Cover Your Pool & Patio with Outdoor Roller Shades

By SelectBlinds

The heat of summer is here and the sun is beckoning us out of the seemingly forced hibernation of the past year. Are we ready to face the heat of the season again? For those of us in the intense temperatures found looming over the Southwest, exterior shade is an absolute must, but finding the perfect outdoor sun shades can be almost as painful as forgetting to use sun screen. We’re here to give you some tips and ideas about how to keep your feet, body, and head cool throughout the next few months. Read on to check them out!

Exterior Solar Shades

Lifestyle Outdoor Motorized Shades drop like a welcome breeze into this patio’s décor.

Outdoor shades can come in a wide variety of lift styles, but due to their width and exposure to the elements, the safest, and easiest to install, are roller-style shades. Patio sun shades have varying transparencies, so you can fine-tune the amount of sunlight you want to filter through. Offering 1%, 3%, 5%, 8%, 10% and 14% levels of openness, there are a lot of ways to craft your poolside sun protection!

Note: 1% Openness= 99% of Harmful UV Rays Blocked = Darkest Option.

Sliding Glass Door Blinds

Architect Light Filtering Panel Tracks block out the light but keep the family in sight.

Before you party on the patio, you’ve got to make it through the sliding glass door! You know, the one that’s invisible to the dog, and to your Aunt Pam after a few too many hard seltzers? Don’t forget how much of the sun’s natural energy and heat is absorbed, and magnified into your house by the patio slider. While our panel tracks are great for indoors, as well as to be used as room dividers, they can also fair well on the porch in less intense summers on the East coast of the United States. If you’re located in the solar panel-loving states like Arizona, California, and Nevada, set your heart on the exterior shades!

Bamboo Shades

Premier Woven Wood Shades in Quince work wonders inside and out.

Not just for feasting your eyes on inside, bamboo blinds are also a favorite for the porch, patio, and pool areas! Outdoor bamboo shades have the same construction as an interior shade, but with any product that spends its time outside, the elements are known to limit its lifespan. Keep in mind, you can upgrade any of our products to 5-year unlimited coverage, so you can rest in the shade with peace of mind!

Select Blinds’ Staff Recommends:

1% Classic Exterior Sheer Weave Solar Shades keep enclosed patios cool every afternoon.

Try one or more of our favorite selections of outdoor roller shades and bamboo blinds for the ultimate shaded experience inside and out:

5% Classic Exterior Sheer Weave Solars

Lifestyle Outdoor Shade

Classic Cordless Top Down Bottom Up Woven Woods

Oh, and one more thing. Have an amazing summer on your patio and by the pool!

Everybody, In the Pool!


Summer’s in full swing, and here in Arizona (where Select Select Blinds is based) we practically live in our pools to survive daily 110◦+ temperatures. So that pretty much makes us experts on pool parties. Here are some ideas for great family-friendly pool games (or easily adaptable adult versions) to play to ensure your next party is a splashing success. For more ideas, get inspired on Pinterest, Google, or at your local pool store.

DIY Dive-Ins

Wet T-Shirt Contest: O.K., get your mind out of the pool filter and divide everyone into two teams in two lines at the edge of one end of the pool. Give the first person in each line an extra-large t-shirt to put on, then ready-set-go! The first two people must swim across the pool and back, then pass the wet shirt to the next ones in line who swim across and back, and so on. It’s a race to the finish to see which team wins.

Chicken Noodle Fight: The classic chicken fight is still a family favorite, but instead of using your hands, the team member on their partner’s shoulders uses a sponge tube to fend off their foe on the other team. Last one left standing wins.

Floating Battleship: Bring the popular board game to life by making your own or buying one of the many online versions available. (Try the popular battleship pong version for 21+ parties.)

Squirt Gun Races: String lines across the pool and push plastic cups across them using squirt guns.

Available Online or at Your Local Pool Store

Virtually any type of game you can play out of the water you can play in it. Look for the aquatic versions of your favorite sport and dive in! Float these ideas at your next party:

  • Floating golfFloating golf green.
  • Water basketball
  • Water volleyball
  • Floating cornhole and tic-tac-toe
  • Floating casino

Pool Party Décor

Greet your guests with this cool arch easily constructed with beach balls and swim rings. Keep the party going at night by tossing glow sticks in the pool. And to shield you from too much fun in the sun, hang exterior solar shades. They’re a great option for patios, sun rooms and even gazebos because they’re weather and UV-resistant.