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How Do Solar Screen Shades Work?

a functional and fully covering solar screen shade.

A solar screen shade provides an extra protective layer inside the glass of your window, which helps to reflect away a large amount of the sun’s heat. The amount of heat reflected away depends on the density and the color of the solar screen shades.

Let’s learn more:

What is a solar screen shade?

Solar screen fabrics are available in various styles and colors. They are usually available in three categories—light fabric, dark fabric, and high-performance reflective fabric.

All of the above-mentioned variants offer a great deal of UV protection, heat control, glare control, and light management. These screens are either made of polyester and fiberglass, which is then finished with added durability. You can also match the color with the rest of your home exterior.

Benefits of solar screen fabrics

The most significant benefit of a solar screen is that it’s an inexpensive option compared to anything else you cover your windows with. As far as shading benefits are concerned, exterior shades fare better than interior screens since they also prevent the fading effect that the sunlight might have on your belongings.

A good quality solar screen will also provide insulation against outdoor temperatures to help you regulate the internal temperature. The good news is that you can either adjust or remove the screen during the winter months as per your preference.

A solar screen shade is a great option for the windows on the east and the west side of your house which get the maximum amount of sunlight as these shades work to reflect away the heat and glare of the sun.

A black fully-covering solar screen shade.

How do you measure a solar screen shade’s effectiveness?

A solar screen shade minimizes glare and reflects away sunlight. The factors that affect the heat and light blockage capabilities of solar screen shades include fabric openness, fabric color, and solar shade percentage.

Fabric openness factor refers to how tightly the fabric is weaved. A lighter-colored fabric reflects more light but blocks less light compared to a darker-colored fabric. A solar shade with 10% openness will allow a significant amount of light to pass through, while one with 1-3% openness will be better at blocking light. If you’re looking for moderate UV protection and light control, a solar shade with 5% openness is a good idea.

LifeStyle Home Solutions offers a wide range of options to help you cover your windows, including window screen shades, shutters and solar window films. Hurry up and take advantage of our 25% off shutters deal now.

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