Blinds, Shades & Shutters

Learning About the Opacity of Solar Shades

"There are two kinds of light - the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures." James Thurber


When glare and light control are your primary concerns, Solar Shades are the perfect window treatments for you. These shades allow filtered light to enter a room, while stopping glare and harmful UV rays right in their tracks. This is why these window treatments are extremely popular in office settings. They provide a clean, sleek appearance that any business owner will appreciate and they block glare, which is something your employees will certainly appreciate.

Solar shades come in different levels of opacity, ranging from 1% to 10%. Now what does this mean exactly?

Taking a Closer Look at Solar Shades

If you are unsure of the meaning opacity, the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it as “the quality of a material that does not allow light to pass through it.” Now, solar shades have different levels of opacity, meaning they allow carrying degrees of light to pass through them. For example A 5% shade blocks 95% of the UV rays, while allowing diffused light to flood the room; 1% shades block 99% of UV rays, providing additional privacy; and so on. The lower the percentage, the tighter the weave. Meanwhile, fabrics with a higher Openness Factor will let in more light and provide a clearer view.

These window treatments are not only great for the office. Homeowners also value solar shades as a way to prevent furniture fading and eliminate glare on their televisions. These shades are also great at blocking heat, making your home more energy efficient. Reduce glare, heat, and protect your furnishings from UV rays while maintaining your view of the beautiful outdoors.