Solar shades are special kinds of windows shades that are designed and manufactured, using a special fabric, to serve as window sunscreens for the following purposes – reduce the glare at the window caused by sunlight, reduce infrared heat rays from the sun, provide daytime privacy, and retaining the view from the outside.
There are three available, special fabric categories of solar shades: dark fabrics, light fabrics, and high performance reflective fabrics and all perform with the same objectives which are: to control the sun’s glare and heat, to protect dwellers from ultraviolet rays, and to get a view from the outside. These benefits can be derived from choosing solar shade dark fabric: about 94% to 96% of sunlight is blocked by the fabric, thereby, absorbing more of the light and heat, and there is low visible light transmission, indicating less light passing through the fabric and, therefore, there is greater glare control. Blocking about 80-90% of sunlight, the light fabric solar shade is recommended for small windows and in areas in the home where a brighter ambience is desired and this is achieved because the light fabric is made up of a screen mesh which has a greater percentage of mesh holes or has a high openness factor or density such that a small amount of light can pass through the solar shade. The high performance reflective fabric is an excellent choice for optimum heat and glare control and UV protection due to its high reflective exterior design.
Solar shades are also helpful in the blocking of three kinds of radiation, which are harmful to our health, and they are: infrared rays, of which by blocking these rays result into reducing the heat transfer through the window, reducing cooling costs, and solar shades can be raised to any level to allow solar heat to penetrate during winter; visible spectrum rays, such that in blocking these rays allow for these advantages – decrease glare, increase the visual comfort where one can view the outside without getting the glare from the sun; ultraviolet rays, which result into a 99% blocking of sunlight carrying harmful UV rays, lowering the risk of skin cancer and eye damage, protects the skin from UV penetration, and reduces the chances of having the home materials and finishes fade and crack.
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When you have learned on the advantages of the different solar shade fabrics, it should then be much easier to choose which solar shade is appropriate for your windows and by weighing down on these concerns: reducing energy costs by maintaining a more constant room temperature, combination of light control and privacy, or combination of glare reduction and preserving the view outside, therefore, it will come out that the choice lies on what are your priorities.Smart Tips For Finding Blinds