Solar Shades

Key Features & Benefits of Solar Shades

Solar shades are a functional and attractive addition to a variety of commercial environments, including offices, schools, municipal buildings, hospitals and more. Solar shades control heat gain, moderate interior temperatures and lower air conditioning costs. Glare on computer screens is minimized, enhancing productivity, and UV blockage prevents damage to interiors. Solar Shades allow you to enjoy all these benefits and still maintain an exterior view. They are ideally suited to commercial spaces because they offer increased comfort for building occupants & guests without spoiling the view. 

Openness Levels of Solar Shades

Openness simply refers to how tight the weave is, which directly reflects the amount of light that is let in through the fabric. A low openness factor means that the fabric is more tightly woven and there will be less visibility through the shade with a higher degree of light control.  A high openness factor features a looser weave and therefore greater visibility. Fabrics are available in openness levels of 1%, 3%, 5%, 7%, 10% and 14%.  For example 1% openness offers the greatest light filtering, and is most efficient at blocking damaging UV rays, while 10% openness maximizes your views to the outdoors, letting in some sunlight while still blocking glare.

Color & Fabric Options with Solar Shades

Solar shade material is made up of woven PVC coated polyester yarn and comes in a wide variety of colors and sizes, and can be paired with different head rail, valance & cornice options.  Many solar shade fabrics are Fire (R)-rated and GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified, which makes for a cleaner environment with low chemical and particle emission.  Antimicrobial protection on select solar fabrics provides continuous protection against stain and odor-causing bacteria. 

Lift Control Options for Solar Shades

There is a range of different lift systems that can be paired with solar shades.  

  • Continuous Loop Lift-  A powerful clutch lifts the shade and holds it steady without the cord loop changing length.  
  • Cordless Lift-  Provides a cleaner, more streamlined appearance.  Shade can be pushed up or pulled down.
  • Motorization-  Conveniently raise or lower shades remotely with an automatic timer, hand-held control, mobile device or wall switch.

Additional Information

Certified Window Treatment Specialists

Olson Backman, LLC is a certified  specialist and authorized dealer for window treatments manufactured by all the brand names in the business, including Graber, Hunter Douglas, Levelor, Kirsh, Bali, Insolroll and more. Choosing a custom solution means your window treatments will be specially designed and fabricated to your exact window specifications, ensuring the best fit for your commercial space. With Olson Backman, LLC, you’ll have access to a vast selection of window treatment styles, hardware and fabric options, all of which are unavailable to the average retail customer.    

Our Warranty

Olson Backman, LLC consistently holds a high standard of quality for both products and service. Our primary focus is to help you find the perfect, premium window treatments that fulfill your style and needs. Our Limited Lifetime Warranty represents a dedication to your complete satisfaction, from start to finish & maintenance, ensuring a lifetime of beauty, excellence, and dependable service when you need it most. 

Installation Information

Olson Backman, LLC  offers, and highly recommends, professional measuring and installation services to ensure your window treatments will fit just right and look perfect. Often there is more to consider than simply the length and width of your window; for example, whether hardware should be installed with an inside or outside mount. Our specialists have the skills necessary to ensure the weight of the treatment is properly supported, and that care is taken to protect woodwork and surrounding areas. And when done right the first time, window treatments can last for decades. In addition to installation, we will also remove existing window treatments and can either discard or re-install them in a different location in the building.  

Safety Information

Safety is just as important as style when it comes to window treatments. Schools and buildings with children must take proper safety measures to prevent potentially serious window cord accidents. To help secure your commerical space, Olson Backman, LLC offers window treatments that have many additional features to help ensure that safety goes hand in hand with comfort and function. 

  • Cordless lift and motorized lift options that offer ultimate safety, eliminating the standard cord that could strangle children.
  • Tension pulleys and tie-down devices to keep continuous-loop pull cords taut.
  • All of our products are certified for child safety.


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