Solar Shade Performance Data
 
Product
Pricing
1/8" Clear Glass
92.0
86.3
4.1
86.0
1.3
8.3
1.0
12.4
Triplex
 Eclipse
12.3
0-1
14.6
26.7
1.16
58.7
.50
56.3
 Copper
18.3
0-1
15.5
29.5
1.14
54.9
.52
54.8
 Bronze
7.9
0-1
36.3
10.7
1.18
52.9
.30
73.8
Duplex
 Dusk
8.1
0-1
59.7
10.1
1.10
30.2
.21
82.0
 Ice
22.3
0-1
57.5
19.0
1.14
23.5
.29
74.7
Mint
14.0
0-1
61.5
13.2
1.10
25.3
.23
79.7
Duplex Low VLT
Gray/Silver
2.4
0-1
78.6
3.0
1.09
18.5
.09
91.9
Silver/Silver
1.7
0-1
81.9
1.5
1.14
16.6
.07
93.9
Super Series
Super A Lite
65.5
0-1
10.7
65.7
1.21
23.6
.83
27.6
Uniplex
Amber
59.8
0-1
11.1
71.1
1.2
17.8
.87
23.9
Clear
82.8
0-1
11.6
84.5
1.22
3.9
.97
15.4
F72
4.0
2
15
26
1.10
61
.45
60.5

 
Definition of technical terms:

Percentage of visible light transmittance (VLT) refers only to the amount of visible wavelengths of light that is transmitted, i.e. how much sunlight is allowed to enter.  The lower the percentage, the less light and greater glare protection.

Percentage of ultra-violet transmittance is the amount of energy that is transmitted with a wavelength under 370 angstoms. Ultraviolet radiation is one of the contributing factors in the fading process of interior furnishings.  (All Plastic View shade materials have special UV inhibitors that stop virtually 99% of all ultraviolet radiation from entering.)

Percentage of solar reflectance is the ratio of the total visible solar energy that is reflected by the shade material.

Percentage of solar energy transmittance is the ratio of the amount of total solar energy in the full solar wavelength range that passes directly through the shade material.

Winter U Value is expressed in terms of BTU/Sq. Ft. per HR/F and is the overall heat transfer coefficient of the material.  It is a measure of the insulation capabilities of the glass and film in reducing heat flow in either direction.  The U factor measures heat conduction from sources other than radiant.  The lower the number the better the insulating capability.  

Percentage of solar absorption is the ratio of the amount of total solar radiation energy that the material prevents from passing through, i.e. how much of the heat is being blocked or prevented from directly passing through the shade material.

Shading Coefficient is the ratio of solar heat gain of any glazing system compared to untreated clear glass.  The lower the number, the more effective the material is in keeping radiant solar heat out.  For example, Duplex Ice has a shading coefficient of only .29 which means that only 29% of the radiant heat is allowed to pass...a full 71% is reflected.

Percentage of total energy rejected is the amount of solar energy/heat that is reflected and absorbed and takes into consideration the NI Factor, which is how much of the absorbed energy is re-radiated inward.


       
               No Tint                             Triplex Eclipse                 Triplex Bronze               Triplex Copper


Any season is a good reason for Plastic-View window shades...


In Winter...
Retain interior heat! ...as much as storm windows or thermal panes. Up to 56%
Re-radiate furnace heat back inside the room!
Simulate the insulating "dead-air" space! ...just like duo-panes or storm windows
Minimize expensive artificial heating and lighting! ...operate as you desire to take advantage of free natural solar heating and lighting
Reduce air infiltration in all climates!
In Spring...
Create daytime privacy! ...while actually improving the view out. Insiders enjoy a glare-free view out, while outsiders cannot see in
Increase security! ...daytime privacy feature turns ordinary windows into one-way mirrors
Keep an eye on children! ...without them knowing it
Create a more spacious and pleasing atmosphere! ...by inviting the out-of-doors inside. Maintain outside view but with personal privacy
In Summer...
Reduce air conditioning demands and costs dramatically! ...by reflecting up to 92% of the total solar energy, greatly increasing your comfort
Minimize discomforting room "hot spots"!
Eliminate virtually all direct and reflected eye-straining glare!
Protect all interior furnishings! ...from the devastating effects of exposure to excessive heat and ultraviolet radiation. Block out up to 99% of the fade causing UV rays, helping to ensure longevity and color stability of draperies, carpeting, and furniture.
In Fall...
Maximize your control! ...over changing weather and environmental conditions. As they change, your shade adjusts to preference.
Flexibility! ...permits total personal comfort control. You decide how much light and energy are permitted to enter
Help to reduce exterior noise!
Benefit from the many features and functions not provided by ordinary window coverings!
Make your conventional, inferior window insulation products obsolete!

 
How to determine the best selection of window shade materials and roller types

1.  Decide which "problems / conditions" must be resolved.
2.  Select the most decorative colors / style / texture material that resolves these problems / conditions.
3.  Determine the most functional roller type, consistant with ease of operation and bracket location.
 
Problems / Conditions

Decorative with Energy Efficiency  
MESH SHEERWEAVE has a very stylish textured look and feel.  The classic designer patterns and carefully chosen colors give tremendous decorating freedom and versatility.  DUPLEX materials combine the greatest energy efficiency with the highly popular modern metallic look; may also be used in creating mirror effects.  TRIPLEX features natural earthtones that blend beautifully with traditional or wooden decors.  EMBOSSED materials enhance decorative touch but reduces pure view out.

Interior Heat Retention   
All METALLIZED MATERIALS (TRIPLEX, DUPLEX, DUPLEX LOW VLT)  have outstanding insulation qualities.  Plastic-View heat reflective shades are virtually a "flexible duo-pane".  The insulating air space between the shade and glass, and the metallization, create a "thermos bottle" effect on window.  These shades are over 40% more efficient for retaining interior furnace heat than conventional window shades.

Free Solar Heating   
All Plastic-View shades conveniently retract to permit all of the available free solar energy to enter; then when lowered, they trap this energy inside...reducing heating requirements.

Solar Energy Rejection   
All METALLIZED MATERIALS: DUPLEX LOW VLT SILVER SILVER is the most effective, with slight drops in efficiencies in other DUPLEX, TRIPLEX, and DUPLEX LOW VLT materials.  Non-metallized materials (such as UNIPLEX) are not recommended.

Daytime Privacy  
All METALLIZED  or DARK COLOR MATERIALS.   This design feature is great for creating a more spacious atmosphere; insiders can see out but outsiders cannot see in.  Homes, condominiums, recreational vehicles, etc. especially benefit from this.

Glare Control
All METALLIZED or DARK COLOR MATERIALS.  Plastic-View shades are literally like "Putting Sunglasses On A Roller".  Federally specified and utilized in airport control towers worldwide.

Light Control
All METALLIZED or DARK COLOR MATERIALS are excellent for this.  Plastic-View "flexibility" allows operator to effectively manage and control how much light enters.

Sun Fade Protection (residential)
All Plastic-View materials have an ultra violet (UV) inhibitor that stops up to 99% of the ultra-violet radiation.  METALLIZED MATERIALS provide the best protection against sun damage, followed in efficiency by DARK COLOR materials.

Sun Fade Protection (commercial display windows)
SUPER A Sputtered replaces old Amber acetate of decades ago.  Permits reasonable view of merchandise.

Caution:  DUPLEX MATERIALS are not recommended where heat or light reflection may be objectionable to neighbors, and definitely not to be used in situations where reflections could be a safety hazard, such as in windows that face traffic.  Both motorists and pedestrians may be temporarily blinded by harsh "kick-back".  There is a risk in using DUPLEX MATERIALS  with the following types of glass: duo-panes, chicken wire or bubble glass, etc.  Intense heat reflections can place the glass in jeopardy of breaking due to the fact that it was engineered for heat loads from just one direction.   In 63+ years, we’ve never heard a report of our shades leading to problems with glass. The remote risk we refer to is that Duplex shade materials reflect a lot of the heat that comes into the window back through the window. There is an air space between duo-pane glass. The reflected heat can accumulate within this space and the inner glass pane can become hot. If there are any pre-existing flaws with the glass (i.e. tiny cracks), the heat buildup could potentially lead to glass breakage. But the chances are very slim, or almost nonexistent.


Roller Type Recommendations

Problems / Conditions

Regular Small Easy to Reach Shades
METAL SPRING LOADED ROLLERS  are the "standard" for small residential windows.  
If both height and width dimensions exceed 60", a horizontal seam is required.

Larger Easy to Reach Shades  
METAL SPRING LOADED ROLLERS by Plastic-View are special mill run rollers with several outstanding features which make them far superior than the industry standard.  Silent operation, no adjustable screws or vertical lines on the shades.  Plastic-View metal spring rollers have no gimmicks or "replaceable" parts, simple solid state construction which insures virtually an unlimited life expentancy.  A superb piece of equipment, called for in federal specifications.  Metal spring operated rollers are for areas of high humidity, and shades larger than those shown on wood spring roller charts.  If both height and width dimensions exceed 60", a horizontal seam is required.

Floor to Ceiling Shades
ROLLEASE BEAD & CHAIN, with the appropriate amount of chain affords convenient total control on shades of any height.
If both height and width dimensions exceed 60", a horizontal seam is required.

Very High Shades
ROLLEASE BEAD & CHAIN, with the appropriate amount of chain affords convenient total control on shades of any height.
If both height and width dimensions exceed 60", a horizontal seam is required.

Difficult to Reach Shades
CORD & PULLEY, cord can be routed via cord directional change pulleys to any convenient location.  This situation may also be handled with metal spring rollers on "constant tension", again, the cord may be re-routed to any location.  Excellent for display windows or shades behind couches, etc.  Also consider ROLLEASE BEAD & CHAIN.
If both height and width dimensions exceed 60", a horizontal seam is required.  



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