What are Solar Shades? 4 Things to Know
Summer will be here before we know it. Once this season rolls around, homeowners begin thinking about keeping their homes cool and protecting their furniture from the sun.
Solar shades may be a good fit for your windows. First, what are solar shades? As many homeowners are not familiar with this type of window covering, here are four things that you should know about solar shades before making a decision.
1. What Are Solar Window Shades Made Of?
Solar shades are typically made of PVC or HDPE mesh. This material is tightly woven to create a fine mesh. Small holes in the mesh allow you to see outside while preventing excessive sun or light from coming inside your home.
2. What Does Openness Level Mean in Solar Shades?
Solar shades are see-through, so the openness level refers to how tightly the fabric is woven. The smaller the percentage, the less you can see through them. On the other hand, higher percentages result in higher visibility. The openness level is measured in percentages, with the most common ones being 1%, 3%, 5%, and 10%.
3. Can Solar Shades Provide Privacy?
The privacy offered by solar shades depends on the openness percentage. During the day, you’ll be able to see out, but outsiders will not be able to see into your home. However, this changes during the nighttime. Since your lights are on inside your home, people will be able to see inside. To combat this, consider adding curtains or a blackout roller shade to your windows.
4. Will Solar Shades Keep My Room Cool?
Yes, solar shades can help to minimize heat by reducing glare and blocking out light. The amount of light also depends on the openness level and color of the shade. If you would like to keep your room as cool as possible, choose darker shade colors.
Learn More About Solar Shades
To find out more about solar shades, feel free to visit a Metropolitan Window Fashions location or schedule an at-home consultation. Our highly trained staff is available to answer any questions you have about solar shades and if they are a good fit for your home.
To request a free consultation, give us a call at (877) 722-1100 or fill out our online contact form. With over 80 years of experience in custom window coverings, we are confident we can help you find the right solar shades for your home.