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Removing Window Screens for Winter: Why and Why Not?

Whether your home is old or new, you likely have window screens that you enjoy during many parts of the year. Screens keep bugs out while allowing air to flow through the window and throughout the home. They block out solar heat, keeping your A/C from working too hard and allow for natural light without raising the temperature. The screens offer so many benefits, do you really need to remove them for winter?

Remove Screens to Clean and Winterizeyoung girl sitting by window in winter

Like many other parts of our home, we fail to clean and maintain things that are “out of sight, out of mind”. When you’re forced to check your smoke alarm every month, you might also remember to dust the cobwebs from the corners of your ceilings. In the same way, if you are forced to remove your window screens every fall in preparation for winter, you might also remember to clean your glass or remove debris. Maybe you’ll finally get around to cleaning the screens themselves!

Other reasons to remove your window screens include the following:

  • It creates space for storm window installation. You can store storm windows while your screens are in, and then store your screens and install your storm windows. Storm windows protect single-pane windows from damage and keep cold weather from raising your utility bill unnecessarily.
  • Prevent damage from freezing water. Snow and ice can become trapped between the screen and the glass during freezing temperatures, damaging the window sill and frame. This is especially true of wooden window frames.
  • Removing the screens from sun-facing windows can raise the temperature by nearly ten degrees, helping you heat your home without so much energy. Find out more about how window screens affect winter fuel use.
  • A better, cleaner-looking view means the house is more attractive from the inside and from the outside.

Preparing Your Screens for Winter

At A to Z Windows, we want your window screens to benefit you, so we don’t want them to be damaged by winter, hinder your view, or cost you money. When it’s time to remove your window screens, make sure you do so with care, cleaning them carefully, and storing them properly. If you need help with your window screen removal and maintenance for winter, we can help. Call us at A to Z Windows and ask a professional about our services today.

Preparing Your Retractable Screens

All of the retractable screens that we sell at A to Z Windows are safe and contained inside the housing. If you care for and maintain your retractable windows as instructed , your screens should be safe from winter damage. However, if you use your screen constantly as a barrier for porches or patios, you should put them away in the housing for winter to prevent damage to the screen itself. Additionally, make sure the screen is clear of ice and debris before it’s retracted and put up.

There are definitely benefits to having screens over windows and utilizing them in patio doorways. In order to get the most out of your WINDOWS, it may be a good idea to remove them for winter. In order for your retractable screens to last longer, you should put them away as well.

If you have more questions about winter care for your window screens, call us at 916-259-9832.

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Fall Window Decor

It is the season for fall wardrobes, pumpkin spice, Halloween costumes, and decorations! Fall is the kick-off for the best time of year for decking the halls (and windows) in festive décor. While store-bought inflatables are great, many homeowners want to decorate in a low-key way that complements what they already have—a beautiful home. You can bring real life to your house, add to your curb appeal, and create a welcoming entrance by decorating your windows for fall.

Outside Window Decorationsfall doorstep

Outside decorations don’t have to be just lights and pumpkins on the front steps or a wreath on the door. Your windows are a great way to add to the fall decorations and bring beauty and style to your home.

1. Window Boxes Planters

This first idea is not outside the box, but instead placing a box outside the house! If your home has window boxes, you can create a festive pairing of nature and holiday by using plants and other natural items. Pine cones, pumpkins, gourds, and dry grasses or pine make a stylish and beautiful window box display. If you have plants growing in your boxes already, adorn them with some extras. Add some fake plants to add depth and fall colors, or even add decorations like wooden pumpkins. For more window box ideas, click here.

2. Seasonal Wreaths

Wreaths are not just for Christmas! You can hang autumn wreaths on the outside of your windows and change them out when you’re ready to move through the seasons! Make your own wreaths as a DIY project, or purchase them. However, if you’re going to use more than one on multiple windows, we recommend they stay uniform on the same side of the house. For instance, if your front windows each have a harvest-style wreath, but you also have one witchy wreath you’d like to use closer to Halloween, consider placing this one on the door of the house instead of the window or use a yard hanger to put it next to the walkway for trick-or-treaters.

Indoor Window Decorations

When you think of window decorations, many just think about window-clings from the dollar bin at the local retailer or cotton batting cob-webbed across the glass. While these are definitely options, consider a few that we’ve stumbled on over the years.

1. Curtain Rod Waterfalls

Take the curtain off of your rod (this is a great time to wash them) and hang strands of autumn garland. You can purchase fall garland at a local craft store or make your own with fishing wire and fall leaves of various colors.

2. Whole Window Silhouettes and Posters

You can use window clings that are classy and themed against white curtain backgrounds to create a silhouette effect. You can also use posters like these to give all your windows a spooky effect.

3. Twinkle Lights

Simple white lights are not just for Christmas and wedding! White light strands that plug and tiny, battery-operated LED lights are great ideas for indoor decorations. They’re visible from the outside and complement any other decorations you use on your windows or your home interior or exterior.

Not sure if your windows can withstand some decorating? Ask a professional on our staff by calling 916-259-9832 or make an appointment online.

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5 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Windows

Whether you’ve owned your home for generations or you just purchased it within the last year, when your windows show signs of needing to be replaced, it’s best to get it done. Worn out window systems can cost you money in heating and cooling costs year-round can be a pain to open and close and can be unsightly in general. It can be difficult to know when to replace your windows. Do you wait until half of them need to be replaced? All of them? Do you replace them one at a time? Who knows the best course of action?

If you reside in the Greater Sacramento area and have concerns about your windows, it may be easier than you think to make the decision to replace them.

Common Signs of Window Wear-Out

1. Windows no longer open and close easily. This can happen when the runner becomes gummed up with dust, dirt, and debris. If cleaning the frame doesn’t fix the problem, your frame may be swelling due to moisture and damage. This problem is especially common in wood windows.

2. Double pane windows aren’t working like they used to. If your double-pane windows are cold to the touch in winter or hot to the touch in summer, they aren’t working properly. The seal of one or both windows has been compromised and isn’t insulating the window any longer. Another sign that it’s time to replace your double pane windows is if there is fog between the double pane windows.

3. You feel drafts on windy days. If you window lets in a breeze, this may be costing you money month after month and year after year. You can feel drafts the most on days of high wind and storm systems. You can attempt to cover the window in plastic to stop the drafts during winter, but this is a temporary fix and the window needs to be replaced.

4. A steady rise in utility costs. Single pane windows and older wooden frames often leak your heated and conditioned air and allow heat and cold inside the house. Air leaks and heat transfer can cost you as much during one summer as replacing the window! Replace your leaky windows and save money year after year.

5. You are bothered by outside noise. If your windows offer little protection from noises outside, the seal is likely worn. If noise is getting in, so is heat and air.

Replace or Repair?

When it comes to worn out windows, does it save to repair or replace them? The Urban Housewife makes a good point when answering this question. If you simply want to change the look of your windows, it doesn’t make sense financially to replace them. However, if the windows are COSTING you, it’s time to replace them.

If you’re not sure whether or not your home needs new windows, we can help you decide! Call A to Z Window Screens at 916-472-0578 and an expert can talk to you about your windows. You can also make an appointment online for your convenience.

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Sliding Screen Doors

Your home is likely equipped with window screens that allow you to open your windows, without inviting neighborhood mosquitos in. While many newer homes feature a glass “storm door” or decorative door on the outside of the front door, there are also older homes that still have a screen door. Today you can have a screen door and it isn’t the loud-clanging, metal-framed door that you imagine. Now you can equip your home with ClearView Retractable Screen Doors. They are affordable, invisible, practical, and right there in your area.

Retractable Screen Doors in Sacramentodog next to broken screen door

If you reside in the Greater Sacramento area and own or rent a home with an outer door (they all have them) you can benefit from a retractable screen door. While other screen doors are bulky, they also open outward, taking up space and not working well with the existing doors. Clearview Retractable Screen Doors do not swing out or in, but slide open and closed, disappearing completely from view! This is the only retractable screen door that does not snap back but slides safely into a housing compartment attached to the frame.

Patented Technology, Quality Design

The Clearview Retractable Screen Door does not snap back because of a patented speed reducer called “Safe-Glide”. Our products do not snap back, causing possible damage to the screen door or other property or injury to the user. In fact, our products last longer than the average screen doors that use cheap parts. Our doors use a heavy-duty extruded aluminum frame—a thick-walled, one-piece welded screen frame with higher tensile strength and stiffness. All of our sliding screen doors are custom-made using this process for durability and stiffness. Additionally, we do not use plastic because plastic parts break. Our rollers are smooth-rolling metal wheels that will work years after plastic handles and rollers on other products break. The four corners of the frame are heavy-duty cast metal and even the handles are made of metal. Our customers know better than anyone else that doors are abused by time and sunlight year after year, but our sliding screen doors will stand the test of time.

Start with A to Z for Custom-Screened Doors

If you’re looking to upgrade for a sale, longing to cut down on heating and cooling and enjoy fresh air through your patio doorway, or needing to replace that ugly screen that your dog stuck his head through, we can help. In fact, you can ask an A to Z Window Screens professional about pet-resistant bug screens today. Fall is coming, and with it, fresh cool air. You don’t have to trap yourself and your pets in a house with stale air any longer. We can keep the bugs out, and all you have to do is call.

Don’t know what you want yet? Check out all the color options today.

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All About French Doors

One of the best parts about owning your home, is making it feel like yours. Maybe your dream home involves a big backyard, beautiful lighting or lots of windows. Either way it’s specially chosen, decorated, and curated just for you. One favorite among many of our customers are French doors. Unlike your typical door, French doors are two identical doors that open outward to create a large opening to a patio or garden. French doors are not only beautiful but also create space.

Types of French Doorsblue french doors

No matter what type of French doors you choose for your home, they will add more value to your home than your average sliding patio door. What type you choose to purchase and install may depend on your home, your outdoor space, and your needs.

Sliding French Doors – Unlike other sliding doors which only allow a door-sized opening, sliding French doors slide outward. They are beautiful when closed and out of sight out of mind when open.
Interior French Doors – Many homeowners utilize double French doors inside the home to connect two rooms. These doors swing outward to open up space inside the home.
Exterior French Doors – French patio doors allow for natural light when closed, and create a large, inviting doorway when open.

Choosing Your French Doors

When choosing your French Doors, it’s important to choose the best option for your home. Whatever works best for you, adds value to your home, and will stand against your region’s weather will determine what material you choose for your French doors. Most French doors are available in uPVC, composite, aluminum, and wood. In our service area of Northern California, French doors made of timber are popular. Wood is readily available in the region and is unaffected by the dry climate. Other regions with more humidity may get better results with aluminum, uPVC, or composite materials. Even with the perfect weather and low humidity, we still have bugs in and around Sacramento. That means that no matter what type of French doors you have, we can screen them for you.

ClearView Retractable Screen Doors

One of our favorite products is the ClearView Retractable screen door. They do the best job keeping bugs out while being discrete and providing natural light and a view. Fortunately for our customers, these screen doors can be installed on a set of double French doors just like any other door! When you depend on A to Z Window Screens, your French doors can be screened with ClearView screens that are secure and completely invisible.

Whether you have French doors, are thinking of getting some, or have other doors and windows to screen, we can help.

If you reside in or around Sacramento, California, you can schedule an appointment with A to Z Window Screens now. Call 916-250-0224 today.

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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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