“Before buying Solar Shades,
do yourself a favor and talk to me first!
I can save you hours and hours of
frustration. I’ll show you what will work best
and look best for your specific situation anywhere
in your home. So many colors, sizes, and styles – it
can be so confusing – I make it so easy!
Let my 20+ year interior design expertise
ensure you get the Solar Shades look you really want.
AT NO EXTRA COST!"
“Before buying Solar Shades,
do yourself a favor and talk to me first!
I can save you hours and hours of frustration. I’ll show you what will work best and look best for your specific situation anywhere in your home. So many colors, sizes, and styles – it can be so confusing – I make it so easy! Let my 20+ year interior design expertise ensure you get the Solar Shades look you really want. AT NO EXTRA COST!"
Solar shades diffuse light, minimize glare, and still allow a view through the fabric. They also protect your furnishings from UV rays and reduce the sun’s heat, which can lower cooling costs. A wise choice with many stylish options, either alone or paired with other window treatments.
My manufacturers are always keeping up with the latest trends in materials, colors, patterns, and
finishes, so you can be assured of a wide array of style choices for that look you want. There are even new eco-friendly solar shades that feature better fabrics for a better world, with textiles that are earth-friendly, family-friendly, and always oh-so-stylish.
I partner with the finest industry brands, as well as working with local and independent manufacturers who can create the perfect look and best results for the best price!
What are solar shades and solar blinds?
Solar shades and solar blinds offer excellent sun- and light-blocking benefits. If excessive sunlight shines through your windows, then solar shades may be the ideal solution. Solar shades are an excellent window treatment option for windows in rooms that are exposed to the sun. Besides simply blocking the light, solar shades also reduce glare, protect against harmful UV rays, and prevent fading from the sun on carpets, furniture, and household surfaces.
What are solar shades made of?
Solar shades are made with a coated material that is finely and tightly woven to provide light and heat coverage. Typically this material is made from vinyl, but there are many options to choose from. If you want to compare different types of solar shade materials, I can bring you solar shade swatches to find the best match for your home before making a decision.
Understanding solar shade percentages
Horizontal wood and metal blinds come in a wide selection of stains, colors, and metal finishes.
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When it comes to choosing window treatments, you may notice that some solar shades may have different percentage options. These solar shade percentages represent the openness factor, or how much UV rays and light are filtered through the shades. A lower percentage number indicates a greater solar shade opacity.
For example, if you want a significant amount of light and UV protection, you should choose a solar shade with 1% -3% openness. For moderate light control and protection, 5% solar shades are a good choice. However, if you want to allow more light, you can choose solar shades with up to 10% openness.
Do solar shades provide privacy?
Solar shades offer moderate daytime privacy and can prevent people from being able to see into your home. Of all the solar shade options, 1% solar shades may offer the most privacy, since they have the tightest weave. If you’re looking for maximum privacy over light control, however, you may be better off with a more protective option, like roller shades. You can also get the best of both worlds by layering solar shades with drapery to provide light filtering during the day and additional privacy at night.
Do solar shades block out heat?
In addition, solar shades help to reduce heat by minimizing glare and blocking out light. Similar to the degree of light that is allowed in, the level of heat protection from solar shades also depends on the openness of the weave (the solar shade percentage). The fabric color can also influence heat and light blockage. Since lighter fabrics reflect more light compared to darker ones, choose darker fabrics if you want to block more light and heat.
There is UV science behind the shade
Particularly perfect for patios and sunrooms – but compatible with all light-filled spaces – screen shades maintain your outdoor views while providing UV protection and curbing harsh rays to protect your works of art or fade-prone furniture.
Special fabrics – new eco-friendly solar screen shades boast yarn made from reclaimed, washed-ashore plastic.
UV protection – protect your furniture, flooring, and artwork from fading. Solar shade fabrics block between 86% and 99% of the sun’s damaging rays.
Superior operation – the custom clutch operating system features modern hardware and precision-tuned lift technology that delivers smooth operation, ease of lifting, and the smallest light gap in the industry.
Multiple opacities – solar shade fabrics are organized by openness factor. Openness is the weave density of screen fabric affecting the degree of visibility, privacy, glare, and UV blockage. There are options ranging from most view/least privacy to minimal view/maximum privacy.
Top & bottom treatments – customize these shades with top treatments that conceal the fabric roll for a clean look. A selection of bottom treatments includes fabric-wrapped options.
There are many types of control for solar shades
Here’s a video showing the versatility and ease of cleaning of Graber composite and faux wood blinds.
Direct and reflected light from a beachfront view can be especially harsh, damaging materials and fading fabrics. Solar shades are very useful in minimizing those effects.
With solar shades, you can cut the glare and keep the style!
Solar Shade transparency and protection
The percentages attached to each solar material (1, 3, 5, 7 & 10%) indicate both the tightness of the material’s weave and how much protection from the sun it offers. Lower percentages mean tighter weaves, less transparency, and more UV protection. 5% is a good balance of transparency and protection.
Use my 20+ years of interior design expertise to help you select the perfect solar shades for your space!
“My 9-Step Process and Guarantee is Why I Know You'll Love Working with Me!”
Here’s a simple step-by-step process of how we’ll work together and what to expect:
We’ll start with a phone conversation to get acquainted and I can learn about your project. We’ll discuss you and your family’s lifestyle. And I’ll have you describe your home and current interior styling and colors.
I’ll ask if you’ve seen and liked any specific window treatment styles on TV, in magazines, online, or at a friend’s home. Knowing all of this helps me prepare and present the right options for our first meeting.
I’ll also ask if you have a budget in mind? This is very important and it helps me to determine the framework for my design expertise as it applies to your situation. It’s important to me to not waste your time and disappoint you. For example, if you want seven double sets of plantation shutters and your budget is $2,000, I can tell you upfront, that it’s not possible. But with that information, I can show you all the beautiful ways a $2,000 budget will also achieve your goals.
At the end of our initial phone conversation, I’ll schedule a meeting with you to present product suggestions and take rough measurements of the areas you want window treatments for.
Within 24-hours of our meeting, I’ll prepare a proposal for you to review and approve.
If you decide to move forward, I’ll need to collect a 50% deposit. I accept all major credit cards. And I can even offer 0% financing!
I’ll schedule a second visit to have my installer come to your home or business to take precise measurements. He will analyze the walls and surfaces to determine the best approach for your installation.
Once final measurements are taken, I’ll prepare a factory order and will request payment for the balance. I’ll also give you an estimated installation date.
We will do a seamless and professional installation with full clean-up – afterward, you won’t even know we were there! All you’ll need to do is enjoy the beauty of your spectacular new window treatments!
My Satisfaction Guarantee:
At Soho Window Fashions, I take pride in your satisfaction. My mission is to design and provide beautiful window coverings that you’ll love, for your specific spaces, and at an affordable price and unparalleled service before, during, and after we work together. Because I work so closely with you in the beginning stages, there won’t be any surprises, I’ll make sure of that. Your window coverings will be measured to custom-fit each window, and professionally installed. Our installation is warrantied for the life of the product*. Additionally, the installation is fully guaranteed for professionalism and workmanship, and all products come with their respective manufacturer’s warranties. If there are any product defects noted within 90 days, I’ll handle getting suitable replacements. And whether it’s 90 days or two years, I’m always available to assist you in arranging any replacements or repairs. The vast majority of my clients are repeat clients, and your satisfaction is always my top priority!
*Normal handling, wear and tear; I cannot assume responsibility for the mishandling of product or mechanism.
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