Roller shades are simply a piece of fabric attached to a cylindrical tube which is held in place by brackets and can be rotated to cause the fabric to roll up or down. But there sure are a lot of fabrics and a bunch of ways to make that tube rotate. From spring rollers (like we had in grade school, only now they work much better) to massive motor-driven coverings, roller shades are very common in commercial, institutional, office and residential applications.What we like about roller shades:
- Huge variety of fabrics in lots of opacity levels, from sheer to blackout.
- Relatively inexpensive.
- Controllable by a variety of methods including spring rollers, clutch with continuous cord, battery motors, solar powered motors and hard-wired motors.
- Can be operated from bottom and made to fit angled windows.
- Can be used in skylight applications.
- Compact and unobtrusive when rolled up.
Solar Screens are a specific type of fabric, which is generally used on a roller shade. It is a mesh which provides significant reduction of UV damage, glare and solar heat gain while preserving the view through the window. Solar screens are used extensively in the Sun Valley area where views are great and the sun is bright.