A Guide to Solar Shades

Solar shades are a popular window treatment for homes that get a bit too much sunlight. Unlike blinds that leave openings for light to pass through or completely block out light altogether, solar shades and solar blinds filter the light instead. This allows sunlight to continue entering a home, but in a more subdued manner. If you’ve been considering this option, this guide to solar shades and blinds provides a quick overview.

Solar Shade Materials and Options

Solar shades are made from a woven and coated material. They are commonly made of vinyl, but other options are also available. They also come in a variety of colors and patterns, such as light beige, different grays, or even dark browns and blacks. Variations in the weave pattern can provide a textured look in combination with color selections. With so many options, they play an important role in complimenting the decor of a room.

Solar Shade Percentage Ratings

When purchasing solar shades, you’ll want to pay attention to percentages. The percentage reflects how open the weave is (and ultimately how much sunlight enters through the solar shade). For instance, a 1% solar shade is not so “open”,… therefore, the least amount of light will seep through it, whereas a 10% shade allows in significantly more light.

Selecting the Right Solar Shades for Your Home

Selecting the best fitting solar shade depends on your goals. Think about what you’re looking to accomplish with your solar shades. For example, if privacy is your primary concern, then a 1% solar shade maximizes privacy. If blocking the heat from daylight sun is a concern, then the color of your selection will be important. A 10% solar shade is best if you’re looking for only gentle light filtering and want to still see the view through your windows. Additionally, you’ll want to consider the aesthetic value of your shades as well.

Going Beyond This Guide to Solar Shades

These are just a few thoughts and tips to get you thinking about solar shade options for your home. Stop by our Burlington, MA showroom to chat with one of our design consultants about our product offerings. We can help you select the best solution given the specific needs of each room in your home. We might even suggest a different window treatment product altogether based on your particular needs.

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