Custom Window Treatment
In Altamonte Springs, Florida

Styles That Come To Life!

Our staff of design professionals will arrange for a free in-home design consultation to review various window treatment options that will coordinate and compliment the style and decor of your home.

If you are ready to begin the process of designing your perfect window treatment project, please call us today or fill our free quote form and a member of our staff will respond as soon as possible.

Like most parts of Florida, the temperatures in Altamonte Springs can become quite unbearable for half a year, especially during June, July, and August. With the warmest time of the year averaging around 93.2°F (34°C). And, during these high seasons spending time indoors can be pretty unbearable, especially without an AC.

This means that you have to crank up your ac to effectively cool down your home, which translates into high energy bills. What if there’s a way to keep your home cool and still save money? Well, you’re in luck as this is where solar shades come in handy. However, most homeowners often find it difficult to choose between solar shades and other window blinds.

With most homeowners using these two words interchangeably, it can become quite challenging to distinguish between them. Here are several differences Blinds By Design has put together that will help you differentiate between the two.


Solar shades and blinds fulfill privacy needs in different ways. Solar shades are made using solid fabric pieces, while blinds have slats you can slightly tilt to adjust the light control. Unlike blinds, solar shade fabrics can also let natural light into the house while still keeping your windows completely covered for privacy.


Another significant difference between the two is their cleaning process. Cleaning solar shades is pretty simple compared to blinds. All you have to do is add a brush to your vacuum and get rid of the dust. For grime and dirt, you can use a soft cloth and mild dish soap. For blinds, you need to wipe them down with a soft cloth and furniture polish.
You can also use warm water and brush attachment to your vacuum to get rid of the dirt. However, blinds do attract serious grime, and it may require the help of a professional cleaner to wipe them down.


Solar shades come in a variety of colors and designs that suit any home’s style. However, the fabric designs come in three popular categories:

  • Dark Fabrics
    These are fabrics that provide excellent glare control through absorption of the UV rays. This absorption blocks out 94%-96% of the sun’s rays enabling it to still provide ideal light while still protecting your home from the sun’s glare. Its absorption capabilities help keep your home warm, especially during the winter.
  • High Performance
    These are solar shade fabrics designed to outperform light, especially if you desire excellent glare control, heat control, an exterior view, and UV protection.
  • Light Fabrics
    These types of solar shade fabrics are a perfect option for heat management, as they reflect heat. They also allow more visible light into the room, unlike the other fabrics. They also block out 80-90% of sunlight, making them an excellent option for areas in your home or office where a brighter ambiance is desired.
    However, blinds come in a standard and classic look; but they can get too dull for most homeowners.


Solar shades are made using 100% biodegradable material, making them last for at least 20 years. Blinds are made using aluminum, PVC, and wood, making them easy to break, especially when placed in an area with high traffic.

Child Safety

If you’re looking for window blind options that are safe for your child, then solar shades should be your best option. Blinds come with accessible cords that are pretty easy for your child to reach. On the other hand, solar shades have no cords meaning that your kids won’t pull and tag them.
But, if you still aren’t sure about going for solar shades, Blinds By Design is here to help.

Blinds By Design is committed to offering the best custom window solutions for the customers. That’s why our product range is one of the widest in the market. We have window blinds to please every client’s needs, desires, and budget. Here are just some of the other window blinds and shades you can get by us:

Buy Beautiful Solar Shades for Your Windows

Blinds By Design has a solid reputation for providing top-tier window treatments. You can shop with us for quality temperature controlling cellular shades in Florida. Our cellular shades come in great color choices and styles. Homeowners love cellular shades for not just their insulation, light filtration properties, and energy efficiency but also their ability to spice up the visual appeal of their homes.

Blinds By Design

2750 Taylor Ave suite a-64 Orlando, FL 32806

(407) 583-9777