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At Georgia Blinds & Interior serving the Buckhead area, our customers often ask us about whether solar screen shades are right for them. There are a lot of benefits to solar screen shades, to talk to a trained consultant about your needs, and read on to learn more.
The Openness Factor
Hunter Douglas Designer Screen Shades are available in a wide variety of colors, styles, and openness factors to meet almost any criteria. “Openness” refers to how much you are able to see through the shade. The higher the openness factor, the larger the weave of the fabric. For example, a fabric with an openness factor of 10% will allow more light and heat to pass through while giving you more view-through compared to a fabric with an openness factor of 5%. In addition to openness, fabric also controls light. There are darker-colored fabrics, light-colored fabrics, and performance fabrics. Each fabric controls glare, heat, and natural light and provides UV protection.
Performance Fabrics. Performance solar screen fabrics are designed to outperform light and dark fabrics when a project requires excellent heat control, glare control, UV protection, and view-through characteristics. The following fabrics in the Designer Screen Shade collection are rated as “performance” fabrics:
- Chill 5%
- Flux 5%
- Defy 3%
- Radiant 5%
Special features built into these performance fabrics include a highly reflective exterior regardless of the room-side color.
Light and Dark Colored Fabrics. Light-colored fabrics reflect more heat and allow more light into the room versus a dark-colored fabric. Light-colored fabrics are an excellent choice for providing more light when windows are small and in common areas where a lighter, brighter ambiance is desired. Dark fabrics are excellent at controlling the glare by reducing the visible light that comes through the fabric. The darker fabrics will absorb some heat and keep it at the window until the warmth dissipates into your room. Darker fabrics are perfect for spaces where you will enjoy slight solar warming while still providing glare control.
Distinguishing Solar Optical Properties
Most Designer Screen Shade fabrics carry distinct solar optical properties that will distinguish the fabric from others and will help you in deciding if the roller shade fabric is right for your home or business. There are a number of elements that make up the solar optical properties, including:
- (Ts) Solar Transmittance is the amount of total solar energy that passes through the shade fabric into a room. The larger the number, the higher the amount of solar energy that is entering the space.
- (Rs) Solar Reflectance is the amount of solar energy/heat that is reflected away from the window back outside. The higher the number, the better the fabric is at reflecting solar heat. Light-colored fabrics will reflect more light.
- (As) Solar Absorption is the absorption of light and heat. This is what heats up shade fabric. A low number means the shade absorbs very little solar energy, which allows heat into your space.
- (Tv) Visible Light Transmittance is the amount of visible light that comes through the glass and fabric. The higher the number, the less light that passes through the fabric.
Designer Screen Shades from Hunter Douglas offer high-performance fabrics. These fabrics go above and beyond standard screen fabrics with enhanced glare, solar, and natural light control while providing UV protection.
Solar Screen Shades in the Buckhead, GA area
Georgia Blinds & Interiors is a Hunter Douglas Gallery serving the Atlanta and Buckhead, GA, areas. We offer custom blinds, shades, sheers, shutters and draperies to homeowners, realtors, homebuilders, remodeling specialists and interior designers. At Georgia Blinds & Interiors, our experienced staff will make your shopping experience one you won’t forget. Together they will work with you to find the perfect solution for your home. Visit our showroom or contact us for a personal in-home design consultation today!