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Let’s Talk About Bug Screen Replacement

There are certain things every homeowner will need to think about during the time he or she lives in a house; replacing the bug screens is one of those things, as it is an inevitable task because even the highest quality window screens will deteriorate over time. While you can go down to the hardware store and buy a repair kit, complete with screens, frames, and hardware, these kits rarely have the proper size or color screen or frame, and the included parts are generally made out of cheap plastic that becomes brittle and breaks when exposed to outdoor elements.

Instead, if you want the job to be done properly, call a professional screen company like A to Z Screens to measure each of your windows exactly and custom make each bug screen for all of the windows in your home. You should be able to enjoy fresh air without worrying about insects flying inside, and our window screen installation experts at A to Z Screens know how to protect you and your family from bugs while having your windows open thanks in large part to our customized bug screens.

When you notice rips and tears in your window screens or even screens that are missing entirely, which can happen during strong severe storms, you will want to call A to Z Screens; we are a full-service screen shop, and, as such, our trained and experienced technicians can handle the entire job. We would like to tell you more about the process that takes place after you make that phone call.

  1. You will get a visit to your home from one of our technicians to get a free, no-obligation estimate. Our technician will sketch out each side of your house, detailing the location and size of each window. Each of the windows will be priced individually, and you can pick and choose according to your budget.
  2. After you have selected your windows and placed your order, our expert screen builders begin to work on constructing your custom screens. Of course, you can choose from all the different colors, sizes, and shapes of bug screen frame and fabric in our 4500-sq ft. shop. You can match the existing screens on your home, or if you are getting all new screens, you can update the look with a new color.
  3. Once your bug screens are completed, our technician will come back to your house to install the screens. Since you have an expert screen installer there, do not hesitate to ask how to remove and reinstall your screens. Our technicians are always happy to show you how to do this without damaging your screens. We are also happy to dispose of your old, damaged screens for free, so be sure to let us know if you want us to take away your old screens.

As you can see, replacing bug screens is an easy, no-headache process when you call the professionals like A to Z Screens. With years of experience in installing and constructing window screens, our expert employees can take care of you quickly and with the best service possible. If you bought a do-it-yourself kit, you would not have the best screens, and it is very easy to become frustrated with doing this task if you have never done it before yourself. Our technicians can save you from this frustration and do a much better, professional job with high-quality bug screens.

If you have tears in your window screens, contact A to Z Screens today to get started on the bug screen replacement process. You will be happy you decided to call us rather than taking your chances with a DIY kit. Some projects are best left to the professionals.

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The Sun Can Save You Money

Were you aware that there are screens available that can decrease your electricity bill? That’s right, let us introduce to a new option in home window screens…the solar screen. This type of screen does more than save you money on energy, it also means you are living in an environmentally friendlier space. It is estimated that solar or sun screens can cut your electric bill by fifteen percent!

There are other functionalities of solar screen:

  • They keep bugs out
  • Because they filter the sun’s rays so effectively, there will be no fade to your draperies or furniture
  • Filters sunlight so that you get a better look at your TV and computer screen
  • Solar screens are tougher than regular screens…which can make a huge difference if you have pets or children
  • These screens also help keep your home private — allowing you to see out, but not allowing people on the outside to see in

If you aren’t crazy about the look of sun screens, be aware that we also install grid covers to enhance the exterior look of your home. We have many different colors and styles. This is a simple way to give your home that extra “wow” from the street.

We are always happy to discuss this option with you further. Call or contact us today and let us get started before the hot days ahead.

What Amazing Screen Door?

The Amazing ClearView Retractable Disappearing Screen Door

Are you tired of regularly having to repair your swinging screen door or always having to open two doors when you enter your home? While the traditional swinging screen door can be full of annoyances as well as be unattractive in style, you still want a screen door so that you can leave your outer door open on nice days to let the fresh air inside and keep the pesky insects inside. ClearView came up with the perfect solution: the retractable disappearing screen door. A to Z Screens would like to tell you more about this amazing door that will improve your everyday life.

How does the ClearView Retractable Disappearing Screen Door Work?

Thanks to its patented “Safe-Glide” speed reducer, the ClearView is the only retractable screen door on the market that does not snap back. Housed compactly on the side of your doorjam to be out of the way when not in use, this screen door pulls out and slides across your door opening when you want to use it. When you are finished using the screen, it retracts and rolls back into its housing on the doorjam.

Are there upgrade options?

At A to Z Screens, our staff can show you six options you have when you buy a ClearView Retractable Disappearing Screen Door:

  1. upgraded screen fabric
  2. crown molding
  3. internal magnets
  4. custom paint
  5. die-cast metal handle
  6. ClearView locks.

Where can I install a ClearView Retractable Disappearing Screen Door?

If you have a front door you would like to show off, that is an excellent spot to install your ClearView retractable screen door. Actually, this door is so compact and easy to install that it can be installed on any exterior door you wish, even if the doors outswing or if you have double French doors. Other popular options are on your sliding glass patio door and the door leading into the home from the garage. The staff at A to Z Screens can help you with selecting which door or doors where you can install a ClearView.

Why should I choose the ClearView brand of retractable screen door?

We at A to Z Screens strongly recommend this brand, and we can provide you with good reasons:

  • does not snap back
  • contains 33% more aluminum to make a stronger door
  • the roller housing
  • the most available paint color choices and the highest-quality paint
  • non-fading, durable Nylon 6-6 components
  • the most attractive design
  • more flexibility in personalization
  • the best installation and service from A to Z Screens.

Are these doors easy to care for and maintain?

Yes, but A to Z Screens has a few tips for you to keep your ClearView retractable screen door in the best shape possible:

  • Place a small sticker on your screen to prevent people from walking into it.
  • Do not push on the screen or allow children and/or pets to scratch or push against the screen.
  • If the screen fabric has come out of the tracks on the top or the bottom of the screen, do not retract the screen as this could shred the edges. Be sure to check the fabric edges before retracting.
  • Never use excessive speed or force when opening or closing the screen; only use moderation when operating this door.
  • If you are not using your retractable screen door, be sure it is closed as extended exposure can lead to weakened springs and worn out fabric. Never leave your screen open if your door is closed.

If you are ready to get rid of your traditional swinging screen door, contact A to Z Screens today to talk to us about the amazing ClearView retractable disappearing screen door.

Upgrade Your Screen Door

The air has gotten warmer. The fireflies are started to light up our yards. The sounds of Spring are upon us. Don’t you just want to throw open the windows and the doors and let all the fresh air in? But, we all know that the sweet sounds aren’t the only thing that will come in…you will likely have unwelcome creepy crawlies as well. There is a sure-fire way to enjoy the end of Winter…purchase a new swinging screen door.

 

What We Offer

Here at A to Z Screens, we have different styles to enhance any decor. Our selection is wide and you can view some of our previous work here.

More Than Pretty

Your screen door should not only look good…it should also be durable. Our doors are custom-fit and installed by our professional team. California is where our doors are manufactured and we are proud to support local jobs. Many doors you may buy at chain home-improvement stores aren’t meant to last and are often made of plastic. The doors at A to Z contain absolutely zero plastic parts.

Invest in Your Home

We want you to get the most out of these beautiful days. Call us today and we’ll be happy to install a custom-fit screen door that fits with your sense of style. We’ve served over 10,000 customers and guarantee all of our work. Don’t let that old, saggy screen bother you any longer – upgrade to a door that will last. If you are looking for maintenance tips for your screen door, make sure and visit our page…full of information!

Keep the bugs out and the sunshine in.

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Let’s Talk About Pet Screens

We know you adore your dogs and cats; however, when they destroy your window and door screens by clawing and scratching on them repeatedly, your pets become a little less adorable. If you have been searching for insect window and door screens durable enough to endure even a 100-pound dog tearing at them, look no further than A to Z Window Screens. We carry TuffScreen® from Phifer, a heavy duty screen that is both tear-resistant and pet-resistant. Read on to learn more about these ingenious bug screens, and we know you will want to contact us for more information on them.

What Makes Pet Screens Unique

Although these pet screens are installed exactly like regular bug screens, that is where the similarities end. Rather than being constructed from regular fiberglass window screen fabric, pet screens are made from a tough polyester yard covered with a PVC vinyl lining. A strong, pliable mesh able to withstand repeated jumping, clawing, and scratching by your pets, these screens can also hold up to the sun and other elements longer, thanks to the PVC vinyl lining. Available in black and gray, Phifer pet screens are seven times stronger than traditional bug screens. Overall, pet screens will give you a longer life over traditional fiberglass insect screens.

Visibility and Airflow

You may wonder what the visibility and air flow are like through these pet screens since the mesh is so thick. Phifer thought of this during the design process, and the strands on these screens are placed farther apart, which make larger openings between the strands, allowing more air and visibility to get through the screen. And, do not worry, those holes are small enough to keep out flies and mosquitoes.

A Quick Disclaimer

Capable of being installed on 99% of all windows as well as sliding patio screen doors and traditional-swinging screen doors, our expert window installers at A to Z Window Screens install more pet screens on doors than they do windows, since that is where the damage generally occurs. While installing these screens prevents damage to your screen when your dog charges your screen door, it does not do anything to strengthen your door frame. If your dog runs at your door, it is unlikely the pet screen fabric itself will sustain any damage, but your door frame could still be bent. Ideal for use in high-traffic areas, pet screens are resistant to tears, punctures, and ant other pet damage. Perfect for screen doors, pet screens are also good choices for enclosed patios and porches. Installs just like regular fiberglass bug screening, the installation professionals at A to Z Window Screens are experienced in installing pet screens in every type of space. If you are tired of dealing with ripped screens due to overeager pets, contact us at A to Z Window Screens to talk to us about pet screen installation. Our qualified staff will be happy to tell you more about these miraculous pet screens.

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Importance of Screens for Your Windows

 

We are all looking for ways to save money on our air conditioning bills when the weather gets warmer, and a simple, inexpensive way to consistently cut costs on your electric bill and keep your house cool when the temperature starts creeping up into the triple digits is to install sunscreens, also known as solar screens or privacy screens, on your windows. In some cases, you will not only save money on your utility bill with sunscreens, but some electrical companies offer rebates to their customers who install solar screens on the windows of their homes. If you’re looking for an effective, economical, and energy-efficient way to keep your house cool and are interested in sunscreens, contact A to Z Window Screens today. We are one of the largest sunscreen dealers in California, and our expert associates are ready to help you select the perfect solar screens, and our certified installers are ready to install these screens so you can enjoy the many benefits of cooling your home with window sunscreens.

Resembling standard window screens, solar screens work so much better to keep your home cooler because they prevent direct sunlight from entering windows, cut all sun glares, and block the sunlight without restricting your view or the airway, according to the Weather Channel in its article “Cooling Your Home Naturally” in its Troubleshooting & Energy Efficiency section on its website. Sunscreens are included in the exterior shading options, such as awnings, shutters, and louvers. Exterior window shading is noted as being much more efficient than interior shading, like using blinds, draperies, and curtains. This is because with exterior shading, the screen acts as a protective layer over the glass that does not allow the sun to heat up the window enough to bring heat into your home. The screen also works to disperse heat and keep a constant air flow going, due to natural convection. And, don’t think the interior of your home will be gloomy and dark with no sun at all. While direct sunlight is blocked from your home to keep bright glares out, softer rays of sunshine are allowed inside.

Available in a large variety of colors from which to choose, we at A to Z Window Screens do want you to know that color choice does matter when it comes to sun, solar, or privacy screens. We have four rules of thumb you should follow when making your selection on the color of your sunscreens:

  1. When it comes to stopping heat, the darker the color of the sunscreen, the better. We suggest black or brown screens.
  2. Your outward visibility is better with darker colors like black or brown screens.
  3. If privacy is a concern, especially during the day, lighter colored screens such as stucco, beige, or gray are better for daytime privacy.
  4. If you want more of an amount of sunlight in your home, go with the lighter colors like stucco, beige, or gray.

If you would like more information on this money and energy-saving option of keeping your home cooler, contact A to Z Window Screens today by phone, e-mail, or by scheduling an appointment. Our years of expertise in selling and installing sunscreens as well as our large inventory make us your perfect partner in this home improvement endeavor.

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All About Bug Window Screens

When the weather gets warmer, everyone wants to open his or her windows to let the fresh, warm breezes blow through the house. However, if any of your windows are missing any screens, you are leaving a wide-open invitation to every insect out there to fly into your house. Mosquitoes, flies, bees, wasps, gnats, and other flying bugs will freely fly into any unscreened window, and no one wants to be stung or bitten in his or her own home. You may even have ripped screens that need to be replaced and repaired, but when you go to your local hardware store, you discover that it’s impossible to find standard sized replacement window screens. You’ll find an inventory of screens of various sizes, usually cheaply made with poor-quality accessories. The first place you should go when you need replacement window screens is A to Z Screens, experts in customizing and installing new bug window screens.

 

What to Expect During your Free Estimate

When you contact A to Z Screens for an appointment, one of our technicians will come by your home to check out your windows and do a free, no-obligation estimate. Each window will be individually priced, and the technician will show you all of your options, from different colors and sizes and different types of bug screen frame and fabric, allowing you to choose the perfect bug window screens for you.

Window Screen Materials

According to the DIY home improvement site, Fine Homebuilding, choosing the metal of your bug screens can change the cost and look of your screens as well as the performance. The different types of screen metal include:

  • Fiberglass – One of the most common screening metals, this screen is composed of charcoal or silver gray fiberglass threads covered in a vinyl coating. More opaque than aluminum screening, yet fiberglass screening does not crease like aluminum does. It’s also more flexible, making it easy to fit into any frame. Standard fiberglass screening generally costs about 17 cents a square foot and comes in widths up to 84 inches.
  • Metal – This include several types of metal: aluminum, stainless steel, bronze, and monel. The least expensive (25 cents a square foot) of these is aluminum; however, you get what you pay for. Aluminum creases and dents easily, and if you live on the coast, it oxides quickly. The most common of the high-performance metal bug screen is bronze, but it’s moderately expensive at $1.10 per square foot. Perfect for coastal dwellers, bronze starts off as a bright, coppery color and ages to a dark brown, or even green. If you really want to spend top dollar, go for stainless steel or monel, the best quality of metal screening at a high price – $2.25 to $5.00 per square foot, depending on its weave and quantity.

What to Expect After your Free Estimate

After you have chosen your screening type and color, our technician takes the measurements of your windows and that information back to our shop, packed with all different sizes, types, and colors of window bug screenings. Then our team of expert screen builders gets to work building your customized bug screens. When they are done, your technician will return to your home to install the new screens as well as show you how to remove and reinstall the screens yourself. You are ready to get the breezes flowing through your house without fear of bugs invading constantly!

Give A to Z Screens a call today to schedule that free, no obligation estimate for your insect window screens.

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The Low-Down on Low-E Windows

The name “Low E” doesn’t stand for “Low Excitement!”

For the past 10-15 years, many newer homes have been built with Low-E glass windows.  The advantage of this newer technology is that the home is kept cooler because more of the sun’s hot rays are reflected back out of the window before entering the home…. But the unintended consequences might surprise you!

Mike & Yvonne Schenck - Lincoln CA - A to Z Screens

On Friday August 30th Mike and Yvonne Schenck of Sun City Lincoln found out just how “E-xciting” Low-E glass can be!

Just as they were settling down to dinner, Mike and Yvonne heard a loud roaring sound coming from outside their home!  Mike said he thought it was a jet fighter making an exceptionally low pass, but became more concerned when the sound didn’t fade away but got louder.  To their horror, the Schencks discovered that their side yard fence was fully engulfed in flames with the fire spreading rapidly.  Yvonne grabbed their household fire extinguisher and unloaded with everything it had, but still to no avail!  The fire was already too big!

A short time later, the Lincoln Fire Department arrived and handily extinguished the blaze before causing too much damage.  The final score:  a badly damaged fence, a ”wasted” green waste can, and a badly singed propane bottle…. which thank goodness happened to be empty at the time!

The cause of the fire?  LOW-E Glass Windows!

House Fire - Lincoln CA - A to Z Screens

Do you remember as a kid how you used to use your parents’ magnifying glass to wreak havoc on the local ant population?  When held in just the correct position, the sun’s rays can be focused into a very hot beam of energy able to burn and start fires…

Low E Glass windows have the ability to do pretty much the same thing!  Obviously for such a catastrophe to occur, all the stars have to be aligned just right; The Low E glass window has to be at just the right angle in conjunction with the sun, and a combustible object needs to be in the path of the reflected beam of energy, but this phenomena occurs more often than one might expect!   The Schencks stated that the Lincoln Fire Department responds to 6 or 7 fires each year that were caused by Low E Glass reflection!  In their case, the Low-E glass had been melting the top of their plastic garbage can for a while, but they didn’t think much of it… until the reflected sunlight finally caught the flowerbed bark on fire which spread to the fence!

Low-E Glass Windows Cause Fire - Lincoln CA - A to Z Screens

Our Company, AtoZ Window Screens, is hired to install sunscreens on Low-E windows at least 2 or 3 homes per year because of fire related problems!  In years past, we’ve seen Low-E windows melt and burn lawn furniture, grass, bark chips, tall weeds, plastic garbage cans and other plastic storage containers!

The simplest solution is to keep the sun from shining on risk-prone Low-E glass windows in the first place!  Solar Screens or awnings are an ideal, long term solution to this very real danger.

If you notice permanent dead spots in your lawn, singed lawn furniture or melted plastic objects (usually always located on the West side of your home), your Low-E windows might be getting ready to provide you with some High-E excitement of combustible proportions!  Consider covering your windows with solar screens or awnings and then go get your excitement from something a little less dangerous than playing with fire!

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