What is the Difference? Solar Shades vs. Exterior Solar Shades

Solar shades, generally speaking, are known for being designed to protect from harsh UV rays that can damage eyesight, skin, and furniture. They provide privacy, while still maintaining an exterior view. Note that lighter colors for both types of these shades can block more glare, while darker colors improve your visibility to the outside. There are both interior solar shades and then those for use outdoors – these two kinds of solar shades offer similar benefits, though there are some differences. Look for custom-crafted solar shade options to fit your unique needs.

Solar Shades

Solar shades are mounted indoors, mainly to help protect your interior and furniture from fading and discoloration. Interior solar shades tend to work well in climates where it gets cold in the winter; in the summer months, you can keep your solar shades closed to block out the sun’s rays. In the hot weather months, these shades can reduce incoming heat by 30 to 70 percent. In the wintertime, you can open them up, to let the sun’s rays in to help keep your house warm. Think of a two-in-one shade that offers privacy, as well as protection from exterior glare.

Exterior Solar Shades

Exterior solars are mounted outside, attached to your home like an awning, and they are usually better for warmer climates. Not only do they block out the sun’s glare, they can help protect your furniture from sun damage (exterior solars are best utilized over decks, patios, and south-facing windows). They can reduce incoming heat by about 80 percent. Exterior solar shades are generally constructed from weather-proof, durable PVC to keep them looking new for years to come, but be sure to double check – you don’t want to mount exterior solars constructed with interior solar shade materials.

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Do you have an outdoor deck you need solar shade coverage for? Maybe a poolside area? Or perhaps you just want to protect your interior and furniture from the sun’s incoming glare in the summer. Whatever your needs are, you can find stylish custom interior or exterior solar shades you’ll love! Here are some suggestions:

Traditional Solar Shades (Essential Tier)*

These custom solar shades, hand-crafted with long-lasting PVC in a sleek colored polymer coating, offer an enhanced design for reliable UV protection, while maintaining a great view outside.

*Our Essential Tier products  include simple designs in familiar styles. Made of materials known for strength, and easy cleaning, Essential Tier products are a great starting point for first-time home owners or renters that are looking for budget-friendly solutions.

1% Classic Exterior Sheer Weave Solars (Signature Tier)*

Effectively block out 99% of those harsh UV rays, while protecting your deck and patio furniture from fading and discoloration. See how amazing these amazing exterior solar shades are!

*Our Signature Tier products feature  thoughtful designs in trendy styles. Made with durable materials, Signature Tier products are the perfect place to start when looking for a beyond basic solution that is also affordable.

Lifestyle Outdoor Motorized Shade (Premium Tier)*

Treat yourself to an indulgent outdoor experience with the convenience and ease-of-use of motorized solars. Plus, they come with a gorgeous oil-rubbed valance and cable tie-downs!

*Our Premium Tier products feature lasting designs in timeless styles. Made of high-quality materials, Premium Tier products are the ideal choice for an excellent investment that’s made to last.

Luxe Woven Solar (Luxury Tier)*

These uniquely textured solar shades let in just the right amount of light, while letting you still see outside with openness factor options ranging from 1% to 10%.

*Our Luxury Tier products include superior design in distinct styles. Made with unique materials and quality craftsmanship. Luxury Tier products are for the homeowner looking to indulge in sophisticated customization. Most, if not all, upgrade features are included.

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