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Aluminet shade cloth?

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Any advice on using aluminet shade cloth over the run? I've only found a couple of posts that mention it & they're several years old. If it works for anyone, please post.

We have a run that is a 10x10 dog run covered with the standard black shade top. We've covered that with tan colored shade cloth. It's not enough. I would like to replace both layers with aluminet. I found a very expensive "desert festival" shadecloth that is 50% white with a layer of 50% aluminet on top. I could make something like that out of remnants. Would that work?

What percentage shade should I look for? We don't have any trees, so I need something that will provide a significant amount of shade over the top.
Edited by lovemy6hens - 5/23/16 at 11:33am
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I'm ordering some silver ChromatiNet with 80% shade. It's less expensive, so I'm trying it first. If anyone has advice on that, please post.
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i use shade screen above the coop/run  + foam insulation sheet

 

my coop/run is only 4 ft tall.. so.. on the roof i put some sheets of foam insulation i have lying around to help reflect the sun rays

 

and at 8-9 ft level i have a 6'x8' shade screen

 

so 2 layer of cover

 

it's pretty dang hot here 111-113 in the next few days

 

if i can reduce the heat gain through the roof it will help

What i posted above are just my opinions.. they are NOT facts.
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I'm ordering some silver ChromatiNet with 80% shade. It's less expensive, so I'm trying it first. If anyone has advice on that, please post.


How well did that work?  I am wondering what to order also.

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How well did that work?  I am wondering what to order also.

I'm looking forward to letting you know. I just received the notice that my order has shipped. It took longer because I ordered a custom 10'x10' with tape & grommets. The total including shipping was about $80.
Edited by lovemy6hens - 6/18/16 at 12:20pm
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Thats the size we are wanting also, and a pretty good price.  Can you tell me where you ordered it, or send me a PM?  Would like to get one too.

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Thats the size we are wanting also, and a pretty good price.  Can you tell me where you ordered it, or send me a PM?  Would like to get one too.

Of course! I bought it from Gothic Arch Greenhouses. I emailed them for a quote and then called them to order it over the phone. They were very nice and helpful.

Here is the link: https://www.gothicarchgreenhouses.com/chromatinet-grey-shade-cloth.htm
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I'm also curious about the Aluminet shade cloth, let us know!  Its going to get to 108 this week, and my little nuggets are afraid of everything (misters, wind, fans, etc).

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The ChromatiNet shade cloth arrived and is now on top of the run.  I am surprised by the amount of light that comes through; I expected more shade.  There has been a breeze the past couple of days, so it's hard to tell if it's making a difference with the heat.  I am thinking about adding a layer of white shade cloth under it.  What do you think?

 

 

 

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I decided against the Aluminet because it is designed to regulate temperature over a 24-hour period in addition to shading an area.  I don't know how much of a difference that would make with an open-sided run.  It's too expensive for me to experiment with.  Advice welcome.

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