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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.

What 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?

A 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.

Benefits of Quality Window Screens

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.

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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.

What are remote control roll down screens?

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!

Why choose pet screens?

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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Get Out Onto the Patio With Custom Sliding Screen Doors!

Have your sliding screen doors been a source of frustration this summer? Most sliding screen doors installed by builders tend to be low grade, which means they fall apart fast. The plastic handles can snap off, and plastic rollers quickly degrade. Pets, kids and daily life can take their toll, as well. Screens can warp and tear, rending a screen door useless in letting the breeze in while keeping out bugs.

These deteriorating doors can serve as a major point of frustration for homeowners. No one wants to struggle with a rickety screen door or look at a warped, torn screen door. If your sliding screen door is failing, A to Z Window Screens can help! We can get you back out onto your patio this summer with custom sliding screen doors!

About Our Custom Sliding Screen Doors

The best way to restore your sliding door is with a professionally built and installed custom sliding door. While there are DIY patch kits and rescreening tools, these generally aren’t effective at revitalizing a screen door. Patch kits can leave screen doors looking uneven and ragged, while replacing the mesh on an old door frame can cause the frame to bend and warp, making it even more difficult to slide.  A custom sliding screen door from A to Z Window Screens will provide you with an attractive, durable and smoothly gliding screen door.

A to Z’s custom-built sliding doors can be constructed to fit any sized patio door. On top of that, our doors are constructed from heavy duty metal. There are no flimsy plastic parts! From heavy-duty extracted aluminum framing to metal corners and wheels, our custom sliding doors are built to last. You won’t have to deal with the frustration of flimsy wheels and snapped handles when you replace your failing sliding door with a custom sliding door from A to Z!

Sliding Screen Doors Options

When you choose a custom sliding door, you’ll also find several options that will ensure that your sliding screen door meets your needs. You can choose heavy-duty pet screen that will help protect against bowing and tearing. You can choose solar screening that will help to keep the sun’s heat and rays out of your home to lower your home-cooling bills. You could even forgo the traditional sliding screen door and choose a retractable screen door, which slides across your doorway opening when you want it and rolls discretely into a housing in your door jamb when you don’t!

If you’re ready to get rid of the frustration of your failing sliding screen door and get back out your patio, call A to Z Window Screens to set up a consultation today! We can show you all of your sliding screen door options and help you customize a sliding screen door that’s right for your home!

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Pair Your Low-E Glass with Solar Screens

Low-emissivity or low-E windows have become increasingly common as homeowners look for ways to lower their energy bills. The increase in low-E window installations has brought an increasing problem: warped vinyl. More and more, there are reports of reflections from low-E windows melting the vinyl siding of neighboring homes or an adjoining portion of the home. In the hot California sun, this problem can be even more prevalent.

Low-E warps Siding

Applied to windows, a low-E coating is meant to reflect the sun’s hot rays, keeping homes cooler and reducing the burden on air conditioners. When the sun reflects off of a low-E-glazed surface, however, it can reflect that sunlight and focus it intensely on another object. In a tightly packed neighborhood, or on L- or U-shaped homes, that sunlight often focuses on vinyl siding. While the melting point of vinyl siding is between 160 and 165 degree Fahrenheit, the temperatures caused by the sun reflecting off low-E windows can be up to 219 degrees Fahrenheit. The occurrence of melted vinyl siding due to low-E windows worsens in the winter, when the sun is lower, and when windows curve slightly inward.

What to do About Warped Siding

When vinyl is warping due to the reflection of a low-E window — which is usually evident because the warping happens in a curved diagonal that follows the path of the sun across the window — it can cause a major quandary. Siding manufacturers generally won’t cover the cost of siding replacement under warranty. And if the window isn’t dealt with, the problem will occur again and again.

How Solar Screens Can Help

One of the easiest, and cheapest, ways to avoid warped siding to low-E glass is with solar screens. The only other options, replacing low-E windows with less energy efficient ones or continually replacing siding. Both options can cost thousands of dollars. Instead, you can cut the glare and prevent the warping with solar screens. Solar screens are designed to keep sunlight from hitting windows, thus keeping homes cooler without overtaxing air conditioners. When you put solar screens over a low-E window, prevent the sun from reflecting off of the low-E coating and melting vinyl siding or other nearby objects. Or, if you’ve been considering low-E windows to save on energy bills but your windows reflect lights onto your home or nearby homes, you could safely block the sun, cool your home and lower energy bills by foregoing low-E windows and installing solar screens.

If your low-E windows are melting vinyl, or if they have the potential to melt vinyl, call A to Z Window Screens to ask about solar screens today! We can help you solve the problem of melting vinyl quickly and without the expense of removing your low-E windows.

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Protect your home — and your money — from the heat!

Each summer, California homeowners look for ways to beat the heat, without breaking the bank. You can lower the temperature in your home, while lowering your home energy bills, is by installing solar screens this summer.

How do solar screens work?

Solar screens keep your home cooler by stopping the sun’s rays — and heat — from hitting your windows and entering your home. The screens are made of vinyl-coated polyester yarn that’s more tightly woven than your average window screen. The densely woven screen deflects the sun’s rays and shades your windows. The heat that is absorbed by the screen travels through the grid and dissipates before it can reach your home.

How well do solar screens protect your home from the heat?

Ultimately, solar screens can keep your home between 8 and 15 degrees cooler, making your home more comfortable for you, your family and your pets. In addition, solar screens protect your flooring and furniture from damaging UV rays, helping to prolong the lifespan of your décor! They also cut the glare on TV and computer screens. When it comes to protecting your home from the sun’s rays, solar screens hold a major benefit over interior blinds and drapes. Because blinds and drapes have to be closed to protect your home, the heat savings can vary widely, and you only protect your home when you completely shut out the light and the view. With solar screens, you still get light from the sun and preserve your views while you protecting your home from the heat.

How do solar screens save you money?

Solar screens save money by keeping your home cooler, which means you don’t have to overwork your air conditioner! They can reduce your air conditioner’s workload by as much as 30 percent. Solar screens also bring energy-saving benefits in the winter months; because they are thicker than the average window screen, they help to add an additional layer of insulation to your windows, helping to keep heat in and cold air out. With the energy savings, solar screens usually return their installation costs within two years.

And, because they save energy, you might be able to earn tax rebates for installing solar screens on your home. You don’t have to install solar screens on every window in your house to realize their energy-saving benefits: Solar screens are most effective when installed on the south- and west-facing windows in your home. Of course, a full home solar screen installation can give your home a uniform look.

How can you learn more about the benefits of solar screens for your home?

If you’re ready to protect your home and your money from the heat with solar screens, call A to Z Window Screens to schedule a consultation today! We can walk you through all of your solar screen options and advise you on the screen configuration that will provide you with the biggest benefit.

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Why do window screens warp?

Windows can last for decades, but window screens are a different story. Window screens usually fail long before the windows they were installed with. They can look sloppy, no longer fit the window frame and warp and let bugs in. There are a few things that can cause window screens to warp more quickly.

Here are some common culprits of window warping:

  • Wet weather. Water can weaken window frames and cause them to warp, rust, crack or otherwise breakdown. Some types of window screens, such as those with wooden or aluminum frames, are particularly susceptible to water-related warping.
  • Extreme weather. Similarly, extreme weather can damage and warp window frames. Strong winds can stress and bow windows. And of course, a direct hit from a falling tree branch or blowing debris can bend your window frame.
  • Pets. Pets are notoriously hard on window screens. An excited dog or cat can jump up against a screen, or on a comfortable, breezy day when the windows are open, they can lay their bodies up against a window screen, exerting pressure and causing warping.
  • Children. Like pets, children are tough on screens. They push on them and lean into them, causing bowing on the screen and potential warping to the frame.
  • Frequent removal. Many homeowners remove their window screens every winter and replace them in the spring. That extra handling, and the force of being removed from their tight fitting within the window frame, can cause a gentle bend in the screen frame.
  • Improper repair. Often, homeowners, or even some professional screen repairers, will try to reuse screen frames when screen mesh develops holes or tears. Unfortunately, the tension caused by rescreening an old frame causes the frame to bend out of shape, making it nearly impossible to get the redone screen flush into the window frame.

Whether it’s from weather, pets, children, frequent removal, improper repair or just age, if your window screens are warped, unsightly and no longer keeping the bugs out of your home, A to Z Window Screens can help! We build custom replacement screens that will renew the look of your windows and the function of your window screens. If your children or pets are to blame for your window screen warping, we can replace your screens with stronger pet screens that will stand up to the abuse! And if you want to get more from your window screens, we can replace your ugly warped screens with solar screens that help to reduce the sun’s glare into your home, lower your home’s energy bills and increase the privacy within your home.

The fact is that your window screens will warp and sag over time. But you don’t have to let warped screens downgrade the look of your home and render your windows unusable! Call 916-408-2496 to schedule a consultation today.

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What are retractable screens?

Screen doors can pose a dilemma: They’re fantastic when you want to use them, but they can be obtrusive and inconvenient. On one hand, it can be nice to have a screen door, allowing you to your home to let in a breeze. On the other hand, screen doors can block traffic into and out of your home. Also, they can hurt your curb appeal, and they can snap closed, endangering your family’s heels and hands, and your pets’ paws and tails. A to Z Window Screens has a solution: ClearView Retractable Screens.

About ClearView Retractable Screens

ClearView Retractable Screens solve the screen-door dilemma: The screens pull across your doorframe when you want to open up your home to let the air in, and they roll away into a discreet housing when you want your screen door out of the way. ClearView Retractable Screens can be fitted on to virtually any doorway, from single doorways to sliding doors to double doorways. And ClearView Retractable Screens go above and beyond similar products on the market with special features including:

  • Flexible mounting. ClearView Retractable Screens are meant to be mounted to your door frame just how you want them. They can be mounted directly to the door frame or in any recesses in the doorway. They can be mounted to the right of the doorway or the left.
  • Slow-Close speed reducer. ClearView Retractable Screens are designed to retract safely, without endangering fingers, paws or tails, or causing damage to the screen. ClearView Screens achieve a smooth close with the use of their patented hydraulic Slow-Close Speed Reducer.
  • Enclosed housing. The screen housings on ClearView Retractable Screens are fully enclosed, which keeps the screen clean when it’s not in use.
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