Solar shades are window treatments that block harmful UV rays. They will also reduce glare while still allowing the view to be visible. They are available in many fabric options and styles, including blackout. Solar shades are a way to dress a window treatment, but can also pair well with a stylish valance or side panels.
- Sheer fabrics are airy and translucent.
- Light filtering fabric provides a soft outline of the outdoors.
- Room darkening fabric dims the room significantly.
- Blackout fabric completely blocks light for ultimate privacy.
Solar shades are a great investment because they are extremely energy efficient window treatments. They come in various degrees of openness. The openness is how tight the weave of the fabric is, which will determine how much light they filter in. In addition, the lower the openness, the tighter the weave is, which will let minimal light in and less visibility out. The greater the openness, the looser the weave of the fabric is, which will allow more light to filter in and greater visibility out. A lower degree of openness is 3-5%, while a greater degree of openness is 14%. A medium range is 10% openness. The tighter the weave and the lower degree of openness will allow for the greatest energy savings. This will help to keep your home cooler in the summer, and you will save on your energy bill.
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