Solar Shade Openness Factors

It’s that time of year when your garden is in full bloom. If only you could savor your view of the flowers over your morning coffee without the blinding sun in your eyes. This is no time to draw the shades! Maybe you have a stunning outlook of a mountain range that you hesitate to cover up but your furniture is fading from the harsh rays streaming in. Perhaps your view is a lively daily show of a bustling city but the glare from the sun makes you want to turn your head. Solar shades are the ultimate treatment for the windows in your rooms with a view, whatever that view may be. The splendor of solar shades, compared to other types of window treatments, is your view is preserved while the stifling sunlight or other irritating elements are kept at bay.

By lessening the intensity of the blaring sun streaming into your home through your windows, you will save time, energy and money by letting your shade share some of the heavy lifting when it comes to cooling your home. With solar shades, you can still see out of the window but the glare and blinding sun will be filtered, making for a much more pleasurable outlook.

Solar shade fabric is generally available in 3 levels of openness. Openness simply refers to how tight the weave is, which directly reflects the amount of light that is let in through the fabric. A low openness factor means that the fabric is more tightly woven and there will be less visibility through the shade with a higher degree of light control.  A high openness factor features a looser weave and therefore greater visibility.

A low openness value (3%-5%) will block more sun and deliver a higher level of privacy but it will also allow for less view through.

A solar shade with medium openness factor (7%-10%) will preserve the view and provide protection against UV rays that could otherwise cause damage to you interior finishes and furnishings.

A high openness factor (14%) of a solar screen results in the best visibility and significant glare reduction.

Use this handy visual to give you design and light and privacy control when choosing solar shades.

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By lessening the intensity of the blaring sun streaming into your home through your windows, you will save time, energy and money by having your shade do the sun duty and effortlessly cooling your home. With solar shades as a hard-working window treatment idea, you can still see out of the window but the glare and annoying light will be filtered, making for a much more pleasurable outlook.

For more insight into all things window treatment related, visit our “Ultimate Guide to Window Treatments Ideas.”