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EXTRA HEAT & UV PROTECTION

Solar shades are a modern and functional window solution that allow you to retain your view while reducing glare and sun damage.

Solar shades are specifically designed to filter sunlight and noticeably lower the temperature of any room they’re in. Through blocking harmful UV rays, they also reduce the damage done to furniture, artwork, carpet, hardwood floors, and skin from direct sunlight.

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CREATE AN ENERGY EFFICIENT HOME

 Solar shades help by increasing UV protection and insulation, which in turn keeps your home or business cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. This translates to a dramatic increase in your home’s energy efficiency.

Solar shades come in a range of openness from 1%, 3%, 5% & 10%. While all percentages will provide full privacy during the day, only the 1% solar shade will give you privacy at night when the lights are on, not all 1% created equal so best to check big fabric sample.

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CUSTOMIZABLE SOLAR SHADE LOOK

Solar shades come in a large variety of colors and fabrics to match perfectly in with your home or business. They are an incredibly versatile option that can be used on almost any type of window.  To understand if solar shades are right for you, schedule your free in-home consultation today and see our full size samples in person.

 Bright, light colors minimize the outward view, however are better with heat protection. Darker colors on the other hand will provide a clearer view to the outside and less heat protection.

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frequently asked questions

What are solar shades for windows?

They are designed specifically to filter out heat, glare, and UV rays while allowing natural light to enter the living space. They are made from a woven, screen-like material that allows you to see through them and maintain a view of the outside. Solar shades are great for areas of the home that receive direct light. Also, they can help reduce the cost of cooling your home and protect your furniture and artwork from fading.

What do solar shade percentages mean?

The percentage of solar shades correlates to the degree of openness in the fabric. We carry few different percentages – 1%, 3%, 5%, 10%, 14% and 25%. The higher the percentage, the more open the fabric. Higher percentage will provide less heat resistance, glare, and UV coverage compared to lower percentage fabrics. However, higher percentage will give you a better view of the outside with only compromising your privacy at night, when lights are on.

Do all solar shade percentages provide privacy?

All Solar fabrics have small holes (unlike translucent shades), so they may not be able to always achieve 100% privacy. The level of privacy often depends on where the dominant light is and which color of fabric you use. In most cases, the darker the fabric, the better the outward and inward view is. Therefore, if you’re seeking better privacy, you can opt for a bright fabric. During the daytime all solar shades provide full privacy, however in some cases, your privacy may be reduced due to the dominant light across the room (another glass door or window).

If you wish to achieve higher level of privacy, we recommend tinting your windows. With some fabrics, the 1% is tight enough to provide full privacy at night without any tint, however this is not always the case. If you require 100% privacy at night, then solar shades may not be the best solution. The one exception to this is if you choose the Coulisse 3000 – 1%, which has a tight enough weave to give you full privacy at night without tinting your windows.

How do solar shades work?

Solar shades are basically more of a screen than a fabric. They are made up of ingredients such as polyester, vinyl, fiberglass, vinyl-coated polyester, and recycled content. The main purpose is to reduce glare and heat by reflecting the transmitted solar radiation, to know how much protection you get with each material, in the back of our Solar screens brochures you’ll find what we call “RAT Equation” – 100% of solar radiation or solar energy is either reflected (RS) absorbed (AS) or transmitted (TS) by all materials on earth.

How much do solar shades cost?

Like every other shade, the cost of solar shades depends on the following factors:
  • The size of the shade/ window
  • The type of valance if needed (cassette, facia, cornice, fabric hanging)
  • Whether it is a manual, cordless or a motorized version
  • The material (screen) you use

If you send us measurements and you choose a fabric from our collection, we can send you an accurate quote. Conversely, you can let us know the fabric you want and we can send you big samples by mail if needed.

How to clean solar shades?

You can check our fabrics page for the manufacturer’s instructions regarding how to clean the solar shades. You will find this as you hover through each fabric. Most recommending to remove dust with a vacuum cleaner or compressed air. Also, you can try and clean the solar shade using a white pencil eraser gently or a magic eraser, we sometimes use a cup of water with a splash of hand soap and a new toothbrush to gently clean the screen. Most importantly, clean carefully and gently, and always avoid using chemicals.

Do solar shades provide privacy?

Yes and no. Solar shades provide privacy 99% of the time, with only a few exceptions. During the day, all solar shades percentages will provide full privacy, except when there’s another window directly across. However, only 1% will provide privacy at night and it’s not always the case if the window isn’t tinted, if privacy is your main concern choose a translucent fabric or a 1% screen that allows no view.

Do solar shades really work?

Yes, solar shades have been tested in special laboratories to actually work. You’ll immediately notice the difference after installing the shades and without losing your view.

Do solar shades block heat?

Yes, as soon as the solar shades are down, you’ll feel they lower the amount of glare, UV rays, and direct heat entering your living space.

Which solar shades are best?

We offer you a huge selection of superior quality solar shades from reputable brands, including Mermet and Phifer. These solar shades are made using safe materials and come with long warranties. While we may be unable to determine what brand is the best, we assure you that both brands will serve you exceptionally.

Solar Shades vs. Light Filtering (translucent)

Bright color 1% solar fabrics can look like a translucent fabric because they absorb light. Thus, making it difficult to see through the screen. Moreover, the brighter the fabric, the more light it will trap and absorb. As a result, it will destroy the outward view.

In contrast, translucent fabrics feel more like fabrics and not screens. They are softer on touch, but cleaning may be more difficult when dirty. We always recommend solar shades and not translucent shades to maintain the outward view.

Solar Shades vs. Blackout Shades

Both solar shades 1% openness and blackout fabrics will give you privacy at night and during the day. Blackout fabrics are like walls of fabric. With no light penetrating the fabric, it isn’t as pretty as solar shades. However, if you need a really dark room, then you may opt for blackout shades. Conversely, if you don’t want a dark room, then 1% solar shades are prettier, but they will glare.

What do solar shades look like at night?

From the outside solar shades look the same as blackout fabric. You can see some movements outside from 1% solar fabric at night but nothing more. However, with more open solar fabric like 3%, 5%, or 10%, then you can see inward at night. Shades higher than 1% won’t provide privacy at night.

How long do solar shades last?

The longevity of the solar shades will depend on the manufacturer and whether it was installed correctly. Most of our fabrics come with 5 or 10 years interior warranty. Without heavy smoking or heavy cooking, your solar shades should last for between 10 and 20 years.

How do motorized solar shades work?

Motorized solar shades work similarly to other shades. They feature a rechargeable motor or an electric motor. With rechargeable motors, you’ll need to plug a charger into the motor overnight every 500-1000 cycles or a year. Conversely, with the electric motor, you’ll pay more upfront, and the gaps will be bigger. Hence, solar shades with rechargeable motors are more frequently used.

What do solar shades look like from the outside?

The appearance of solar shades from the outside depends on whether you are viewing during the night or during the day. At daytime, all solar shades percentages will look like a blackout (wall of fabric) from the outside. When you look in from outside, you will be unable to see through. In contrast, the solar shades are transparent when looking outside from inside your living space. The bigger the openness, the more you’ll see outward.

SOLAR SHADES – EXTRA HEAT & UV PROTECTION

Solar shades window treatment, also known as transparent shades, are understated and stylish additions to any room. Their design filters sunlight and noticeably lowers the temperature of any room they’re in. By blocking harmful UV rays, they also reduce the damage done to furniture, carpet, hardwood floors, and skin from direct sunlight. Solar shades are modern and functional, allowing you to retain your view while reducing glare and sun damage.

CREATE AN ENERGY EFFICIENT HOME

Once you install a solar shade, you’ll immediately notice a change in temperature. The added UV protection and insulation keeps your home warm in winter and cooler in the summer. That translates to a serious increase in your home’s energy efficiency.

CUSTOMIZABLE SOLAR SHADE LOOK

Solar shades come in both light and dark varieties and fit almost any type of window. To understand if solar shades are right for you, schedule your free at-home solar shade consultation today.

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DARK SOLAR SHADES

Dark solar fabrics offer a better outward view than brighter fabrics. Darker shades attract heat more than brighter shades. If reducing glare while preserving your beautiful view is important to you, select dark fabric solar shades.

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BRIGHT SOLAR SHADES

Bright solar fabrics create a soft, warm glow throughout your room. Bright shades deflect heat better than dark shades. When optimizing energy efficiency and increasing privacy are your primary goals, choose bright fabric solar shades.

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WHAT IS OPENNESS FACTOR?

The openness factor of your solar shades affects your outward view. Shades with 5% or greater openness offer better views. Shades with 3% openness or less restrict your views. Adjust the openness factor to get the view that suits you.

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Customer satisfaction is our number one priority at Fifty Shades and Blinds. Our personalized approach cuts out the overhead that comes with a typical showroom – a saving we pass to our clients.

CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

Marlon B

Amazing service, fast turnaround , and they gave me the best quote out of 5 companies, I’m very happy about the high quality shades I received, I highly recommend this company to everyone. I’m very happy about the high quality shades I received, I highly recommend this company to everyone.

Nati N

Excellent experience with Ilan at 50 Shades. Extremely responsive, great prices, extreme attention to detail regarding measurements and installation. An absolute pleasure to deal with and a job well done!

Craig M

First time hiring a company to install window treatments(shades). Was definitely skeptical about paying someone to do something I could probably have done. However, I am more than happy I did with Fifty Shades as it was a very positive experience. Friendly and professional gentleman who I understand is the owner and installer. Always returned calls promptly and arrived on time to our appointments. The samples he had available were beautiful but I went with something economical for my apartment rental. Installation was done quickly and has certainly turned out looking very clean. I would use him again in the future. Thanks for the good job.

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