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Security Screen Doors Can Keep Your Home Warm!

In the winter, homeowners tend to look for ways to make their homes more comfortable and lower their heating bills. Windows and doors are often the target of home improvements geared at increasing home efficiency. At A to Z Window Screens, we have a less conventional way to keep your home warmer this winter. If you have already increased your insulation and plugged air gaps in your home, you should consider adding a security screen door!

How security screen doors can keep your home warmer

front door Doors are portals to you home. They allow people to enter your home, but they also allow cold air to enter your home too. Most doors aren’t designed to keep the warmth in, and homeowners can feel cold air seeping into their home through the doors. Security screen doors can help reduce this effect.

The screen mesh on a security screen door is thick enough to insulate your doorway, and they also help to keep the warm air in your home. Security screen doors can also block cold air and  breezes from finding their way through the gaps around your doorway, making your home more comfortable. In fact, research has shown that installing high-quality screen doors and window screens with thicker mesh materials can lower your home-heating bills!

About security screen doors

If you’re not familiar with security screen doors, you should know their primary purpose is to make homes more secure. Security screen doors are fitted into door jambs with heavy metal frames bolted firmly in place so they can’t be kicked in or pried open. The screen mesh is also made from special metal that can’t be slashed with a knife or razor, or pushed in out of the frame.

With a security screen door, you can open your doors to let a breeze in the summer without compromising the safety of your home. They are also a slightly darker and thicker mesh, but they don’t block your view or the fresh air. Security screen doors are beautiful, and they come in many styles to enhance your home. They generally look like high-end decorative screen doors, or there are even security screen doors that look like simple, traditional screen doors.

This winter, let A to Z Window Screens help keep your home warmer and more comfortable. It even helps to lower your wintertime home-heating bills. Call us today to schedule a consultation to learn more about the benefits of a security screen door, and we can help find a security screen door that would complement the look of your home!

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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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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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Summer is Right Around the Corner; Install Solar Screens!

Temperatures are starting to heat up here in Sacramento, and it’s only going to get hotter. After all, summer is just around the corner! You can beat the heat in your home this summer and lower your energy bills installing solar screens now.

How do solar screens work?

Regular window screens allow the sunshine — and UV rays — to pour freely into your home. Solar screens use dark colors to reflect the sunlight and thicker mesh to create shade within your home. The bolder vinyl-coated polyester fibers of a solar shade absorb a good portion of the sun’s heat and disperse that heat through its large grid. A traditional window screen allows approximately 80 percent of the sun’s heat and rays to enter your home, but solar shades block about 80 percent of the sun’s heat. With a solar shade, your window screen bears the brunt of the sun’s rays and heat, rather than your windows!

What are the benefits of installing solar screens?

If your home becomes uncomfortably hot under the sun’s glare, solar screens can make your home considerably more comfortable. In fact, solar screens can lower the temperature of a home by up to 15 degrees! That also means that your air conditioner won’t have to work overtime to cool your home, which can lower your electric bill. Solar screens can make your home more livable. They offer shade to bright rooms and reduce the glare on your television, computer and other electronic devices. With less UV light coming in through your windows, you will see less fading and wear on your furniture, flooring and home décor. On top of that, solar screens can increase the privacy within your home. The screens restrict the view in through your windows, while still maintaining your view to the outside. Additionally, solar screen are stronger and more durable than traditional window screens. There will be no problems standing up to pets, children and other stressors.

How can I have solar screens installed on my windows?

If you are ready to enjoy more comfortable temperatures in your home this summer, lower your electric bills and enhance your home’s privacy, call A to Z Window Screens to set up a solar screen consultation today! When it comes to your new solar screens, you can choose from custom colors, decorative grid patterns, and screen thickness. Our solar screen experts will walk you through all of your solar screen options to help you choose the solar screens that will provide you with the greatest benefit while enhancing the exterior look of your home.

Don’t wait to discover how solar screens can benefit your home! With summer just around the corner, have your solar screens installed now so you can reap the benefits in Sacramento’s blistering summer heat. Call A to Z Window Screens today!

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