Residential Solar Shades
Today’s interiors are full of windows, which is a beautiful thing! However, as anyone who has lived with lots of windows can attest, along with glass come high temperatures and sometimes uncomfortable brightness. Solar shades are a perfect solution to this dilemma, allowing the best that windows have to offer while controlling glare, heat and UV rays.
Solar shades block the sun, not the view
Light is powerful. That’s why it doesn’t take much openness in solar fabrics to provide excellent view-through. Solar shade fabrics are woven to very precise standards, controlling the amount of surface area that is left open. Fabrics with openness between 3% and 10% provide excellent levels of view-through in combination with excellent levels of solar performance.
You’ll Love the Way it Looks!
Our collection of solar screen fabrics features a broad variety of weave patterns, colors and textures. Whether your style is urban contemporary, French country or traditional, Insolroll has choices that make sense within your design scheme. Roller Shades lend beauty and function to layered window treatments as well, from functional or dummy panel draperies to cornices and valances.
Solar Shades Provide Total Lighting Control
Solar shades are designed to control light without eliminating it. Like sunglasses for your windows, solar shade fabrics reduce glare while allowing excellent views to the outside.
Block up to 99% of harmful ultra-violet rays
- Reduce glare and increase visual comfort
- High performance solar shades block heat and keep your home cool
Block the sun, enhance the view and visual comfort
West-facing windows and reflective landscape surroundings can make certain areas of your home uncomfortably hot and bright. Solar Screen fabrics control heat and glare, but let you keep your view and connection to the outdoors.
Solar Screen fabrics afford some level of daytime privacy, much like sheer draperies would, but are much more energy efficient. As part of a layered window treatment, solar shades can provide daytime privacy in bedrooms and rooms with windows closer to streets and sidewalks.
Protecting Your Home’s Furnishings & Finishes
UV rays are the part of sunlight that cause photo-degradation- fading and weakening of various materials. The openness factor of a fabric’s weave determines the amount of UV rays that can pass through into the interior, so a fabric with a lower openness factor affords greater protection. A 5% open solar screen fabric stops 95% of harmful UV rays from entering your home through the windows.
Insolroll Elements® Adds More Textured Solar Screen Options
Insolroll has added a whole new decorative roller shade product line that includes sheer, semi-sheer, translucent, solar screen, and blackout fabric options.
Motorized Shades for Your Home
Having motorized shades in your home can add practical function, convenience, efficiency and safety, as well as enhance your overall lifestyle. Control methods can be as simple or sophisticated as you like, ranging from a single shade with handheld remote control to whole-home automation with scenes, schedules, and sensors to optimize efficiency and livability.
Simple Controls and Capabilities
Handheld or wall mounted radio remote control transmitters allow you to raise or lower your shades and use custom position settings. A single remote can control up to 5 shades, and the wall mounted switch versions do not require any wiring into your home. Our 24-hour radio timer can lower your shades in the morning and raise them at night, or however you choose.
App-based Control and Voice Control
Insolroll uses the Somfy myLink® to control shades using your smart phone or tablet. Somfy has been a worldwide leader in shade motorization for over 50 years, and their myLink device and app also allow voice control of shades. Both control options let you design “scenes”, or customized settings of one or more shades for particular times of day, events, or activities. Schedule your shade operation and positioning, control your shades while you are away from home, and even integrate with other household “smart” items such as thermostats, lighting, and more with additional 3rd party hardware items.
For the ultimate in control, Insolroll shades can integrate with 3rd party home automation systems from brands such as Control4, Crestron, and more. Total integration with other household systems and the full complement of options for customized control and efficiency. Like app-based control, shades can be programmed in “scenes” and schedules, but can also tie in to all automated functions in the home, respond to sun angle and temperature conditions, and more to optimize your home’s energy efficiency and personalize your own comfort at home.
Child safety for solar window shades
Insolroll, Inc. has created durable child safety window shade solutions that are compliant with the new American National Standard for Safety of Corded Window Covering Products (ANSI/WCMA A100.1-2012).
Insolroll provides cord-free, single cord pull, continuous bead chain pull shades, and motorized window shades that meet and exceed new standard implemented by a joint effort of the Window Covering Manufacturers Association and the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Additional child-safe window shade recommendations:
- Use cordless shades in playrooms and children’s bedrooms.
- Keep cribs away from windows with corded window treatments.
- Shorten cords to be out of reach of young children.
- Inquire with local window treatment dealer about child safe chain or cord guides if you have free-hanging loops on existing window treatments.
Hardware accessories that cover the roller
In some applications, an exposed roller and operator is just what the design calls for. Designers often use this approach in lofts and spaces with a very urban or industrial design scheme. However, in applications that call for a more finished appearance, the roller and operator are usually covered.
Insolroll has several systems for masking these components:
Fascia system option
Insolroll has designed a Fascia System the protects fabric when it is retracted and conceals the roller for a more clean-lined appearance than the exposed roller (left). Think of it like a valance box that also protects the fabric of your solar shades. Available in five colors to complement any room design: Black, White, Vanilla, Bronze and Clear Anodized.
Paramount Valance option
Our handsome Paramount Valance features a metallic champagne base color finish, and a matching fabric insert.
3″ or 4″ cassette option
Our cassette option both protects and conceals the fabric roller. Two sizes are available, in white or black, and can be fabric wrapped or unembellished.
“Built-in” shades installed in a site-built or extruded Pocket
Shade concealed in site-built pocket above angle topped window
Shades can be installed in a cavity above the ceiling, either in an Extruded Shade Pocket or a Site-built Pocket. When the shade is lowered, no hardware or roller is seen at all, and when the shade is raised, it disappears out of sight into the pocket.
We have 2 pocket options for installing and concealing shades:
- Extruded Shade Pocket: Available in 5″ and 5 5/8″ sizes; perfect for grid- and drop- ceiling applications. Also used as a roller and fabric enclosure for very tall shades that would not fit into a fascia system.
- Site-built Shade Pocket: A cavity built at the time of construction above the window, into which the shade roller is installed. The only Insolroll hardware accessory required for this type of application is a flap and hanger, which partially closes the pocket opening, but allowing easy access and further masking the roller from view.