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General Products Shades Tips and Advice

Solar Shades

Solar shades are a great choice when privacy isn’t a factor, but blocking light and glare are still important. Solar shades will prevent UV rays from fading your furniture, floors, and other household items. They’ll also help to keep the glare of outdoor sunlight off your TV. They’re just like sunglasses for your windows!

Solar shades come in different levels of opacity, varying from 3% – 10% openness. Now what does that mean? A 3% shade will block almost 99% of the UV rays, while a 10% will block about 86%, and so on. The lower the percentage, the tighter the weave of the material, and the less light will be let through. The more popular choice is usually around 5% opacity. It’s what you’ll tend to see in most commercial and residential applications.

People who have a great view and don’t want window coverings at all often turn to solar shades as a way to protect their home from UV damage. As long as the opacity is at a high level, you’ll have a clear view through. The shades will also keep your home cooler and more efficient because they’re blocking heat.

At the end of the day, solar shades are a great way to both aesthetically cover your windows AND keep your home protected by dangerous UV rays.

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Shades Tips and Advice

New Flat Screen

By: Karen

When I bought my husband a new flat screen for Christmas, my last thought was that I would have to redo the window treatments in the den. Turns out, the openness, the sunlight, and the great windows, is a problem when it comes to seeing the television. After the first day we hooked up the new TV, my husband started complaining about the glare on the screen, how he could see the reflection of the window, and how it really “distracts from the great picture.”

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Installation Tips and Advice

To Cover or Not to Cover?

By: Karen

In my new home, we loved the new living room, probably more than any other room in the house.  It was in the front corner, and it’s bright, sunny, and open. After moving in, decorating, and installing a new LED TV on the wall, we realized as much as we didn’t want to, we may need the option of some light control if we ever wanted to watch TV in the afternoon (being a household full of avid Red Sox fans, afternoon TV is a necessity in the summer)!

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