You may have seen this number when you were shopping for your new window treatments, but what does it actually refer to? Let's take a look at some of the different types of percentages and their meaning. You may find openness or opacity percentage, both terms refer to the light filtering shades and it express the amount of light that pass through the fabric of the shades. Let’s see it together!
The openness percentage usually refers to open weave transparent fabric such as solar screen shades. The number is actually a measure of how much sunlight will enter in by your shade. There are different levels of openness for solar screen fabrics, which means you can select whichever level best suits your needs and tastes! The higher the percentage of opening, the less the fabric is intertwined, thus creating an opening that allows the light to filter through. Low levels of openness, on the other hand, means that less light filters through the curtain, thus ensuring higher level of shading, privacy, and energy savings.
Most of homeowners choose a 5% for their screen shades: you'll be able enjoy views without any unnecessary glare, while protecting furniture with this kind tough material. Anything under 5% is recommended for maximum shading, privacy, and energy savings.
Please NOTE that solar shades DO NOT provide privacy at night, so you will need an additional window treatment if that’s one of your needs. In order to maintain your privacy at night, you need a certain level of opacity.
Opacity usually refers to fabrics that have interwoven textures that allow light to be filtered but not seen through. Window treatments with a certain level of opacity such as sheer shades and translucent shades, in fact, allow the light in while maintaining high levels of privacy, not only during the day, but also at night, when the house lights are on, and it is dark outside.
These types of sun filters offer high levels of opacity and filter out most outside visibility while letting enough natural sunlight through that it will feel like daytime inside- even on cloudy days! Natural light is a beautiful thing, but not everyone likes to be seen. That's why at ShadeMonster we have translucent shades for your windows: so you can let some in without worrying about prying eyes!
We hope this article helped you get one step closer to understanding what openess and opacity are all about. Why not drop by ShadeMonster online store today! We'll help you pick out the best roller blinds. Have any window covering needs that aren’t covered on the website? ShadeMonster customer service team is always happy to help with unusual requests. We will be more than glad to solve them for you!
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