Consider Before Choosing Shade Fabric

Sunscreen

Transparent screen fabrics filter incoming light, reducing heat gain, glare and harmful UV rays. Endless combinations of color and openness factors are available to fine tune your needs at each window. They do not offer privacy, so please take that into account when selecting a fabric.

Sunscreen Fabrics
Sunscreen Fabric

Sunscreen

Transparent screen fabrics filter incoming light, reducing heat gain, glare and harmful UV rays. Endless combinations of color and openness factors are available to fine tune your needs at each window. They do not offer privacy, so please take that into account when selecting a fabric.

Sunscreen

Transparent screen fabrics filter incoming light, reducing heat gain, glare and harmful UV rays. Endless combinations of color and openness factors are available to fine tune your needs at each window. They do not offer privacy, so please take that into account when selecting a fabric.

Heat Control

To minimize heat gain, use light colored fabrics that reflect the sun’s rays back to the outside. Also select fabrics with low openness factors to reduce the amount of light that’s transmitted through the fabric.

View-Through

To achieve the best view of the outside, select dark colored fabrics and a more open (5% -10%) weave. This makes it easier to see through since there is less light reflected into your eyes when looking through the fabric.

UV Control

Optimal UV Control is achieved by reflecting as much light as possible and also by allowing little light to pass through the material. Select light colors and a more closed weave (3% or even 1%).

Glare Control

Glare reduction is best achieved with dark colored fabrics that absorb light, thereby reducing glare. Reduced openness factors also help to control by reducing the amount of transmitted light coming through the glass.

Openness

Openness factor refers to the amount of light that a fabric allows through unfiltered, the lower the number the less light a material will allow through. Important to note: While the openness factor does by default affect privacy, solar material should not be considered privacy fabric.

Dark Fabric
Light Fabric
Dark Fabric vs. Light Fabric

When glare reduction and view-through are essential, dark colored fabrics are the best choice. If you’re looking for optimal heat control, combine a light colored fabric with a low openness factor.

Heat Control

To minimize heat gain, use light colored fabrics that reflect the sun’s rays back to the outside. Also select fabrics with low openness factors to reduce the amount of light that’s transmitted through the fabric.


View-Through

To achieve the best view of the outside, select dark colored fabrics and a more open (5% -10%) weave. This makes it easier to see through since there is less light reflected into your eyes when looking through the fabric.


UV Control

Optimal UV Control is achieved by reflecting as much light as possible and also by allowing little light to pass through the material. Select light colors and a more closed weave (3% or even 1%).


Glare Control

Glare reduction is best achieved with dark colored fabrics that absorb light, thereby reducing glare. Reduced openness factors also help to control by reducing the amount of transmitted light coming through the glass.


Openness

Openness factor refers to the amount of light that a fabric allows through unfiltered, the lower the number the less light a material will allow through. Important to note: While the openness factor does by default affect privacy, solar material should not be considered privacy fabric.

Dark Fabric
Light Fabric
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Dark Fabric vs. Light Fabric

When glare reduction and view-through are essential, dark colored fabrics are the best choice. If you’re looking for optimal heat control, combine a light colored fabric with a low openness factor.

Light Filtering Fabric

Light Filtering

Translucent fabrics reduce heat and UV rays, but allow diffused light in, providing a soft glow when they are closed. If privacy isn’t critical, Light Filtering fabrics offer many more decorative choices than woven screens, while also giving many of the same benefits. They differ from Screens in that they don’t offer a clear view, but do provide limited privacy.

Blackout

Blackout fabrics stop light from penetrating through the material, creating privacy when needed. They offer a neutral white to the outside, regardless of the interior color selected. Many color choices and textures are available, making interior coordination easy. Some perimeter light bleed should be expected during the day.

Blackout Fabric
Light Filtering Fabric

Light Filtering

Translucent fabrics reduce heat and UV rays, but allow diffused light in, providing a soft glow when they are closed. If privacy isn’t critical, Light Filtering fabrics offer many more decorative choices than woven screens, while also giving many of the same benefits. They differ from Screens in that they don’t offer a clear view, but do provide limited privacy.

Blackout Fabric

Blackout

Blackout fabrics stop light from penetrating through the material, creating privacy when needed. They offer a neutral white to the outside, regardless of the interior color selected. Many color choices and textures are available, making interior coordination easy. Some perimeter light bleed should be expected during the day.

Light Filtering

Translucent fabrics reduce heat and UV rays, but allow diffused light in, providing a soft glow when they are closed. If privacy isn’t critical, Light Filtering fabrics offer many more decorative choices than woven screens, while also giving many of the same benefits. They differ from Screens in that they don’t offer a clear view, but do provide limited privacy.

Blackout

Blackout fabrics stop light from penetrating through the material, creating privacy when needed. They offer a neutral white to the outside, regardless of the interior color selected. Many color choices and textures are available, making interior coordination easy. Some perimeter light bleed should be expected during the day.