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Keep your cool

AS the full heat of Summer approaches, it’s time to turn your attention to protecting your home from the powerful sun, and getting the best use out of your property’s exterior areas.

We all love the good weather, and, for many of us, it’s the reason we chose to live on the island, but the full-on sun in the summer months can also be damaging, so we need to control and restrict it, where necessary.

Whilst you might seek the sun when you are sunbathing or using the pool, you probably want your home to be cool when you return.

Sun awnings or blinds are an excellent investment for any home that is subject to the full force of the sun. They are not just for putting patios or outside areas in the shade; by extending them out, the direct sun can be kept off your windows as well, protecting furniture, flooring and personal effects.

A good blind can help reduce your indoor temperatures by up to 20 degrees, saving on air-conditioning, or keeping your home more comfortable.

As with many items, it’s worth avoiding cheap options which may only last a year or two, as this then becomes a false economy. A good, solid, blind mechanism is essential, and it must be fitted properly by a professional, because there is a fair bit of pressure on the fixings when the blind is fully extended.

The material should be rain-and-sun resistant, and, providing you follow these guidelines, you should get 5-10 years in the shade. If you already have the framework, but the material has been destroyed by the sun, this can be replaced at a fraction of the cost of replacing the whole unit.

One word of warning: if you live on a community, ensure that you consult the administrators before fitting, as there may be strict rules about colours and sizes of any external items you fit to your property. The community statutes are enforceable by law, so ignoring them could be a costly mistake.

If you already have a pergola, but suffer with the sun when it’s low in the sky, you could fit roller blinds on the sides which can be deployed when necessary. Alternatively, fit curtains that can be tied back or pulled across when needed. These also add a nice homely touch to your outside areas, giving you additional privacy, but you should use materials that are sun and water resistant, otherwise they won’t last very long.

Other methods of keeping the sun out of your property include sun-curtains which block light and heat, which now come in a variety of colours, roller blinds, and films for the windows that reflect the rays.

Deco Nuevo will come to your property to measure and bring samples, and provide free, no-obligation quotes on your own doorstep. They will also consult your community on your behalf, so it couldn’t be easier to keep your cool! Contact them on 922 789729.

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