Economical Crystal View Shades

Heat, Glare Control and Fade Reducing Film Shades

These economical shades not only keep out solar heat and glare they also stop UV and its fading effects on interior furnishings. In winter they keep rooms warmer. See more clearly, stay more comfortable and save on energy bills all year.
Recommended by Natural Home Magazine

Maximum Dimensions:
144″ w x 144″ h.

Chain operated, Spring tension, or Motorized


“Although we have not measured the temperature difference, it must be significant. Now we can comfortably use two west-facing rooms – a sunroom and a bedroom – during the heat of the day. We feel good about conserving energy and almost certainly trimming our cooling bill.”


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Economical Crystal View Description

Like dark sunglasses on a roller, these film shades are constructed from a lamination of metalized  film (polyester) and dyed, UV treated film joined to form a flexible and durable transparent shade material. They provide sharp outward visibility but give daytime privacy.

The metalized layer reflects excess solar heat back through the glass providing instant relief from the sun’s intense heat, eliminating “hot spots” and providing balanced comfort throughout the room. In winter, at night or on cloudy days, the transparent layer of aluminum reflects back the room’s radiant heat that would be lost through windows, reducing heating costs.

Smoke/Smoke gives a neutral cast to the room. Black/Gold is the most effective against the heat and glare but it is mirrored on the exterior facing side.

All shades come on quality metal rollers and include top of the line Rollease installation hardware.

North Solar Screen takes child safety and cords seriously. Spring tension or motorized options are available – recommended if young children are present. Chain operated shades have cord safety tensioners to reduce the hazards of cord strangulation or entanglement.


  • Easier to install than window film
  • Rejects up to 74% of the sun’s heat in the summer
  • Retains 25% of the inside heat in winter
  • Reduces glare up to 95%
  • Filters out over 99% of the ultraviolet rays to substantially reduce sun fading of furniture and draperies
  • Cuts heat and air conditioning costs, reducing energy bills
  • Enjoy daytime privacy while retaining unobstructed visibility
  • These thermal solar shades are PVC and lead-free
  • 3 ply, 4 mil
  • The maximum shade dimensions are 144″ wide x 144″ high.
  • Can utilize utilize a dual shade bracket</dual shade bracket> which allows our Affordable Vinyl Blackout Shades to roll over the film shades for added nighttime privacy


Care & Warranty

Cleaning & Care


Hiding the Roller

Reverse Roll: Shade material runs over the front of roller instead of the back. This hides the shade roller but also causes the material to be further away from the window. Also, this does not hide the clutch chain mechanism at the top.

Reverse Roll
side by side picture vs diagram of reverse roll on an indoor shade to cover the roller

Reverse Roll: Shade material runs over the front of roller instead of the back. This hides the shade roller but also causes the material to be further away from the window. Also, this does not hide the clutch chain mechanism at the top.


Anodized Fascia Inside Mount

white fascia bracket

Fascia White

bronze fascia bracket

Fascia Bronze

black fascia

Fascia Black

anodized fascia bracket

Anodized Fascia

This is a clean and seamless way to hide a roller. Available in 4 hardware finishes: white, bronze, black and anodized.  Shades under 120” wide take a 3” x 3” fascia, shades to 144” take a 4” x 4” fascia.

Manual Lift Systems

Spring Tension
spring tension roller shades

Easiest for shades under 65” high from the floor

Chain Operated
roll ease clutch in white

Rollease clutch in white black also available

roll ease roller shade

Rollease continuous clutch chain control

black chains


Dark Brown Chains

Dark Brown

Silver Chains

Stainless Steel


Gray Chains


The RollEase continuous clutch/chain control lifts evenly, locks automatically and raises and lowers in one control. The P Shaped tension device or Cord Guide reduces the hazards of child strangulation and entanglement by limiting their access to the cord control.

Rollease Clutches come in white or black. Chain colors are available in white, light gray, bronze, black, steel and nickel. There is an extra charge for steel and nickel chains.

Not available for Canadian customers due to Canadian Corded Window Coverings Regulations.

Motorization Options

New Li-ion Rechargeable Battery Motors by Rollease
lion remotes and chargers

Order with the Pulse Hub to control you shades with Alexa.

These radio control rechargeable battery motors are user friendly. They are available in 2 different sizes to accommodate:

MEDIUM: up to 84”w x 84”h
LARGE: up to 120”w x 120”h

  • Motor is inside roller, your choice left or right
  • Built in Li-ion battery pack with integrated charge management
  • Small antenna
  • Connect motor with cable to charger
  • Medium motor: 11’ of cable on 12V charger
  • Large motor: 13’ of cable on a 5V USB charger
  • You need to purchase at least one charger with your order—one per room recommended
  • Batteries could last up to 1.5 years under normal use: one cycle per day
  • Single channel or a 15 channel remotes available for multiple shades
  • A “favorite position” can be pre-set and recalled at any time.
  • If voltage drops motor will beep to prompt charging
  • Levelling control feature allows precise positioning of multiple shades for perfect alignment.
  • Charge motor for 6 hours using recommended AC charger before first use

Magnetic Hold Downs

For regular vertical windows in moving vehicles or surface mounting on doors, Magnetic Hold Downs are available for both Chain shades and Spring Tension shades. Neodymium rare earth magnets (3.6 pull force) are attached to an adhesive backed aluminum mounting plate. Install magnets directly on wall or window trim for outside mounts, or use angle brackets to mount them to the sill for inside mounts. For installation to wood surfaces, remove magnet from plate and secure with a screw.

For spring tension shades, order with the optional metal handle for the bottom bar; this is not necessary for chain pull shades.

Shades up to 36″ wide come with 2 magnets; up to 48″, 3 magnets; up to 60″, 4 magnets.

Dual Roller Brackets

Dual Roller Shade Brackets

Ceiling or Undermount
Mount two shades, one transparent and the other room darkening on one bracket for economy of space

Dual shade brackets pictured in black and white next to example of transparent shade being covered by blackout shade using the bracket

During the day use film shades to reduce heat & glare while preserving your view, then roll the blackout shade over the film shade for nighttime privacy.

Use with SL8 and SL16 Skyline style clutches

  • Available in black or white
  • Minimum Depth required to mount top down: 3″
  • Depth required for flush mount: 3″
  • Minimum Depth for side mount: 1”
  • Height of bracket is 5″
  • Center of top roller is 1 7/8″ from ceiling
  • Center of bottom roller is 5″ from ceiling
  • Chains go on the opposite ends of each shade

The blackout shade must sit on top of the film shade using a reverse roll, and is closer to the room.
The film shade must sit below as a regular roll (standard), and is closer to the window.

Economical Crystal View Specs

Our RollEase brackets are universal so these transparent thermal solar shades can be mounted inside the frame, outside the frame or from the top down. Crystal View Solar Shades are shipped with all the necessary hardware. Chain lengths are 3/4’s of the way down the shade. All chains come with child proof tensioners. Please specify if you need longer chains.

Shades can also be spring tension operated as well.

The maximum Crystal View Solar Shade dimensions are 144″ wide x 144″ high.
Crystal View Solar Shade material comes 72″ wide so larger shades could require horizontal seaming. The longest Crystal View Solar Shade without a seam is 72″ wide x 144″ high. The widest solar shade without a visible seam is 144″ wide x 70″ high.

transparent film shades black bottom bar

All shades are finished with a metal bottom bar with non marring end caps that prevents damage to walls and adds extra child safety.

Depth Required

Clutch Operated

  • Shade width up to 78″ = 2 3/8″ of depth for inside frame, outside frame mount or ceiling mount.
  • Shade width from 78-110″ = 2 7/8″ of depth or inside frame, outside frame mount, 3 1/4″ for ceiling mount.
  • Shade width 110″ or larger = 3 3/8″ (R16 clutch) OR 3 7/8″ (R24 clutch) of depth for inside frame, outside frame mount, ceiling mount 3 7/8″-4″ depending upon fabric.

Spring Spring Tension

  • Shade width up to 79″ = 1 5/8″ of depth
  • Shade width from 79-120″ = 1 7/8″ of depth

Fabric cut backs

  • Spring Tension: 1/2″ on spring end, 1/2” on pin end
  • Clutch/Chain Operated: 3/4″ on clutch side and 1/2″ on pin end
  • Battery Motors: 3/4″ on motor side and 1/2″ on pin end
Measuring Instructions
Materials needed for measuring
  • (Photo 1) Decide whether you want the shade mounted inside the frame of the opening or outside the opening. An inside mount can look cleaner, but you may want to order outside mount if there are obstructions, if you want more complete coverage, or if you want to cover more than one opening with a shade.
  • (Photo 2) Always use a steel measuring tape.
  • (Photo 3) Measure to the nearest 1/8”. Round DOWN, not UP, if it is 1/16th over.
  • Tell us raw measurements. Do not take your own deductions.
  • Always give width before height
  • IT IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT to take note if any of the adjoining shades meet at a 90% angle, as one or both shades may need to be cut narrower to make sure the brackets don’t conflict with one another.  We recommend that you order only one of the corner shades, and order the second one after you have installed the first one to make sure the brackets don’t impede each other.
  • And always, feel free to call us for help and email us photos of where you are installing.
Inside Frame Mount
Height and width for measuring inside mount window shades
  • Measure width at top, middle, and bottom (A) Tell us the raw measurements. Let us take the deduction for fit. We will tell you fabric width.
  • Measure the height (B) If not ordering the shade to drop all the way down, let us know.
Outside Frame Mount

To Fit Brackets on Trim/Posts

measuring for outside mount window shades
  • Measure width of the outside of the post to the outside of the post at the top, middle, and bottom (A)
  • Measure width of the inside of the opening (B) to check for fabric overlap. We will tell you fabric width.
  • Measure the height (C) If not ordering the shade to drop all the way down, let us know.
To Order by Fabric Width
Ordering by fabric width diagram
  • Decide where you want the fabric to overlap on each side. Mark on the post/trim and measure this width (A). We will tell you how much room the shade needs to fit.
  • Measure the height (B) If not ordering the shade to drop all the way down, let us know.
To Cover Multiple Openings in a Row
wall of windows for measuring
  • Measure the width of the full span of space you have to fit the shades in at the top, middle, and bottom.
  • Measure the end to center post and center to center post widths at the top, middle, and bottom. Tell us the raw measurements. Let us take the deduction for fit.
  • Measure the width of the inside of the opening to check for fabric overlap. We will tell you fabric width.
  • Measure the height – let us know if you’re not ordering the shade to drop all the way down.

Measuring Videos

Inside Frame Mount

Outside Frame Mount

Mylar Film Shade in Window in Smoke Color Giving Neutral Hue to Mountain View

Crystal View Film Shade Samples


  • Any shade larger than both 72” w x 70”t will require horizontal seaming. View Seam
  • All colors are 3 ply, 4 mil (4+ gauge)
  • Smoke gives a neutral cast, bronze gives an earthy tone, black/gold reflects out the most heat

Black/Gold option has gold mirror on the exterior facing side.

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Drawings/Specs PDFs
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