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What are Solar Shades?

Get perfect light control with elegant shades, perfect for any space

Solar shades are a type of window treatment designed to block out the sun’s rays while still allowing you to see outside. Made from UV-resistant fabric, they can be operated manually or motorized. Solar shades help reduce hazardous sunlight, contributing to lower energy costs, protecting furnishings from fading, and offering privacy.

Benefits of Solar Shades

  • Energy Efficiency: They help reduce energy costs by keeping your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
  • Protection: Provide privacy and protect furnishings from fading due to sun exposure.
  • Variety: Available in a range of fabrics and styles to match any décor.

Solar Shade Openness or VLT

The openness of a solar shade refers to the amount of light that can pass through the fabric, measured as a percentage. A lower percentage means a tighter weave, more light control, and less visibility.
  • Visible Light Transmission (VLT): Measures the amount of visible light passing through the fabric, rated from 1% to 100%.
    • Low VLT (1%-5%): Blocks most light, offers high privacy, but limits view.
    • Medium VLT (6%-10%): Balances light control and visibility with UV protection.
    • High VLT (11%-14%): Allows maximum light and visibility while providing excellent glare protection.

Solar Heat Gain Coefficient

Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) measures the amount of heat passing through the fabric. A lower SHGC means less heat passes through, helping to maintain comfortable indoor temperatures.

Solar Shade Privacy

Solar shades offer daytime privacy but may allow visibility from outside at night. Consider layering solar shades with other window treatments like roller blinds or drapes for maximum privacy, especially at night.

Choosing the Right Solar Shade Fabric

  • Darker Colors: Block more light and provide better privacy but can absorb heat.
  • Lighter Colors: Reflect heat better, allow more light, and brighten up rooms but offer less privacy.

Motorized vs. Manual Solar Shades

  • Motorized Solar Shades: Operated by a motor with a switch or remote, ideal for large windows and convenient operation.
  • Manual Solar Shades: Operated by a cord, more budget-friendly, and simple to use.

Cleaning Solar Shades

Regularly dust or vacuum your solar shades to remove dirt and debris. For stains, use a damp cloth with a mild soap and water solution, ensuring the cloth is well-wrung to avoid excess water damage. Avoid harsh chemicals and abrasive cleaners.

Considerations for Choosing Solar Shades

Solar shades are great for controlling light and heat while maintaining a view, making them ideal for commercial applications and rooms with scenic views. However, they might not provide enough privacy for bedrooms and bathrooms, especially at night. For these areas, consider other options like blackout blinds.

Your Source for Solar Shades

If you’re looking for solar shades, Woven Window offers a variety of options to suit your needs. Our experienced team can help you choose the perfect type and style of solar shades for your home or office. Contact us today to learn more about our services or to schedule a free consultation. We also provide professional installation for all window coverings.

Discover the Woven Difference!

Contact Woven today to explore our exceptional selection of solar shades and experience the perfect blend of modern protection and style for your home. We'll help you find the ideal solution to enhance your comfort, energy efficiency, and interior protection.

Schedule your free consultation today!

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