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Solar Shades, Blackout Shades, and Other Window Treatments that Block Ultraviolet Transmission

Solar shades are light filtering, blackout shades completely block light. Both can be excellent window treatments if you are concerned about UV rays and want to preserve your fabrics and wood. Ultraviolet rays may not be visible to the human eyes but can damage carpet, furniture, and fade wood flooring.

Light Filtering Shades

Solar energy can be divided into three bands: the ultraviolet band, the visible band and the near infrared band. The ultraviolet band is responsible for fabric fading. The visible band is responsible mainly for glare. UV blockage ratings measure a window shades ability to keep these harmful rays from passing though the shade. A light filtering shade like solar shades are rated by the openess of the fabric. For example this Comfortex Sheer Weave Roller Shade has an openess factor of 14% and is an excellent shade to use if you want to block UV but still allow the ability to see through the shade. Another light filtering shade option is the Solar Screen Shade with a 3% openness factor. The lower the ultraviolet transmission of a window shades, the better the shade will do blocking UV rays.

Blackout Shades

Blackout and room darkening shades block more UV rays than light filtering shades. These light blocking shades are recommended for bedrooms, theater rooms and any room where you would like to completely control light transmission. Blackout shades are generally sold in conjunction with another style of shade like a honeycomb shade or a bamboo shade and can move in conjunction with or independently.

Energy Efficient Shades

All window shades offer varying degree's of UV transmission. It is better to use any type of window covering than none at all so that you are able to offer some degree's of insulation whether it be heat gain or loss. The better the insulating window shades the more energy you save. Windows account for nearly 30% of the houses heat gain or loss. Pick a window treatment that will provide better insulation and you can save on your energy costs. Here are Blinds Chalet's top picks that offer insulation and UV protection:

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Blinds Chalet has more than 25 years of experience selling and installing solar shades. Attractive, high quality window blinds that fit any energy saving plan, decorating style, and budget. For information on what types of window blinds, blind accessories, and any other window covering needs, visit www.blindschalet.com.

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This plan does not cover measuring errors. Following the easy measuring instructions will ensure a proper fit.

30 Day Returns

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5 Year Guaranteed to Fit
Who is covered:
  • Warranties cover the original purchaser of the window blinds and shades.
What is covered:
  • Any defects in materials of workmanship
  • Operating mechanisms and other parts
  • Cell separation on honeycomb/cellular shades
  • Warping slats for faux wood and wood blinds
  • Broken vertical vanes
  • Restrings
BlindsChalet.com reserves, at its discretion, the right to repair, replace or refund any blinds found defective. This will be your sole remedy under this warranty. Shipping for warranty issues is the responsibility of the customer to and from the repair facility. Packaging on return shipments is the responsibility of the customer.

What is not covered:
  • Parts that fail due to accident, alteration and/or improper use
  • Normal wear and tear
  • Color fading due to excessive exposure to sunlight, moisture or improper cleaning
  • Accidental damage

30 Day Measuring Insurance

Following the easy measuring instructions will ensure a proper fit, however, we all make errors from time to time and this protection plan covers any mis-measurement mistakes. If the window coverings do not fit, please let us know within 30 days of receiving the items. The blinds/shades will be remade at the correct dimensions at no cost to you unless there is a difference in price between the old and new sizes or if the new size requires an oversize shipping fee. Limit is 1 remake per blind/shade. All remakes will have to be remade in the same color, feature and specifications, no changes are allowed.

Shutters,custom graphic shades, commercial/dealer orders are not covered.

Any mis-measurements reported after 30 days will not be covered, however, new blinds and shades can be ordered with an additional 10% discount.

30 Day Returns

This plan does not cover returns.
5 Year Guaranteed to Love
Who is covered:
  • Warranties cover the original purchaser of the window blinds and shades.
What is covered:
  • Any defects in materials of workmanship
  • Operating mechanisms and other parts
  • Cell separation on honeycomb/cellular shades
  • Warping slats for faux wood and wood blinds
  • Broken vertical vanes
  • Restrings
  • Parts that fail due to accident, alteration and/or improper use
  • Normal wear and tear
  • Color fading due to excessive exposure to sunlight, moisture or improper cleaning
  • Accidental damage
BlindsChalet.com reserves, at its discretion, the right to repair, replace or refund any blinds found defective. This will be your sole remedy under this warranty. Shipping for warranty issues is the responsibility of the customer to and from the repair facility. Packaging on return shipments is the responsibility of the customer.

30 Day Measuring Insurance

Following the easy measuring instructions will ensure a proper fit, however, we all make errors from time to time and this protection plan covers any mis-measurement mistakes. If the window coverings do not fit, please let us know within 30 days of receiving the items. The blinds/shades will be remade at the correct dimensions at no cost to you unless there is a difference in price between the old and new sizes or if the new size requires an oversize shipping fee. Limit is 1 remake per blind/shade. All remakes will have to be remade in the same color, feature and specifications, no changes are allowed.

Shutters,custom graphic shades, commercial/dealer orders are not covered.

Any mis-measurements reported after 30 days will not be covered, however, new blinds and shades can be ordered with an additional 10% discount.

30 Day Returns

If for any reason you are not satisfied with the window coverings and wish to return, please notify us within 30 days of receiving the order. Our customer care department will provide a Return Authorization Number (RGA) and shipping address to return the product. Return shipping costs are the responsibility of the customer. Refunds will be processed 2-3 business days after receiving the items (Guaranteed to Love fee is not refundable).

Shutters,custom graphic shades, commercial/dealer orders are not covered.