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Joining two solar patio shades together tied down with bungee cords

The maximum opening that we can make a 85 inch outdoor patio shade for is 16 ft.

If you have openings that are larger than 16 ft we will need to join two roller shades together to reach that opening width.

Showing two 12' wide outdoor roll shades mounted together tied down with bungee cords
Showing two 12' wide outdoor roll shades mounted together tied down with bungee cords

All of my roller shades are tied down with bungee cords. You need the bungee cords to allow the roller shade to be able to flex in the mild breezes. As you can see by these pictures the ends closest to the walls tie down to the walls.

These are my new brown 97% roller shades
These are my new brown 97% roller shades

Where there is not a wall to tie down to we will use a longer bungee cord to get us to the slab. Shown here are my 85" drop New Brown patio solar protection shades.

Showing stainless steel D-Buckle
Showing stainless steel D-Buckle

I will use a stainless steel D-Buckle which I Tapcon into the concrete. Attached to the long bungee cords I will put two stainless steel swivel bolt snaps.

Looking the mounted together roller shades
Looking the mounted together roller shades

The spacing between the two shades together is minimal. It technically should be an inch and a half. It doesn't always turn out to be an inch and a half, so I would say between two and a half inches to an inch and a half would be a good expectation. I hear often from people worried about there being a gap there. The Gap ends up being extremely trivial. As you can see in this picture you have all kinds of gaps around these Shades. We had to install the shades around the post's stonework. When you are inside of this patio the shade is so enormous that those openings end up being negligible.

Strongly tied down with bungee cords
Strongly tied down with bungee cords

For strength whenever I install my bungees I will double them up. What I mean is the bungee coming from the eye hook down to the bolt snap is doubled. All this does is create longevity for the bungee. If you just use one bungee that's a lot of pressure being put on that one bungee. Using two bungees you're doubling that strength. Keep in mind roller shades are not meant to be left in the down position all the time. Roller shades for patios are to be used for temporary sunshade when you are on the patio and then rolled right back up when you're not using them.

Look how much wonderful shade you get with these sun shades
Look how much wonderful shade you get with these sun shades

This is a really good picture showing what it looks like to be inside of this patio where you have 12 ft long mounted next to each other. Here are some other pictures showing what it looks like looking through my outdoor sun shades.

The solar sun shades are beautiful.  Beautiful and they provide a whopping 97% amount of shade from the sun
The solar sun shades are beautiful. Beautiful and they provide a whopping 97% amount of shade from the sun

This is the same patio as the picture shown above. This is an exterior view whereas the picture above is an interior view. These are beige/white solar sun shades.


Question: Can I leave the outdoor patio shades down all the time? & Answer: You absolutely need to roll the outdoor patio shades up when you are not on the patio. Make it a practice never to leave them down unattended.




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