Are Screen Shades Right for You?

Designer Screen Shades

Here in Marin County, we are often asked about whether screen shades are a good option. At Blinds & Designs, we’re committed to ensuring that our customers find the right product to meet their needs, budget, and desires, so we’ll always walk everything through all of the information about a product before they purchase. If you’re interested in screen shades, read on, and if you need more details, be sure to contact one of our representatives.

About Screen Shades

Screen shades are the perfect blend of design and science. You can find darker-colored fabrics, light-colored fabrics, and performance fabrics. Each fabric controls glare, heat, and natural light and provides UV protection.

Screen Shades Block the Sun, Not the View

With most screen shade fabrics, you can maintain your view of the outdoors. The fabric is assigned an openness factor: The higher the openness factor, the larger the weave of the fabric. So, a fabric with an openness factor of 10% will allow more light and heat to pass through while giving you more view-through versus a fabric with an openness factor of 5%.

Understanding Solar Optical Properties

Most screen shade fabrics have solar optical properties, including Solar Transmittance, which is the amount of total solar energy that passes through the shade fabric into a room. The larger the number, the higher the amount of solar energy that is entering the space. Look also for (Rs) Solar Reflectance, which is the amount of solar energy/heat that is reflected away from the window back outside. The higher the number, the better the fabric is at reflecting solar heat. Light-colored fabrics will reflect more light. Another factor is (As) Solar Absorption, which refers to the absorption of light and heat. This is what heats up shade fabric. A low number means the shade absorbs very little solar energy, which allows heat into your space. Finally, there’s (Tv) Visible Light Transmittance, which is the amount of visible light that comes through the glass and fabric. The higher the number, the less light that passes through the fabric.

Window Treatments From Hunter Douglas

As your local Hunter Douglas dealer, we will work with you to identify your requirements and specify the proper custom solution. We will find the balance you need to achieve the look, privacy, daylighting, energy efficiency, and glare reduction that your home needs.

Designer Screen Shades in Marin County

Blinds & Designs offers a full line of quality window treatments to homeowners and commercial clients throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Marin County areas, including Burlingame, Hillsborough, Atherton, and Los Altos. With an ongoing commitment to high quality products and exceptional service, we’ve been serving our communities for over 26 years.

Stop by our showrooms in San Francisco or Belvedere-Tiburon to see a variety of motorization displays in our showroom or call 415-921-4217 Ext 101 for more information.

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