Solar screen shades are in the roller shade family. The solar screen shade is identical to that of a roller shade. When it comes to solar/screen shades, they are distinct due to the composition as well as the opacity offered. the fabric is what allows screen shades to be so effective in reducing solar heat gain, reducing glare, and protecting against UV damage. Screen shades are engineered to absorb and dissipate 65 to 90 percent of the sun’s heat and glare. Solar screen shades are distinct in that they are one of the few custom window treatments that allow for a full view out when the treatment is completely closed. For example, even when the slats of a horizontal blind are tilted to an open position, the view out is still slightly obstructed by the slats. To have an unobstructed view, you would have to lift the horizontal blinds, and in doing so, expose the window to the very light and heat that solar shades are designed to reduce. Solar shades have a wide variety of – often referred to as the “openness factor”. The openness factor determines both how much light is let in, and how easily you can view out the shade when it is fully closed. 1 Call Interior Services offer openness factors ranging from 1% to 14%. A low openness factor will provide a higher level of light control, but a lower level of view out. Conversely, a high openness factor will provide a lower level of light control, but a higher level of view out. The weight of a shade is a concern anytime that you have a very wide window. Screen shades are incredibly lightweight, thereby making them a viable option for wide windows. We could go on and on about when solar shades are the perfect solution, because they truly are one of the most versatile, most practical window coverings. With that said, they are not the best selection if you want the highest degree of privacy. Blackout roller shades, room darkening cellular shades, plantation shutters, and horizontal blinds are much better selections if your primary concern is privacy. All of our roller shades are made in our Spring Hill workroom! We cut out the middleman and pass the savings on to you. Give us a call at (352) 238-1678 to arrange a FREE In-Home Estimate now!