Allowing as much natural light into a space as possible while also controlling heat and glare in addition to maintaining the homeowner’s connection to the outside world can be a difficult balancing act to manage. Today’s interiors are full of windows, which is a beautiful thing! However, as anyone who has lived with lots of windows can attest, along with the abundance of glass come higher temperatures and, sometimes, uncomfortable brightness and/or glare. If your home is full of windows and you’re looking for a way to utilize the natural light (which can save you a tremendous amount on your electric bills) while not forcing yourself to crank up the A/C, custom solar screens are the perfectly engineered solution to this dilemma, allowing the best that your windows have to offer to shine through.
What are solar screens anyway?
Solar screens are a marvel of science! They’re specially made window screens that cover an entire window in order to block the sun’s rays and heat before hitting the window’s glass. Custom solar screens can make your home more comfortable, decreasing both heat and glare while maintaining the view and the connection to nature and the outdoors. Light is powerful, which is why it doesn’t take much openness in solar screen fabrics to provide excellent view-through. Solar fabrics are woven to very precise and exacting standards, controlling the amount of surface area that is left open; fabrics with openness between 3% and 10% provide excellent levels of view through in combination with excellent levels of solar performance.
Total Lighting Control is Possible!
Solar screens are designed to control light without eliminating it altogether. Like sunglasses for your windows, solar screen fabric—a densely woven polyester yarn coated with a PVC vinyl coating that is made to withstand years of weathering from the sun’s intense heat—reduces glare while allowing excellent views to the outside. You can block up to 99% of harmful UV rays, which keeps the heat out and keeps your home cool. Blocking these harmful rays helps you protect your valuable furnishings and interior finishes, including flooring, rugs and walls.
Customizable to Meet your Needs
Solar screens are available in a wide variety of colors, styles, and openness factors, one of which is sure to look great on your home. These fabrics fall into three categories—dark fabrics, light fabrics and high-performance reflective fabrics—all of which provide:
• Heat and glare control
• Natural light management
• A visible connection to outside
• UV protection
The best way to find a color and fabric that suits your purpose is to make an appointment for an in-home consultation where you can see samples of the different colors to learn how each one performs differently in your home environment. To see which colors might look best on your home, check out our sunscreen gallery.
Unlike the ordinary insect screens on your windows, solar screens are a special kind of outdoor window screen that homeowners have installed for a variety of reasons. If you air conditioner never stops running and/or can’t keep up with the demand, you should consider purchasing sunscreens for your windows. They are one of the most effective, least expensive ways to keep the heat out of your house and more money in your pocket. A to Z Window Screens is one of the biggest solar screen dealers in California and has the expertise to help you get the most bang for your sunscreen buck! Contact us today for a free in home consultation!