A roller shade modified in look and function to limit glare while allowing enough light through is called a solar shade. The see-through fabric does not allow for much privacy, but that is not the primary function of this window treatment. Solar shades are most useful for protection against the heat and radiation of the sun’s rays without creating a visual barrier.
How Solar Shades Work
Patio solar shades come in various weaves and colors. No matter what style they present to the eyes, the science behind the solar fabric is the same. The screen mesh is specifically designed to limit light and heat energy entering through the material.
The sheerness of the fabric depends on how “open” you want it to be. If you want more light penetration, consider shades with loose weaves. If you prefer the full protection, tight weaves can screen out UV radiation and heat. The second option is ideal for energy efficiency, but your patio will appear darker inside.
A solar shade fabric that does not peel or fade with sun exposure is a good investment. You must also consider whether it uses durable fabric that is resistant to mold and mildew growth.
Why Invest in Solar Shades
The benefits of using solar shades in homes and commercial establishments include:
- Lower cooling costs because of reduced heat gain
- Less glare and visual discomfort
- Minimal harmful effects of UV rays on the skin, eyes, and immune system
Liberty Home Products says contemporary patio solar shade materials can control the three kinds of solar rays: infrared rays, ultraviolet rays, and light (the visible spectrum).
High-quality custom patio shades provide adequate light control without limiting visibility. Consulting a solar shade manufacturer will help you choose the fabric that suits the needs of your patio as well as the climate conditions in your area.