Roller shades have become a popular choice among homeowners. They are loved for their neat appearance and versatility, looking equally beautiful in minimalist homes, or paired with drapes in a traditional decor style.
What are roller shades?
Roller shades are window treatments that control sunlight shining into spaces where they’re mounted. The lack of frills and excess makes roller shades ideal for minimalist or modern homes and corporate offices. They come in three main types, namely:
Light filtering shades
When closed, these shades gently diffuse light throughout the room, giving off a soft, warm glow. They offer a layer of privacy while filtering light which will be determined by the opacity level of the shade.
Blackout roller shades
These shades can block out light completely. Contrary to common misconceptions, they come in varying colors and don’t have to be a dark color. It is the blackout backing that blocks the light not the color of the shade.
Solar roller shades
They can protect your house’s interiors from the sun’s UV rays. They’re the best option for blocking light while maintaining your view outside.
Why choose roller shades?
Access to light control
Roller shades are excellent for controlling light in spaces that receive excess sunlight. Your choice of fabric, however, determines the extent of this control. For instance, blackout roller shades have more efficient light control than the other types.
Variety of materials
With roller shades, you don’t have to worry about choosing from a small selection of materials or colors for your window, as they come with a range of patterns, textures, and color combinations to choose from.
Roller shades are not only functional, but they are also stylish. With over 240 materials available, you’ll get the perfect look to match your decor style in no time, whether modern, minimalist, or eclectic.
What are the benefits of roller and solar shades?
Roller shades control the amount of sunlight in a room. Solar shades, on the other hand, are a particular type of roller shade that protects against the sun’s UV rays, filter light yet allows you to see out.
Here are some of the additional benefits of roller shades:
Control over temperature
You can determine how much sunlight and heat enters your space with the roller and solar shades. All you’ve to do to control the light in your space is select the accurate opacity level for your needs choosing from blackout, light-filtering, and room-darkening materials.
Roller shades are great for achieving privacy. With their extensive range of fabrics and opacities to choose from, you’ll find roller shades that can provide much-needed privacy, especially in bedrooms and bathrooms.
On the other hand, solar shades are a great choice if you desire daytime privacy but still care about viewing your beautiful scenery. They let you see through outside of your window without prying eyes during the day, yet remember the opposite is true at night.
UV ray protection
Roller shades generally reduce the amount of sunlight entering your living space. This in protects your skin and interior decor from the harmful effect of UV rays.
Solar shades also stop harmful UV rays while allowing you to still enjoy your view. This makes them a perfect choice if you live in a sunny environment.
Useful in reducing glare
If you work from home, solar shades might just be the best choice for you as they reduce 94-96% of the light entering your room, thereby acting as an effective glare controller. Consider installing solar shades
in your offices too. It will help staff members who are always on their computers.
You make your space more visually appealing and perfect for productivity whenever you install roller and solar shades in your home or office.
Are roller shades energy-efficient?
Roller shades are vastly energy efficient. The extent of this efficiency depends on the fabric used and the opacity level, but yes roller and solar shades are very energy efficient.
When you layer roller shades with drapes with thermal liners, you take that energy efficiency to the next level. This is because roller shades prevent warm air from escaping your space and shut out the cold draft. While lined drapes add a layer on the sides, creating an additional barrier to keep warm air inside your home and cold air from entering through your windows.
When paired with drapes, roller shades could be the perfect solution you need, especially during the cold season.
Cordless and motorized options are available
Roller and solar shades can be cordless and motorized, capable of making controlling light, glare, and UV seamless. With these options, you can control and schedule the positioning of your window coverings for on-demand energy efficiency or privacy. You can also integrate remote control access with your favorite smart home devices and voice assistants.
The cordless and motorized options make roller and solar shades ideal for rooms with multiple large or hard-to-reach windows.
Fabric roller shades are easy to clean because of their simple designs. They don’t gather much dust like other window treatments. Simply dust or wipe off as needed.
Roller shades improve your interiors aesthetics
Overall, roller shades are the right choice if you want to add style to your home, save money on electrical costs, and filter out harmful UV rays. If this sounds good to you, schedule a free in-home or virtual consultation with one of our local design experts.