Designed and manufactured using a special fabric, solar shades function as alternative window shades or sunscreens for the following purposes – lessen the glare at the window and infrared heat coming from the sun, provide privacy from onlookers during daytime, and allow people in the room to see the view outside.
Special fabric categories of solar shades are – dark fabrics, light fabrics, and high performance reflective fabrics and all afford the advantage of providing control of sun’s glare and heat, of protection from ultraviolet rays, and of getting a view from the outside. The solar shade dark fabric can block about 94% to 96% of sunlight, which means that more light and heat is absorbed by the fabric, has low visible light transmission, which indicates on lesser light passing through the fabric such that there is greater glare control. Light fabric solar shades are perfect for small windows and in areas in the home where a brighter ambience is desired and this is because the fabric is just able to block about 80-90% of sunlight, which means that the fabric structure is designed with a screen mesh which has a greater percentage of mesh holes or has a high openness factor or density such that a small amount of light can pass through the solar shade. Due to its high reflective exterior design, the high performance reflective fabric is an excellent choice for optimum heat and glare control and UV protection.
Other benefits of solar shades are into the blocking of three kinds of radiation: infrared rays, of which by blocking these rays result into reducing the heat transfer through the window, reducing cooling costs, and solar shades can be raised to any level to allow solar heat to penetrate during winter; visible spectrum rays, such that in blocking these rays allow for these advantages – decrease glare, increase the visual comfort where one can view the outside without getting the glare from the sun; ultraviolet rays, which result into a 99% blocking of sunlight carrying harmful UV rays, lowering the risk of skin cancer and eye damage, protects the skin from UV penetration, and reduces the chances of having the home materials and finishes fade and crack.
Looking On The Bright Side of Blinds
Depending on which are your priorities, you can easily decide which solar shade would you prefer if you weigh down on these concerns: reducing energy costs by maintaining a more constant room temperature, combination of light control and privacy, or combination of glare reduction and preserving the view outside.Case Study: My Experience With Shades