Solar shades have emerged as a very popular window treatment amongst homeowners. It is owing to their immense benefits. Solar shades are UV resistant and they protect the homeowner from the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation and act as an effective shield. They also reflect and absorb heat, thereby keeping the room a lot cooler. They combine functionality, practicability, and cost-effectiveness in a single product.
How do solar shades work?
Solar shades have a screen mesh with which heat and light are controlled. It is this mesh that does not allow a high percentage of both to filter in the room. The colour of the fabric and density decide the solar and thermal performance of the solar shade fabric. Typically, every shade choice provides a combination of these properties leading to enhanced functionality and aesthetics. Solar shades have an openness percentage to indicate how see through they are. The higher the percentage the easier it is to see through the fabric. A 1% will let you see shapes, outlines and movements while a 10% would be like a tinted window. In terms of seeing through, the fabric lets you see through to whichever side is brighter while maintaining privacy on the darker side.
How do dark vs light colours change the functionality of your solar shades?
The functionality of the solar shades can be gauged in relation to the openness factor and colour of the fabric. The former decides the amount of sunlight entering the room, while the latter decides the amount of the sunlight reflected from the surface of the solar window shade. Based on colour, solar window shades can be divided into the following two types:
- Light Coloured Window Solar Shades:
If the owner aims to get good insulation and greater visibility, then light-coloured solar shades prove a better option. They do an excellent job at reflecting heat and allowing more natural light to filter in the room. The owner should opt for a fabric that can block around eighty percent to ninety percent as they provide more light. They are also a perfect option for common areas where the owner wants a bright ambience. Lighter colours like whites and greys have higher solar reflectance values, and thus they reflect a more considerable amount of heat away. At the same time, these have a higher Visible Light Transmission Value (VLT), which lets more natural light pass through and illuminate the room.
- Dark Coloured Window Solar Shades:
The dark-coloured window solar shades help a lot in reducing the glare. They do it by reducing the amount of light that passes through the fabric. Dark coloured fabrics that block ninety-four percent to ninety-six percent of the natural light exhibit excellent glare control features. They can also absorb some heat and restrain it to the window area until it dissipates in the room. If the owner desires passive solar warming and glare control, they should opt for dark coloured fabric for window solar shades. Darker colours have higher Solar Absorptance (AS) values, thereby absorbing more light and heat. They also have lower Visible Light Transmission (VLT) and allow less natural light to pass through them, which results in better glare control. These shades provide a better view of the outside and are best suited for large windows with an excellent outdoor setting.
Advantages of window solar shades:
- Good Heat Protection:
Window Solar shades provide good insulation and heat protection. In addition, they absorb and reflect light which makes the room cooler and comfortable.
- Enhanced Energy Efficiency:
Solar shades provide good energy efficiency to the house. They help maintain a uniform and cool temperature inside the room, thereby reducing the dependence on heaters and air conditioners. This, in turn, reduces electricity consumption and makes the house more energy efficient.
- Control over View and Privacy:
The fabric of solar shades comes in varied opacities and openness levels, providing the owner with control over sunlight and privacy. If the owner wants to enjoy the outside view, they can opt for a dark fabric with high openness indicator. Such a shade reduces the glare and provides a better view of the exteriors.