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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 916-705-0975. 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?

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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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Patio Decorating Tips

At its best, your patio provides an extension of your home. A patio can provide additional living space to entertain, dine and relax. With a few simple tips and tricks, you can create an outdoor space that adds to your home’s living and that you love spending time in.

Tip 1: Bring the indoors outdoors.

Patio Decorating Tips - Sacramento, CA - A to Z Window ScreensWhat makes your home comfortable? Plush furniture, throw pillows, blankets and rugs. Bring some of these indoor elements to you patio to make the space inviting and comfortable. You can bring some regular indoor elements outdoors, but you also can find couches, pillows, blankets and rugs manufactured for indoor/outdoor use.

Tip 2: Provide easy access.

Nothing can make your outdoor space seem less inviting than a rickety, hard-to-use patio door. For easy access to your patio space, make sure you have a patio door that’s in good repair. Whether you prefer a traditional sliding screen door or a retractable screen door that hides away when it’s not in use, make sure you equip your outdoor space with a beautiful and functional door.

Tip 3: Create a focal point.

Just like your indoor spaces, your outdoor space needs a focal point to anchor it.  A fire pit, outdoor fireplace, bar or seating area can help define your outdoor space. The item you choose to build your patio décor around will depend on how you intent to use the space. If you have a large patio space, you also might prefer to use several focal points to create separate “zone” on your patio, such as a fire pit for relaxing and an outdoor kitchen space for entertaining.

Tip 4: Tie the outdoors to the indoors.

Your patio should serve as a transition between your yard and your indoor living space. While your furniture and décor help to bring the indoors outside, natural elements tie your patio into the backyard. Plants, flowers and décor that incorporate natural materials, such as wood or seashells, can all help to blend the outdoors and indoors on your patio space.

Tip 5: Don’t forget the lighting.

To enjoy your outdoor space into the evening, don’t forget to add some lighting to the space. Of course, there are traditional porch lights, but these can be harsh. Consider torches, outdoor lanterns, solar-powered landscape lighting and a fire pit or fireplace to add soft, inviting ambient lighting to your outdoor space.

Tip 6: Add privacy and shade.

Some privacy can make your outdoor space seem more intimate and secluded, while shade can make your patio more functional. Without adequate shading, your outdoor space can become uninhabitable during the heat of the day. Consider roll-down patio shade. Roll-down shades can cover any patio archway or opening. They can be rolled down for privacy or to block the sun, and rolled back up when you want to enjoy your backyard view.

If you’re ready to finish your patio space to make it a cozy and inviting addition to your home, call A to Z Window Screens today! We can rehab your patio screen door or outfit your patio with roll-down shades to increase privacy and comfort.

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Upgrade Your Home with a Security Door

Traditional screen doors aren’t known for their security features. The frames tend to be flimsy, and screens can be punched in or slashed. Over time, they break down and become weaker and weaker. So what’s a homeowner to do when he or she wants to enjoy the breezy convenience of a front door without compromising the security of his or her home? Consider a security screen door!

What is a security screen door?

Upgrade Your Home With a Security Door - Sacramento, CA - A to Z Window ScreensA security screen door is much like a traditional screen door, on appearance, but it’s made from heavy-duty materials that make it more difficult for intruders to bypass. Security screen doors frames are made from heavier metals, like architectural grade aluminum, that can’t be forced open. They’re secured in place with similarly heavy-duty hardware, and the screens themselves are manufactured from stainless steel mesh that can’t be slashed or pushed through the way traditional screens can. Some security screen doors are overlayed with metal designs that further prohibit access to the screen or entryway. They also can feature heavy deadbolts so they can be safely locked.

Will a security screen door inhibit the look of my home?

Security screen doors might conjure up visions of institutional-looking doors with ugly metal bars. That’s not the case with today’s modern screen doors! Today’s security doors come in a variety of looks and styles to fit any home. They feature designs that range from classic to contemporary, and they can upgrade and enhance the look of your home. You can even find security screen doors that look exactly like traditional screen doors, so no one will be able to tell the difference.

What are the other benefits of a security screen door?

While their primary purpose might be security, screen doors have many other benefits as well. Of course, security screen doors allow you to open up your door and enjoy pleasant breezes and pleasant views without having to worry about intruders. Security screen doors also can lower your home-energy bills. They can cool your home with a breeze while also helping to block the sun’s rays from entering your home. If you have a pet, your security screen door will stand up to the abuse of their claws or body weight. And when you add a decorative front door to your home, you’ll instantly upgrade your home’s style and curb appeal.

What types of doors are suitable for security screen doors?

Security screen doors are suitable for nearly any type of door! Front doors, back doors, side garage doors can all be fitted with security screen doors to make your home safer. Security screen doors can even be fitted to French or double doors.

How can I learn more about security screen door options and benefits?

If you’re ready to upgrade your home with a security screen door, call A to Z Window Screens! We carry a variety of high quality screen doors from the industry’s top vendors, so you’re sure to find the security screen door that’s right for you!

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Enjoy the Outdoor Weather with Quality Window Screens

Fall brings delightful temperatures to the Sacramento area, but to best enjoy the outdoor weather, you need quality window screens! Quality window screens let the breeze in while keeping the bugs out. Window screens come with other benefits, as well! Depending on the types of screens you choose, window screens can upgrade the look of your home, save you money on your energy bills, give you added privacy and security, and keep your pets safe.

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With beautiful weather, the primary function of window screens becomes obvious; quality window screens keep bugs out while letting the breeze in. If your window screens are warped or torn, they won’t work. Without quality window screens, you can’t enjoy the pleasant fall temperatures. Even worse, you could find yourself cranking the air conditioning to compensate for having to keep your windows closed, which leaves you with higher energy bills. If your home is without window screens, if you are missing screens in some windows, or if rips, tears or warping have rendered your screens unusable, now is the time to have them replaced with quality window screens so you can enjoy the weather!

Elements of a Quality Window Screen

Not all window screens are created equal. If you have window screens that are warped, bent, ripped or rusted, you probably know that a low-quality window shows its age quickly. A quality window screen will stand up to the elements year after year. So how do you judge a quality window screen from one that will need to be replaced? A quality window screen is custom-made to fit your windows. The frames will support perfectly tensioned screens, and the frames will have sturdy metal corners rather than cheap plastic corners that become brittle and crack over time.

Window Screen Options

Fresh air isn’t the only thing you stand to gain from new, quality window screens. There are a variety of window screen options to meet your unique needs and provide you with the benefits you seek. Some window screen options include:

  • Pet screens. Pet screens feature a heavy-duty mesh that’s meant to stand up to animal’s claws and animals enthusiasm to prevent rips and tears.
  • Solar screens. Solar screens are made from thicker fibers and a denser weave to help block the sun’s light and heat from your home. They can help reduce the load on your air conditioner by as much as 30 percent.
  • Retractable screens. If you want to enjoy the breeze and the other benefits that come with window screens but don’t want to block your view, retractable screens are the answer! Retractable screens roll down when you want to use them and roll away when you want to open up your view.
  • Decorative screens. Screens can complement your home’s style. You can choose screens in custom colors or with decorative grids to suit your taste and the look of your home.

Call to Schedule Your Consultation Today!

If you’re ready to enjoy the weather with quality screens, call A to Z Window Screens to schedule a consultation today! We’ll present you with your screen option and provide you with quotes so you can pick the screens that best fit your needs and your budget.

Cool Off with Remote Control Roll Down Screens

Sunny rooms with large windows and beautiful outdoor patio spaces are valued by any homeowner. But letting the sun shine into your home, or having a large outdoor living space, isn’t without its disadvantages: All of that sunshine can make your home or your outdoor living space too hot to be comfortably enjoyed. Outdoors, that heat can drive you back inside, leaving your beautiful patio unused. Indoors, that heat can have your air conditioning working overtime, leaving you with high energy bills. There is a solution to this problem. You can still enjoy your open, outdoor living spaces and your large, beautiful windows. Cool off with remote control roll down screens.

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Roll down screens are installed above windows, doors or other architectural openings in the house. When the homeowner wishes to have the screen in place, the screens roll down. For convenience, the screens are placed on a motorized crank that is remotely activated, so the screens can be quickly and easily be moved in and out of place.

What are the benefits or remote control roll down screens?

More and more, homeowners value open spaces, whether that’s in the form of a patio that extends seamlessly into the backyard or in the form of large, open windows that provide a beautiful view and brighten the indoor living area. At times, however, that openness can be a problem. Remote control roll down screens allow you to close up the space when desired, but also maintain the openness of your large windows or outdoor space when wanted. With remote control roll down screens, you can lower the temperature inside your home or on your outdoor patio. Roll down screens can reduce glare, increase privacy, keep bugs out during peak season and protect a home or outdoor furnishings from the sun’s harmful rays.

What spaces are well suited for remote control roll down screens?

Homeowners have found all sorts of applications for remote control roll down screens. They can be installed over windows when you want the benefits of screens without interfering with your home’s style. Remote control screens can be outfitted into almost any patio space, between columns, exterior walls or archways. Some homeowners are even having remote control screens installed over their garage door openings so they have a screen in place to keep out pests while still enjoying the breeze as they work or entertain in their garage space.

How can I have remote control roll down screen installed on my home?

If you’re ready to cool off your patio, home or garage space with remote control roll down screens, call A to Z Window Screens to schedule a consultation today! We can outfit your home with quality custom roll down screens that will make your home or outdoor living space more comfortable and useable.

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Perks of a Pet Screen

As lovely as it is to open up your windows and doors each summer to let the breeze float through your screens, summer can take a toll on your window and door screens. Anxious cats watching the birds and animals outside, eager dogs rushing to get outside and children or pets pushing against the screen mesh can rip, ruin and stretch your screens. You can save your windows and doors from future damage by replacing old, damaged screens with strong, durable pet screens!

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The perks of pet screens are obvious: The durability and strength of a pet screen can save your screens from the daily wear and tear that comes when pets — or even children — come into contact with your screens. Pet screens are 7 times stronger than your average mesh window or door screen. That’s because pet screens are made from a specialized polyester yarn that is coated with durable PVC vinyl, rather than with the traditional fiberglass. That stronger mesh can stop pet claws from tearing through the screening and resist the weight of an eager pet or child who jumps on or leans against the screen.

Will I notice a difference between pet screens and traditional screens?

You will notice a slight difference between pet screens and tradition mesh screens. Because pet screens are woven from the thicker, stronger PVC-coated polyester, the openings within the mesh screen are smaller. Nonetheless, you still will be able to see clearly through your pet screen, and the openings in the mesh are still wide enough to let the breeze in. And just like traditional window screens, your pet screens will keep the bugs out of your home.

What are my pet screen options?

When it comes to outfitting your doors and windows with pet screens, A to Z Window Screens provides plenty of options! We custom build our screens so any door or window in your home can be fitted with a pet screen. And because A to Z Window Screens custom builds every window screen without cutting corners, you know that your pet screens will perfectly fit every window and will last for years to come.

How can I get my windows outfitted with pet screens?

If you’re ready to replace your ripped or bent window screens with durable pet screens that will withstand the wear and tear of your pets claws, call A to Z Window Screens to schedule a consultation today! One of our window screen experts will run you through all of your window screen options. Then, he or she will measure your windows or doors, take pictures and provide you with a quote for outfitting your windows and doors with durable pet screens.

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