The Greener Blind
Elite ProSilver™ 802 is a PVC-free fabric woven entirely from polyester Trevira CS yarns, making the fabric soft to the touch and inherently flame retardant. ProSilver™ 802 features a metalized layer on the exterior side that reflects up to 74% of the sun’s energy, keeping you cool and comfortable, reducing glare and preserving your views outside.
This unique fabric is also accredited with Cradle-to-Cradle Bronze certification – making it entirely recyclable and one of the most sustainable fabrics in the industry.
Elite ProSilver™ 802 is available in a 2% openness factor.
ProSilver™ 802 fabric is woven in a screen-like appearance and special weaving machines ensure the fabric has a uniform and smooth surface. Once the base fabric is woven, colour is applied and all impurities are removed in preparation for metalization. The fabric is passed through a purpose-built vacuum chamber where pure aluminum is heated, vapourized and bonded to the surface of the fabric forming a microscopically thin layer. It is this patented process that gives ProSilver™ 802 its ability to reflect up to 74% of incoming infrared heat, UV light, and visible light.
Viewed from the exterior of a building, ProSilver™ 802 fabric has an off-white appearance similar to standard white or grey shades, making it compliant with most building decor codes. As the sun’s rays hit the back of the fabric, light is diffused and scattered in all directions eliminating any mirror-like effect.
ProSilver™ 802 boasts a uniform level of performance across its entire colour range. Unlike conventional solar shading fabrics, a light or dark coloured fabric will yield virtually the same performance values.
The vacuum bonding process used to make ProSilver™ 802, permanently bonds the aluminum coating to the fabric. The aluminum does not flake or peel off. The bonding process also preserves the natural weave of the fabric, leaving openings between the yarns to allow optimal amounts of light into a room while enabling occupants to see out. Other metalizing processes that use spray-on or lamination coatings do not achieve the same level of reflection or adhesion quality. Application of the aluminum with these processes can clog the openings in the fabric, limit outside views, and make the aluminum coating susceptible to flaking and scuffing.
The images below demonstrates the effectiveness of metalization and how the vacuum bonding process used on ProSilver™ 802 fuses the aluminum to the fabric yarns only without clogging the pores of the fabric.
The images above demonstrate how the vacuum bonding process fuses the aluminum to the fabric yarns while keeping the pores of the fabric open. By sealing the yarns with reflective aluminum, glare reduction, heat reflection, and clear and crisp outside views are achieved by allowing the correct amount of light through the fabric weave.