What Are Solar Shades for Windows?

Solar window shades are window treatments specifically designed to control the amount of light entering a room. They are crafted with fabric that’s woven just tight enough to protect against damaging UV rays without eliminating your views. Besides protecting your furnishings, solar shades can enhance a home’s energy efficiency by reducing heat transfer through windows. This means, of course, that you can expect rooms with solar shades to stay nice and cool in the summer and comfortably warm in the winter.

Fabric Openness

Think of solar shades as sunglasses for your windows. Like sunglasses—also called shades, not surprisingly—solar window covers are available in varying levels of light protection. The amount of protection a solar shade provides depends on the openness of its fabric. The tighter the weave of the fabric, the lower the openness level and the better the solar protection. However, the lower the openness, the less you can see through the shades. Conversely, a higher openness level means a looser weave and less sun protection but better visibility. In short, openness determines how much light passes through the shades, as well as how much heat is reflected away.

Fabric Color

In combination with openness, the fabric color of solar shades also determines its level of solar protection. Light colors are better for blocking heat, and dark colors are better for blocking glare. By way of comparison, high-performance solar fabrics in any color can effectively block both heat and glare.

Solar Shades from Exciting Windows!

Exciting Windows! offer solar shades in a range of openness levels and fabric colors to address any number of individual applications. Our network of dealers includes professional design consultants who can help you customize our premium solar shades to your exact specifications. Plus, any solar shades you choose will be at the lowest price you can find. If not, you will be refunded 100% of the difference. For more information, contact Exciting Windows! to arrange a free consultation.