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These heat-resistant solar blinds are an ideal addition to porches, patios, sunrooms, decks, gazebos, 3-season rooms, and other outdoor living spaces.
You can also hang them on the exteriors of windows for a seamless blend of function and style.
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Openness percentage of solar shade fabric indicates the tightness of the weave, which refers to the %age of light penetrating through, such as 1%, 3%, 5%, 7%, 10%, and 14%.
Lower openness percentage means a more tightly woven fabric, with a higher opacity and less visibility through the solar roller shade. Higher openness percentage indicates a looser fabric weave, and therefore lower opacity and greater visibility.
The opacity of the fabric is the percentage of light blockage the fabric is capable of.
The opacity of the fabric is the corresponding number to the openness percentage. For example, a fabric with 1% openness has an opacity of 99%. Similarly:
If you need even greater flexibility in managing incoming light and privacy of your room’s interior, consider dual or zebra shades, which combine the functionality of a solid roller shade with the adaptability of horizontal blinds. A layer of solid stripes alternates with sheer stripes.
Solar shade fabrics are referred to in the context of percentages of ‘openness’ and ‘opacity’. Solar shades generally operate like roller shades. They are preferred to other window coverings for providing excellent UV ray blockage and privacy, while still allowing a view to the outside through the fabric.
Solar roller shades also help cut down on your energy bills - close them during the summer to block out heat and light, or open them during the winter to let sunlight in to help keep your room’s interior warm and cozy.
Openness factor (OF) is a common term used to describe the tightness of the weave of solar screen fabrics. Opacity level or openness percentage shows how tightly the yarn is woven.
In exterior solar roller shades with 14% openness level, the fabric is loosely woven to allow more light to sail into your outdoor living space.
These window covers are an ideal choice for outdoor recreational spots, as they provide best visibility with significant privacy and glare rejection.
Most solar shade fabrics are made from PVC-coated polyester. Another option is that of vinyl-coated fiberglass yarns. A combination of PVC-coated polyester and vinyl-coated fiberglass yarns is also used.
Our 14% openness outdoor solar roller shades are made from superior-quality weather-resistant fabrics. They offer an all-season sun shade solution in all types of outdoor spaces, ranging from porches to swimming pools.
The average sale price of 14% openness solar roller shades ranges from $54 for a 24 x 24” window size to $131 for a 72 x 108” window. So, you can get high-quality sun shades at much lower prices than competitors.
However, add-ons, like automatic lift, valance, blackout liner will add to the cost of these outdoor shades.
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7% or 10% are well-known as the best openness percentages for solar shades to preserve good view of outside, get soft natural glow, protect your possessions from damaging UV rays, and keep prying eyes away from your porch, pergola, swimming pool, etc.
The most common openness percentages for solar shades range from 1% to 14%. Popular choices in this range include 3%, 5%, 7%, and 10%.
In rare cases, outdoor solar roller shades come with 17% and 32% openness factors, meaning they will block out about 68% of the UV rays, while allowing the remaining 32 percent to sail into your outdoor space.
No, you can’t see through 5% solar shades at night when lights are on in your room or porch, but passers-by can see in. The exact opposite is true during the day. To make them non-see-through at night, you’ll need to pair them with a blackout fabric.
Coolaroo outdoor sun shades are made from fabrics with different tightness/looseness levels or openness factors, ranging from 5% to 15%.
Here are the practical implications of various openness percentages.
Still not sure which fabric weave, color, and opacity level to choose when shopping for outdoor solar roller shades for your porch, patio, or pergola? Use 24/7 live chat or give us a call at (800) 863-6109 to contact our design consultants for further help.