UV Resistant Solar Fabrics
Fabric selection is one of the most important decisions when specifying a solar control product.
By reflecting and absorbing a large proportion of the sun's heat energy the monetary and environmental cost of artificial air conditioning in summer can be greatly reduced. Since the fabrics are retractable heat can be allowed into the building to make use of the free natural heat from the sun thereby reducing energy required for artificial heating in winter.
Solar Fabrics in action
Soltis and other technologies
AC Screens & Shutters primarily uses the Soltis range of solar fabrics from Serge Ferrari(tm) that is manufactured in France using their patented Precontraint technology that provides exceptional dimensional stability and rolling characteristics.
Extremely low maintenance, high durability and exceptional technical performance makes this the best long-term investment in solar protection fabric. Soltis fabrics are available in a number of product models with differing light transmission factors ranging from 16% transmission through to total block-out. A wide selection of colours is also available thereby ensuring that a suitable fabric can be selected to suit both the application and the aesthetics.
Where a specific application requires a different type or brand of fabric then such a customised solution can also be presented including traditional acrylic canvas or Mermet, Sheerweave, Phifer, Dickson Sunworker and similar brands of solar textiles.
Before a fabric can be selected it is necessary that the specific application and problem requiring a solution is clearly defined and kept in mind when weighing the various factors involved such as heat protection factor, visible light transmission, window or opening size, location, budget, long-term performance of the product in question, etc.
Fabric selection usually involves some trade-off between the various properties of the fabric and these must be weighed against your priorities as to what problem area is of most concern. Also relevant is how important a factor retention of outward view is, and, of course, cost also plays an important part in the decision.
Applications for which fabrics can be employed include:
- Heat reduction (solar heat gain factor minimisation)
- Glare control
- Privacy screening
- Total light block-out
- Weather protection (rain and/or wind)
We like to work with our clients to understand their intended application before we make a recommendation on the best fabric for their needs.
The properties that affect the performance of a fabric
Various factors affect the performance of a fabric and determins its suitablility for a particular application. Some of these are:
- Solar absorption factor
- Solar reflection factor
- Light transmission factor
- Tear strength
Other factors indirectly affecting suitability include:
Screen fabric that allows outward visibility while providing a good degree of inward privacy during the day has the opposite effect at night, i.e. people outside can see into the room, even though when looking from inside there will be little or no outward visibility thereby giving a false sense of isolation and privacy!
Typically we will advise an additional total block-out window treatment such as a curtain, roller shutter, blind, etc. to be used: especially for bathrooms and bedrooms.