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Je veux de l'intimité

Les alternés et les horizontaux voilés offrent une intimité partielle ou complète selon le positionnement des bandes translucides. Le niveau d'intimité de la toile à rouleau dépend du pourcentage d'opacité du tissu, soit opaque (0%), 1%, 3%, 5% et 10%. 

Les tissus opaques coupent 100% de la luminosité et de la visibilité pour offrir une intimité complète.  Les tissus solaires, eux, offrent différents degrés d'intimité et de visibilité. Plus le pourcentage est élevé, plus il y a de visibilité extérieure, et donc moins d'intimité. Le meilleur compromis intimité versus visibilité est le 3%. Les tissus translucides créent un écran intime et laissent paraître que des silhouettes.

Grâce à un effet d'optique, les tissus pâles favorisent aussi l'intimité.

Contrairement au mythe, aucun tissu ne permet de voir à l'extérieur et de nous cacher des regards. C'est parfois le contraste de l'éclairage intérieur et extérieur qui nous aidera. 

Je veux conserver la vue extérieure

Comme l'intimité, la position du store et le type de store sont des facteurs à évaluer pour ce qui est de la visibilité extérieure. Les stores alternés et horizontaux voilés permettent d'observer à travers les bandes transparentes. Les toiles, elles, ont des pourcentages d'opacité et leurs couleurs ont une influence sur la vue.

Plus le pourcentage est élevé, (0%, 1%, 3%, 5% et 10%), plus nous voyons bien à travers le tissu.

Pour ce qui est des couleurs, plus le tissu est foncé, plus vous conservez votre belle vue, C'est pour cette raison que les moustiquaires sont noires.

I want to reduce glare

There are 2 factors to consider: opacity percentage and color.

The lower the percentage - 10%, 5%, 3%, 1% and Opaque 0% -  the more effective the fabric is at countering glare.

The darker the color, the more effective the fabric.

I want to reduce the heat

All awnings filter heat at this level, acting as an "insulating" screen. Now, solar shades are champions in this field.

The lower the opacity percentage, the more heat will be pushed outwards. 

Pale, white fabrics repel heat better.

In some cases, translucent blinds, such as multi-ply cellular blinds, can be a good alternative.

I want to block out the light to sleep

If you're a light sleeper, you'll need an opaque fabric. The fabric blocks the light completely.

A darkening alterné or horizontal voile will diminish, but not block out, all of the sun's brightness. If you wake up at the same time or before the sun, this is still an option.

Other tips: opt for an exterior installation to cover your entier frame, and even more (add 8" to your width)

If you opt for an interior installation, you'll have light coming through on both sides of the canvas, so call us to provide you with PVC side bars that block daylight. 

I want to protect myself from the sun's rays

Once again, all awnings are an ally in keeping your furniture and floors intact or protecting your from UV rays.

Solar fabrics remains the best in the category.

Solar fabrics have different opacity percentages, 1%, 3%, 5% and 10%, which refer to the weave. A 1% opacity is tighter and blocks 99% of UV rays, while a 10% opacity is looser and blocks 90% of UV rays. 

White and pale fabrics will better repel the sun's heat and rays. However, these color tones are less effective at blocking glare.

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Opacity percentages


Intimate, bright and decorative

The translucent fabric allows for slight privacy, light diffusion and does not block the sun's rays. If you stand close to the awning, we'll only see shadows.


Ideal for bedrooms and cinema rooms

Opaque fabric is primarily intended for the bedrooms of those who like to sleep in the dark. Opaque fabric offers the best protection againts the sun penetrating through a window. It's also the best choice for 100% privacy.

Opacité toile solaire 1%

Maximum privacy while leaving a little light

The 1% average aperture filter fabric gives no visibility to the outside or inside from the outside. Only daylight shines through. The ideal choice when you need clarity and privacy. It's also the most effective filter fabric for reducing heat.

Opacité toile solaire 3%
The 3% is available online

Filters out the sun's rays and provides good visibility

Tho two most popular types of filter cloth are 3% and 5% average aperture. Both are very similar. The 3% offers a little more protection and the 5% a little more visibility. However, both are extremely effective in each of their functions. It's often a difficult choice to make, depending on wheter you need more protection or more visibility.

opacité toile solaire 10%
Often used in commercial

Lots of visibility and less solar effiency

The 10% average aperture filter fabric is an easier choice to make than 3% or 5%. The 10% fabric offers so much visibility to the outside that it doesn't provide effective protection against the sun, so if your aim is to protect against fading from the sun or heat in a room, choose 1%, 3% or 5% and you'll be better served. On the other hand, if your window faces north, there's a lot of shading and dressing up your window is important, as well as keeping a good view of the outside is even more important, the 10% opening will be your best choice!.

Solar fabrics

Solar shades are designed to optimize sunlight and your access to a wide view, while preserving your privacy during the day and reducing glare. How much light do you want to let in and what view do you want? It all depends on how you choose to open your blind.

Solar awnings are made of woven polyester, fiberglass or synthetic materials with different degrees of opening. The opening factor is related to the tightness of its weave and the percentage of light it lets in The higher the aperture factor, the better your view, but the more light and UV protection.

Visibility depends on the aperture, varying from 1% to 10%. If your aperture is low, it will be more difficult to see through the weave. The higher the number, the better the view and the more light will pass trhough. An opacity of 1% blocks 99% of UV rays, and 10% blocks 90%.

The termal and optical functions of colors


Solar reflection

Pale, white fabrics will repel heat and rays better than dark, black fabrics.
RS is the % of solar radiation reflected by the fabric. The higher the RS, the more effective the fabric is at repelling the sun's hot rays outwards.


Solar transmittance

Pale, white fabrics will transmit less heat and radiation than dark, black fabrics.
TS is the % of radiation that passes through the fabric. The lower the TS, the more effective the fabric will be at blocking the sun's hot rays.


Solar transmittance

Pale, white fabrics will absorb more heat and radiation than dark, black fabrics.
AS is the % of radiation absorbed by the fabric. The higher the AS,the more effective it is at absorbing and counteracting heat.


Light transmittance

Pale, white fabrics will block more light than dark, black fabrics.
TV is the % of light passing through the fabric. The lower the TV, the more effective the fabric will be at blocking glare.