Would you like to be able to save money with shades that eliminate heat and glare? Solar shades can cut out up to 97% of UV rays, which means you get shade and have no glare on your monitors and screens. Not only that, you don’t have to block your view.
The other day, someone said to me that their utility bills during the summer were over $400, primarily because the windows had no shades or blinds. Solar shades–both exterior and interior–can cut out up to 99% of the UV rays, which is what causes the heat and glare. Not only that, you don’t have to give up your view! I live in the beautiful wine country in northern California and many people have such lovely views they just don’t want to cover it up. And who can blame them? However, they don’t want to have $400 utility bills either!
Solar shades can be mounted inside your windows or outside. Let’s talk about interior solar shades first. Not only is their function wonderful for cutting heat and glare, they are sleek, contemporary, and almost invisible. Recently, Made in the Shade Santa Rosa installed one of these in a commercial building where they had so much glare they could not see the computer screens until the sun was off that side of the building. After they had been up for a week, I asked the manager how they were working for them. He said, “Oh, great. For the first few days I didn’t even know they were up there!” This is because they are transparent, although you can get material that is less transparent and has some nice texture like a woven look if you like.
Now, what about exterior solar shades? Often on the outside, the goal is to provide shade over a patio or pergola. How many people do you know who can’t even use their patio at certain times of the day? I know I do! Not only that, the patio may lead into a great room through a sliding glass door and the heat on the patio is heating up the slider and, ultimately, the interior room.
If you need an exterior solar shade, make sure it is a quality solar shade that has been tested for exterior use. This means it has been approved to stand up to weather. What does this mean? Well, have you ever put one of those inexpensive bamboo-type exterior shades? Purchase from whom? Well, we won’t mention any names to protect the guilty but I think you get the gist of it. They only last a season or two and after a short while they look awful! This really cheapens the look of the home. If you buy a quality solar shade, you may pay more but it will last for many years and has a warranty. Both the interior and exterior shades can be motorized and set up with a timer if desired so that they come down when the sun is on the window and retract when the sun has moved off that side. Now how cool is that!
If you are looking for a shade that can cut heat and glare, we can help. If you are local, give us a call for a free consultation and quote in the privacy of your home. If not, contact me if you have questions about how to find a dealer or what to look for. We all love the sun–just not in our eyes or on the computer screen!