What is the Difference Between Solar & Roller Shades?

Known for their modern sleek look, Solar/Roller Shades are currently trending as one of the most popular styles of window treatments. But what is the difference between a solar and a roller shade? Don’t they both roll up and down and cover your window? Well, yes and no. They are both roller shades and do operate the same way to raise and lower. However, the difference is in the shade material used to make the roller or solar shade.

Solar and Roller Shades in Kitchen

Solar shades are made from an open weave material specifically designed to filter and manage solar heat gain, glare, and harmful UV rays. The open weave of a solar shade gives you light control, yet allows you to see through the shade and maintain your view to the outside while remaining cool and comfortable! Ideal for a home office, outdoor space or sunroom looking onto your beautiful backyard. The only disadvantage of a solar shade is that it will not provide total privacy. Rooms like bedrooms and bathrooms requiring privacy will need a more opaque shade like a Roller shade. 

Solar Shades in Living Room

Roller Shades are available in materials from light-filtering translucent fabrics, to more opaque room darkening fabrics for blackout shades. The shades also come in an array of colors, many more color options than solar shades. Roller shades also have more textures, and patterns. From stripes & geometrics to floral & damask prints, roller shades give you privacy and more decorative options than solar shades. Roller shades provide energy efficiency, light control, and privacy. Perfect for theater rooms, nurseries, or that master bedroom oasis you have been dreaming about.

Roller Shades in Office

Both solar and roller shades are available with cordless and motorized lift options, including the Budget Blinds exclusive Smart Home Collection of rechargeable motors. Just imagine beautiful and energy-efficient shades raised or lowered with the touch of a button, an app on your phone or with voice command, “Alexa, close family room shades”! Set timers for even more energy savings. All this measured, installed and guaranteed by your local Budget Blinds. So, all you have to do is sit back, enjoy your window treatments, and have total peace of mind that you have selected the perfect window treatments for your home. Request a free consultation today!

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