Exterior Products

Exterior Solar Screen Shades

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Exterior solar screen shades are retractable outdoor coverings that are made from tightly-woven fabric that’s been coated to withstand and block out heat. They offer outstanding sun and light blocking benefits, and can also reduce glare for distraction-less television viewing. Moreover, because solar screens are slightly opaque (depending on the openness of the weave) they also double as privacy-screens, making them an effective and incredibly versatile way to shade your home, patio or other outdoor living space.

In addition to providing retractable shade for outdoor patios, exterior solar screen shades are also a great alternative to interior window treatments and can be used on the exterior of large windows or doors where you don’t want to block the view. They can be used when interior shades don’t match the design or aesthetic you’re going for, and where exterior shades are a better match.

Benefits Of Exterior Solar Screen Shades

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Keep Out The Elements

With a sophisticated zipper track system to keep the screen from being pulled from the track, our exterior solar shades are great for repelling pests and bugs (while keeping your pets from wandering outside). They’re also great insulators and can keep high heat and hot air outside–helping you save on your energy bills!

Privacy While Preserving the View

Because their fabric can be made to be slightly opaque at various levels, solar shades are unique in that they can preserve the view outside while still providing privacy. You can select a solar shade that lets you maintain the gorgeous views of Sonoma, Marin, or Napa, while preventing would-be eavesdroppers from seeing you from outside your home. 

Heat & Light Control 

Solar shades are wonderful in that they block out excessive heat while allowing some degree of light in. In fact, they can stop as much as 95% of unwanted solar heat from entering the home. And because they block out infrared light and UV rays, they’ll protect your furniture too.  Solar shades are also great in that they allow you to control the amount of light that enters a room. Since they can be customized to meet your specific lighting preferences, they’re a terrific way to shade a room while still allowing some light in.

Available Features

Customize To Fit Your Needs

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We provide a variety of functional and aesthetic product options for our selection of exterior shade screens. Learn about our many product options below. 

Extensive Selection

Our extensive inventory of solar screens is one of the largest in the industry. Not only can you choose the style and color of your solar shades, but also the opacity-level, type of fabric, motor and control options, sizing, and housing. You can work with one of our design consultants to customize your solar shades to your specific needs and preferences, to ensure that your outdoor shading solution is perfect in every way.

Multiple Sizes

Not sure if a solar screen will fit in your outdoor space? Our solar shades come in a variety of sizes, and can span up to 32 feet wide. You should have no problem finding one that fits seamlessly with your residential or commercial space.

Motorization Options

Our roller shades can come fully motorized—so that you can control them at the touch of a button—with or without your smartphone. You can also upgrade to a home automation package to have your shades auto-adjust depending on the time of day. 

Insect and Wind Resistant

Create your own outdoor oasis with our zipper track system.  It not only keeps the fabric taut in windy conditions but also keeps insects and other pests out so you can take full advantage of your outdoor living space whenever you like.

Speak With A Design Consultant

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Let One of our experienced designers help you find the perfect solution for your home

Our Full-Service Process

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Contact Us

Fill out our contact form below or give us a call today. A designer will visit your home to provide a presentation of our solar screen shade products, as well as answer any questions you may have.


During your consultation, we'll help you find the best product for your needs and preferences, while staying within your project budget. We will answer any of your questions.

Design & Build

After your consultation, we will provide you with an estimate for your solar screen shades--giving you time to decide on your purchase. Once your purchase has been finalized, our installers will get to work installing your shades at a time that is convenient for you.

Hear From Our Satisfied Clients

See what our clients have to say about us.

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Maria N.

“Let me start by saying I was actually referred to Hartley by another vendor who couldn’t offer what I needed to fit a quite awkward space.  I was extremely pleased with Hartley - not just the quality of products offered and the service, but just as important, their creativity in meeting my needs and budget.  Also, their installers were very professional and neat about cleanup.  Would certainly recommend them!”

Curtis M.

“My wife & I had the entire Hartley crew come to our newly rebuilt home in Coffee Park. They installed motorized blinds for ALL the windows and installed a beautiful motorized awning shade for our back patio since it faces west… Can’t say enough great things about this company! If you need blinds or especially an outdoor awning to shade your patio, these are the folks to have do it! Professional, responsible, clean, and they communicate very well with your needs and keep you up to date on the progress. It really helped to make our new house a real home.”

M. P.

“After using Hartley Window Coverings through this past year I would not go elsewhere!  Their people, response to any questions at all times are truly refreshing!  Julie the sales rep definitely went the extra mile and Mike the owner is incredibly sensitive to the customers needs.  The guys who installed were great as well and very neat and tidy.  Can’t say enough about their service procedures.  Definitely give them a call for any type of window coverings inside or out!”

Jennifer T.

"From the moment I contacted Hartley Window Coverings I was treated with the best customer service.  From sales staff, Rachel is so knowledgeable and helpful, to the installers, who were respectful of my time and my home.  I felt like I was their top priority and it has been the best experience of all the home contractors I have dealt with in the last 18 months.  Love my new shades!"

Ro B.

"We were very happy doing business with Hartley Window Coverings- Sasha came over for the initial  consult and was very professional. The installers were  friendly, considerate and knowledgeable. We highly recommend Hartley and would be happy to work with them again."

David A.

"We recently used Hartley Window Coverings for new window treatments in our greatroom  and new vertical blinds in the kitchen dining area. Rachel was so helpful in guiding us through the process. When it came time for the installation Gabe, Jesus and Chris were very neat and careful with our hardwood and tile floors... Rachel was always there when the installation was finished to make sure that we were pleased with the results. The level of customer service from everyone at Hartley is 5 star."

Corinne R.

"Working with Maygen was delightful.  During our rebuild, she came to our new home multiple times to go over the options available to us.  When we finally moved in, she was on hand to help with refining our selections and getting everything installed as soon as possible... I wish all of the vendors we worked with offered the service that Hartley does. There was never any finger pointing or discussion about any of the little issues that arose.  We are extremely satisfied with the products and service provided by Hartley."

Judi H.

“I love my Lutron Palladiom shades. They shade my stairwell and living room from southern and western sun glare. The remote controls are easy to use and never give me any trouble.  Hartley Window Coverings is the BEST!!”

Dustin D.

“We worked with Ann at Hartley Window Coverings on a high-end whole house remodel with a articulate and particular client.  Ann navigated the selection process and was able to meet the client’s requirements in a professional way while communicating changes with us so we could complete the appropriate paperwork on our end.  The installation of the final product was also amazing.  It was an exposed application, so everything had to be perfect.  The job came out perfect, the client is happy, and we are happy.  We appreciate Hartley Window’s partnership.”

Noel B.

"If Hartley Window Coverings has what you are looking for, then no need to look any further.  The service from start to finish was outstanding. The shutters we selected have transformed the look and feel of our home."

Frequently Asked Questions

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Where can I install a solar screen?

Solar screens can be installed in any outdoor area that already has a permanent roof in place. Covered porches and patios, lanais and even garages are common places to install a solar screen.

What’s the difference between retractable shade screens and retractable awnings?

In contrast to retractable awnings, shade screens are motorized shades that extend vertically across an open space—enclosing an otherwise open outdoor area or room. This makes them an affordable and convenient solution for those who’d like to shade and enclose a space from sunlight, hot temperatures, and pesky bugs. 

Can exterior solar shades increase my home’s value?

Yes! Solar shades are one of the easiest and most convenient ways to transform an otherwise open space into a comfortable outdoor living room that can be used and enjoyed year-round. This makes them a stunning and versatile way to add more space to your home, increasing its value. 

Are exterior window shades in Santa Rosa worth it?

Yes. In fact, they’re especially handy in Santa Rosa, with its extremely hot and humid summers. Here’s why: Unlike interior window shades, exterior window shades can block shortwave radiation, the kind that can otherwise enter your home—even with interior shades—causing it to heat up. By blocking heat before it enters your home, exterior window shades can keep your home cool, and cut down on the energy needed to keep it that way.

Interested in learning more about the benefits of exterior window shading systems in Santa Rosa? Check out our blog How Exterior Shades Can Help You Save Energy to learn more.

What are solar screen shades?

Solar screens, also known as “retractable solar screens,” or “solar shades” are motorized shades that extend vertically across an open space, effectively enclosing it. This type of window treatment provides shade from direct sunlight and insulates the space it encloses. They make great cover from sunlight and hot temperatures in the summer and cold air and frigid chills in the winter. 

Does Hartley Window Coverings install solar shades in Santa Rosa, CA?

Yes. As a matter of fact, we install all our interior and exterior window coverings throughout Santa Rosa and the neighboring counties. Whether you want sun shades in Napa County, remote control shades in Marin, or even blinds and shades in Sonoma—we can help you find them and install them!

What are outdoor window shades?

Outdoor window shades are a type of window covering that’s designed for the outdoors, such as patios, porches, and decks. They’re a great way to protect you and your furnishings from the elements while still allowing natural light in, and they come in a variety of materials, colors, and styles to suit any design.

What can I do with outdoor window shades?

Outdoor window shades can be used for a variety of purposes, including providing privacy, controlling natural light, and protecting your patio or porch from UV rays. Moreover, because exterior shades absorb nearly all shortwave radiation, they can also be used to shade your home—lowering your energy costs—as well as to create a cozy outdoor living space. 

What are the benefits of using outdoor window shades?

The main benefit of outdoor window shades in Santa Rosa is that they provide protection from the elements while still allowing natural light to pass through. They also provide a layer of insulation, which will help to keep your patio cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Plus, they come in a variety of styles, colors, and materials so you can easily find a window covering that fits your design style. 

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