Solar shades offer a unique light filtering capability.
A solar shade is a roller shade that’s manufactured with fabric designed to reduce glare and infrared heat gain while providing a degree of privacy during the daytime as well as maintaining a view outside. When trying to find the best solar shade for your interiors, consider location, performance and aesthetics.
When it comes to location, you should know whether your room’s windows face north, south, east or west. The sun is hotter and more intense on windows facing east (early mornings and afternoons) and on windows facing west (noon until 5 p.m.) than it is on windows facing north or south. Knowing the direction your windows face will help you to determine the appropriate fabric to reduce glare and infrared heat gain. Certain solar shade fabrics can also filter natural light to illuminate your interiors while other solar shade fabrics can provide more daytime privacy. But it’s up to you to decide what feature is most essential as no fabric can accomplish both illuminating and providing more daytime privacy. To help you decide, you need to understand the importance of openness and fabric color.
When it comes to openness, manufacturers are referring to the density of the weave in the fabric, in other words, the amount of open and/or closed space in the material. Fabrics with a denser weave reflect more infrared heat, offer the greatest glare reduction and provide greater daytime privacy. Fabrics with less dense weaves allow more natural light to filter through the fabric and illuminate a room with a better view out. However this type of solar shade has reduced daytime privacy and doesn’t reflect as much infrared heat. By the same token, a fabric’s openness can be enhanced or decreased depending on the fabric color you select.