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03 Feb 2020

3 steps to learn everything you've always wanted to know about sunshades

STEP 1: Create shade or live outdoors?

There is a significant difference between sunshades that create shade and sunshades that enable you to live a more outdoor lifestyle. Generally speaking, a sunshade is something that shields you from the sun. This means that you can create shade on a sunny day, depending on the weather. Screens will enable to control the temperature in your home while sunshades ensure you can sit in the shade on your terrace. In addition to the traditional sunshades, the trend for outdoor living has become more pronounced in recent years. Not only do consumers want to sit in the shade, they want to enjoy outdoor living regardless of the weather conditions. Outdoor living pergolas are a perfect solution.

STEP 2: An awning or a Pergola

With an awning you can shield yourself from the sun on hot days, while retaining an optimum ingress of light and heat during the cooler months. Brustor can make any sunshade to measure, to match your home and your wishes. Awnings with a retractable arm come in different types and models. The Brustor B24 is suitable for every style, while the Brustor B25 has a more classic look. The Brustor B27, on the other hand, is a better match for contemporary architecture. The numerous little differences in design result in a wide range of products. 

Pergolas or awnings with a louvred or canvas roof are also becoming quite popular. You can choose a stand-alone or lean-to pergola.  In Belgium, 7 out of 10 products are lean-to solutions, with the pergola becoming an extension of the living space. A louvred roof is the preferred solution if you want to do more than sit in the shade, for example continue to barbecue during a summer shower or have breakfast out of the wind on a crisp spring day. Many consumers also use pergolas to create an outdoor gym or lounge area. Or as a cover for their jacuzzi. A pergola with a louvred roof is also a perfect alternative for a pool house. With a louvred roof with built-in screens (such as the Brustor B200XL) you will have all the privacy you need, and be protected from the cold wind.

STEP 3: Custom sunshades

If you are considering a sunshade, you should get some professional advice before making your decision. Have a Brustor dealer visit your home, to see how the light falls and discuss orientation, so they can draw up a custom quotation, in line with your wishes and in keeping with your home. In recent years, personalisation has become a trend, with pergolas and sunshades that are fully made to measure. This means that consumers can design their own solution. They can choose the colour of the frame, the canvas or the louvres and can customise it, with different lighting, heating or music options.