Which fabric should you choose for optimal confort?
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The good life, plenty of fresh air, a lazy hour or two in the shade on your terrace...
When the sunny weather arrives, your house suddenly grows.
The terrace has become an extension of our homes. A second living room, it blurs the boundary between indoors and outdoors. Our furniture is equally at home in the garden as in the lounge. Home and garden are one and the same. And we love being there.
To help you choose your awning fabric, Dickson has developed an easy four-step visual guide:
FS = Solar factor (% of solar heat that passes through the fabric)
On a terrace, the heat we feel comes directly from the sun’s rays but also from rays reflected on paving, walls etc. Fitted to an awning, Orchestra fabrics allow less solar energy to pass through, reducing heat input and the temperature of surfaces protected by the fabric. For your greater well-being, Dickson awning fabrics block at least 70% of solar energy or more depending on the color you choose.
Vt = Visual transmission (% of light that passes through a fabric)
The visual transmission percentage of fabrics in the Orchestra collection never exceeds 28% of sunlight to prevent glare. Lighter fabrics filter the sun's rays without reducing brightness or preventing “borrowed light” from entering your home. The darkest fabrics provide effective protection from light intensity in strong sunshine.
UPF index (European standard) as % of filtered UV
All Orchestra fabrics filter at least 90% of UV rays and at least 99% of UV B rays, the most dangerous to health. They can block more UV rays depending on the color you choose. For example, Dickson's UPF 50+ fabrics block 100% of UV rays and provide complete protection against the harmful effects of sunlight, regardless of skin type.
Depending on the color, an awning fabric changes the color temperature of natural light to create a unique atmosphere for greater well-being.
Blue feels fresh and soothing, yellow friendly and stimulating, white calm and temperate.
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