Solar blinds are increasing in popularity among homeowners in Canada—and for good reason. With their outstanding insulating properties and unique features, solar blinds make a great fit for any home looking to save money on heating and cooling and enjoying a clear, unobstructed view. So what are solar blinds? How do they work? Are solar blinds see-through? Do solar blinds keep heat and cold out? While there’s a lot to consider when choosing a window treatment, we’ve gathered these questions from our clients and answered them here to help you decide if solar blinds are right for your home.
1. WHAT ARE SOLAR BLINDS?
Solar blinds are window blinds that block the sun’s rays while still allowing light to pass through. If you have windows that get an excessive amount of sunlight, these blinds could be a good choice for you. They reduce glare and protect against UV rays as well as fading of carpets and upholstery caused by the sun.
2. WHAT ARE SOLAR BLINDS MADE OF?
Solar blinds are made with a mesh of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or high-density polyethylene (HDPE). The perforations allow you to see through the blind, while also blocking the sun’s heat and glare.
3. ARE SOLAR BLINDS SEE-THROUTH?
Solar blinds can be see-through, depending on the openness of the cloth. The lower the proportion of openness, the less visible they are, and the less light they allow in.
4. DO SOLAR BLINDS PROVIDE PRIVACY?
Yes, solar blinds are designed to provide daytime privacy while still allowing to enjoy natural light in your home.
5.CAN YOU SEE THROUTH SOLAR BLINDS FROM OUTSIDE AT NIGNT?
Yes, if you have a light on the inside and close to the shades, people on the outside may be able to see inside your home through the solar blinds. For night time privacy, you might want to consider combining your blinds with curtains.
6.DO SOLAR BLINDS KEEP HEAT AND COLD OUT?
Solar blinds improve energy efficiency in your home by providing extra insulation for your windows. This helps keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter , while also saving you on annual energy cost.
7. DO SOLAR BLINDS HELP TO PROTECT FURNITURE FROM FADING?
Yes, solar blinds block up to 92 percent of harmful ultraviolet rays, protecting your furniture, floors and artwork from fading.
8. HOW LONG DO SOLAR BLINDS LAST?
Solar blinds are more durable and eco-friendly than standard blinds. They last 10 to 20 years, compared with a shade’s typical 3-5 year lifespan.
9. CAN YOU INSTALL SOLAR BLINDS ON SLIDING-GLASS OR FRENCH DOORS?
Yes, solar blinds can be an excellent option for sliding- glass or other types of French doors.
10.HOW DO YOU CLEAN SOLAR BLINDS?
Solar Blinds are among the easiest window treatments to maintain. Light dusting can be accomplished with a vacuum’s brush attachment. For more stubborn dirt and grime, use a damp cloth with mild dish soap diluted in water.
Solar blinds are a great choice if you want to save electricity, be more eco-friendly, get elegant window blinds and maintain a comfortable home temperature all year round. So if you’re curious about how solar blinds work, what they can do for your home, whether they are worth the investment, or how much a custom order might cost, feel free to reach out to us! We’d be happy to answer all of your questions and put your mind at ease!