Solar Control Options

11 September 2020

Which solar shading option is right for you?

There are a range of solar shading options for architects to consider in the design process of a property. A number of factors determine whether a solar control solution is required, for example whether the windows are North or South facing.

The invisible solution to solar shading is specifying solar control coatings on the glazing itself, for any windows or doors that would be prone to solar gain. Using solar control glass will never alter the appearance of glazing and the experts at IQ will include this as standard where it is required.  This technical glass reduces solar gain, creating comfortable living spaces in highly glazed areas, all year round.

open plan kitchen and dining room with solar control glass on the floor to ceiling and frameless glazing

If an exterior solution is more suited to your home design, there are a number of solutions to achieve that. Contrasol specialise in design driven exterior solutions that enhance building designs. There are a range of shading options available from Contrasol, each project is done on a completely bespoke basis to ensure their designs can suit a range of home designs. You can choose bespoke colours and materials to suit individual requirements and any fixings and supports can be hidden within the design for a clean, minimal finish.

Contrasol solar shading on the exterior of a luxury home

The IQ Louvre roof system is another option to provide shading to an outside area. Most commonly used for outdoor dining or living areas, the roof can be freestanding or fixed to a building for ultimate flexibility. The watertight system is constructed using high quality blades which are fully adjustable, adapting to your needs as the position of the sun changes throughout the day.

Louvre roof system providing solar shading to an outdoor seating area

If your build has a lot of glazed areas, an interior solution from Grants Blinds may be more suited. These subtle systems are designed to reduce solar glair whilst enhancing minimally framed glazing, with a multitude of choices from opaque to blackout available. The blinds can be fitted to be completely concealed when open, leaving no trace behind to maintain a minimalist interior design. Due to the bespoke nature of these systems, any configuration is possible, including concealed blinds that come down from the ceiling in a corner opening configuration.

Concealed blinds partially lowered over floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors

For the finishing touch on any solar control options, integrate the systems with a smart home automation system from IndigoZest. The smart home technology experts can seamlessly merge your systems to be controlled from a central hub, remote control or a smart phone.

iPad showing smart home automation system which can be used to control the IQ Louvre Roof

Sliding window and door systems can be made automated, blinds open and close at the click of a button and even an IQ Louvre roof can be programmed to seamlessly integrate within your smart home system.

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