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FAQ – Affordable Sun Guardian


Q: What is the depth required?
Depth required for a flush mount depends on a combination of width, height, material ordered, lift system, and headrail option. Contact us for specific information about your particular order. General guidelines:

  • Exposed Roll: Smallest shades require 2 3/8″ (most shades under 84″ wide) while wider and taller ones can take up to 3 3/8″ or 3 7/8″.
  • Fascia: Either 3″ or 4″. Most shades under 84” wide take 3”, while all shades over 84″ take 4″.
  • Housing box: All shades take 4” housing box, unless they are both wider and taller than 120″, in which case they may need 5 1/2″ housing box.
Q: What is the fabric width?
Fabric width varies depending on lift system and headrail option. Contact us for specific information about your particular order. Bottom bar and end caps extend 1/4–5/16″ wider than the actual cloth. General Guidelines:

  • Exposed Roll or Fascia, Chain or Motor : Fabric is 1 3/8″ narrower than the tips of the roller. Gap is larger on the chain side than the idler end. Gap is the same on each side for motorized shades.
  • 4″ Housing box, Chain or Motor: Fabric is 2″ narrower than the end caps of the box. Gap is the same on each side.
  • 4″ Housing and 2″ Side Channels, Chain or Motor: Fabric is 4 1/4″ narrower than the end caps of the box. There is 1 /8″–1/4″ gap between the fabric itself and the channel.
Q: Will Solar Shades save me money?
Exterior Solar Shades are the best defense against the heat. They started in Europe as a way to keep buildings cool. Because they absorb the solar radiation before it passes through and needs to be reflected out, they keep the interior much cooler. Darker colors on the exterior absorb more light and are therefore 10% more effective than light colors against the heat.
Q: The material on my shade is rolling up crooked. What causes this and how do I fix it?
This is usually caused by the installation not being level; the shade will roll towards the higher side. It must be corrected immediately or the shade material, telescoping over the end, will rub the shade brackets and get damaged. Best solution is to remount the brackets so the shade will be level.

Another solution is to lower the shade until the roller is exposed. On the side opposite the incorrect roll place a 3 inch length of 1 1/2″ masking tape on the long edge of the shade material, or on the roller edge. This will balance (level) the roller. Additional layers of tape may be required until the shade rolls up evenly.

Operate the shade slowly to be sure the roll is correct; stop at once if the material runs to one side.

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