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Benefits of Clear View Doors

When it comes to your home, every dollar you spend should be an investment. Any major purchase is something that can easily lose value if the wrong products are installed, or if it isn’t properly maintained. Every purchase you make and installation you plan for your home should be considered carefully. During your upgrade, remodel, or new construction, consider the doors you choose for your front, back, or patio. ClearView screen doors offer many benefits that will bring value to your home and continue to work for you for years to come.

ClearView Doors are Retractable

house with a nice yardThe ClearView brand is the only one that offers proven “slow” close with patented speed reducer technology. This means that the mechanisms last longer and children and tiny fingers stay safe from pinches and injury. Homeowners do not need to worry about hinges and swinging doors with a ClearView retractable door. These doors will not detract from the look of your home’s interior or exterior because they’re invisible! When closed, the ClearView is completely clear, and when open, the screen is housed in a compact unit attached to the doorjamb. With ClearView, you can pull it out when you want to use it, but it disappears when you want to lose it! Bug-free never looked so good.

ClearView Doors are Strong

When comparing ClearView with the competition, you can count on a stronger product. On average there is 33 percent more aluminum in the ClearView Retractable Screen Door than competitor products. ClearView doors are made with thick gauge aluminum that glides across the doorway, unlike other products that flex and bind as they’re used and retracted.

ClearView Color and Size Options

Since the ClearView brand is the best retractable door on the market, it doesn’t matter how big the door is. This screen will not buckle on tall or wide doors. The ClearView door is available in all types of sizes and colors to best fit your home and aesthetic. Instead of the standard six colors available in other brands, ClearView offers 11 standard colors at no additional cost! If these don’t satisfy you, they are also available in 300 custom colors and powder-coated wood-grained colors as well. So, whether you have a modern property or a historic one, we can help you find the ClearView door to best suit your home.

ClearView is American-Made

At A to Z Window Screens, we are proud to offer American-made products like ClearView retractable screens. Manufactured in San Jose, California, these products are manufactured and assembled right here in California and will be installed by a local technician who knows the product inside and out.

If you live in the Greater Sacramento area and are looking to purchase a new screen for your single doors, French doors, or sliding doors, look no further than us. We only sell the best products and offers the best service. We install and maintain ClearView retractable doors throughout the area, and we will make it our business to help you year after year. Call 916-250-0224 or request an appointment online today!

Tips for protecting your home while you are on vacation

Summertime is vacation time. To relax and enjoy your vacation, you need to know that your home is safe and secure while you are away. At A to Z Window Screens, we care about the safety of your home so much, and that’s why we are here to share some tips for protecting your home while you are on vacation.

Make sure your home is well maintained

front view of a lovely homeWhen you leave for vacation, you don’t want your home to take on an abandoned look. Make sure your lawn is mowed and garden beds are weeded before you leave. If you plan to be gone for an extended period of time, arrange to have someone else mow the lawn, tend your garden and water your plants. Make sure garbage bins aren’t left out by the road. You want to make sure that your home looks well cared for and well maintained while you are gone.

Put your lights on timers

Another step you can take to prevent your home from seeming abandoned when you are gone is to have your lights turn on and off while you are away. You can use the old trick of rigging some of your lamps to timers, or if you have a “smart” home, you can use an app and a smartphone to turn your lights on at random times while you are away. Having your lights turn on and off while you are away will prevent your home from looking “empty” while you’re enjoying your vacation.

Don’t leave your home unguarded

There are plenty of ways to guard your home while you are away. There are traditional alarm companies — if you already have one or plan to install one when you are away, be sure to alert the company. You can also install inexpensive outdoor security cameras. To keep an eye on your home yourself, you can install motion-activated cameras around your home that send an alert to your smartphone when one of the cameras is engaged.

Install privacy screens

Your windows allow anyone to take a peek into your home, especially when you are away. You can block your windows from nosy neighbors or potential intruders with privacy screens from A to Z Window Screens. Security screens have thicker, darker mesh than traditional window screens. They still maintain the view, but they make it difficult for anyone outside to see what’s happening inside your home. When you’re on vacation, privacy screens can make it more difficult to tell that you are away.

Secure your doors with security screen doors

You can even add an extra layer of protection to your entry doors with security screen doors from A to Z Window Screens. Security screen doors have heavy-duty metal frames that are installed in your home so they can’t be kicked or pried open. The mesh is made from metal alloys that can’t be slashed with a knife or razor. Some security screens feature added metal detailing that adds to the security and the beauty of the doors.

If you are ready to go out of town, take the steps necessary to keep your home at maximum security so you can relax and enjoy your vacation. Let A to Z Window Screens help! We will outfit your home with privacy screens or security screen doors to keep intruders out. Call to schedule a consultation today!

Decorative grid sun screens

Sacramento’s summer heat can be brutal. When the sun hits your home’s windows, it can make your home hot and uncomfortable, and it can drive up your home’s bill. In fact, 76 percent of the sunlight that hits a traditional single-pain window will be converted into heat inside your home. So in a naturally hot climate, what can you do to protect your home from the sun’s rays and save yourself on home-cooling bills? Install solar screens.

Solar screens are window screens made from a thicker mesh. The mesh helps shade your windows and disperse the sunlight before it hits your home’s windows. These screens can keep your home as much as 15 degrees cooler in the summer, and they can help to dramatically lower your summertime air conditioning bills. On top of that, solar screens can block UV rays from entering through your home’s windows. Because these rays can damage your furniture, flooring, and décor, solar screens can help protect your home from the damage of UV rays.

Give your home a new look while saving money on your summertime cooling bills!man measuring window

Many homeowners shy away from solar screens over a fear of the impact solar screens will have on the exterior look of their homes. But solar screens can give your home an attractive, upscale look while protecting your home from the sun’s rays and helping you save on your home’s summertime cooling bills. When you install solar screens, consider upgrading your home’s curb appeal with beautiful decorative screen grids!

Custom made solar screens

Solar screens can give your home’s windows a flat look, but putting decorative grids on top of your solar screens can make your home’s windows pop! When A to Z Windows Screens custom makes your home’s solar screens, we can install grids within the screens to match the existing grids on your home’s windows. That means that solar screens won’t block the gridded pattern on your windows, so you won’t lose the architectural detailing on your existing windows. If your home’s windows aren’t currently gridded, adding decorative grids when you add solar screens can add architectural detailing to your home to add interest and a high-end finish to upgrade your home’s curb appeal.

Solar screens might seem like a solely practical purchase, one to be made only for the purpose of keeping your home cooler to lower your summertime bills. But solar screens can help to upgrade the look of your home while saving on your bills. In addition to adding grids, you can choose from different colored solar screens to create a dramatic new look for your home. And because of solar screens’ dramatic appearance, decorative grids can really “pop,” which can give your home’s look a stunning appearance from the curb.

Call A to Z Window Screens to learn more about solar screens and grids today!

The hottest days of summer are nearly upon us, and you could save yourself money this summer while upgrading the look of your home with solar screens and decorative screen grids from A to Z Window Screens. Call A to Z to schedule your consultation today!

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Choosing a security screen door for your home

For most homeowners, their primary concern for their home is safety. That can be in direct conflict with their desire to open up their doors come summer to enjoy fresh breezes andtitan security screen door pleasant temperatures. But when it comes to outfitting your home with a door, you don’t have to choose between comfort and security; you can outfit your home with a security screen door from A to Z Window Screens.

What is a security screen door?

A security screen door is a screen door that’s manufactured to keep intruders out. At the same time, it has a mesh screen that’s designed to allow sunlight and fresh air to enter your home. Security screen doors are generally manufactured from stronger metals than traditional screen doors, the screen mesh is made from a slash and push resistant material and the door is installed a sturdier frame and with sturdier hinges than traditional screen doors. Many security screen doors feature extra features, like specialty locks, to add to their security and convenience.

What do security screen doors look like?

When many people think of security screen doors, they envision institutional-looking metal bars across a doorway. In fact, security screen doors come in all styles and finishes, and many are manufactured to enhance, rather than detract from, your home’s curb appeal. You can find security screen doors in simple, traditional designs, or you can install elegant or elaborate screen doors; fun modern security screen doors; or even have a custom screen door designed to your specific vision.

What should you look for in a security screen door?

Not all security screen doors are created equal, and you don’t want to compromise the safety of your home by choosing the wrong security screen door. When you are shopping for a security screen door for your home, there are some features you should be looking for to ensure that your new door will adequately protect your home. Look for a security screen door that’s made from aluminum, steel or a metal alloy. The corner should be mitered for added strength. Be sure to ask your security screen door installer about the types of mounts they will be using; a security screen door won’t do your home any good if the mounts aren’t strong enough to prevent the door from being kicked in. Security screen doors should be powder coated to prevent rust. Finally, look for a security screen door with a guarantee. Most reputable security screen door companies offer cash compensation if a robber gains entry through your security screen door.

If you are ready to outfit your home with a security screen door, call the experts at A to Z Window Screens. We offer a variety of security screen doors from southern California’s finest security screen door manufacturers. We can help you find a security screen door that enhances your home’s style while keeping your home safe.

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Invest in bug screens for the summer

Summer brings so many fantastic things: Warm temperatures, sunshine, and pleasant breezes. It’s no wonder that summer has homeowners everywhere throwing open their windows to enjoy what summer has to offer. Unfortunately, that can bring a realization that summer can bring some less pleasant things into your home: Namely, bugs. If you’re going to enjoy pleasant summer breezes this summer, you need to invest in bug screens for your home to keep the bugs out. A to Z Window Screens can help! We offer quality custom bug screens to help make your home more enjoyable and more functional this summer.

A custom fitclose up of bug screen

When you go to outfit your windows with bug screens, you’ll quickly find that there is no one-size-fits-all solution for bug screens. Windows do not come in standard sizes, so it can be difficult to find ready-made screens to fit your existing windows. A to Z Windows Screens can help! We custom fit bug screens to every window. When you purchase bug screens from A to Z Window Screens, we will begin by measuring your windows. From there, every screen will be custom made for a perfect fit to completely seal bugs out of your home this summer.

Stronger materials

In addition to a custom fit, A to Z Window Screens brings superior quality to your bug screens. Unlike standard bug screens, A to Z’s custom-made bug screens feature internal metal corners for superior strength. Our bug screen frames won’t become brittle and break easily over time; they will stand up to weather and use for years. The exterior vinyl on the screen frames features mitered corners for a polished look. In addition, our bug screens are perfectly tensioned so your screens won’t warp or ripple, and your screen frames won’t warp out of shape.

Hundreds of options

With bug screens from A to Z Window Screens, you can customize your bug screens to fit the look of your home and your lifestyle. We offer screen frames and screen mesh in a variety of colors so you can choose the colors that best fit your home. We also can match existing screens if you are only replacing a few of your home’s screens! A to Z also offers window screen options to suit your lifestyle. We have pet screens to stand up to the pressure of your pets and kids, solar screens to save you money on your home energy bills, retractable screens to discretely protect your home from bugs and security screens that let you enjoy the breeze while keeping your home safe.

Don’t let summer’s bugs and pests keep you from enjoying all of the pleasant weather summers have to offer; invest in bug screens! A to Z Window Screens can help you enjoy summer breezes pest free with our quality, custom window screens. Call to schedule your consultation today!

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Swinging Screen Doors

Traditional swinging screen doors, installed on the entryways to your home, can be valuable assets come spring. A screen door allows you to open up your door to the outside, so you can air out your home and enjoy the breeze without letting bugs or birds in or pets or children out. Many homes now are constructed without swinging screen doors, and screen doors that are installed are often inferior models that break down easily. If you are looking to upgrade your entryway with a swinging screen door, call A to Z Window Screens to find out why our swinging screen doors are top quality.

Custom fitLooking Out Through Screen Door

Doors are not one size fits all, and that includes swinging screen doors. Swinging screen doors from A to Z Window Screens are custom made to fit your doorway opening. There’s not struggling at the home improvement store to find a off-the-rack door that will work in your doorway. When you choose a swinging screen door from A to Z Window Screens, your doorway will be measured and your screen door will be constructed perfectly to fit.

Stronger frames

Swinging screen doors get a bad reputation for breaking down easily and becoming an unsightly nuisance over time. That’s because swinging screen doors are often made from cheap, flimsy metal components that don’t hold up to the elements. In constructing its custom swinging screen door, A to Z Window Screens uses extruded aluminum allow for its swinging screen doors. The corners are mitered and secured with aluminum to ensure strength and durability.

Sturdier hardware

Just as A to Z Window Screens uses sturdier aluminum materials to construct swinging screen door frames, we also use sturdier, more durable hardware. The handles and door assemblies are made from metal, never vinyl or plastic, and they are made to last for years to come.

Rust resistant

With A to Z Window Screens, you don’t have to worry that your aluminum screen door will rust after years of exposure to the elements. A to Z Window Screen’s swinging screen doors are powder coated. This coating protects the doors and prevents rusting for years to come.

Customization

One of the primary advantages to ordering a custom-built swinging screen door is that you can order a screen door that fits your style and your needs. A to Z Window Screens come in a variety of colors, and you can select both the color of the door frame and the color of the mesh. Doors can be fitted with decorative grates, pet screening for added strength against children and pets, and you can upgrade to a swinging security screen door to give your home an added layer of protection.

Whether you are looking to replace an old, unsightly, misfunctioning swinging screen door or you are looking to add a swinging screen door to an unscreened entry door for added functionality, call A to Z Window Screens! You can schedule a consultation to see all of the options available for your new swinging screen doors.

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5 reasons you need a screen door

Do you want to add convenience, safety and security to your home, all while letting in more light and air? There’s a simplesliding security screen door addition to your home that can bring a lot of added benefits: A screen door. Here are 5 reasons you need a screen door on your home.

1. Enjoy the outside air.

The No. 1 reason to add a screen door to your home is to allow more light and air into your home. With screen doors on your entryways, you can open up your home on beautiful days to let in fresh air and more light, without letting in bugs or other pests.

2. Added safety for your children and pets.

Pets and children are known for their tendency to run toward an open door or rush a door when the doorbell rings. A screen door adds an added layer of safety for pets and small children. When you open your entry door to greet a visitor, you still have a screen door in place to act as an added barrier. You can even use upgrade to pet screening for your screen doors to prevent damage to your screens by upgrading to scratch- and weight-resistant pet screening.

3. Lower your home energy bills.

Screen doors can help you lower your home energy bills. In the summer, being able to air at your home and cool it down naturally saves you from running your air conditioning more than you need to. Solar screen doors add to that savings by shading your home from the sun’s glare. In the winter, screen doors add an added layer of insulation to your home’s entryways.

4. Add a layer of security to your home.

Screen doors can help keep your home safer. While a simple screen door adds an extra barrier to your home, you also can opt for a security screen door. These screen doors allow in light and air like a traditional screen door, but they are made from heavy duty metal and cut-proof screening. That means you can open your home to the fresh air without opening your home to criminals.

5. Protect your door from the elements.

Screen doors protect your door from sun and rain, which can help extend the life of your door. When you buy high quality screen doors, like custom screen doors from A to Z Window Screens, you will get powder-coated screen doors that won’t rust or fade from the elements. With screen doors, you can preserve the curb appeal of your home.

There are many advantages to adding screen doors to your home — These are only a few! Whether you are in need of swinging screen doors, security screen doors, sliding screen doors, retractable screen doors or screen doors for your French doors or other specialty doors, call A to Z Window Screens! We can fit your home with any type of screen door you need, so you can realize all of the benefits of screen doors.

Protect yourself from the sun this spring and summer

The sun can be incredibly damaging to your skin. There’s the risk of skin cancer, as well as sunburn and premature aging. Whilesun sunscreen should always be worn on sunny days, the American Cancer Society suggests that the best way to protect yourself from the sun  is to stay in the shade as much as possible and to cover yourself with clothing and hats when you are in the sun. If you are serious about protecting yourself from the dangerous rays of the sun, A to Z Window Screens can help, with solar screens!

About solar screens

Solar screens fit where ordinary screens do — in windows and doors and around patios — but they perform an additional function. Solar screens are made with darker, thicker vinyl-coated polyester mesh. This specialized mesh provides protection from the sun by blocking and diffusing UV rays. Depending on the thickness and color of the solar screens you choose, the screens block between 80 and 90 percent of UV rays.

Where to install solar screens

You can install solar screens anywhere you can install traditional screen products. Fitted to your doors and windows, solar screens can block UV light from entering your home. Without solar screens on your windows to deflect the sun’s rays, UV rays can damage your skin inside your home just as it would outside of your home! Outside, you also can use solar screening to enclose patios to provide shade so you don’t have to cover up to protect yourself from the sun while enjoying your outdoor living spaces, and the shade they provide can make your patio more comfortable by blocking the heat of the day.

Other benefits of solar screens

Solar screens don’t just protect your skin from damaging UV rays, they come with many additional benefits! Because they block UV rays and sunlight from entering your home, they can lower your home’s indoor temperature by as much as 15 degrees, saving you money on your summer cooling bills. Just like they protect your skin, solar screens protect your home’s flooring, furnishings, and décor from sun damage. With their thicker mesh, solar screens also can provide privacy to your home or your patio. Finally, solar screens can upgrade your home’s curb appeal! Solar screens come in a variety of colors and with decorative grid options that can improve the look of your home.

If you are serious about protecting yourself from the sun, you should be concerned about UV rays in your home and in your outdoor living spaces. Let A to Z Window Screens help protect you and your home from sun damage with solar screens. Call to schedule your consultation to learn more about how solar screens can benefit your home today!

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Getting Prepared for an Open Home

Spring’s pleasant temperatures can tempt you to open your doors and windows to let the fresh air in. Airing out your home in the  spring, and throughout the year, isn’t just a matter of taking in pleasant breezes and temperatures, chirping birds and a fresh atmosphere; it also can make your home healthier. 

According to the U.S. EPA, poor indoor air quality can aggravate allergies and lung conditions and pose serious health risks. In addition to dust, dander and mold, your indoor air is filled with chemicals that enter the air from your furniture, flooring and cleaning products. Opening your doors and windows to air out your home can improve indoor air quality by giving these indoor air pollutants a way to exit your home and filling your home with the much healthier outdoor air.

Before you open your windows and doors to let the stale air out and the fresh air in, you will need to prepare your home’s windows and doors to keep pests out and keep your home secure. Here’s how you can prepare your home to be an open home.

Replace damaged or missing window screens.

If your windows aren’t outfitted with proper window screens in good repair, you are opening your home up to bugs, birds and other nuisances. While the home-improvement does provide some options for repairing and replacing window screens, you will find that repair kits leave unsightly patches and warp screen frames. And replacement window screens don’t come in common sizes. The best way to deal with missing or damaged window screens for your open home is to seek custom window screen replacement.

Install screen doors.

Many homes don’t have screens on their doorways that allow for an open home. You can fix this with a variety of screen door options. There are traditional swinging and sliding screen doors, as well as rollaway screen doors that can be pulled over the doorway when you want to let the fresh air in and rolled away when you don’t want a screen in place. Whether you have sliding doors, traditional doors or French doors, you can find a screen door to fit.

Secure your home.

If security concerns keep you from opening your home, there are security screen door products that let in the breeze without comprising security. Security screen doors feature tough door frames that lock into place so they can’t be kicked or pressed in. The screen mesh is made from metal that can’t be sliced with a razor or knife.

Explore your screen options.

If you worry that traditional screens aren’t suitable for your home, there are plenty of options for customizing your window and door screens to suit your needs. You can opt for more durable pet screens that resist tears and pressure from pets, or solar screens that shade your home to lower your home-cooling bills. Window and door screens also come in a variety of color options to suit your home’s style.

If you’re ready to improve indoor air quality by opening your home to the fresh air, A to Z Window Screens can help! We have a variety of window and door screen options to suit your needs, and all of our screen products are custom built for your home. Call to schedule your consultation today!

Now is The Perfect Time to Get on our Schedule

This time of year, you might not be thinking about warm summer breezes, windows open and time spent out on your patio. However, if you know that you are in need of new screen doors, window screens or screens for your porch, now is the perfect time to get on our schedule! You might not be thinking about your screens yet, but other homeowners are not thinking about it either. Once spring arrives, our schedules fill up quick, which can lead to delays in you getting your new screens. At A to Z Window Screens, we offer countless options for screens to meet all of your needs for your windows and doors.

Custom window screens & pet screens

a pretty house

Are your window screens in a terrible shape? Rips, tears and holes destroy the function of them, and they also degrade the look of your home. Although replacing window screens is not easy, since there are no standard window sizes. At A to Z Window Screens, we build custom window screens to fit your specific windows. This not only restores the function of the windows, and it also improves the look of your home.

Is the damage on your window screens caused by your pets? Are you worried about replacing your window screens or screen doors just to have them destroyed again? At A to Z Window Screens, we can give you functioning window screens without having to worry about pet damage. Our pet screens are built with a tougher mesh that can’t be torn by claws or pushed out of place.

Sun screens & Screen doors

At A to Z Window Screens, we also offer solar screens. Solar screens are constructed from a thicker weave mesh that shades your windows, deflects the sun and disperses outdoor heat away from your windows and home. They also help to lower the temperature in your home by up to 15 degrees, and they can lower your home’s cooling bills.

We have many screen door options to fit your needs too! We can replace your traditional screen doors if they are in a poor shape. We also offer security screen doors, which allow breezes and sunlight into your home while providing security you want. We have rolling screen doors that roll over your door openings when you want them, and roll out of sight when you don’t. We can make screen doors to fit almost any opening!

Patio screens

Doors and windows aren’t the only structures that benefit from screens. Patio screens are another valuable addition to your home! Patio screens provide privacy. They also help keep bugs out of your space while providing shade for you to enjoy the fresh air. Patio screens from A to Z can make your patio more enjoyable and usable.

Don’t wait until spring to get on our schedule! Schedule your consultation with A to Z Windows Screens today so your home is ready for spring!

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