If you have a sunroom, you know the beauty of the space and all the amazing benefits that come with it. But perhaps you find that sometimes, the sunlight can be a little too much and cause your sunroom to get hotter than you’d like. Or, perhaps, you find that certain seats in the room just aren’t as functional due to the amount of light pouring through the windows. In that case, you need not worry. Instead, consider solar shades as your solution.
What are solar shades?
A solar shade is made out of tightly-woven fabric that works to block some sunlight that comes in, without impairing your view. This means that if you want to watch the birds at your birdfeeder, you’ll still be able to see them. At the same time, the light that had been blocking your view from behind the birds will be greatly reduced.
In addition, solar shades aren’t a one size fits all. Instead, they come in a range of opacity (ranging from 15 to 1 percent), so you can decide on how much or how little light you want to come through. The lower the number, the higher the opacity and the less you’ll be able to see through it. On the other hand, a higher number means more light coming through, resulting in a better view. A range of 3-5 percent is the most common.
A sunroom allows homeowners to enjoy the outside, without having to leave the house. That underlying purpose is exactly what makes this type of window covering ideal for the space. Traditional window coverings tend to block out 100 percent of the light, taking away your view. While solar shades can benefit other rooms in your home, they offer the perfect compromise of light and view for any sunroom.
You’re In Control
If you obstruct your view, you negate the main purpose of your sunroom. At the same time, constant and full sunlight can make the space so unbearable that you don’t want to spend time in it to begin with. Solar shades, on the other hand, place you in full control of the light you want and the comfort you can achieve in this special room of your home for you and your family at all times of the day.
Imagine the benefits if your sunroom fulfills a purpose separate and additional to lounging. Especially if your sunroom also functions as a dining room, full sunshine can make the room too bright for comfort during dinner time. On the other hand, these types of shades will be able to block the glare so that you and your guests will be able to eat in comfort.
Or perhaps you use your sunroom as an additional living space. If that space includes a TV, you may notice that the sun creates a harsh glare on the screen that impedes your view. Again, a solar shade can easily be pulled down, reducing the glare, while still allowing you to see outside whenever you want.
Open to the Outside Comes With Caveats
In short, solar shades work great in reducing glare and filtering the light that comes into your sunroom. But at the same time, because of their versatility, they will not block others from seeing into your room. So if you are looking for a window covering to not only block the sunlight but also provide privacy on an as-needed basis, you may want to look for different shades.
However, if your main priority is control over the light that floods your sunroom, then solar shades are the perfect fit. To learn more about this type of window covering, and to get the installation process started for your sunroom, please contact us.