SC vs. SHGC- Why is This Solar Screen Shade Value Changing?

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  Here at Insolroll, we eat, breathe and sleep solar screen shades, which control the amount of heat and glare that enter your home through the windows. People around here, including me, have been wondering “What’s the deal with SHGC on the fabric sample cards? Why can’t they just put SC on the cards?” (Or truthfully, sometimes, “What the heck is SC/SHGC anyway?“) *sound of tires screeching* Hold everything! What??!! We all know that solar screen…read the full content

Solar Screen Shades: a Piano’s Best Friend!

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by Kim Newby for Insolroll Any musicians out there? This one’s for you! Pianos are big. Bulky. Heavy. None of that stops them from being a delicate flower, though, especially in a home environment. My granny always told me “Don’t put your piano agains an outside wall!”, and “put a shot glass of water behind the soundboard for humidity”. I don’t know how well either of these pieces of advice actually work, but the idea…read the full content

Why Insolroll manual clutch-operated solar shades are easy to lift


One of the major considerations in choosing a manual, clutch operated solar shade is how easy it’s going to be to raise it and lower it.  Here at Insolroll, we make sure that your clutch-operated shade is easy to lift with the bead chain in several ways. Why manual Insolroll clutch-operated shades are easy to lift! RollEase Clutches and Lifting Capacity Insolroll uses the industry’s most dependable, reliable and strong clutches- the RSeries from RollEase. We believe this clutch…read the full content

Growing Up Insolroll: Induction into the World of Solar Shades

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My induction into the world of Solar Shades As I sit here at my desk, I look back at the years, and am amazed at the steps I have taken to be where I am today. As a photography and marketing assistant for Insolroll Window Shading Systems, Inc., it has been little stepping stones that have transformed me from the little menace, running around with the other employees’ children at company parties, to the young…read the full content

Why Choose Solar Screen Shades?

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We at Insolroll like to use the phrase “Block the sun, not the view!”, and yes, view is paramount when it comes to solar shades.  The quality of the view through solar screen shades is unrivaled among window treatments, but that first half of the phrase is equally important! Solar shades block 3 kinds of the sun’s radiation We have sort of a knee jerk negative reaction to the word “radiation”, but in reality, the…read the full content

Solar Screen Shade Glare Control & Daylighting: Retractability Means Versatility

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This past week, the weather in Colorado has been wet and rainy… It got me thinking about one of the qualities of solar screen shades that gives them a clear advantage: retractability. Roller shades have a full range of positions on-demand, whether you have manual shades with clutch or spring roller operation, or motorized shades with on-demand user control or even building automation. Static vs. dynamic glare control Static glare control There is always more than…read the full content

Residential Solar Shade Style

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Some people think solar shades are perfect for “modern decor”. Maybe they’d go so far as “contemporary” (not interchangeable terms!). If you share that opinion, I’d like to try to change your mind… Energy Efficiency goes with every style With every day that passes, we become more conscious of energy usage in our homes. Solar panels go up, incandescent light bulbs get switched out for CFLs or LEDs. Weather stripping is applied, smart power strips are investigated.…read the full content

Decorative Shade Fabrics : More than Meets the Eye

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When you’re talking window shades, fabric is always going to be paramount. In the solar shade industry, we’re usually talking about scientific and technical data like shading coefficients and visible light transmission, and even the impact of color and density of the weave. But man does not live by bread alone, right? More choices and more opportunities with Decorative Fabrics Decorative shades hold plenty of interest out there, and at Insolroll we’re proud to feature…read the full content

Daylighting Made Simple: How EVERYONE Can Benefit From Solar Shades

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  Daylighting is nothing new. For centuries, builders all over the globe have known that placing windows on one side of a building versus another made for a far more comfortable home that required fewer resources to keep warm and illuminated. A lot of us may tend to shy away from the science surrounding solar screen shades, after all, the complexities and time requirements of everyday life can leave us with little extra bandwidth. But,…read the full content

The “Other Solar”: Solar Shades, Energy, and “Going Solar”

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Recently hubby and I met with someone in our home to discuss “going solar”. There was much discussion about the benefits of “going solar”… for our wallets, for the community, and for the environment. Clean, renewable energy. Shrinking our carbon footprint. Maintaining a more efficient household, thereby saving money and resources. Being part of the Insolroll family, it’s become second nature for me to think about the energy efficiency of solar screen shades, and the…read the full content