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All About Retractable Screens

As you prepare your home for spring, there’s one accessory you should be considering: Retractable screens! Retractable screens allow you to enjoy the breeze and keep the bugs out while still enjoying the temperate spring weather. Here’s what you need to know about retractable screens for your home.

How retractable screens work

Retractable screens are a simple technology, but they stand to revolutionize your home. Retractable screens are installed in a discrete housing on one side of your door jamb. When the screen is not in use, it’s rolled away out of site. When you do want to use the screen, you simply pull it across the doorway opening and secure it in place. With a retractable screen door, you have a screen in place when you want it and an unobstructed door when you need it. That allows you to enjoy pleasantly breezy days without having to worry about screen doors altering the look of your home or obstructing the vistas from your windows when your screen doors aren’t in use.

Where to use retractable screen doors

Retractable screens can be used in a variety of ways around your home. They’re perfect for any doorway that you don’t want to have obstructed with a screen. They can be used on sliding patio doors so that the view from half of the doorway doesn’t have to be obstructed with a screen. They’re a popular solution for double French doors, which often can’t be fitted with traditional screen doors, as well as any other unusual doorway openings that won’t fit a traditional screen door. For people who have ornate front doors that they don’t want to block with a traditional screen door, a retractable screen allows the front door to be seen as it should be, while still allowing you to open the front door to let a breeze in when you want to. Retractable screens also are popular for doorways that connect the house to the garage; they allow for a screen door when it’s convenient, but homeowners don’t have to deal with the added barrier of a swinging screen door when they’re carrying in groceries or loading or unloading the car.

Who to call about retractable screen door installation

If you’re ready to realize the benefits of retractable screen doors in your home, call A to Z Window Screens to schedule a consultation today! We install Clearview Retractable Screen Doors, an industry leader in retractable screens. Our screen experts can visit your home to talk to you about retractable screen doors and how they could meet your needs. Get your home ready for spring’s pleasant temperatures by calling to learn more about Clearview Retractable Screens from A to Z Window Screens today!

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5 signs you should invest in a security door

Have you been contemplating the addition of a security screen door on your home? If you’re trying to decide, here are five signs you need a security door.

Sign 1: Your house feels stuffy

On warm spring days, does your home tend to feel stuffy? Do you wish you could let some more air in to cool your rooms and make your home more comfortable? A security door allows you to do just that. When you have a security screen door on your home, you can open your front door to let in pleasant breezes and air out your home. Your security screen door also can help to create cross ventilation: If your front door is open, air will flow better through other open windows and doors in your home, creating a comfortable airflow pattern through your home.

Sign 2: You worry about the security of your home

Do you find yourself leaving your door closed because you worry that your screen door poses a security threat? Most screen doors are flimsy and easy for intruders to make their way through. That’s not the case with security screen doors. Security screen doors feature tough alloy frames, reinforced hinges and screens that can’t be cut through. You can even outfit your door with a deadbolt lock. Security screen doors are so hard for criminals to penetrate that most security screen doors even come with a guarantee against intruders.

Sign 3: You would like to increase your home’s energy efficiency

Security screen doors can help to lower your home’s heating and cooling bills. On hot summer days, your security screen door will help to deflect sunlight and provide shade to your front door, decreasing the temperature within your home. On cold winter days, your security screen door provides and additional layer of insulation. When the weather is pleasantly warm, you will be able to throw open your front door and let the breeze cool your home, rather than relying on air conditioning.

Sign 4: You want to add style to your home

Gone are the days when security doors meant ugly, prison-like bars across the front door. Today’s security doors bring a sense of style to your home. From contemporary to traditional, security doors come in a variety of styles. You can choose a color for your security door to complement your home. You can even opt for a hand-crafted custom security screen door! If you want the security of a screen door but prefer the look of a traditional screen door, you can install a security screen door that’s made to look like a regular screen door, without any metal overlay.

Sign 5: Your current screen door has seen better days

If your existing screen door is in disrepair, a security door can offer the perfect replacement. Replacing your outdated screen door with a security screen door can allow you to enjoy the breeze without the bugs while securing your home, decreasing your energy bills and upgrading the look of your home.

If you would like to see which security screen door options would suit your home, call A to Z Window Screens to schedule an appointment today.

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ClearView Retractable Screens for your home

Retractable Screens ClearView Image - Sacramento CA - A to Z WindowScreen doors can be a fabulous addition to your home: They allow you to open up your doors and let the breeze in on beautiful days.

Traditional screen doors can be a challenge or an inconvenience, however. They mean opening and closing two doors when you exit or enter your home, which can be an annoyance especially when your hands are full. They can block the view from your doors, or change the aesthetic of your home. And traditional screen doors aren’t an option for French doors or doors that open outward.

With ClearView retractable screen doors, you can have it all! ClearView provides screen doors that roll out when you want to open our doors and enjoy the breeze and then roll away when you want to keep them hidden. They can be outfitted to virtually any door, including traditional doors, sliding doors, French doors and doors that open outward.

The ClearView difference

ClearView retractable screen doors beat the competition in terms of look and function. When they are not in use, ClearView screens roll neatly into housings that blend seamlessly with your door frames, so they don’t detract from the look of your home. ClearView retractable screen doors are the only doors that don’t snap back into place; ClearView’s patented slow close technology provides a gentle closing motion that protects against pinched fingers and feet. On top of that, ClearView retractable screen doors are made in the U.S.A. with 33 percent more aluminum and high-quality nylon components. That means ClearView retractable screen doors are stronger and more durable and will hold their color and continue to glide easily for years to come. In fact, ClearView retractable screen doors feature lifetime warranties!

Your ClearView retractable screen doors

While all ClearView retractable screen doors begin with a quality base design, ClearView offers a host of options for customizing your retractable screen door to match your home and your needs. Some available upgrades include:

  • Specialty screen materials. You can upgrade your ClearView retractable screen door to a Super Screen, which is five times more durable than a traditional mesh screen, or upgrade to a Solar Screen to block 60 percent of the sun’s UV rays and heat.
  • Locks. If you prefer the security of a locked door, your ClearView retractable screen door can be installed with locks.
  • Custom colors. ClearView doors come in 11 color options, but if you don’t find a color to suit your home, we can customize your door with one of 300 colors!
  • Crown molding. ClearView’s decalum crown molding will add a more polished look to your retractable screen door and can make the upper track more durable. It can also help to keep your door in place on extremely windy days.
  • Interior magnets. Upgrade to interior door magnets to keep magnets hidden from view.
  • Ergonomically designed handles. Upgraded handles feature a smoother design that’s mean to be easier on hands.

Call for your consultation today!

If you are ready to open your doors and enjoy the fall breeze, call A to Z Window Screens to schedule your consultation and learn more about ClearView retractable screen doors.

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We Love Serving Sacramento!

We are proud to serve Sacramento, CA and the surrounding areas!

We are proud to serve Sacramento, CA and the surrounding areas!

For those of you fortunate enough to live in Sacramento, consider yourself blessed. Everything from the picturesque views, our colorful history, the phenomenal climate, and our varied and diverse citizens make for the ultimate way of life. AtoZ Window Screens offers a unique assortment of products to help our neighbors in and around Sacramento enjoy the year round beautiful weather here. It’s a beautiful day in out neighborhood…won’t you be our neighbor!

SECURITY & SCREEN DOORS

We can handle all of your screen door needs! Screen doors—swinging screen doors, sliding patio screen doors, and ClearView retractable disappearing screen doors—help to improve air circulation on a hot summer day, when your furnace heater is dusty, and when you’re cooking something aromatic in the kitchen. Screen doors allow for more natural lighting and can help reduce your electric bills and can also beautify your home (many have nice architectural elements that can compliment your home’s existing architecture). Lastly, screen doors are very easy to repair (if the dogs or kids break through, it costs far less to repair a screen door than a glass or metal door).

We can handle all of your security door needs as well! When many people hear the term security door, they immediately begin picturing something reminiscent or the traditional (and unsightly) jail bar doors. Trust me when I tell you that this is NOT what we offer. We can provide you with a strong security door that doesn’t detract from the overall look of your home. These doors will help you breathe easy knowing that you’ve got a secure barrier that’ll let the beautiful cross-breezes in, yet at the same time keeps both the bugs and the thugs out!

WINDOW SCREENS

We carry a wide assortment of window screens: sun/solar screens, privacy screens, bug screens, and pet screens. Window screens are a very practical addition to your window to assist with keeping he bugs and debris outside when your windows are open while still allowing the fresh air to circulate. With an AtoZ window screen, you’ll be able to leave your windows open and enjoy the nice breeze that will flow through your home. Sun/solar screens will block out the harmful UV rays that can damage your furniture. Privacy screens will allow you to walk around your home comfortably without worrying about nosy neighbors peering in. Bug screens will keep the bugs where they belong…outside. Pet screens will hold up much better to the wear and tear that only our pets can exert on things. Either way you go, AtoZ has your windows covered!

So if you want the cool delta breeze without all of the bugs, or if you need relief from the sun’s heat, glare, and UV rays, you’ve come to the right place. The professional staff at AtoZ Window Screens looks forward to delighting you with our expert, top-notch service and expertise. When you think of window screens, screen doors, or security doors in the Sacramento area, we want you to think of us first. You’ll need to see all of our screen products to believe us when we say we’ve got you covered!

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Spring into Action! March 20th is the first day of spring!

We can help repair your window screens for the Spring!

We can help repair your window screens for the Spring!

Did you know that Spring is finally here! Today (March 20th) is the first day of spring, and warm weather and sunshine are just around the corner.

Traditionally, spring cleaning chores are performed about this time of year, so let me put something on your radar that you probably haven’t been thinking about: Your Window Screens!
When the warm spring weather appears, one of the first things we like to do is open our doors and windows in order to air out the house!
But opening the house up to mother nature’s gentle breezes can be a drag if you have bent, broken, missing, or ripped window screens!
If you need new screens for your windows, or want to have a high end screen door or security door installed, NOW is the time to call A to Z Window Screens! Calling early in the season while it’s still somewhat cooler will ensure your wait times are as short as possible…. if you procrastinate like everyone else, you may end up waiting up to six weeks for new window screens due to the high volume we experience at the first bit of warm weather.
So don’t wait! SPRING into action this spring and get your window screens repaired and replaced in time for the nice weather that’s right around the corner!
We can be reached at 916-408-2496.

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Daylight Savings = 10% off Window Screen Savings!

Save 10% off Window Screens with our Daylight Savings Time Special!

Save 10% off Window Screens with our Daylight Savings Time Special!

Don’t forget that today (Sunday March 8) is Daylight Savings….the day we move our clocks forward one hour in order to make better use of the natural daylight by setting your clock forward one hour during the summer months, and back one hour again in the fall. Here are a few fun facts about Daylight Savings you may not have known:

• Spring daylight saving time in the northern hemisphere is between March and April and ends between September and November as the countries return to Standard Time.

• US inventor and politician Benjamin Franklin first proposed the concept of DST in 1784, but modern Daylight Saving Time first saw the light of day, in 1895 when an entomologist from New Zealand, George Vernon Hudson, presented a proposal for a two-hour daylight saving shift. Germany was the first country to implement DST on April 30, 1916 when the clocks were set forward at 11 pm (23:00).

• Today clocks are almost always set one hour back or ahead, but throughout history there have been several variations, like half adjustment (30 minutes) or double adjustment (two hours), and adjustments of 20 and 40 minutes have also been used. A two-hour adjustment was used in several countries during the 1940s and elsewhere at times.

• As a result of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, many parts of the United States observe Daylight Saving Time (DST) on the second Sunday in March until the first Sunday in November. The Act does not alter the rights of the states and territories that choose not to observe daylight saving time. Arizona is one of the states in the United States that are exempt from Daylight Saving Time.

• Last fun fact: Did you know that daylight savings time could mean savings on window screens for you? To celebrate daylight savings, we decided that we’d make you an offer you couldn’t refuse: 10% off any window insect screen or sliding patio screen door (KD Doors) purchase of 100 sqft or more at once before March 31st, 2015. Can’t be combined with any other offer. Excludes sun screens, screen doors, and security doors. Good for only new orders and you must mention this ad at time of purchase. Prior or existing orders not eligible.

Never too early to think about new sun screens!

Sunscreens can enhance the look of your home! Get yours now before summer!

Get your sunscreen now before summer!

With the beautiful year round temperatures here in Sacramento, it should come as no surprise that many homeowners want to keep their home’s comfortable without the added expense of running the A/C. Would you like to be able to keep your house cooler while saving energy and avoiding an A/C war with your family all at the same time? It’s never too early to think about new sunscreens for your home!

SOLAR ENERGY IS AN EVERPRESENT FACTOR

Solar energy is a free energy resource that when properly managed can be used to provide needed daylighting and heat energy in a building. Unmanaged solar heat gain introduces heat energy into a building when and where it’s not needed. When sunlight enters your home, it turns into heat, which in turn increases the amount of electric energy required to maintain comfortable conditions within the building. You’ll keep your house cooler if you reduce solar heat gain by keeping sunlight out. Shading devices can be a very effective way to lessen solar heat gain. Exterior shading is more effective at reducing solar gains than interior shades (mini blinds are a common example) because the solar heat absorbed or deflected by the shading device isn’t transferred into the building. Sunscreens are a perfect exterior shading option for all homeowners!

NEW SUNSCREENS MIGHT BE THE ANSWER

The majority of sunlight striking an unprotected glass window passes through into your home, while only a small percentage is reflected. Sunscreens dramatically reduce the amount of sunlight striking the window. Most of the sun’s heat is absorbed or reflected by the screen and carried away by convective air currents created by the warm screen. Sunscreens are made to reduce anywhere from 80-90% of the sun’s heat before it enters your home via your windows. This significant reduction decreases the amount of heat that your air conditioning unit has to remove from your home. Absorbing heat and dispersing it into the air surrounding the screen significantly lower the amount of heat that actually reaches the window.

SUNSCREEN BENEFITS

You may be wondering if new sunscreens are right for you and your home. This is a valid question. Sunscreens offer many benefits, such as:

• Saving energy by reducing you’re A/C use up to 30%;
• Reducing utility costs (this reduction alone will often pay for the sunscreens within 2-4 years);
• Reducing fading and sun rot on your furniture, drapes and carpet (which is commonly caused by the sun’s harsh UV rays);
• Making your home more inviting and less cave-like (face it, keeping your shades/curtains/blinds closed all day really reduces the amount of natural lighting inside your home); and
• Increasing your daytime privacy by allowing you to see out (unobstructed views are nice) while not allowing anyone to see in.

In an attempt to keep the house cool, many homeowners shut their blinds or curtains. Unfortunately for them, that’s not a very effective method, as shutting the interior window coverings only keeps the direct sunlight from pouring into the room. Unbeknownst to you, the window’s hot glass is still radiating heat past the window coverings. Need an added bit of encouragement to make the decision to have new sunscreens installed? Many utility companies (SMUD, PG&E and Roseville Electric to name a few) believe so strongly in sunscreens that they often offer their residential customers a sizable rebate for installing them! Rebate offers vary from year to year and usually are available until funds run out. A to Z is familiar with all current rebate programs and will be happy to help you obtain and complete all necessary forms. Any of our sales representatives would be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding current utility rebates or our many sunscreen options. Call us today!

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Swinging Screen Doors

Do you have children who are constantly running in and out of your home? Do they slam the door shut behind them? Has your screen door slammed shut so many times that it’s beginning to lose its shape and no longer fits correctly? Have no fear! You’ve come to the right place. There are different types of screen doors but swinging screen doors are the perfect choice for quality, strength and insect protection. If you’re in the market for a quality swinging screen door, the professionals at A to Z Window Screens are here to take care of you throughout the process. We have been selling and installing high quality custom screen doors for over a decade. With over 10,000 customers served, we know exactly what you want.

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So you’re in the market for a swinging screen door? You’ll want to choose one that looks good both today and for many years to come. We offer anything from simple and traditional all the way to contemporary and modern and everything in between. This allows us to meet the needs and wants of a varied customer base. Your home says a lot about you, so why not make a statement!

Because every one of our swinging screen doors are built to order, we can guarantee a perfect fit every time. Companies who mass produce doors often believe that a one size fits all mentality is the way to go. Unfortunately for those companies who adhere to this line of thinking, their one size fits all products typically end up fitting very few (if any at all). Lucky for you, we’re not one of those companies. Instead, we’ll send one of our technicians to your home to get the exact measurements of your specific doorjamb so we can custom make one to fit your door’s opening as perfectly as possible.

Do you need a new swinging screen door? If not a whole door, do you need replacement screens for your swinging door? Either way, the professionals at A to Z Window Screens are here to help. As with our other products, swinging screen doors are available in a wide variety of both styles and colors. Whether your doorjamb is perfectly shaped or hard to fit, our technicians are trained to install any swinging door application that you may have. Special sizes are no problem either! For your convenience, we also carry a variety of moldings, windowsill adapters and door sweeps to address unusual variations in the installation of your door.

We love our customers and feel blessed that they have chosen to put their trust in us. We understand that you could’ve chosen to do business with another company but opted to put your faith in us. We do not take this lightly. We take pride in the fact that we’ve never has a complaint filed with the CA Contractors State License Board and plan to keep it that way. We’re confident that you’ll see for yourself that our swinging screen doors are top quality. We go to great lengths and take immense pride in making sure you’re fully satisfied with your entire purchasing experience.

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Keep the Afternoon Sun out with a Custom Solar Screen

A custom solar screen can keep your house cooler

A custom solar screen can keep your house cooler

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!

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