Motorized solar shades

lauren17February 13, 2012

Does anyone have any experience with these? I have a large 9x6 foot window in my great room that lets in a lot of heat during the summer. I need a motorized shade as the window is situated on the upper level of the 2 story room. Sun setter seems to be the only player in the market and they are quite pricey. Any suggestions would be appreciated!

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Skandia, Ortega all make shades of these types. You can't buy direct, you have to get them through a dealer.

Motors typically start around $200 and go up from there depending on shade type, size and wheight.

at 9' you will probably need a direct power motor due to the weight. But that also depends on the fabric an height.

    Bookmark   February 14, 2012 at 10:49AM
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I bought the non-motorized SilverScreen shades for our lake place and I LOVE THEM. You can still see out beautifully, even at 5% weave, and the silver backing totally reflects and traps the heat between the screen and the window. We even had the stuff made into a screen for our big skylight and it's made a huge difference.

Just google motorized solar shades and you'll find several dealers. I know North and Blinds Chalet are good but I'm sure there's others.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2012 at 8:07AM
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Not sure I like the whole aluminum over PVC shades. The PVC used to make shades is low quality and the aluminum heats it up.

Just my opinion though.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2012 at 9:16AM
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I appreciate the replies very much. Sorry I didn't make it clear in my original post that I am interested in exterior shades. They seem to be more energy efficient as the heat would be blocked from coming into the house to begin with. Also, I have several first floor windows in the great room that already have window treatments which I wouldn't be able to match. I am getting quotes from Insoroll, Sunsetter/Somfy and North Solar Screen....anyone have dealings with any of these outfits?

    Bookmark   February 15, 2012 at 1:34PM
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really its about who you think will build the best quality. There are ton of fly by night outfits on the web.

For exterior, I might check out South West Sun Control ( I think).

They use Phipher and Vertilux, along with Somfy motors.

I don't use them anymore (because I have a closer dealer), but when I did buy from them, their outdoor products were fantastic.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2012 at 2:36PM
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I have used Bali Solar Screens for my clients and they love them. I am not sure if they will make them that big. You might have to go with something for more commercial use which usually means big bucks.

Here is a link that might be useful: Bali Solar Screens and Shades

    Bookmark   October 2, 2013 at 2:51PM
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