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Sliding Patio Screen Doors

Nothing is more relaxing than a temperate summer night. The gentle breeze, pleasant temperature, and the nighttime sounds of crickets chirping are all summer staples. Summer nights can come with some pests though, namely mosquitoes, moths, and other flying insects. Those pests can quickly negate any of the relaxing benefits of a summer night and drive you indoors. There is one perfect way you can enjoy pleasant summer nights, however — with a sliding patio screen door.

With a new sliding patio screen door, you can open up your home to the pleasant temperatures, sounds, and smells of perfect summer nights while keeping pesky mosquitoes and animals out of your home. At A to Z Window Screens, we can outfit your patio door with the perfect sliding patio door.

Traditional Sliding Patio Doors

Sliding Patio Screen Doors - Sacramento CA - A to Z Window ScreensHomeowners know that traditional sliding patio doors often do more to frustrate homeowners rather than increase their enjoyment of their homes. You can save yourself the frustration of dealing with a jammed, stuck, or difficult patio door with a new sliding patio door from A to Z Window Screens! Our sliding patio doors consist of quality and durable materials. For example, our tracks are made from a heavy-duty aluminum rather than a thin rolled metal like other sliding patio doors. We also replace traditionally plastic parts — like wheels and corners — with more durable metal materials. They enhance the strength and durability of our sliding patio screen doors. On top of that, all of our sliding patio screen doors are custom fit to your patio door space. Therefore, you won’t have to struggle to find the right fit from limited factory options.

Sliding Patio Pet Screen Doors

With A to Z Window Screens, you have options for your sliding patio screen doors. They increase the durability and functionality of your sliding patio screen door. Do you have pets or small children that create excessive wear and tear on your screen doors? A to Z Window Screens can help! We can build your sliding patio screen door with our durable pet screen mesh. Our pet mesh is made from PVC-coated polyester rather than traditional fiberglass. They stand up to scratching paws, climbing claws, and pets or children pushing or leaning on your doors.

Security Sliding Patio Doors

Does your sense of security keep you from opening your sliding patio door to enjoy the breeze? You can keep your home safe and open to enjoy pleasant summer nights with a sliding patio security screen door from A to Z Window Screens. Sliding security screen doors are constructed with architectural-grade aluminum frames and stainless-steel screen mesh that can’t be slashed or pushed through. When closed, security sliding patio doors lock into place with a five-point locking system so they can’t be pried open by potential intruders. With a sliding security screen door, you can enjoy summer nights without worrying about your home’s safety!

If you’re ready to enjoy the atmosphere of fine summer nights, call A to Z Window Screens to schedule your consultation and learn more about sliding patio screen doors!

Why sun screens are the perfect summer addition

When it comes to home improvements, homeowner wants to know it’s worth all the work and also has a return on investment. If you’re looking to invest in and improve your home this summer, sun screens are the perfect summer addition.

How do Solar Screens Work?

are made from thicker and darker mesh than traditional window screens. Because they shade windows and help to block harmful UV rays from entering your home. The sun’s heat is then absorbed by the screen’s mesh, and the grid of the screen helps the heat to dissipate rather than entering your home.

Why Are Sun Screens the Perfect Summer Addition?

Solar screens offer a return on your investment. They not only prevent UV rays from entering your home to damage flooring and furnishings, but they also block 80 to 90 percent of UV rays from entering your home. They lower your home’s cooling bills by as much as 33 percent.

In fact, solar screens can keep your home up to 15 degrees cooler in the summer compared to traditional window screens. They also offer a degree of privacy, as they are more opaque from the exterior than traditional window screens. In addition, they upgrade the curb appeal by enhancing your home’s aesthetic.

How Can I Invest in Sun Screens this Summer?

If you are ready to make the perfect home investment this summer, call us right now to get started! We can schedule a consultation to discuss the benefits and the logistics of installing solar screens. With A to Z Window Screens, you will be able to customize your solar screens to suit your home’s style and personal taste. Some of the solar screen options include:

  1. Color – You can choose from 5 different solar screen colors. Some mesh colors block more heat and light from entering your home, while others do a better at preserving your view. Some provide you more privacy. With the different color options, you will be able to choose the screen color that meets your priority and fits your home’s looks.
  2. Shading coefficient – You’ll be able to choose from screen meshes that provide different levels of shading for your home. Traditional bug screens have a 65 percent shading coefficient. The heaviest solar screens has a heating coefficient of 90 percent.
  3. Decorative grids. You can choose to add a decorative grid to the exterior of your solar screen for a charming touch.

This summer, make your home a investment that provide you with savings on cost and added value. Call A to Z Window Screens to schedule your solar screen consultation today at 916-408-2496!

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What is the ClearView Difference?

You’ve decided that a retractable screen door is the right addition for your house; it allows you to open your house to pleasant breezes when the weather permits and to roll the screen discretely out of the way when the screen isn’t in use. But how do you choose the right retractable screen door for your home? Before you make the selection, you should see what set ClearView retractable screen doors apart.

ClearView screen doors are customizable to any doorway.

Regardless of the setup of your doorway, you can customize a ClearView retractable screen door to fit your needs. Clearview retractable screen doors can be fitted to the surface or the recesses of your doors or windows. They can have left or right openings. ClearView retractable screen doors can be outfitted on French doors or even on the inside of doors that swing outwards.

ClearView retractable screen doors are made from durable, high-quality materials.

ClearView retractable screen doors are built from materials that are made to withstand elements, staying strong and beautiful for years to come. ClearView retractable screens are built with 33 percent more aluminum, on average, than the competition, making the doors stronger and sturdier for an easier glide and increased durability. Rather than inferior plastic, which can become brittle over time, ClearView retractable screens beat the competition by using double-6 nylon instead. Even the paint ClearView uses is a higher grade of architectural powder coating that won’t fade or oxidize.

ClearView retractable screens have patented Slow-Close Speed Reducer technology.

While other retractable screen doors will snap abruptly back into place, ClearView retractable screen doors have patented Slow-Close Speed Reducer technology to increase the safety of the doors. With Slow-Close Speed Reducer, ClearView retractable doors roll smoothly, safely and slowly into place, so they won’t pinch fingers or pet tails or cause damage to the door.

ClearView retractable screens have a fully enclosed housing.

Unlike most of their competitors, ClearView retractable screen doors have an entirely enclosed housing for the screen. That means that your screen door is better protected when it’s rolled away to help increase the door’s lifespan. It also keeps out dirt and other debris that can inhibit the smooth motion of the screen. And the enclosed housing hides the screen away when it’s not in use for a cleaner look.

ClearView retractable screens offer plenty of options.

On top of the other benefits, ClearView retractable screens are customizable! Clearview retractable screen door frames are available in 12 standard colors, 20 wood-grain finishes and more than 300 custom colors. You can choose from five different screen colors. Clearview retractable screens also are available with optional magnets and locks. With ClearView retractable screens, you can get the look and function you’re looking for in a retractable screen door.

If you’re ready to enhance your home with a retractable screen door, call A to Z Window Screens to schedule your consultation today. A to Z can help you choose the right ClearView retractable screen door for you.

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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.

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

We 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?

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? 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.

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.

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

Every 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.