Solar Shades, Sun Shades, Screen Mesh Roller Shades
Solar shades, cellular shades, vision shades and panel blinds
Custom manufactured at factory-direct prices to you

Frequently Asked Questions

Solar Shades
What's the best way to use this site?
We've tried to create a site that's as linear as possible. We'll take you step-by-step through the entire process, just as if you were in our showroom. Starting with the benefits of solar shades to your choices in cloth, colors, and available options. Then on to measuring. With this information in hand, your ready to place an order! Please begin with our solar shades overview.

Can I get samples of the shade fabric?
Absolutely. Swatches are available for $5.00 and credited back with your first blind order. Click to order solar shade and cellular shade swatches.

How do I measure for my blinds?
Please refer to our easy-to-use measuring guide. It will teach you how to properly and easily measure for your blinds in just minutes.

How much do your charge for shipping?
Depending upon the size, from $6 to $24 per solar shade, and $6 to $54 per panel blind. You'll be able to confirm the exact shipping cost before adding each item to your cart.

What kind of energy savings can I expect?
Solar shades can reduce air conditioning energy consumption up to 30%. Obviously, each home's performance varies.

How much care and maintenance do solar shades require?
Very little. Just an occasional cleaning using a mild detergent, brushing and rinsing.

What does "average openness" mean?
The openness of a solar shade fabric refers to the weave or mesh structure. The more open a fabric, the more heat and light that penetrate through. So a fabric with an average openness of 10% allows more light and heat to pass through than one with an average openness of 5%.

What other names do solar shades go by?
Too many. Solar screen shades, solar screen blinds, solar mesh shades, solar mesh blinds, solar mesh screen shades, solar window blinds, sun shades, solar roller shades, solar mesh roller shades, solar screen roller shades, and on and on. You can mix up the words any way you wish, but pretty much everybody's talking about the same thing.

What kind of warranty do you offer?
All solar shades and panel blinds carry our limited Lifetime Warranty. Please visit our Warranty page for full details.

Who qualifies for the Military Discount?
As a US Veteran owned company, we like to recognize all those who have made the commitment of serving in our Armed Forces. So if you or your spouse have served or are serving in any branch of our Armed Forces we welcome you to check the Military Discount box on our order forms and receive a 1.5% discount off the total for your shades. We work on the Honor Code here and we trust you will too. Thank you for your service in making the world a better place. We here at salute you.

Can I trust you with my credit card?
Yes. Billing information is collected via SSL secure server through Mal's e-commerce shopping cart service. The data is then processed through our payment gateway.

How long have you been in business? is owned and operated by Great Lakes Window Coverings, located in Holland, Michigan. We've been in business since 1970. That's almost 50 years experience of selling, manufacturing, and installing window coverings.

How do I contact you?
For questions on products or orders please call 616-394-1430 or email .

How come your prices are so low?
As the manufacturer, and not just a distributor, we are able to assure you the finest quality at everyday low prices. Every shade is custom built to your specifications in our own facilities and shipped directly to you.
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