Are solar shades worth it?

Are solar shades worth it? Solar shades can help reduce heat in a window, but they will not block cold. They reduce heat by blocking the amount of sunlight coming into a space, and making the windows more energy efficient. This heat reduction can help you save money on energy costs during the hot summer months.

How much do solar shades for windows cost? Cost of Solar Shades

Solar shades and solar blinds are the same thing, and cost between $160 and $340 per window. For a house with 8 standard windows in need of shades, this would likely cost between $1,280 and $2,720.

Are solar shades expensive? Solar shades are slightly more expensive than roller shades, not because of additional bells and whistles on the shade itself, but the material used for the shade. Woven, screen-like material is the base of solar shades. The loose woven nature of the material allows for the screen to be somewhat transparent.

Can you see through 3% solar shades at night? 

Are solar shades worth it? – Additional Questions

What can I put on my window so I can see out but no one can see in?

Contra Vision® White 24/7 Concealed Vision™ is a one way window film that works at night. Most one-way vision films can only provide privacy during the daytime. At night the films become see-through if the inside is illuminated and blinds or curtains are needed.

Do 1% solar shades provide privacy at night?

When a light is on in the room, people outside will be able to see directly into your home. While a solar shade provides privacy during the day, it will provide no privacy at night. So, in reality the answer is no, solar shades are not “magic” shades that provide privacy during both daytime and at night.

Can you see shadows through blinds at night?

So, can neighbors see through your blinds? It’s unlikely that your neighbors will see through your blinds as long as you tilt them up. Blinds usually offer privacy and temperature control. But they may be able to see shadows through blinds if the light is on.

Can you see through sheer shades at night?

Sheer curtains offer little during the day and almost none at night. The moment the sun goes down and lights come on inside the house, sheer curtains can completely expose you to outsiders. Semi-sheers are less translucent and their weave is denser.

Do cellular shades provide privacy at night?

Light filtering shades can provide privacy for your home at night. Cellular shades come in a range of styles and fabrics, which gives you the flexibility to choose the design that works best in your home.

What is the best openness for solar shades?

For homeowners who desire a clear view, a 3% openness factor facing west is the most popular choice. If you base your fabric choice on having a nice view that you want to enhance, we suggest a dark fabric with a 3% or 5% openness factor. This applies to both interior or exterior shades.

What does 3% on solar shades mean?

A high openness factor features a looser weave and therefore greater visibility. A low openness value (3%-5%) will block more sun and deliver a higher level of privacy but it will also allow for less view through. Shop Blindsgalore® Envision Solar Shades and more.

What percent solar shade should I get?

5% would be the most common, but some may go up to 10% or even as high as 32% in rare cases. These significantly reduce the sun’s glare in your home while also allowing for great visibility. This is the perfect choice when you want to preserve the view out of a window or allow plenty of natural light into a space.

What is a 10% solar shade?

With a 10% openness, light is gently filtered while blocking 90% off the suns UV rays. These shades will protect your interior from much of the suns damaging rays and glare while preserving a soft view of the outdoors.

Do solar shades help with glare?

Solar Shades Block Visible spectrum Rays: light

Keep the view! Like looking through sunglasses- glare is reduced and colors are more vibrant and true.

Do solar shades reduce glare?

Solar shades are a great choice where privacy isn’t a factor, but blocking light and glare are important. Solar shades will prevent UV rays from fading your furniture, floors, and other household items. They’ll also keep glare off your TV. They’re just like sunglasses for your windows!

What is the difference between light filtering and solar shades?


Roller shades are made from a range of textiles, often woven light filtering fabric or vinyl, to control a room’s light. Solar shades are made from a mesh material screen designed to combat the sun and block UV rays without entirely blocking the view.

How long do solar shades last?

When solar screens are properly installed, you can expect them to last 10 years or more.

Are solar shades better than cellular shades?

Making the Right Choice for you

Your final choice will, ultimately, come down to personal preference. If privacy is a main concern, cellular shades may be the right choice for you. If being able to enjoy the view while still being protected, solar shades may provide a better fit.

What is the most energy efficient window covering?

Cellular shades, or honeycomb shades, are one of the most energy efficient window coverings you can buy. They use a series of honeycomb-like cell pockets to trap air around your windows, keeping your rooms warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

Do honeycomb shades really insulate?

Insulated cellular shades are typically considered to have the highest R-values of all window coverings. The air pockets in the honeycomb cross-sections act as insulators, increasing the R-value and reducing the conduction of heat through the window.

Which shades are most energy efficient?

Duette Architella® Honeycomb Shades—This style is the most energy-efficient cellular shade available, providing even greater insulation than the original Duette.