Decks, patios, and porches – they all extend your home’s living space and allow your family and friends to connect with the great outdoors. But it can get hot out there! Exterior shades and awnings are a great way to keep everyone comfortably protected from the sun and heat. They’re the perfect architectural addition to your home, opening up vistas while protecting valuable furnishings from the sun’s rays. An added bonus: they can play a big role in conserving your home’s energy use. Below, we’ve expanded on some of the shades that benefit most from exterior shades, retractable awnings, or ZipRite shades.