To the untrained eye, roller shades and solar shades may not seem that different. Both cover a window in a single, simple sheet of material and operate with a roller and tube function. So many people assume they are different, interchangeable names for the same thing. In truth, solar shades are a type of roller shade, but not all roller shades are solar shades, and each has distinct uses and benefits. The experts at Creating Shade can help you understand the difference.
Photo left: Sliding Panels, perfect for sliding doors.
Photo right: Roller Shades, can be used on windows or sliding doors.
Roller Shade vs Solar Shade
The main difference between solar shades and roller shades is the material used. Solar shades are made from a screen-like mesh material designed to block UV rays without entirely blocking the view, while roller shades can be made from a range of textiles, often vinyl or fabric, with the purpose of controlling the light in a room. Roller shades are often used to darken or black out a room, while solar shades only control UV rays and can sometimes be found as exterior shades.
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Also called honeycomb shades, cellular shades are best-known for their energy-efficiency and a wide range of customizable options. These shades get their name from their hexagonal, honeycomb shape when viewed from the side. They help keep the room temperature stable by trapping air between the window and the room, which acts as a buffer against heat loss in winter and heat gain during the summertime. Cellular window shades are made of one continuous piece of fabric, and they either roll or fold up along crisp pleats.
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