How to choose the right fabric for your motorized solar shades?

There are a few things to consider when trying to figure out what is the best sunscreen fabric for your situation: location, openness and visual appearance. Before looking into the aforementioned you need to determine your needs. 

Determine your needs

Decide what your motorized solar shades need to do. Solar shades can reduce solar heat gain, reduce glare, provide some daytime privacy and filter natural light to brighten up the interior. However, no sunscreen fabric can provide all the benefits mentioned above.

  • Is your top priority lowering your cooling bills by maintaining a lower room temperature?
  • Do you want a combination of privacy and light control?
  • Or you need want to emphasize on your view out and glare reduction?

Location

A very important factor in choosing the right solar shade is knowing whether your window is facing north, south, east or west. You need to pay special attention on windows facing east (morning sun) or west (afternoon sun) as they are exposed to the most intense heat, glare and UV rays. The sun is not as hot or intense on the north or south facing windows. 

Openness Factor

The openness factor represents the density of the weave and relates to the amount of light transferred through the shade. The common openness factors are 1%, 3% and 5%. The more percentage openness the sunscreen fabric is, the more you see outside, the brighter your room will be and the less it reflects the heat of the sunlight. A fabric with low openness factor reflects more heat and provides more privacy and glare reduction. A blackout shade means 0% openness and it offers the best privacy and protection from the heat but it will also make your room completely dark. 

Fabric colors

When choosing the sunscreen fabric for your motorized solar shades it is important to understand that the color is not only a visual aspect, it's also functional. Light colors reflect more heat from the sun so they are better for cooling the room. Light colors also brighten up the room. Dark colors offer superior visibility and the best glare reduction but they also absorb heat which will warm the interior. 

Color recommendations

Choose your fabric based on your needs. If you want to:

Cool your room: Use a light-colored fabric with openness of 5% or less. The lighter the color and the less open the fabric is, the better cooling effect you will achieve.

Minimize glare: Use a dark-colored fabric with openness of 5% or less. The darker the color and the less open the fabric is, the less glare you will get.

Brighten your room: Use a light-colored fabric with openness of 5%. The lighter the color and the more open the fabric is. The brighter room you will get.

Protect your furniture form UV: Use any of our sunscreen fabrics with openness of 5% or less. The less open the fabric, the better is your UV protection. Our sunscreen fabrics with openness of 5% will block 95% of the UV rays.

Motorized solar shades with beige color and 5% openness installed for a customer who wanted to reduce glare and heat gain while preserving the beautiful sea view.
Motorized solar shades with beige color and 5% openness installed for a customer who wanted to reduce glare and heat gain while preserving the beautiful sea view.