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Happy Memorial Day from A to Z Window Screens

On this day, we pay tribute and give honor to the American military veterans who have fallen in the service of defending our great nation. Our nation is a free nation because of those patriots who were willing to give their lives defending our freedoms. Happy Memorial Day - Sacramento CA - A to Z Window Screens

As Americans, we are very blessed to be able to enjoy such a high level of security and freedom because of our military men and women.

I thank God for all of our fallen warriors, beginning with the Sons of Liberty who had the courage to stand up for what was right and for every other patriot who followed in subsequent conflicts. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving us the security to live out of harm’s way in the land of the free….. and who can put a price on security and peace of mind?

And while A to Z’s mission does not deal with national security matters, we do help our customers enjoy a higher level of personal security with one of the biggest lines of security doors and security window screens available today!

To honor our veterans, both fallen and living, I’d like to offer a 10% military discount on any security door system we have to offer to any of our servicemen and women. If you are actively serving in the armed forces or have served in the past, you qualify for this 10% military discount. But hurry, this offer expires June 25th, 2018.

Click here to learn more about our line of security doors.

So call us today to schedule your FREE, no obligation, in-home installation. We can be reached at 916-408-2496.

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What is the appeal to our swing screen doors?

When warm weather arrives, most people get really excited and open their homes to the pleasant temperatures accompanied by cool breeze. However, this is when many homeowners realize that their swinging screen doors are no longer sufficient. Whether your screen is sagging, ripped or just unattractive, or you need a new screen door, call A to Z Window Screens! We carry the best line of swinging screen doors from Tru Frame and Superior. In addition to its high quality, all of their products are American-made. Here are the other benefits of the swinging screen doors from us.

Swinging doors with a custom fit

What is the appeal to our swing screen doors - Sacramento CA - A to Z Window ScreensWe offer a custom fit for every products. When you order a swinging screen door from A to Z Window Screens, your swinging screen door will be made to perfectly fit your specific door frame, and it will be made to your exact specifications.

Optional upgrades

Tru Frame and Superior Products offer swinging screen doors in a variety of looks and styles. We can ensure you’ll find a swinging screen door that fits your taste and your home’s aesthetic. We also offer plenty of opportunities for upgrading your swinging screen door to fit your style and need. We have swinging screen door made of heavy-duty mesh made to withstand pets or children. You can also choose to add a pet door, custom-sized to fit your pet, so they can enter and exit whenever.

Storm door options

In the spring, screen doors are the preferred choice for many homeowners. However, when temperatures get cold and rainy, many homeowners switch out their swinging screen doors for swinging storm doors. This helps to insulate their homes while keeping out the cold. When you order a swinging screen door from A to Z Window Screens, you also get the option to order a swinging storm door for those colder months. We can also replace an existing screen door, if you prefer the added layer of protection over the breezy openness of a screen door.

If your home is ready for a new swinging screen door this spring, call A to Z Window Screens! We can show you all of our available swinging screen door models and options, and we can help you customize the swinging screen door that’s right for your home!

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Can you clean window screens?

Dirty window screens can degrade your home. They can make windows look dark and grimy; they can lower your home’s curb appeal; and they can even cause dirt and debris to blow into your home when you open the windows to enjoy the breeze. Window screens also are fragile. They can bend, warp or tear, which makes many homeowners nervous about handling them. So what do you do if you have grimy window screens?Can You Clean Window Screens Image - Sacramento CA - A to Z Window

Cleaning window screens

The good news is that it is possible to clean window screens, and with a little care, your window screens can look as good as new. You definitely want to take care while cleaning your window screens because they are fragile. Cleaning your window screens takes only a few simple steps:

Step 1: Remove the screen from the window

If your window screens are especially dirty, you will want to remove them from the window before cleaning, as that will allow you to thoroughly clean all portions of the screens easily, and it allows you to clean the screens in an open area without causing a big mess. If you’ve never removed your window screens before, take the time to understand your screens’ installation mechanism and be careful not to damage the screen.

Step 2: Vacuum away debris

If your screens are covered with a lot of loose debris, a quick vacuuming can help remove a good portion of the grime. Use your vacuum’s hose with your preferred attachment, and gently vacuum both sides of the screen, taking care to reach into the corners and edges.

Step 3: Hose down the screens

Using your garden hose, wet the screens. Keep the hose on a lower pressure setting so that you don’t cause the screen itself to bow inward. You don’t have to worry about removing the grime; you’re just wetting the screen for the rest of the cleaning.

Step 4: Wash screens

If you have grime caked on to your screens, you’re going to have to get your hands dirty to really get them clean. Screens can be cleaned with either a multipurpose household cleaner, dish soap or white vinegar diluted with water. Use a soft cloth or brush to clean any stuck-on dirt or debris from the screen’s surface. Once the screens are fully cleaned, rinse away soap with the garden hose.

Step 5: Dry and replace

Now, all you have to do is let your screens dry and replace them in the windows. Again, take care not to apply too much pressure on the screens. Once you’re done, you’re set to enjoy the views from your newly cleaned screens!

What do you do if a cleaning wasn’t enough to restore your screens? If your screens are ripped, warped or grimy and worn past the point of being restored with a quick cleaning, call A to Z Window Screens. We can restore the function of your screens and the look of your home with brand new window screens customized to your home.

What are Solar Screens?

Each summer, your air conditioner works overtime to cool your home, which creates high electricity bills as you combat Sacramento’s scorching temperatures. What if you could reduce the heat in your home without making your air conditioner working overtime? What if you could keep your home comfortable all summer long while enjoying lower energy bills? You can – with solar screens.What are solar screens - Lincoln CA - A to Z Window Screens

  • What are solar screens? Solar screens are screens that are designed specifically to decrease the amount of heat gained through the windows in your home due to the sun’s rays. They are made from a thickly woven PVC-coated vinyl that can shade your windows from 80 to 90 percent of the sun’s rays.
  • How do solar screen’s work? Solar screens not only provide shade for your home from the sun’s rays. Solar screens also absorb the heat from the sun’s rays before that heat can warm the glass in your windows and radiate into your home.
  • How effective are solar screens? Solar screens are one of the most cost-effective ways to cool your home and reduce the energy to run your air conditioner. Studies have found that solar screens can lower the temperature in your home by as much as 15 degrees and can lower your energy bills by as much as 33 percent!
  • Are there other benefits to solar screens? While the main benefit of solar screens are to keep your home cooler and help lower your energy bills, they also offer other benefits. Solar screens block UV light, which protects your home’s flooring, furnishings and décor from fading. In addition, they can filter out summertime glares that may make your home uncomfortable. And because solar screens have a darkening effect for your windows, they provide an added layer of privacy, making it difficult for people to see into your home.
  • How do solar screens look? Solar screens look like any other window screens, just more opaque. You can even customize your sun screens to suit the look of your home! Solar screens are available in a wide variety of colors, so you can find the best one to accentuate your home’s exterior. You can also add decorative grids to your solar screens for that extra aesthetic appeal.

How can I get solar screens installed on my home?

If you take a trip to the home-improvement store in search of solar screens, you’ll find that there are no standard window screen size, meaning all solar screens require custom fitting.  That’s not a problem for us! At A to Z Window Screens, we can custom fit any of your windows with energy-saving solar screens. Call to schedule your consultation today, and enjoy lower home-energy bills this summer!

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How Security Doors Can Give Peace of Mind

As temperatures warm, homeowners always seem to be faced with a dilemma. Open up the windows and doors to enjoy the breeze or stay safe and secure behind locked doors and windows. But there’s a solution that can allow you to enjoy pleasant spring weather while instilling a peace of mind: Security screen doors. Security Screen Doors Image - Sacramento CA - A to Z Window Screens

About security screen doors

Security screen doors are designed to allow you to open your home to enjoy the breeze like traditional screen doors, but as the name suggests, security screen doors go further. Security screen doors are designed to protect your home from intruders. When you have a security screen door in place, you’re protected by:

• A break-in-resistant door frame. Security screen doors are made of tougher metals than traditional screen doors. Generally, doors are constructed of stainless steel, industrial aluminum or other alloys. Regardless of material, all security screen door frames are engineered to be able to withstand the force of an attempted break-in.

• Specialized mountings. Security screen doors are installed with flush mountings. These specialized mountings give the doors added strength, and they make it difficult for doors to be pried open or removed for burglars to gain entry.

• Tougher screen materials. Many security screen doors either come or can be installed, with tougher mesh that can’t be forced through or cut. Security screens can be made from stainless steel or coated mesh that make doors nearly impossible for criminals to break through.

• Secure locks. Security screen doors lock firmly into place. When you’re home, you can turn the lock to keep your security screen door tightly in place. Many security screen doors come with a variety of lock options so you can choose the lock system that feels most secure for your home.

• Warranties. It’s impossible to prevent 100 percent of break-ins, but most security screen door companies are so confident in their products and their products’ ability to keep your home safe, that they offer warranties to replace doors, and some of the home damage or theft costs, if an intruder is able to bypass your security screen door and enter your home.

Installing a security screen door in your home

Many homeowners avoid security screen doors because they associate them with ugly barred doors and windows, but that couldn’t be further from the truth! Security screen doors come in a variety of styles, and they are made to enhance the look of your home. And because they are made strong enough to withstand the force of an intruder, they’re also strong enough to withstand the elements and will stay looking great for years to come.

With all of the security features that comprise security screen doors, you can have peace of mind, whether you’re looking for an added level of security on your doors or you’re looking to enjoy the spring breeze while keeping your home secure. Call A to Z Window Screens to learn more about your security screen door options today.

Mosquitos. Are your screens ready for attack?

Unless you were an hour late to work this morning and couldn’t figure out why, you were among the millions of people who begrudgingly set your clocks forward 60 minutes on Sunday in observance of Daylight Savings Time, losing one hour of much needed sleep, an hour of time with friends and/or family, or 60 minutes of unattainable rest that you will not have the chance to try to get back until Fall. Are your screens ready for attack - Sacramento CA - A to Z Screens

If you’re like me and most people on this great planet of ours, you have questioned why Daylight Savings Time was instituted in the first place and why, in the age of self-landing rockets, full-body imaging, electric cars and $9.00 cups of coffee, do we still have the need for it.

Well, with my curiosity getting the better of me, I believe I may have researched my way to the reason for the institution of Daylight Savings Time, and while most of us are not big fans of the answer, it might put your mind at ease (at least it did mine) to know what the answer is . . . WAR. While the beginning and ending dates of Daylight Savings Time have changed over the years and the countries that observe it have jumped on and off the Daylight Savings Time bandwagon, it was originally instituted to conserve fuel needed to produce electric power during World War I. I did not, much to my dismay, find one good answer to why we still observe it.

Regardless, despite the fact that Daylight Savings Time was established during an era of great challenges, today, at least for me personally, Daylight Savings Times means some awesome things are right around the corner – longer days, warmer nights, barbeques, and the exhausting vacations with family to sandy beaches for which I always forget to pack the sunscreen.

At A to z Screens, however, Daylight Savings Time means we are about to go to war with one inevitable thing . . . MOSQUITOS. Back in the days of WWI, the little bloodsuckers were simply an itchy annoyance, unless you happened to be vacationing in a sandy beached country known for malaria. Now-a-days, they can carry the West Nile Virus and the Zika Virus, giving to you and your blood more than they take, and infected mosquito population in the Sacramento-Yolo area continues to grow annually (Source: The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District).

It is for this reason that we are asking you to “spring” into action and prepare for war! Check your home for any bent, broken, ripped or tattered window screens and/or screen doors, and if you find any, call us at 916-408-2496. We will make it our mission to get you the breeze without any the bugs, and estimates are always FREE with NO HIGH-PRESSURE SALES TACTICS.

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All About Bug Screens

What You Need to Know About Bug ScreensEvery spring when the weather warms, the sun shines, and the pleasant breezes blow, we open up our windows and doors to enjoy the fresh air and beautiful weather. But spring can bring something else unpleasant: Bugs. If your home’s windows and doors aren’t outfitted with sturdy bug screens, insects can find their way into your home, putting a major damper on spring’s temperate weather. If your windows aren’t keeping the bugs out, then it may be time to get in touch with professionals who can install screens in your home. Here is everything you need to know about bug screens.

Not all bug screens are the same

Bug screens come in different materials and various meshes. There are traditional bug screens made of aluminum and ones that come in finer meshes to keep out even the smallest bugs. Some bug screens have mesh that is made out of premium materials, like bronze, copper, brass, and stainless steel; these more durable meshes last longer and provide a unique look to your home.

There is no standard bug screen size

If your windows are missing bug screens, you might head to the home improvement store to pick up a new set of screens. If you do, you’ll likely be disappointed. There is no standard window size and, thus, no standard window screen. If you’re lucky, you might find screens to fit your windows, but unless your windows were purchased from the same home improvement store, you’re not likely to find off-the-rack screens that fit your windows.

Bug screens shouldn’t be repaired

There are plenty of DIY fixes for ripped or warped window screens. You can buy patches for holes and rips and mesh that can be pulled over existing window frames. The reality, however, is that window screens usually shouldn’t be repaired. Patches will leave your window screens uneven. Re-meshing screen frames puts pressure on the frames, which will cause the frame to bend and the screen mesh to bow.

Bug screens can add to your home’s curb appeal

The goal for most people when it comes to bug screens is to keep them in good repair, so they serve their purpose and don’t hinder the look of your home. Bug screens can do so much more than be “invisible” on your home – they can actually add to its curb appeal. Bug screens come in different color meshes and frames, and you can select ornamental grids to add further interest.

Bug screens aren’t the only screen option

Most homes are outfitted with traditional bug screens, but bug screens aren’t the only option for keeping bugs out of your home. You can select retractable screens if you want the option of rolling your screen out of the way when it’s not in use, pet screens that will stand up to the wear and tear of pets’ claws and body weight, and solar screens that deflect the sun’s rays to keep your home cooler and lower the impact of UV rays on your home.

If your bug screens aren’t up to the task of keeping bugs out of your home this spring, call A to Z Window Screens! We can outfit your home with new bug screens that will improve the look of your home and let you enjoy this spring’s pleasant weather.

All About Retractable Screens

As you prepare your home for spring, there’s one accessory you should be considering: Retractable screens! Retractable screens allow you to enjoy the breeze and keep the bugs out while still enjoying the temperate spring weather. Here’s what you need to know about retractable screens for your home. All About Retractable Screens - Sacramento CA - A to Z Window Screens

How retractable screens work

Retractable screens are a simple technology, but they stand to revolutionize your home. Retractable screens are installed in a discrete housing on one side of your door jamb. When the screen is not in use, it’s rolled away out of site. When you do want to use the screen, you simply pull it across the doorway opening and secure it in place. With a retractable screen door, you have a screen in place when you want it and an unobstructed door when you need it. That allows you to enjoy pleasantly breezy days without having to worry about screen doors altering the look of your home or obstructing the vistas from your windows when your screen doors aren’t in use.

Where to use retractable screen doors

Retractable screens can be used in a variety of ways around your home. They’re perfect for any doorway that you don’t want to have obstructed with a screen. They can be used on sliding patio doors so that the view from half of the doorway doesn’t have to be obstructed with a screen. They’re a popular solution for double French doors, which often can’t be fitted with traditional screen doors, as well as any other unusual doorway openings that won’t fit a traditional screen door. For people who have ornate front doors that they don’t want to block with a traditional screen door, a retractable screen allows the front door to be seen as it should be, while still allowing you to open the front door to let a breeze in when you want to. Retractable screens also are popular for doorways that connect the house to the garage; they allow for a screen door when it’s convenient, but homeowners don’t have to deal with the added barrier of a swinging screen door when they’re carrying in groceries or loading or unloading the car.

Who to call about retractable screen door installation

If you’re ready to realize the benefits of retractable screen doors in your home, call A to Z Window Screens to schedule a consultation today! We install Clearview Retractable Screen Doors, an industry leader in retractable screens. Our screen experts can visit your home to talk to you about retractable screen doors and how they could meet your needs. Get your home ready for spring’s pleasant temperatures by calling to learn more about Clearview Retractable Screens from A to Z Window Screens today!

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Prepare for Spring with New Screens

Sacramento may be in the grips of winter’s cool temperatures, but spring will be here before you know it! To prepare your home fully for warmer temperatures, it’s time to prepare with new screens. From repairing damaged screen doors to outfitting your windows with energy-saving solar screens, A to Z Window Screens can help you prepare your windows, doors and patios for spring.

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Bug screens are one of the first things to show wear on the outside of your home. Whether its from a pet’s claws or bearing the brunt of California wind and sun, screens break down over time. In addition to affecting the look of your home, worn screens fail to do their job. Unfortunately, replacing window screens isn’t as easy as going to the hardware store to buy replacements; there is no standard screen size; patches can only make your screens look worse; and stretching new screen mesh over an old frame will only make the frame-warp and bow. A to Z Window Screens can outfit your windows with new custom-made bug screens that will look great, let the breeze in and keep pests out!

Pet Screens

Nothing is as hard on window and door screens as pets. Cats love to scratch and climb, and over-eager dogs push or scratch at screen doors. If your pets have taken a toll on your window and door screens, have A to Z Window Screens replaced your damaged screens with pet screens! Pet screens are made from a stronger, coated screen mesh that resists claw scratches and tearing due to pets’ body weight.

Solar Screens

Are you looking to lower your home energy bills this summer? Solar screens can help lower the temperature in your home by as much as 15 degrees! That means a reduced load on your air conditioner, less UV damage to you flooring and furnishing, no bright sunny glares and a more comfortable home all summer long.

Security Screen Doors

Do you want to leave your doors open to let in the cool spring breeze but worry about the security of your home? Security screen doors from A to Z Window Screens has you covered! Security screen doors feature specialized mesh that can’t be kicked in or slashed, and stronger frames keep doors security in place, so intruders can’t just bust in. With security screen doors, you can keep your home safe from criminals while still allowing you to enjoy the breeze.

Retractable Screen Doors

Retractable screen doors are there when you want them and roll away when you don’t! When you opt for a retractable screen door from A to Z Window Screens, you can enjoy the benefits of a screen door when you want it and simply roll it away when it’s not needed.

Roll-away screens
Screens aren’t just for windows and doors! A to Z Window Screens can install rollaway screens around your patio, deck or framed backyard space so you can block the bugs and the shade when you need to and enjoy the view when you want to.

Warmer temperatures will be here before you know it — and so will your tax return. Schedule your consultation with A to Z Window Screens today so you can prepare your windows, doors and patio space for warmer weather.

Should I Leave Solar Screens on My Windows in Winter?

If you have — or are considering adding — solar screens on your windows, you likely understand the significant energy savings solar screens provide during hot summer months. You may, however, be left wondering what you do with solar screens in the winter. Should you leave solar screens on when temperatures drop, or is it better for your energy bills to remove them?

The case for leaving solar screens on in the winter:Solar Screens In Winter Image - Sacramento CA - A to Z Window Screens

If you’re considering leaving your solar screens in place during the winter, you might want to stick to that instinct. While solar screens are often touted for their summertime benefits, solar screens also bring benefits during the winter months. How so? Solar screens act as an extra insulator for your windows, providing an extra layer of protection against cold winter winds and from heat loss from your home. Think of it this way: Many people add specialized wrappings to their windows in winter to protect against heat loss. With solar screens, you already have that added layer of protection in place. In fact, solar screens have been shown to improve a window’s heat performance in winter by as much as 15 percent.

Other wintertime benefits of solar screens:

Solar screen’s wintertime benefits don’t stop at preventing heat loss. By keeping your solar screens in place during the winter months, you’ll continue to enjoy many of the same benefits you enjoy from your solar screens during the summer. That includes cutting down on uncomfortable glare from the sun, protecting your furniture, flooring, and décor from the damaging effects of UV rays and increasing the level of privacy in your home.

What to do if you prefer to remove solar screens during the winter.

Despite the winter benefits of solar screens, it’s alright if you still prefer to remove solar screens during the winter to let in more light. Solar screens can be easily removed and replaced. That means you can take screens out when you prefer to and put them back in place toward summer.

Ready to realize the benefits of solar screens? Call A to Z today!

So if you’re ready to realize all of the year-round benefits of solar screens, or the convenience of being able to put them in or remove them at will, call A to Z Window Screens to schedule your consultation today! We can get your windows fitted for your custom solar screens. You can help insulate your home against the cold this winter, or beat the rush of the spring and summer demand for window screen replacement and installation.

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