Do you live in a hot climate? Does the sun beat down upon your home? Do you wish you could reduce solar heating? Do you want to block the sun before it gets inside your dwelling (blinds work only so well -- the heat is already inside at this point). I answered yes to all of these, so I made a Solar Shield. I'll show you how in this Instructable.
I made this about a year ago, and it still looks the same the day I installed it. So it has some robustness. The bad part is I forget some of the details. (Sorry! But you can figure it out pretty easily I think -- read on.)
I think the total cost was ~$30.
Step 1: Stuff You Need
I got a roll of this Solar Shield material at my home store. This is the most expensive component (~$25). When unrolled, it's about 4' wide and about 7' long.
(2) 8' lengths of flat molding. (The corners are rounded a bit to take the edge away.)
Staple gun & 1/4" or 3/8" staples.
1-1/2" flat plate. These might be called "repair" plates. (I forget.)
(2) flat-head machine screws, #6 or #8, length is ~3/4" (I forget this too.)
(4) nuts to match machine screws. I used double-nuts.
(7) Self-tapping screws
(4) screws eyes (You'll have to judge the size based on how windy it is where you are.)