There are six primary types of fabric that is either screen or mesh and can be used to make roller blinds or panel tracks, retractable doors, vertical blinds, or roman shades. These types of screens are definitely not all the same and it is important to know the difference between them if you want to have a properly functioning blind. Otherwise, you may simply be stuck with a useless piece that you cannot use anywhere. These types of screens and blinds are listed below-
- Solar screens- these are the most industrial variety of screens and are made for energy efficiency and durability. There are some manufacturers who have found a way to make these blinds in different colours, but their main function is to block glare and keep the UV rays and heat out while till letting some light enter. These screens offer more privacy during the day and even protect you from small insects. They also act as fire retardants because of the vinyl coating and so won’t help a fire spread. There are three types of solar screens-
- Vinyl coated polyester- in this type, the polyester yarn adds colour to the screen while the vinyl coat is the reflector. The vinyl also allows you to clean dirt and stains without damaging the colour of the screen. Solar screens are more durable because of the use of both polyester and PVC
- Vinyl coated fiberglass- this is similar to the combination of polyester and PVC but, this type of screen is not favoured because of the toxic and rough nature of fiberglass
- Polyester or Fiberglass coated with Vinyl, with an aluminium backing- this is the same as the previous two products but also has an aluminium backing which provides more energy efficiency and reflective properties
- Privacy screens- this type of screen can be made out of a variety of materials such as polyester, fiberglass, linens, cottons, and other such materials. The protection they provide is similar to that seen in solar screens. However, privacy screens do not have the additional layer of durable vinyl coating. These screens are usually considered to be more decorative and give a softer aesthetic look than solar screens. Unlike solar screens, privacy screens are also harder to wash and maintain and if they get stained, it may become impossible to remove the mark without changing the colour of the screen. Privacy screens also have patterns and designs unlike those seen on solar screens.
- Blackout screens- most blackout screens are made of vinyl and give you about 99% blackout effect. This is because vinyl is a completely closed, almost impenetrable fabric. This material is quite easy to wash and maintain. Some screen manufacturers add a vinyl backing to suede or vinyl in order to increase the aesthetic appeal, but this reduces the material’s durability.
- Woven wood/ Yute- these materials are used to make rollers, roman panels, or a panel track because they are elastic and thick when woven together. Additionally, they are also extremely decorative and aesthetically appealing. But, this also means they are harder to maintain and often less durable than privacy screens because the natural materials used give way faster than synthetic ones
- Paper screen- these screens are similar to privacy screens in what it provides you with and is often made of low end acrylic, polyester, or even cotton weaves. But, these screens are extremely thin and are prone to being torn and dirtied very fast. The advantage of these screens is that they can have a variety of printed designs that are printed on them
- Insect mesh- while fiberglass, wire mesh, and polyester coated vinyl does not offer much protection against the sun, these materials are perfect to protect you from insects. While of these materials can provide you with the same advantages as insects, the latter is a more economical option. Make sure you buy mesh that is appropriate for the insects in your area