Keep the Hot Sun Out With Window Solar Shades

Solar shade screens protect your windows from the sun’s UV rays that pound on your windows and heat up your home. With an average of 50% of the heat that enters your home coming through your windows, solar shade screens are one of the most affordable energy efficient upgrades you can buy. The solar screen fabric can be made to your liking as it’s available in a wide range of openness factors, styles and colors to meet just about any criteria you may have. There are three categories that the fabrics fall into: reflective high performance fabrics, light fabrics and dark fabrics. They all provide the following:

– UV Protection
– Manage Light
– View outside through connections
– Natural Light Management
– Heat Control
– Glare Control


A few options for solar shade screens for you home.

Solar Screen High Performance Shades

This type of solar screen fabric has been designed to outperform both dark and light fabrics whenever a project requires excellent view through characteristics, UV protection, glare control and heat control. High performance fabrics such as EnviroScreen and Silverscreen have very reflective exteriors, no matter what the room-side color happens to be. High performance metallized fabrics offer low values of visible light transmittance (VLT) combining with low values of shading coefficient (SC), independent of what the color is. Typical dark and light colored solar screens offer a dedicated solution where there are one to two criteria that are either considered to be the most important or are required.

– Choose dark colored fabric for excellent glare and view through reduction
– Choose a light colored fabric for excellent heat management
– Choose high performance fabric for heat reduction, glare control and view

Dark-Color Solar Screen Shades

Dark fabrics offer excellent glare control through reducing the amount of visible light coming through the fabric. Fabrics blocking 94 to 96% of visible light offer great glare control characteristics. They absorb some heat and it will be kept at the window until it has dissipated into the room. Dark-color solar screen fabrics are ideal in applications where glare control and passive solar warming are wanted.

– Higher AS values (Solar Absorptance) means that more heat and light are absorbed.
– Lower VLT values (Visible Light Transmission) means that less light will pass through the fabric, and result in excellent glare control.

Light-Color Solar Screen Shades

When it comes to reflecting heat, light-color fabrics are much more effective. More visible light is allowed into the room. Fabrics blocking 80 to 90% of visible light make a great option for offering more light when there are small windows, and in common areas where it is desired to have a brighter and lighter ambiance. Light is viewed and filtered through fabric in a similar way that sheer drapery is.

– Higher RS values (Solar Reflectance) means more heat is reflected away by lighter colors.
– Higher VLT values (Visible Light Transmissions) means more daylight can pass through

The Science Backing The Fabrics – The Reason Why Solar Screen Shades Actually Work

Solar screen are a truly wonder of science! Light and heat are controlled by Solar Screen mesh shades, and they allow lower percentages of each to enter into the room. Fabric density and color determine the thermal/optical/solar performance of various individual fabrics. There is no one fabric that has the exact combination of optical/thermal properties for satisfying every application requirement. Each fabrics combination of properties allows for an ideal match for every aesthetic and application. Either your dealer or Insolroll’s customer service staff’s fabric expertise are available for helping you make the best fabric choice for meeting your needs. The following are the Key Optical/Thermal Factors:

– Solar transmittance (Ts)
– Solar reflectance (Rs)
– Solar absorptance (As)
– Openness factor (Density)
– Visible light transmittance (VLT)
– Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC)