What Are Solar Blinds? 

Built for UV Protection & Household Comfort 

Solar shades are a kind of roller shade designed specifically to block UV rays and reduce sunlight glare. They are usually made from a special polyester mesh that can capture UV radiation more effectively than vinyl or fabric. 

Solar shades can let in more or less light depending on the specific needs of the buyer. This is described more in the next section about “openness”. 

What is Openness? 

Solar shades come in different levels of “openness”, which refers to the tightness of the mesh. Tighter mesh weaves have a lower openness factor from 1% to 4%. Medium tightness is around 5% to 10%. High openness weaves are above 10%.

Choosing the Right Level of Openness 

The best openness factor for your home is a choice between how much light you want coming in versus how much visibility you want to be able to see outside. Less light coming in means less visibility and vice versa. 

1% to 4% will minimize UV rays and keep your room darker. Around 10% to 14% will ensure you can see outside. 5% openness is a common choice for homeowners who want something right in the middle. 

Do Solar Shades Offer Privacy? 

The interesting thing about solar shades is that they offer more privacy during the day but less during the night. A tighter weave does offer more privacy.

How well you can see outside during the day is a good gauge of how well people can see inside after the sun goes down.  

If you want total privacy, you may be looking for blackout shades.

Do Solar Shades Come in Different Colors? 

They do indeed! People often choose lighter colors for smaller windows where they want more light and the view is less important. Darker colors are usually best for larger windows because they offer the best visibility outside. 

Example of Lighter Solar Shade

white solar shades over windows

Example of Darker Solar Shade dark, chocolate-colored window shades

Can Window Solar Shades Be Automated? 

Absolutely. Solar shades with automation is the go-to choice for many homeowners with very large or scenic windows. 

Should I Pair Up Solar Shades with Another Window Treatment? 

Pairing up two window treatments can add style to any room. If you want more privacy at night time, you may want to consider pairing your solar shades with drapes, Roman shades, or solid-color shades. 

What Are The Primary Reasons People Invest in Solar Shades? 

There are many different reasons why people end up choosing this kind of window covering. We have put together some of the most common reasons below. 

  • Keeping Out the Heat in the Summer
  • Preventing UV Damage on Household Property
  • Lengthening the Lifespan of Furniture
  • Improving Outdoor Views for Larger Windows Prone to Glare
  • Increasing Comfort in Rooms That Are Too Bright When the Sun Is Low
  • Enhancing Home Energy Efficiency and Reducing Wasted Heating or Cooling 
  • Providing Convenience Through Automation 

Give us a call anytime at (855) 457-1022 to learn more about our window coverings. 

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Blinds FAQ
Which blinds are best for privacy?

Blackout blinds provide the most privacy. These window treatments black out all light and can come in various materials and colors, including aluminum and faux wood options. Vertical blinds are another cost-effective, privacy solution for covering large windows like sliding glass windows.

Which blinds are easiest to clean?

Due to their vertical hanging slats, vertical blinds are least likely to gather dust when compared to other custom blinds. If vertical blinds aren’t your style, faux wood blinds are a stylish, easy-to-clean option. Click here to learn more about how to clean faux wood blinds.

Which blinds are best for kids?

Cordless and motorized blinds are the safest option if your home has children. We suggest removing all corded window treatments from your child’s play area and nursery. If you cannot install new window treatments, check out our blog for tips on how to child proof your living space’s window treatments.

Do you have honeycomb blinds?

Yes! We offer offer a selection of honeycomb blinds (also known as cellular shades). These multiple layered coverings are a popular choice for their ability to trap drafts of air and add insulation to windows. They offer a lot of options for customization as well.

Why should my blinds be professionally installed?

Blind installation services make the process of getting new window treatments much simpler. Our professionals will precisely measure your windows and ensure your blinds are made to the appropriate width and height. Our blind installers will supply their own tools such as a steel tape measure, screwdrivers, an electric drill, and a ladder, so you won’t need to buy any of these for a one-off home improvement project.

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Benefits Of Blinds


Shutters can change the look of your entire home. The aesthetic value that shutters bring can not only increase the value of the home but also adding curb appeal since shutters frame the windows.


Home shutters can provide a desired level of privacy as they allow you to adjust the horizontal slats with a simple tilt. By closing the shutters, you can darken a room for movies or having your nosey neighbor peeking in.


Shutters can be a huge help and add a layer of protection when it comes to insulting your home. From cooling your home during the summer to retaining the warmth during the winter shutters can help regulate the internal temperature allowing for unwanted heat waves and blocking out cold drafts.

Light Control

Morning sun rays can be a rude awakening especially in the bedroom when it hits you right in the face. Shutters can provide better and longer sleep allowing you to wake up refreshed and charged for the day. Shutters are known to block out more sunlight than any other window treatment on the market.

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