the panels lay flat, you get complete protection from rain and cool shade. You can tilt them slightly for a balance of sun and shade or have the slats lay vertical for full exposure to the Texas sky. 

5. Rolling Shutters

Rolling shutters go over your home’s windows to provide more security, privacy, and overall comfort. These shades completely block your home from the outdoors so that no one can see in. They also block out sunlight and reduce outdoor noises, so they are perfect solutions for rooms where you need quiet and privacy, like a home office or theater.

Service Tech has the solution no matter what exterior shades your Austin, TX home needs. Our team partners with some of the best outdoor shading companies on the market, like Rainier and Draper. So, get started extending your living space by adding outdoor protection from bugs, the sun, and rain. Contact Service Tech today! 


Smart Blinds & Shades Change Your Home from the Inside Out

Stylish Convenience & Comfort Are Only the Tap of a Finger Away 

Adjusting the shades and blinds in your home doesn’t need to be a time-consuming task. If you have a large expanse of windows in your Lakeway-area home, or if you have multiple rooms on different floors that need shades adjusted throughout the day to manage the amount of daylight – and Texas heat – coming through, then automating the task can make your life easier. 

Scroll below to see how smart blinds and shades can transform your interior and exterior spaces! Read more


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3 Reasons Why You Should Consider Motorized Shades

Your Lakeway-Area Home Has Never Looked This Good 

Take a moment to think about how your day unfolds once you wake up in your Lakeway home. An alarm clock startles you awake, you stumble out of bed to turn on a lamp or overhead light, and you bump your way around to the bathroom or closet to begin getting ready for your day. Does this sound familiar?  

Your mornings can be so much more peaceful with the introduction of motorized window treatments and automated technologies. Imagine this scenario instead: wake up peacefully as your home awakens gradually with you. Smart LED bulbs brighten gradually with a soft glow, motorized blinds open automatically to let natural sunlight stream in, and your favorite streaming station starts playing music to wake you up. 

Automated home technologies like these are just a simple tap of a button away from becoming reality. With motorized blinds and shades, you can transform your interiors while also adding a layer of luxury to your Texas home. Read on below to learn more about one of our favorite smart home solutions! Read more