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    • stator
    • By stator 30th Apr 18, 5:27 PM
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    External shutters for windows?
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    • 30th Apr 18, 5:27 PM
    External shutters for windows? 30th Apr 18 at 5:27 PM
    Anyone know of a good product for blocking sunlight from the outside of your windows? I need something that is roll down, folds to the side or even removable and refixable with a few bolts.
    It's only for the really hot days. The internal blinds don't keep enough heat out of my living room. It's quite a big window, about 6ft wide and 5ft tall.
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    I've been searching and searching for shutters and shades, but just get swamped with internal blinds etc.
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    • Quizzical Squirrel
    • By Quizzical Squirrel 30th Apr 18, 5:35 PM
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    • 30th Apr 18, 5:35 PM
    How about window awnings?
    • stator
    • By stator 1st May 18, 12:26 AM
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    • 1st May 18, 12:26 AM
    You mean one of those things that look a bit like a tent when extended? Not so keen on that.
    Would like it if there was one that could just be drawn down over the window
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    • shaun from Africa
    • By shaun from Africa 1st May 18, 1:10 AM
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    • 1st May 18, 1:10 AM
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    • 1st May 18, 1:10 AM
    Have you considered UV blocking film? According to this advert:
    https://www.sunsibility.co.uk/shop/uv-window-filter-film/uv-window-filter-film/67/0/1230/bonwyke-sun-protective-elite-uv-window-film-fade-and-heat-reduction/
    it blocks up to 52% of heat from the sun.

    It's quite expensive but there may be other cheaper suppliers for similar products.
    • Hoploz
    • By Hoploz 1st May 18, 11:06 AM
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    • 1st May 18, 11:06 AM
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    • 1st May 18, 11:06 AM
    I would assume there are few products which would close down over the window on the outside, as it would prevent the window from opening. The wind down awnings do work well, and the shady area they create underneath mean you might get some cooler air circulating if you open the windows too.
    • stator
    • By stator 1st May 18, 12:43 PM
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    • 1st May 18, 12:43 PM
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    • 1st May 18, 12:43 PM
    Anyone know how much a simple awning would cost? One that you wind out with folding arms ?
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    • Quizzical Squirrel
    • By Quizzical Squirrel 1st May 18, 4:16 PM
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    • 1st May 18, 4:16 PM
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    • 1st May 18, 4:16 PM
    Is this at the front of your house or the back? Downstairs window?

    There could be more appealing alternatives if it's a downstairs rear window.
    • stator
    • By stator 1st May 18, 4:41 PM
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    • 1st May 18, 4:41 PM
    Downstairs front main window.
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    • stator
    • By stator 17th May 18, 4:34 PM
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    • 17th May 18, 4:34 PM
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    • 17th May 18, 4:34 PM
    Do you think you need planning permission for external shutters or roller blinds?
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    • benjus
    • By benjus 17th May 18, 5:28 PM
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    You could look at some external roller shutters, like the ones they use extensively in Spain (called "persianas" there). Also known as continental shutters.
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    • Judi
    • By Judi 17th May 18, 10:17 PM
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    Plantation shutters. I love the idea of external shutters.
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    • Jeajea
    • By Jeajea 18th May 18, 1:53 PM
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    I've been looking for these continental shutters also but have only found them on sale to commercial premesis. You may need planning permission. For me it would be worth it! You can get internal blinds which fit flush in a track to either side of the window, but my windows are the wrong shape.
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