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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on March 30, 2013
Color Name: GreenVerified Purchase
This is the first type of shade fabric I've purchased and used. I went with it based mostly on the first review and a bit of research

I purchased this for my greenhouse last summer (2012). 90% block may seem like a lot of shade for a greenhouse, but trust me it was just right. There plenty of light that still passed through to keep the plants happy.

(Before the shade)
On sunny summer days with an outside temp of 80 degrees, the temps inside the greenhouse were around 110+ degrees. My plants were suffering from heat stress. And that was with all the doors and vents open, 3 large fans and cooling misters too.

(After the shade)
I hung the material inside the greenhouse in early July. I placed it directly overhead and over the south roof. There was a noticeable shade inside the greenhouse, but it certainly did it's job and kept the temps down. To be a bit more specific, the temps never climbed any higher than 12 degrees from the ambient temp. I left the shade installed until Mid Nov. When I removed it it looked as good as it did when I installed, no uv damage from what I could see.

Over all this is a great product. The material is heavy and durable and does not unravel when cut. It did not get cooked in the extreme heat that exists in the ceiling area of my greenhouse. Hopefully it will last a few more seasons.

I will be buying more of this product.

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EDITED TO ADD ON JUNE 20TH 2013:
Well the same fabric from last year is going up again this weekend. When I pulled it out of storage it still looked brand new
- no mildew or unraveling. We'll see how it stands up to another summer. I will add to this review later in the year.

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EDITED TO ADD ON APRIL 13th 2014
I failed to add to last years review so here it is short and sweet... The fabric held up great!

Today I pulled the fabric out of storage. 1 from 2012 and 4 from 2013. As last year, no unraveling and no signs of any UV damage.

For my use, the ceiling of my greenhouse, having one large section of fabric makes hanging it up easier than dealing with multiple smaller pieces. I took 2 pieces and with heavy thread joined them together. I gave the new joint several good tugs and it felt like one continuous piece of fabric. Now I have a 12x16 foot section. I wanted to added metal grommets every 3 feet around the edges, but I didn't think a single layer of fabric would be strong enough. I decided to re-enforce it and sewed a 1 1/2 inch hem on all 4 edges. Installing the grommets took a lot of effort, but I'm happy with the end result. Now the test will be how well it holds up this season. I will wait and see how things go before making another one.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Color Name: MontereyVerified Purchase
I scoured the web for a week looking at shade fabrics. There are places online that stitch on a border, add gromets, and add all sorts of other stuff. I eventually narrowed my search down to the Coolaroo fabric and the Keystone. I ended up with the Keystone because my application was 16 feet while the Coolaroo was 15 feet.

This fabric is great. It has a slightly striped look to it when it arrives. No worries though, once you put it up, it looks just like the picture. The fabric is made out of the same type of polyester as bailing wire. If you have ever worked with that stuff, you will know that it is pretty tough stuff and lasts for quite some time if, say, left in a field for a few years.

We attached it using basic plastic cable ties. There are all sorts of online recommendations. My favorites are those Coolaroo butterfly clips that always seem to cost $20 a package and the ribbon with gromets. Remember what I said about how tough bailing wire is? Trust me, this fabric is tough. We have had some fierce winds and while the fabric has stretched a bit, there has been no issue using the cable ties. Most of the wind just blows through the very small holes. Shade fabric would make a very poor sail. I really don't think you need gromets or ribbons or special uber-expensive clips. We did get some of those nailing plates. Those things are tough. I just didn't end up using them.

To sum up, this product is fantastic. I suspect that the Coolaroo is probably about the same quality. As I recall Keystone was a tad less expensive.

UPDATE October 11, 2012 Post Derecho:

We live in the DC area. That Derecho storm tore through the area. The Shade fabric survived 50-60 mph winds. one Corner stretched a bit, but the rest of the cable ties held. What didn't hold was the cable I use to attach the fabric. The vinyl coated cable came undone at the connector, while the fabric stayed perfectly attached. Yup, the fabric was stronger than a cable clamp. To be fair, the cable clamp had one attachement point and the fabric has dozens. . .

I have also noted that while wind moves through the fabric fairly well, you do still get some 'sail' affect. The cables just don't seem to hold it down all that well. But the areas that I screwed down held perfectly. So consider using 1/2 inch staples for a peramanent install or screws if you want to take the fabric down.

I had been thinking of making another run and using this as a curtain. I saw it in the Amazon Warehouse for about 1/2 price so I went ahead and ordered another roll.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 11, 2013
Color Name: MontereyVerified Purchase
I got this and just now put it up knowing i bought 16' of it, i was shorted almost 4'i have it tacked up for winter months and now am short!so still exposed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Color Name: GreenVerified Purchase
i have a pergola covering a small deck on the east side of my home, with windows overlooking the deck. morning sunlight would come in through the windows, and also make the deck very hot. this heated the house up a lot.

i just stapled this fabric to the top of the pergola. i was amazed at the difference in the temperature of the deck: the sunlit area was 146 degrees, and the shaded was 88. and the inside of the house was much cooler!

before the shade fabric, the heat of the deck continued to heat the east side of the house all day. now, it's much better. i plan to buy more and fasten it with bungees below the pergola in the summer - i think this is a great product!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 10, 2013
Color Name: MontereyVerified Purchase
My only gripe would be that one end of the fabric wasn't cut perfectly straight. Other than that, it works great over my pergola.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 2, 2013
Color Name: BlackVerified Purchase
i was looking for a cheap replacement for coolaroo fabric. this works with the coolaroo fasteners. it is not the same fabric, and it is harder to see through, but my wife is OK with it, it blocks probably 90% of the light, which makes my plasma TV much easier to watch with the sun up in the evening. i have no idea if it is durable as the coolaroo fabric, but i bet it is not, however it is so cheap that i might be $ effective.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 8, 2013
Color Name: BlackVerified Purchase
Love this stuff. We've hunted and purchased many "shade" providing fabrics and products with not much success. I found this at a very reasonable price and thought "what the heck!". Well.....to my surprise is works very well at blocking most of the direct sun we receive through our patio door in our living room. I actually cut and attached a 6'x6' piece to the inside of our existing not-so-dark roll-up shade and what a difference it makes. With the rest of the roll, I'm going to attach grommets to the edges and run it along our patio railing for some privacy. Would not hesitate to buy again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 19, 2013
Color Name: MontereyVerified Purchase
Material is easy to work, not complicated to handle.
Regarding the use is perfect for what I need, My wife can not be mor happy.
exelent,
Thedelivery was as predicted, good quality for your money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 8, 2013
Color Name: MontereyVerified Purchase
i made my own screens and it was a lot cheaper than buying them. Does a fine job of blocking the sun and heat. Would recommend this to anyone wanting to have a cheap sunscreen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 20, 2013
Color Name: BlackVerified Purchase
My previous screen did not block out much sun, so I decided to try this one. Well, it works perfectly - provides nice shade against the afternoon sun. We can now enjoy our afternoons on the patio.
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