On Mar 8, 2007
Please advise if Yurt 31 can be constructed to reflect sunlight in order to create darkroom? I am not interested in external reflective sheeting as this looks nasty, but best solution would be if dome may be be constructed with light absorbing dark fabric. How hot would yurt be if black, will heat retention be an issue in strong sunlight? What are your experiences in desert etc? Is it feasible to line white yurt in black light-absorption fabric? Have you successfully made up anything like this on a previous order?
We have a white and black covering see near the bottom of: https://shelter-systems.com/dome-coverings.html that we have used to block light in some of our domes built from it for some of our customers. The material used white out black in blocks nearly 100% of the light but can let a few pin holes of light through and some may leak in by doors shingling etc. depending on how you set it up. It has some issues however. It is not fire retarded and may not meet shelter requirements by law, it is heaver, stiffer and more bulky: which would make it harder to set up, transport, and more expensive to ship (my guess would be five to seven hundred); in addition it is more expensive and harder to work with making its sale price 65% more than the standard 31. It would be a non-returnable special order.
The dome will tend to heat up in direct sun even with the white reflecting side out and I would recommend some type of sunshade see: https://shelter-systems.com/accessories.html at least directly over head and light blocking but air opened doors and or vents to create some air exchange.
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