Everything Your Arizona Home Needs During the Extreme Summers

Arizona can be unbearable during July and August. The intense heat can make us lethargic and unproductive, and the next thing you know, the summer’s over. This is why you should prepare your home for the summer, if you haven’t yet. It’s only going to get hotter from here on out. Here’s everything your Arizona home needs during extreme summers:

Install Screens and Roll Shades

While it’s good to let natural light in once in a while, a good amount of heat in your home comes from your windows. Installing shade screens on your windows can help block up to 80% of the sun’s rays, in turn, cooling your home. SRP customers in Arizona may also enjoy rebates when they get window shade screens installed professionally. Motorized interior roll shades are also a  great option if you want to open or close the shades at the touch of a button. 

Clean or Replace Your Air Filters

Because of the dry weather, dust particles get stuck everywhere, especially in your AC’s air filters. Forgetting to replace or clean them may cause your air conditioning to malfunction, affecting its efficiency. The heat in Phoenix can go as high as 115 degrees, so it’s best to get your AC serviced at the start of summer.

Keep Your Backyard Cool

The heat shouldn’t be an excuse for you to avoid the outdoors during summer. It only takes a few steps to prepare the perfect backyard for you to relax in. First things first - expand your entertainment space with awnings and patio shades. This will make sure you get enough shade throughout the day, while enjoying your pool or barbecuing. Misting systems are also a great way to regulate your backyard’s temperature. 

Conduct a Home Energy Audit

You spend a lot more time cooling your home during summer than the rest of the year. Because this alone raises your electric bill, it’s important to make sure everything else in your home is working properly. Have a professional conduct a home energy audit for you. They will check your home’s insulation, lighting, use of electronics, and check for leaks. If you’d rather do the audit yourself, Energy.gov has written a simple home energy audit guide for you to follow in their blog. 

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Ways to Prepare Your Home for Monsoon Season Storms

The increasing humidity can only mean one thing - Arizona’s monsoon season is here! From June through September, Arizonans may experience high winds, heavy rains, and even thunderstorms. So how does one go about preparing for harsh weather conditions? Quick answer: It all starts at home. Here are ways to prepare your home for monsoon season storms.

Protect your shades and awnings

The monsoon feeds on the summer heat and moisture, so naturally, the weather can be a bit erratic. One day the sun’s heat could be unbearable - and the next thing you know, the winds are howling and rain starts pouring. Strong winds can cause damage to your awnings and patio shades.

One good way to protect them is to use sun and wind sensors. Somfy sensors can automatically open or retract your motorized shades and awnings based on weather conditions, so you don’t have to worry about leaving them unattended.

Check your roof and gutters

Before heavy rains start pouring, make sure to do a routine check your gutters. Monsoon winds can send debris flying into your gutters, clogging them. This can cause rain water to overflow and lead to water damage.

You should also get your roof inspected the roof before and after rough storms, to make sure there are no damages that can cause leaks inside your home. Routine check might take some work, but it’s better than spending hundreds of dollars in repairs.

Inspect Your Windows and Screens

If you didn’t get the chance to do a full inspection of your home during spring, now might be the best time to do it. It’s important to check all openings in your home, especially windows. Look for holes that may cause debris and bugs to get in. If you have window screens, make sure they’re attached properly too, as loose screens panels may cause damage to your windows. If you’re unsure, have your windows inspected by reliable shade installers in your area.

Brush up on Safety Practices

Monsoon Safety Awareness week (June 14-19) may have passed, but it’s never too late to educate yourself. The Arizona Emergency Information Network (AzEIN) has compiled a list of articles that can help you and the rest of your household prepare for weather hazards. In their website, you’ll learn how to build a basic emergency supplies kit, flood preparedness, and even pet safety during harsh weather conditions.

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3 Best Pool Shade Ideas for Summer

The first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “summer” is swimming. People just can’t shake off that imagery of basking in the sunshine as they have fun in their own pools. But if you live in Arizona, it’s a different story. Summer in Arizona can be harsh, and nothing kills off the excitement more than the thought of getting sunburned. If you want to swim more and burn less, installing pool shades may be your best option. Here’s a quick list of the best pool shade ideas for the summer.

Cover your Pool with Motorized Awnings

Motorized awnings are a practical solution if you want to add some shade to your pool right away. What’s great about them is that they can be automatically extended if you need them and retracted when you don’t.

Use motorized awnings with sun sensors like Somfy and you won’t even have to extend or retract them yourself. When picking awnings, make sure the fabric is water repellent and mildew resistant so you can splash about the pool to your heart’s content.

 

Install Sail Shades over the Pool

If you’re going for a more naval look, sail shades are just what you need. They’re made from high quality, durable shade fabric that can be a colorful addition to your backyard. Although sail shades are permanent structures and are more popular with commercial spaces, they provide great coverage over the pool, so you don’t have to worry about limited swimming space.

Use Patio Shades to Expand Outdoor Seating

When taking a break from swimming, you don’t want to leave yourself and your family exposed to the sun. Patio shades a perfect shield against UV rays that may harm your skin. It also expands your entertainment space so that you don’t have to walk inside your house dripping wet from swimming.

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6 Effective Ways You Can Lower Your Energy Bills this Summer

During the summer, people want to stay indoors and escape the heat. This is especially true if you live in states like Arizona. With the rising cost of electricity, plus the demand for cooling, how do you stay within your budget? As always, we’ve got you covered. Here are 6 effective ways you can lower your energy bills this summer.

Inspect Your Appliances

We’re almost halfway through 2019, so it only makes sense for you to give your appliances due routine check. Start with the cooling appliances like your air conditioning. If you keep your AC running while the filter is dirty, your room won’t be as cool as it should be. Make sure to have a professional look big appliances like your AC or fridge to see if they need some cleaning or repair. There are also small changes you can do yourself, like switching your lights from incandescent to LED.

Install Zipper-Sealed Patio Shades

Your patio is a good place to entertain guests, but it can be too hot during the summer. Zipper-sealed patio shades can help keep the heat away without obstructing the view of the backyard. It also keeps the debris and insects out. It also protects your furniture from intense UV rays leading to bleaching or sun damage.

Use Awnings to Expand Your Entertainment Space

Staying indoors for a long period of time is guaranteed to raise your bills. You’ll be tempted to use the AC more than usual, as well as other entertainment appliances in your living room. This is why you should extend your entertainment space with awnings. If you have a pool, a pool-side awning add the extra shade you need while taking a break from swimming.

Use the Oven Less

It doesn’t hurt to add a little variety to your usual meals. Summer is a great opportunity to try other recipes while reducing your bills. Take a break from using the electric oven and try eating more cold or no-cook food. This also cuts down on preparation and cooking time so you’ll have more time for family. Make more salads, smoothies (helps to beat the heat!), sandwiches, and of course, start eating more fruits. Cooking outside is great too. Who doesn’t love a good summer barbecue?

Get Quality Sun Screens

Sun screens for your windows look great and will improve your curb appeal, but it also makes our home energy efficient. Good sun screens can block up to 80% of the sun’s rays and can keep the interior of your home cool all summer long. It helps get rid of that annoying glare from the harsh sun. Plus, it also gives you privacy and security, as it blocks the view of your home from the outside.

Make Use of Rebate Programs

Always check your local energy provider’s promotions and rebates. Some utility companies encourage their customers to switch to more energy-efficient lifestyle. In Arizona, for example, local power provider SRP provides rebates of $0.80 per square foot of window screens. All Pro Shade Concepts is a trusted and preferred contractor for The SRP Shade Screen Rebate Program.

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Different Backyard Themes That Will Wow Visitors

And just like that, it’s mid-February. Spring will set in a little over a month from now, and the warmer weather means you get to spend more time outdoors. Sooner or later you’ll find yourself inviting people to come over. If your backyard is looks too drab for visitors, here’s are some theme ideas that will surely make your outdoor space more inviting!


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Stripes


This classic pattern never fails to liven-up any outdoor space. Your backyard’s overall appeal depends on the color of the stripes used in your shades and outdoor furniture. Blue and white stripes can give you a little seaside feel, while black and white can set a more elegant tone. Multiple contrasting colors reminiscent of southwestern patterns is also perfect for any Arizona backyard.

Tropical


Nothing screams tropical more than hues of blue and green. If you have a pool in your backyard, small palm trees would look great next to it. You can never go wrong with bermuda grass and ferns as ground cover, but it’s also great to add some color in. Flowers or shrubs with a reddish or purple tint also fits with a tropical theme.

Of course, any tropical theme would be incomplete without shades.

Add some poolside awnings to shield yourself and your visitors from the sun! All Pro Shade Concepts’  awnings can be motorized and there are lots of colors to choose from.

Desert


The obvious choice for Arizonans may be a desert-themed backyard, but it takes a lot more than just a few cacti to make the space look great. Desert flowers like Zinnia, Marigold, some shrubs, and even succulents provide good ground cover. It also adds a lot of color. Consider using rocks of different shapes and sizes to add a little dimension to your landscaping.

Contemporary


This theme is characterized by sharp lines, laminated wood and steel. Contemporary design uses furniture that are plain-looking, but the beauty of it is there’s a lot of room for contrast. If you feel like your patio or backyard furniture looks flat, you can try contrasting it with different pattern designs like chevron, Greek key, or just loud colors like red.

Need shade solutions that go well with a contemporary design?

There’s no need for you to get up from a lovely conversation with friends just to roll up the shades. All Pro Shade Concepts has modern, sleek patio shades that can be controlled at a touch of a button.

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Does Your Home Need More Privacy?

Does your home need more privacy? If you live in Arizona, you probably know this problem well. Not having enough privacy is a common problem in parts of Arizona where developers tend to maximize profit. Homes in Gilbert, Queen Creek & West Valley are built so close together, not leaving much to the imagination of prying eyes or curious neighbors.

People passing by can see you go about your daily routine through your windows. Having a nice afternoon in your backyard patio? Your neighbors can see you from the second floor of their homes. When you just want to relax and enjoy solitude, the last thing you want to see is your neighbors staring at you. How do you solve this privacy problem?


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Build Fences or Walls


This seems to be the pretty obvious solution. But first, you have to pick the kind of fence that works for you. You can go for the usual wooden fence, or a stone wall topped with wooden fencing. Mixing it up a bit with interesting materials such as glass, ornate ironwork or different kinds of wood can get rid of the claustrophobic feeling you get from dull fences. Just make sure to follow your area’s Property Line & Fence laws.

 

 

Consider Lattices


One good way to gain privacy is to use lattices. Lattices can make your yard look more cozy and inviting. If your yard is looking a little grey, you can add some color by growing vines like Bougainvillea or Cat’s Claw unto your lattice. While lattices allow air flow and natural light into your yard, it also serves as a good visual barrier.

Get Sun Screens on Your Windows


If you need some privacy from your neighbors and shade from the glaring sun, shade solutions can hit two birds with one stone. It takes a bit of work to put up fences and lattices, and not everyone has the luxury of time. You can always ask a professional to install shade solutions for you. Sun screens are great all-year round visual barriers and it helps you cool your home. You can choose your custom screen materials- like fabric, where you can decide the amount of visibility you want from the outside.

 

 

Get Patio Shades or Awnings


Retractable awnings and patio roll shades are awesome options that will also let you enjoy your patio without worrying about being seen from your neighbor’s second floor window. You'll be amazed at how much more privacy you'll feel with these simple shade solutions. Just as the window screens, you can decide the amount of visibility you prefer with your custom patio shades, along with your choice of track style.

Do Some Landscaping


There are many ways to use plants and trees to gain more privacy, and there are a number of trees that can grow in the Arizona climate. Trees like the Desert Willow, Blue Palo Verde and Arizona Rosewood are perfect for landscaping. Hedges and other plants are also a great way to block your neighbors’ view. If your yard space is a little small, experiment with raised plant beds, huge planters and layered gardens and turn your yard into a quaint little getaway.

 

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Get Your Arizona Home Ready for Nice Weather

It’s been a long, hot summer, but it’s finally time to get your Arizona backyard and patio ready for the cooler fall and winter months! Check out these home makeover tips just in time for your outdoor soirees.


All Pro Shade Concepts installs custom window sun screens, awnings, and patio shades; and are the leading shade providers in Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, the East Valley (Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Tempe, Queen Creek) and West Valley (Phoenix, Glendale, Sun City, Laveen, Peoria, Avondale, Goodyear).

Mood Lighting


Nothing sets the mood like outdoor lighting when you’re entertaining. While standard overhead lighting on your patio is practical, it can make your outdoor party seem drab and dull. String market lights or lanterns across your entire yard to light up the whole space and make your yard and patio more inviting. Uplighting on trees makes a dramatic impression, and walkway lighting is a practical and trendy way to draw attention to your entertainment space.

 

Patio Shades are an amazing feature to add to your Arizona Backyard.

Add Patio Shades


Patio shades are another option that will improve your entertainment space. Make your backyard patio comfortable for your guests, by opting for a zipper-sealed track- as it helps to keep out bugs and blowing debris out without sacrificing the fresh air. Go for premium options by automating your patio shades, controlling it with a touch of a button via wall switch or smartphone. All Pro Shade Concepts utilizes only the best, top-of-the-line motors by Somfy

 

New Patio Furniture


Labor day is the symbolic “end of summer” holiday, so many stores try to clear out all their summer merchandise to make way for fall and holiday decor. Patio furniture is no longer advertised, which means you may be able to snag a great deal on a brand new outdoor dining set or outdoor seating collection. Your best bet at this point is to try searching clearance sections in store and online.

 

Extend Your Entertainment Space


Awnings are the perfect way to increase the amount of space for your guests to mingle. Place a few extra tables and chairs for your gathering underneath your awning, and they will be protected from the sun & rain. If you choose a retractable awning, you'll be able to retract the awning back when your guests leave, protecting the longevity of your fabric, while hiding your awning discreetly. All Pro Shade Concepts are the Arizona Trusted Experts in the installation of static and retractable awnings.

 

Landscape


As the heat of the summer drops, start thinking about getting your winter grass seeded. Most Arizona lawns consist of Bermuda grass in the summer and Ryegrass in the winter. In the summer, Bermuda grass is able to tolerate the city's triple-digit temperatures. But, Bermuda grass is dormant during the winter months. For this reason, if you want to keep your lawn looking beautiful &  green all year, you have to plant winter rye grass. October is the prime month to start scalping your lawn & planting your Ryegrass seeds.

 

Outdoor Games


Lawn games are a great way to enjoy the outdoors with your family and inspire a little friendly competition. Bocce ball is becoming popular again, and cornhole (or bean-bag-toss, depending on where you’re from) is always a classic game to play. You may be able to find lawn games like ladder ball and croquet on clearance at certain stores this time of year too!

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The Most Popular Home Upgrades in Paradise Valley

One of the wealthiest suburbs of the Phoenix metropolitan area sits just northwest of the city: Paradise Valley. PV is well known for its luxurious resorts, immaculate golf courses, high end dining, and beautiful homes. The overall cost of living in Paradise Valley is well over three times the cost of the Arizona average, and the majority of that cost is the result of the housing market. If you’re looking for extravagant home upgrades, PV is the place to see it.


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There are countless upgrades that can be done to the inside and outside of your home to not only increase resale value, but also create a unique space that you can truly be proud of.

Furniture


If the thought of major home renovation seems overwhelming, furniture can be a great place to start your upgrades when you’re not ready to make the commitment to construction. Purchasing high quality furniture may feel like a big blow to your wallet ($$$) but you’ll be saving more in the long run since better quality furniture tends to last much longer.

 

 

Pieces that get a lot of use, such as couches, should definitely be durable and last you a while. Outdoor patio seating should be especially well-made in order to be able to stand up to the harsh conditions of the Arizona elements.

Motorized Shades


Worried about protecting your new seating or outdoor entertainment spaces from the sun and other elements? Motorized patio shades and awnings are a great way to accomplish this. They are much faster and easier to deploy than individual furniture covers. They can even be installed to be controlled with your smartphone to make it even easier! Even indoor furniture can become sun-bleached, so why not take your sun protection one step further? Install sun screens on the outside of the home to prolong the life of your upholstery.

 

Bonus: Sunscreens help reduce cooling costs by up to 25%, and All Pro Shade Concepts is an SRP certified contractor. More on what that means for you here.

Lighting and Entertainment


Outdoor kitchens and bars are a major staple in many Paradise Valley homes, and they are a great way to keep the inside of the house cool while you do the cooking and entertaining outside. With flat screen televisions and full size refrigerators outside with your grill though, you’ll want to take extra precautions to keep all of these things protected.

Misting Systems


If you’re interested in extending your living space to the outdoors, consider a misting system. We all know the Arizona heat can be unbearable and can really put a damper on any plans involving the outdoors, but a misting system can make the patio a much more pleasant place to be and it uses less water than you may think. Be sure to consult a professional when it comes to installing misters though, you may need additional pumps to ensure your misters are working properly and not acting as a sprinkler system instead.

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Not sure where to start? Start with shade, it never goes out of style! All Pro Shade Concepts will provide an honest, free inspection, with no pressure to buy. For more information about shade solutions for your home, contact All Pro Shade Concepts!

Does Your AZ Home Need Updating?

You purchased your home 5, 10+ years ago. Back then, it may have been fully updated and turn-key, or maybe you bought a fixer upper and never got around to finishing it. If you can feel your home’s age, it may be time to do some updating. You can update it from the inside, or from the outside - it all depends on how much time you have. Whatever you choose, you will improve your living surroundings, and are now increasing your home’s equity.

Update the Inside

With all that's available: online shopping, purchasing new furnishings is as easy as a tapping a few buttons on your phone. Update your overworn couch, purchase new chinaware, or find a great entryway table.

Try finding unique pieces at garage sales or consignment stores and repainting them to match your homes style. If you have more time, look into painting rooms, replacing old flooring, or renovating the bathrooms and kitchen.

While you beautify the interior of your home, you'll want to protect it, too. If you want to customize the visibility of the inside of your home, look into having window sun screens installed to all the windows in your home. This will give you the security and privacy you’re looking for, being able to see out of your windows, but bystanders wont be able to see in.

Update Your Exterior

When you update the outside of your home, you instantly improve its curbside appeal. In your front yard you could update your landscaping with new plants, a fountain, or pavement. Replacing your old garage door will make your life easier if it hasn’t been working properly in addition to giving your home a uniform look.

Custom window sun screens can completely change the look of your Arizona Home's exterior. Replace old, faded, or torn window sun screens to give your home an elegant, and more sophisticated look.

A Backyard Dream

If you’re more into updating your backyard, look at updating your pool with a waterfall or new tiles, upgrade your patio furniture with newly upholstered cushions & umbrellas, or purchase a new grill for all the summertime parties you can host in your updated backyard.

Get ready to party!

To prevent damage to your new furniture and grill, you can also install awnings or patio shades. Awnings attach directly to your home and are retractable so you can choose whether or not you want to use it. Patio shades are a great option if you want to be able to shade your patio like an awning, but want more coverage and versatility. With patio shades you can protect your patio from different kind of weather including rain! In addition, it shields it from unwanted insects and from blocks most of the sun’s harmful rays.

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All Pro Shade Concepts installs custom window sun screens, awnings, and patio shades; and are the leading shade providers in Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, the East Valley (Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Tempe, Queen Creek) and West Valley (Phoenix, Glendale, Sun City, Laveen, Peoria, Avondale, Goodyear).

Whatever you decide to do to upgrade your home, know that the end result will benefit you both financially and emotionally.

You’ll love living in a freshly updated space!

For more information about shade solutions for your home, contact All Pro Shade Solutions at 623-201-4969 for a free quote on your custom shades, screens, or awnings.