Shading is a given in most homes. Windows must be covered for privacy and protection from the sun’s glare. Solar shading provides both these assets, at the same time reducing solar transmittance by up to 96%. In the summer, when excessive heat can come in from the outdoors, solar shading can save energy by reducing cooling costs. Unlike ordinary shades, solar shades are also transparent, allowing you to enjoy a full view of your garden, yard, or neighborhood on sunny days.
Solar shades are made to control heat, glare, and fade. They are made from materials such as aluminum, stainless steel, vinyl, fiberglass, and acrylic. Solar shades come in a variety of styles and can look modern and stylish in any room. Solar shades with light colors work best to stop heat, while dark colors are most effective in cutting glare. The shades are typically raised or lowered with spring, motor, or clutch chain options.
North Solar Screen provides Kool Vue, transparent mylar shades that are custom manufactured to fit your window, and Silver Screen Roller Shades that are formaldehyde free and have a highly reflective, ultrafine layer of aluminum vacuum bonded to the exterior facing side of vinyl coated fiberglass fabric.
It’s also possible to make your own solar shades by purchasing individual parts from companies like Quality Solar Screen, which sell fabrics, frames, and screen parts. Keep in mind that solar screens block potentially harmful rays but do not prohibit a view into your home at night, when indoor lighting is stronger than that outside. For this reason, solar screen users often install an additional curtain or second shade. For installation help please consult with our solar contractors.
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