External Greenhouse Shades

Lengths of up to 5 meters


Alitex greenhouse shades are recommended to optimize and control heat and light levels. They are made from commercial quality shading material which is a polyolefin-based fabric interwoven with thin aluminum strip to give a coverage of 65% shading.

The aluminum strips reflect the sun’s rays away from the greenhouse. They reduce light intensity and therefore plant scorch, whilst helping to keep temperatures reduced.

The shades are fitted to the outside of the aluminum structure to prevent the glass from heating up and to keep direct sunlight out. They are installed between the glasshouse ridge and gutter. Fitting the blinds to the inside of the greenhouse is not as effective, the heat would have already made its way through the glass and into the greenhouse.

A spring-loaded aluminum roller keeps the greenhouse shade under permanent tension. A cord-pulley system enables the shade to be operated easily at ground level. The system also prevents the shade moving in the wind.


The shades reduce light intensity and therefore plant scorch, and help keep the overall temperature down in the heat of summer. They can be mounted on the front of the roof, on the southerly elevation, and depending on your location, we can make blinds for lobbies, sides and gable ends as required.

Operating on a spring-loaded pulley system, the shading material is a polyolefin-based fabric, interwoven with thin aluminium strips to give 65% shading, and is designed with longevity in mind.

The Details

Accessory features

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Bespoke design

Designed especially for our greenhouse, our Fell Shades are bespoke to Alitex

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Light reflecting

The shades are fitted externally on our glasshouse, to reflect the sun rays and minimise solar gain inside

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Unique to your greenhouse

You may choose to have as many or as few as you may like, according to the orientation of your garden and greenhouse

Product Specifications


Available in lengths of up to 5m, our external shading will be made to fit your greenhouse, dependant on where the shade is mounted.


The shades are mounted to the greenhouse with a aluminium base rail which will be powder coated to match your greenhouse paint colour. The shade cloth itself is made from a polyolefin-based fabric, interwoven with thin aluminium strips, to maintain it’s rigid structure.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are the shades on the outside?
The shades are designed for external fitting to deflect sunlight away from the greenhouse, reducing solar heat gain and effectively keeping the interior cool.

Can they be fitted on the rear roof of my greenhouse even though I have roof vents?
Yes, the shades will be positioned beneath the roof vents rather than at the ridge of the roof.

Can they be fitted to my non-Alitex greenhouse?
No, the extrusions are custom-designed to fit Alitex roofs exclusively.

What color does the rope come in?
The rope operates the spring-loaded pulley system and is available in black.

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