This is a replacement for a shade on my southern exposure window. I love these cordless/pleated shades for the ease of installation and the way they look. Everything I have on the south side of my house suffers in the total sun, so I just added an O.com solar shade to that window as well. FYI - the shade I had to replace separated along the pleats after 3-4 years in direct sunlight. I have 3 more that still look brand new - so I would say, buy without concern unless your window is in constant direct sunlight. Of course, at this price, I wasn't too upset about that either. I use the linen which is lighter than the swatch looks. 5 stars for sure!