Silver Screen Solar Shades, One of the many fabric options to choose from.

Silver Screen solar screen fabrics are designed to outperform light and dark fabrics when a project requires excellent heat control, glare control, UV protection and view through characteristics.  High performance fabrics like Silver Screen have a highly reflective exterior regardless of the room-side color. Metallized high performance fabrics are able to provide low visible light transmittance (VLT) values in combination with low shading coefficient (SC) values, independent of color. Typical light and dark colored solar screen provide a dedicated solution where one or two criteria are required or deemed the most important.
  • For excellent view through and glare reduction select dark colored fabric
  • For excellent heat management select a light colored fabric
  • For view, glare control, heat reduction select high performance fabric

Choosing between Light or Dark Fabric

Depending on your needs the below information will help you make the correct fabric choose.

Dark fabrics provide excellent glare control by reducing the visible light that comes through the fabric. Fabrics that block 94%-96% of the visible light provide excellent glare control characteristics, and will absorb some heat and keep it at the window until it dissipates into the room. In applications where passive solar warming and glare control are desired, dark colored solar screen fabrics are optimal.

With the Darker Fabric, Higher AS (Solar Absorption) values mean light and heat is absorbed and Lower VLT (Visible Light Transmission) values mean less light passes through the fabric, resulting in excellent glare control

Light colored fabrics are more effective at reflecting heat, and allow more visible light into the room. Fabrics that block 80-90% of the visible light are an excellent choice for providing extra light where windows are small, and in common areas where a lighter, brighter ambience is desired. Light is filtered, and view through the fabric is like a sheer drapery.

Higher RS (Solar Reflect) values mean lighter colors reflect more heat away and Higher VLT (Visible Light Transmission) values mean more daylight passes through.

You can view and order free swatches of both Dark & Light fabrics at


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How to Meaaure, 1st Measure Twice, This is Very Important, th

Woodworkers regularly mutter to themselves "measure twice, cut once." The same holds true when you are getting ready to order blinds. Careful measurements are important AND they are not difficult to make. Really.

  • - Use a steel measuring tape (you know the one your dad used to tell you to blow on and he would make it magically disappear?).
  • - Measure within to the closest 1/8". If a blind's size is listed in 16th's of an inch, round down to the next 1/8".
  • - List WIDTH (how wide) first and then HEIGHT (how high) when ordering.
  • - If your blinds are going to be hung inside the frame of the window, that is where you measure, not the walls outside.
  • - If your blinds will be hung outside/above the window frame, measure that area.
  • - If you don't know how to read a tape measure, this is not the time to try to fake it! You can do a quick internet search and find lots of nice people who have made videos to show you how to do it. If you simply need a quick refresher, you put the notched edge of the tape measure at one end (sometimes it's easier to get someone to hold that side) and draw the tape out to the point you want to measure. Look at the measurement. If your window measures just past 36", you know the actual measurement is going to fall between 36" and 37". Now, look at the small lines. The smallest/shortest lines designate 1/16" of an inch. The next smallest/shortest mark 1/8", the third smallest/shortest marks 1/4". You want to measure to the closest 1/8". (Beyond 1/8" you hit 1/2", 7/16", 3/8", 5/16", 1/4")

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