Roller Shades and Solar Shades
Roller Shades and Solar Shades
Solar roller shades have always been the ideal window treatment for that sleek modern blind look, customizable in a number of different materials to make them perfect to block UV rays, reduce glare, add energy efficiency, preserve your outside view, and more. Fabric roller shades are window treatments that consist of a continuous piece of material that rolls up into a tube, keeping them compact and out of the way of your windows when drawn. Their design allows for easy cleaning and their versatility makes them great for many different room types. Choose from our many available colors, textures, and lift options to get the right roller shade or solar shade for you.
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What's the difference between roller shades and solar shades?
The main difference between solar shades and roller shades is the material used. Roller shades are not see through, and have materials that are light filtering or blackout. Light filtering roller shades block direct sunlight, but let in more light than blackout roller shades. Blackout roller shades, on the other hand, will block 100% of the light through the material itself, making them excellent window coverings for reducing harmful UV rays and adding UV protection, while providing the light control needed for media rooms.
On the other hand, solar shades, also known as sun shades or solar blinds, have small holes in the material that allows you a clearer view through. This makes them a great option as solar screens for a backyard or for windows where you want to keep your beautiful view. Solar shades have an openness factor that ranges from 1% to 15% or more, which describes how much you can see through. A higher percentage allows a clearer view through, while a lower percentage is better to reduce heat and light.
Which roller shade is best for me?
Before you choose your window coverings, you should determine the needs of your room. Choose a type of fabric that would best fit your needs, or go for motorized dual roller shades which combine two fabrics in one.
Blackout Roller Shades
Are you trying to block out light in your bedroom because of bright lights or the harsh sun? Do you want to improve your home's energy efficiency and reduce energy costs? Then you should get blackout roller shades with side channels, which provide the best light control, help reduce light gaps, and are energy efficient. They are also great privacy shades.
Light Filtering Roller Shades
Are you looking for something to help reduce UV rays and protect your furniture? Do you need a waterproof solution such as waterproof blinds? Do you want a shade that brings in a bit more light while still providing privacy? In that case, a light filtering roller shade will make a great finishing touch for living rooms and large windows. These shades help reduce glare from the sun while still keeping your room light and airy. They are a great way to get more sunlight and provide UV protection to your space.
Do you want something that helps in reducing glare, provides some light control, but more importantly preserves your beautiful view? Then you should look at getting window treatments with a see-through fabric such as solar shades. Solar shades help reduce the harshness of the sun's rays while allowing you to see through your windows. Solar shades are great for rooms where you value seeing through your window and do not necessarily need complete privacy.
For roller shades and solar shades that are child and pet safe, opt for window treatments with a cordless option instead of a cord loop. A cord loop can pose as a hazard risk in the home, as young children can play and become entangled in them. We have many roller and solar shades available with cordless options and even remote control options, which eliminate hazardous lift cords. If you do use roller shades or solar shades with lift cords, ensure that they are secured inside the window casing with a chain tensioner.