While interior roller window shades are great for solar control—especially with issues like glare—exterior shading is the most efficient way to keep solar heat gain outside the building envelope. With Draper’s Solar Control Solutions you can significantly reduce the heat gain entering the building, allowing the use of smaller, more cost effective HVAC systems.
Additionally, artificial lighting can account for more than 40% of a building’s electrical load. Balancing daylight and artificial light through the use of the right shading system can lead to significant savings in energy consumption. Solar Control Solutions provide precision control over the natural daylight entering the building, excellent energy savings, and interesting facade design options. A wide range of custom products complements our traditional window coverings to meet all your needs for interior and exterior shading.
Draper’s Solar Control Solutions Include:
- Omega™ Venetian Blinds
- FlexLouver™ Rack Arm Systems
- FlexShade ZIP™
- s_enn® Shading System
- s_onro® Daylighting Shutter System
- FlexWave™ Light Shelf
Omega™ Venetian Blinds
The Omega venetian blind system has excellent view through when the slats are in the horizontal or partially tilted position and provides effective solar, glare and heat control as the slats are tilted to prevent direct sun penetration. Omega systems can be installed on the interior or exterior as well as between the glass inside a curtain wall. The system is available in both manual (interior only) and motorized versions. Models designed for harsher environmental conditions (sand, dirt, dust) are available. MORE
FlexLouver™ Rack Arm System
The FlexLouver Rack Arm System is made up of louvers that do not retract, but do open and close to control solar energy, light, and glare. This system is perfect for situations where precision light control is the chief concern. FlexLouver is a very reliable solution, giving years of dependable service with minimal maintenance required. Rack arm systems are also an excellent solution for difficult glazing problems: a unit can be custom designed and manufactured for any slope, angle, or shape of the window opening. The FlexLouver Rack Arm System can be used on the interior or exterior. MORE
In many areas exterior roller shades are an excellent solution but avoided due to extreme weather conditions, such as seasonal high wind and rain. The FlexShade ZIP system is similar to a standard roller shade but incorporates a ‘zip’ detail that is welded to the two vertical sides of the fabric panel. The zip detail prevents the fabric from being pulled out of the side guides making the product highly wind resistant; it has been wind tunnel tested up to 90 mph with the fabric staying in place. MORE
s_enn® Shading System
This unique exterior stainless steel shade presents a very clean, modern architectural look. It features roll-formed stainless steel rods welded onto stainless steel tapes that allow the panels to be rolled up like a standard roller shade. The hollow sections are lightweight and spaced to allow excellent view-through while direct light is blocked when the sun is at an angle of 20 degrees or higher. Very wind stable, the system has been tested in a wind tunnel at speeds of up to 80 / 126 kph mph. with no damage. The system is warranted in wind speeds of up to 56 mph / 90 kph, dependent on specific project details. . MORE
s_onro® Daylighting Shutter System
This exterior roller shutter system is made of aluminum slats that cut out the sun and provide privacy, while still allowing light and air into the room. This clean, modern look has an architectural feel. As the screen descends into place you control the openness by stopping the descent. The bottom-up closing of the system allows you to have privacy by closing the lower part of the system while leaving the top open to the light. Glare control is automatic since no direct light is possible from a solar angle of 20 degrees or more. When the slats are dropped, they can be put into three positions:
- Open: Spacing between the slats allows ample light
- Partially Closed: Starting from the bottom-up the slat spacing can be closed but left open at the top to allow privacy and light
- Closed: The slats can be shut completely for total privacy.
FlexWave Light Shelf
The FlexWave Light Shelf is an architectural element that allows daylight to be reflected deep into the room, reducing the need for artificial light. This system provides shade close to the glazing but also bounces light onto the ceiling. The shape of the upper surface of the FlexWave Light Shelf, together with the highly reflective surface, allows light to be reflected deep into the space creating a bright, well lit environment. The system can be used with Draper’s Clutch, Motorized or Bottom-Up Flexshades to maximize the usage of daylight while controlling glare for occupants working close to the windows. MORE