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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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Benefits of roll-down sun screens

Does the sun turn your rooms unbearably hot and bright on long summer days? Does the sun drive you inside when you’d prefer to be out enjoying your patio? Are you worried about blocking your view or affecting the look of your home with traditional sun screens but know that your home could benefit from their shading effects? A to Z Window Screens could have the solution for you: Roll-down sun screens!

Why might roll-down sun screens work for you?

With roll-down sun screens, you could enjoy the cooling benefits of sun screens when you want them, and roll them up out of the way when you don’t! Roll-down sun screens are traditional solar screens that can be moved up and down, either with metal chains or with a convenient remote controlled. A to Z Window Screens will custom make your roll-down solar screens to perfectly fit your windows or patio space. The screens are available in widths up to 13 feet and in heights up to 7 and a half feet.

Roll-down screens work for your windows …

Roll-down screens provide the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of solar screens without changing the look of your home and without permanently obstructing your view. You roll them down when you need them and roll the up when you don’t! They can be installed either on the exterior or interior of your home, according to your preference. Roll-down screens can be the perfect solution for large picture windows that wouldn’t traditionally include a screen. They can be installed on commercial windows, as well!

… and your patio!

Another popular application for roll-down screens is on patios. With roll-down screens, you can convert your outdoor space into a screened-in enclosure. Roll-down sun screens can be attached to different types of patio toppers, from roofs to pergolas! When is low on the horizon, the screens can be rolled down to allow you to enjoy your patio without worrying about the sun’s heat or rays. Solar screens around your patio also can provide you with a degree of privacy: While you can still look out and enjoy the view, the screens make it difficult for passersby or neighbors to see in!

If you’re ready to realize the benefits of roll-down solar screens on your patio or in your home, contact A to Z Window Screens to schedule a consultation today! Our solar screen experts can talk to you about how roll-down screens will work for your home or business, and they can show you how you can customize the look of your roll-down solar screens to complement your home or commercial building.

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It’s not too early to plan for new sun screens this spring!

If you have considered reducing the sun’s impact on your home with solar screens, it’s not too early to start planning to install sun screens this spring! In fact, if you want to have your windows ready to combat the sun’s glare, we suggest purchasing sun screens between January and March to miss the summer rush. When you purchase your sun screens early, they can be installed in two to three weeks, half the time it can take during the busy summer months!

What are the benefits of sun screens?

Sun screens, also called solar screens or privacy screens, protect your home from the sun’s glare. The densely woven mesh provides shade, and reflects and absorbs the sun’s heat and light, preventing it from entering your home. If you have rooms that are made uncomfortable by the sun’s rays or heat, you should consider sun screens!

They reduce the buildup of heat in your home. Rooms with sun screens installed are up to 15 degrees cooler! That can lower home cooling costs by 25 to 30 percent. That also means your home’s cooling system will be less taxed by trying to cool overheated rooms.

Sun screens prevent harmful UV rays from entering your home. The screens block up to 90 percent of UV rays. That can help to protect your furniture, rugs and floors from fading and sun damage.

Sun screens also can make your home more comfortable. They reduce the glare of the sun, while still allowing you to open the windows and enjoy the breeze. Sun screens allow you to reduce the sun’s heat in your home, without having to hide behind curtains or blinds! Sun screens are made from a durable, densely woven polyester yarn that has been coated with PVC. They resist fading and can be removed easily for cleaning.

What are the options for sun screens?

Sun screens come in a variety of colors and options to suit your taste and the style of your home. Classic black can offer a dramatic contrast for windows, while gray, beige or brown offers a softer look. Sun screens even come in a multi-color weave to imitate the stucco finish of your home.

If you’re concerned that sun screens will provide too stark a look for your home, you can consider a decorative grid. Sun screens can be fabricated with a variety of grid patterns to match your existing window grid patterns and the style of your home.

Don’t wait to consider your sun screen options!

If you think sun screens may answer your home cooling problems, call A to Z Window Screens at 916-408-2496 today! Our experts can talk to you about your sun screen options and help you choose the screens that are right for your home. Purchasing sun screens now can have you ready for warmer spring temperatures and help you beat the summer rush.