Benefits of UV-Blocking Shades

With summer comes the intense summer sun. There are many ways that we protect ourselves from those damaging UV rays, such as wearing hats, putting on sunglasses, and slathering on sunscreen. Of course, while we love a sunny day for a dip in the pool, coming back to a home that is filled with sunlight can be annoying and downright damaging. Not only will the summer sun heat your home, but it can also cause damage to your floors, furniture, and artwork over time. Fortunately, Hunter Douglas offers a variety of UV-blocking shades that let you enjoy sunlight and your outdoor views without any worry of long-term UV damage. Read on to discover the many benefits of UV-blocking shades below!

Designer Screen Shades

One of the benefits of UV-blocking shades is that they filter out all of the downsides of the sun while letting you enjoy natural lighting safely. Many big department store shades out there help keep your home shaded, but they do not necessarily block UV rays from entering your home. Hunter Douglas Designer Screen Shades block between 86% and 99% of the sun’s UV rays, meaning that you can enjoy natural sunlight without any worry of damage to your home’s interiors. Designer Screen Shades are perfect for a wide variety of window shades, including wide expanses of glass seen on patios, screen doors, or sunrooms, as well as smaller windows throughout your home.

Another one of the benefits of Designer Screen Shades is that they feature five different openness factors–or the density of the fabric. This means that your Hunter Douglas Designer Screen Shades let you have total control over the amount of glare, UV blockage, privacy, and visibility that comes into your home. Designer Screen Shades come in a variety of custom colors for you to choose from, so you can make them unique to your home while enjoying UV protection.

Silhouette® Window Shadings

Another one of the benefits of adding UV-blocking shades to your home is that they come in a variety of styles. If you desire a soft-looking shade with easy operation, for example, then you will love adding our Silhouette® Window Shadings to the mix. These custom UV-blocking shades appear to be floating at your window thanks to their unique, ethereal two-in-one design. These shades also filter out brightness, glare, and UV rays to protect your furniture and flooring from fading as the years roll on.

Depending on your fabric choices, these UV-blocking shades from Hunter Douglas can filter up to 88% of the sun’s harmful rays. Silhouette® Window Shadings also never take away from your views, so you can enjoy UV protection while taking in the great outdoors all summer long. As with any Hunter Douglas window treatment, Silhouette® Window Shadings come in a variety of custom colors that you can choose from to make them unique to your home.


To learn more about the benefits of UV-blocking shades, be sure to contact or visit us today at Monarch Paint & Design Centers. We have several locations in and around the Washington, D.C. area, including Alexandria, Virginia. We also proudly serve the Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Potomac, and Northwest D.C. areas.