24 Jan Choosing the Right Solar Shades
If you love embracing and allowing natural light into your space, yet also value comfortable temperatures and privacy, solar shades are the best choice for you!
Solar shades, also known as screen shades, are window treatments that are designed with multiple purposed in mind. Screen shades protect your interior furniture, artwork, and floors from harmful UV rays, filters out excess glare, offers privacy when needed, and are energy efficient — making them a great choice for many residential and commercial spaces.
When looking for Solar Shades for your project, here are a few things to consider:
Solar Shades Openness
Solar shade openness refers to the amount of visibility through the shade and is marked by percentages. The higher the percentage, the more “open” and transparent the shade will be.
It is important to note that the time of day, combined with the openness of the fabric and color of the shade also influence the opacity, visibility and how much privacy you will have. For example, with 10% solar shades, you will be able to have a very clear view of the outside during the day while maintaining privacy. However, during the night, with your interior lights on, your privacy may be lessened.
The two most popular solar openness used in Miami are 3% and 5% allowing residents privacy day and night.
Solar Shades – Fabric Color
The benefits of solar shades are also determined by their fabric color. Light colors are great for reducing solar heat gain and offering more energy efficiency. Darker colors give you a more unobstructed view and better glare control.
Solar Shades Operation
Like most custom window treatments, screen shades can be operated in many ways. Options include spring assist, light rise, continuous loop, and motorization.
If you are looking for solar shades for the purpose of energy efficiency, we highly recommend going with the motorized option.
With motorization, you can program your shades to open and close during peak times to keep a consistent and comfortable interior temperature whether you are on-site or abroad.
FYI: Corded options are no longer available after the passing of window treatment safety standard ANSI/WCMA A100.1-2018. However, one can be custom created for you, with restrictions if needed. Click here to learn more.
If you are looking to add Solar Shades to your residential or commercial space, contact us for your FREE on-site consultation.