THE GUYS CAME yesterday morning at 9 a.m. and installed the shade netting in the upstairs terraza, putting us one step closer to ending this months-long project.
We installed it under just half of the glass roof, the half where we’ll sit.
Most people choose black or some other dark color in these situations. But it’s not the color that reduces the UV rays of the sun. It’s the chemical makeup of the cloth itself. At midday, I stood out there with my UV meter, and it indicated zero.
When I stepped out to the area that’s not below the net, the UV meter went sky-high.
I decided to install the shade netting below the glass roof instead of above, as some people do. There are pluses and minuses to both approaches. Atop would have added some protection against the powerful hail storms we have here on occasion. But it would have complicated cleaning the glass, and the net would get nasty.
Below eliminates those problems, but it also eliminates the added protection against hail. However, the glass is 1/4-inch thick and tempered. Unlikely to break.
We’re still having water issues when a particularly powerful storm passes over, so we’ve ordered yet another canvas curtain, which will be installed next week in the open area to the left where you see the fan palm in the top photo. That means only one of the four directions will be open to the rain. With luck, that will be manageable.
If not, we’ll deal with it, likely with glass, not another canvas curtain.
We’ve already ordered and received from Amazon an attractive set of comfy outdoor furniture we’ll use in this space. Photos of that aspect to come later.
My child bride’s sister who lives downtown on the main plaza in a massive, Colonial edifice that is crumbling from neglect is adding a bedroom to that home. Priorities! Part of the work is a faux-stone facade on one wall. It looks stupendous, not faux at all.
This has captured my wife’s admiration, so we’ll likely be putting the same thing on part of our upstairs terraza walls. We’ll be too elegant by half.
For those new to this seemingly endless, home-improvement project, see here.