Solar shades are designed to block sunlight –and its associated heat gain—without blocking your view. You can have a variety of design options when it comes to the shade’s color, style, and openness factor.
If your shades have an openness factor of 5% it means that it’s blocking 95 percent of the light. The darker your fabric, the more visibility it will have compared to lighter fabrics at the same openness factor. This is because dark material sucks up the light, while it tends to bounce around in lighter material.
Blackout shades are designed to completely block light coming into the room (so, in theory, they would have a 0 percent openness factor). These are ideal for bedrooms, media rooms or home theaters.
These shades come in a variety of color and design options and can also be part of dual shades. Include both solar and blackout shades on your window fixture and easily manage which you want to use at a given time with automation.
Wired vs. Wireless
When discussing wired vs. wireless solutions for your motorized shades we’re primarily talking about power, not the way you control them. You can choose between having battery-operated shades and using a hard-wired connection.
While battery-operated shades are easier to install, they do come with a few drawbacks. You are limited in your design and size options (since they may not be powerful enough to lift heavier fabrics), and wireless motors tend to be a bit louder.
Silent Motor Technology
For all of our automated window treatments, we work with a variety of manufacturers that offer silent motor technology. With these motors, all the changes to your shades are practically inaudible.
This silent motor technology is ideal in situations where you want to make subtle changes like when going to bed at night or watching a movie. You can test various shades at your dealer showroom to see which options offer the least amount of noise.