Solar Shades: Fabric Choice & Functionality

In our last blog post, we briefly touched on solar shade fabrics and openness factors, exploring a bit of the functionality of solar shades and the benefits they provide. Today, we’ll look at a few more things to consider when choosing fabrics for your solar shades.

Window Shades & Privacy

If you’re looking for privacy, shades with a low openness factor should be explored, as they do not allow much light in, thus blocking out much of the view into a home from the outside. A double shade, which incorporates two separate shade fabrics, is also an attractive option for those whose home privacy is a main consideration, as this allows the homeowner to switch between two different shade fabrics mounted at a single window.


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Fabric choice is an essential consideration when it comes to picking out solar shades.

Shade Fabric & View Outside

For those who want to preserve a view outside while still blocking out sunlight entering the home, a medium to high openness factor should be considered. However, an openness factor that is too high runs the risk of allowing too much sunlight in, with the intensity overpowering the view outside.

Interestingly enough, shades with a darker fabric allow more of a view to the outside of a home than shades with a lighter fabric. Dark colors absorb light, therefore reducing glare and improving visibility, while light colors brighten the room by reflecting light inside and which reduces glare and improves visibility. Dark colors also warm the room with ambient heat.

Visit Our Experience Center Today

If you want to see firsthand the impact that varying solar shade openness factors have, schedule an appointment at our Experience Center in Boston today, where you can explore a wide variety of fabric colors, textures, weaves, and of course, openness factors.