What are Solar Shades?
What are solar shades? According to EcoGreen Shades.com, “solar shades are made with fabric designed to reduce glare, reduce infrared heat gain while providing a degree of daytime privacy and maintain a view outside.” They have been described as “sunglasses for your windows.” Solar shades can prepare your home for summer’s heat.
Solar shades made from fiberglass, PVC, polyester, and other materials absorb the sun’s heat and block up to 95% of UV rays. To get the most benefit from these shades take into consideration the location of the window. Does the window face North, South, East, or West? The sun will be more intense through some windows than other windows depending on their location. That will help in determining what fabric to choose. Darker shades such as black or gray almost eliminate glare while lighter colors such as taupe, or cream reduce it. In considering the color of the shade and location keep in mind the lighter colored fabrics block up to 70% heat and darker colors up to 30% of heat coming through.
Solar shades have a streamlined simple design and can easily highlight or blend into your home’s decor.
Hunter Douglas Interior Solar Shades have a diverse range of fabrics and custom designs. Solar shades fit well in specialty windows, large windows, and sun-room areas.
Vertical solar panels are especially efficient on sliding doors blocking the sun yet letting the view shine through. Motorization added to these shades provides, with the touch of a button, the exact amount of sun you wish. Keep in mind these shades provide a measure of privacy during the day but should not be used alone for nighttime privacy. For an added touch, combine solar shades with drapery or a coordinating valance.
What are solar shades? They are a necessary addition to your home for energy efficiency, protection of valuable furnishings, reducing glare and making your home comfortable during the summer months. Contact us here at Home Decor Solutions for a Free-In-Home consultation to prepare your home for summer’s heat. We are one click, one call away.