Essentially, fabric color and density determine the solar/optical/thermal performance of individual fabrics. No single fabric has the precise combination of thermal/optical properties to satisfy every requirement. This means there is not a one size fits all solution. And, why bargain hunting in the world of solar roller shades can leave you wanting.
However, by expertly applying the proper combination of properties of each fabric to each need one can achieve a near perfect match. This is were understanding, with a depth of knowledge, how to pick the proper fabric combination from a selection of hundreds of options is invaluable.
To that end, a trained solar roller shade dealer can make all the difference, assuming they understand how to apply the Key Thermal/Optical Factors which include:
- Ts= Solar transmittance
- Rs=Solar reflectance
- As=Solar absorptance
- Density= Openness factor
- VLT=Visible light transmittance
- SHGC=Solar Heat Gain Coefficient
So, bottom line, please kindly proceed with caution as purchasing solar roller shades may seem like a no brainer, but you really do get what you pay for in this product category. Experience, training and knowledge are your friend when dealing with solar roller shades.
Of course, we would love to help you choose the proper fabric for your roller shade needs. Also, be sure to check out our online roller shade calculator for a rough idea of what your project might cost. Or, please use this contact form to describe your project with rough sizes, and we will gladly email you a rough estimate.