There's nothing like enjoying those warm summer evenings, sitting on the patio talking with friends and family. Patio blinds allow you to enjoy the afternoons without the blinding sun or nosy neighbors. There are plenty of good blinds that will stand up to wind and rain that do not cost a bundle. Shop around to find the best deals and look for sales.
Home improvement stores usually have a pretty good selection of blinds for each price category. Sometimes they will even surprise you with a real bargain. Lowe's has a natural roll-up blind that is a whopping 96 inches wide by 72 inches long. This is the least expensive blind on the Internet with the largest square footage. Home Depot also has natural roll-up blinds, but the price is a bit more.
Ace Hardware has a great roll-up blind that looks like a reed blind but is made of long-lasting vinyl. It is 72 inches wide by 72 inches long and can withstand wind, rain and sun for many seasons. It blocks out the sun, but still allows in light and air. A lock on the polyester cord makes it easy to roll up the shade out of your way. Hardware is included for hanging the blinds.
Coolaroo has a wide selection of sizes and colors in their roll-up shade line. These are mesh cloth shades that were made for exteriors and hold up to the elements. Sizes run from 48 inches wide to 120 inches wide and come in a variety of colors to match any decor including some selections of stripes. Colors such as terra-cotta, mocha, and desert sand are rich and appealing. Coolaroo shades are sold in many stores, including the big home improvements stores such as Lowe's and Home Depot as well as retailers' websites. They are light-filtering and can block a large amount of UV light but they are still light-weight enough to let in air.
If you want something more permanent, structured or motorized, there are many companies like Backyard City and SunSetter EasyShade have shades and offers custom-made shades.Backyard City has reasonable prices and a good selection of many types of shades.