We often hear these comments: “My sunroom is too hot to use!”, “The sun from my skylight is making my floor fade.” and “My sunroom is so hot it’s making the rest of the house unbearable in the summer.”
We hear that a lot. You might have chosen expensive, low-e glass, and maybe even tinted glass for your new sunroom or skylights … you may have blinds inside that are closed most of the time when it’s sunny and you’ve even installed a ventilation system and/or air conditioning but it’s STILL too hot.
The reason for these comments is THE GREENHOUSE EFFECT:
Greenhouses were designed to gather and retain heat primarily for growing plants. They are made of glass or clear acrylic panels for a reason – glass lets in sunlight which is transformed into heat upon contact with something (plants, furniture, floors etc.) then trapped inside the structure. Once the heat is in the room it’s there to stay unless you have a powerful ventilation system or air conditioning – and even that is usually not enough. That’s why blinds or drapes on the inside of the room can provide light and glare control but will be relatively ineffective in reducing the heat buildup.
It’s imperative to block the sun before it penetrates the glass.
We offer many solutions:
DO I HAVE TO BLOCK ALL THE LIGHT IN MY BEAUTIFUL ROOM??
It isn’t necessary to completely black out the inside of your room. Most of the time it is sufficient to mount the rollshutter on the top 1/2 – 1/3 of the room or just on the ceiling, where the sun beats the strongest, leaving the bottom open to your view.
In addition, the light slots that are between each slat can be left open for a filtered light. They are infinitely adjustable to block out whatever amount of sun you want. Rollshutter solarium/skylight covers come in 4 standard colours (white, light beige, grey or brown) with hundreds of custom colours available. The rollshutter can be controlled with a switch or remote and can be joined to a sun/wind sensor that will automate the raising and lowering of the shutter as the wind and sun dictate.
MOTORIZED EXTERIOR SOLAR SHADES
If you want to block out a significant portion of the heat, but still want to maintain light and a view, a motorized screen system is the answer. The Horizon shade system is intended as a horizontal or sloped screen system, covering glass roofs, pergolas, conservatories and skylights. This exterior screen system comes in an open-weave fabric available in different densities or with a large variety of solid acrylic fabrics, allowing you to choose just how much light/heat you wish to block. The screen system has a specially designed self-cleaning debris brush to keep the fabric clear as it rolls up. The frame and panelbox are available in standard white and many custom colours. The exterior screen shade is easily controlled from inside your home or business with a remote control.
FIXED SCREEN PANELS
If you’d prefer to have a heat and light control solution on your sunroom, skylight, glass roof or pergola that’s not retractable, consider a fixed frame screen panel. A fixed panel has an aluminum frame, either in white, black or brown and is covered with a sunscreen fabric in a variety of colours and densities. The frame is clipped into an ‘H’ track which is installed on your window frame, making it easily removable for the winter if you desire. It can be made into whatever shape of window or glass panel you need to cover – even curved shapes!
The most economical solution for filtering UV rays from glass in skylights is called a ‘Sunblocker’. It’s made of a heavy-duty, extremely strong, extremely durable, vinyl coated polyester. They are built to withstand all weather conditions and will last through years of extreme heat, rain and snow. Sunblockers fit over the outside of skylights and fit either flat, pyramid or bubble shaped skylights by means of grommeted stretch cords on each of the 4 corners which simply hook underneath the corners of the skylight. They require no tools to install. They are easily removeable for the winter when you might want the extra sunlight.
Sunblockers are available in standard sizes or can be custom made to fit almost any shape. They come in 3 different densities which have an openness factor (how much light/heat is allowed through) of either 25%, 10% or 5%. The most common and perhaps the best combination of heat blockage and visibility is the Suntex 90 with it’s 10% openness. Colours in the Suntex 80 (25% openness) and Suntex 90 (10% openness) are Black, Brown, Grey and Stucco. Sheervision 4000 (openness 5%) is available in Alabaster, Pebblestone, Greystone, Ebony, Tobacco, and Granite colours.
Note: the darkest colours are most effective and provides greater visibility with exterior applications.
The Horizon system is designed for interior and exterior skylight shading, as well as mounting to existing structures for patio areas. It can also be used for larger bottom-up applications. It is capable of up to 195 square feet of coverage per individual unit. Multiple systems can also be adjoined for even greater coverage. The Horizon can be used with solar screening materials or acrylic fabrics, and with its constant tensioning design will provide years of maintenance free sun control.
Ideal Applications: Skylights, Bottom-ups, Atriums, Sunrooms, any horizontal applications.