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Tips for protecting your home while you are on vacation

Summertime is vacation time. To relax and enjoy your vacation, you need to know that your home is safe and secure while you are away. At A to Z Window Screens, we care about the safety of your home so much, and that’s why we are here to share some tips for protecting your home while you are on vacation.

Make sure your home is well maintained

front view of a lovely homeWhen you leave for vacation, you don’t want your home to take on an abandoned look. Make sure your lawn is mowed and garden beds are weeded before you leave. If you plan to be gone for an extended period of time, arrange to have someone else mow the lawn, tend your garden and water your plants. Make sure garbage bins aren’t left out by the road. You want to make sure that your home looks well cared for and well maintained while you are gone.

Put your lights on timers

Another step you can take to prevent your home from seeming abandoned when you are gone is to have your lights turn on and off while you are away. You can use the old trick of rigging some of your lamps to timers, or if you have a “smart” home, you can use an app and a smartphone to turn your lights on at random times while you are away. Having your lights turn on and off while you are away will prevent your home from looking “empty” while you’re enjoying your vacation.

Don’t leave your home unguarded

There are plenty of ways to guard your home while you are away. There are traditional alarm companies — if you already have one or plan to install one when you are away, be sure to alert the company. You can also install inexpensive outdoor security cameras. To keep an eye on your home yourself, you can install motion-activated cameras around your home that send an alert to your smartphone when one of the cameras is engaged.

Install privacy screens

Your windows allow anyone to take a peek into your home, especially when you are away. You can block your windows from nosy neighbors or potential intruders with privacy screens from A to Z Window Screens. Security screens have thicker, darker mesh than traditional window screens. They still maintain the view, but they make it difficult for anyone outside to see what’s happening inside your home. When you’re on vacation, privacy screens can make it more difficult to tell that you are away.

Secure your doors with security screen doors

You can even add an extra layer of protection to your entry doors with security screen doors from A to Z Window Screens. Security screen doors have heavy-duty metal frames that are installed in your home so they can’t be kicked or pried open. The mesh is made from metal alloys that can’t be slashed with a knife or razor. Some security screens feature added metal detailing that adds to the security and the beauty of the doors.

If you are ready to go out of town, take the steps necessary to keep your home at maximum security so you can relax and enjoy your vacation. Let A to Z Window Screens help! We will outfit your home with privacy screens or security screen doors to keep intruders out. Call to schedule a consultation today!

Getting Prepared for an Open Home

Spring’s pleasant temperatures can tempt you to open your doors and windows to let the fresh air in. Airing out your home in the  spring, and throughout the year, isn’t just a matter of taking in pleasant breezes and temperatures, chirping birds and a fresh atmosphere; it also can make your home healthier. 

According to the U.S. EPA, poor indoor air quality can aggravate allergies and lung conditions and pose serious health risks. In addition to dust, dander and mold, your indoor air is filled with chemicals that enter the air from your furniture, flooring and cleaning products. Opening your doors and windows to air out your home can improve indoor air quality by giving these indoor air pollutants a way to exit your home and filling your home with the much healthier outdoor air.

Before you open your windows and doors to let the stale air out and the fresh air in, you will need to prepare your home’s windows and doors to keep pests out and keep your home secure. Here’s how you can prepare your home to be an open home.

Replace damaged or missing window screens.

If your windows aren’t outfitted with proper window screens in good repair, you are opening your home up to bugs, birds and other nuisances. While the home-improvement does provide some options for repairing and replacing window screens, you will find that repair kits leave unsightly patches and warp screen frames. And replacement window screens don’t come in common sizes. The best way to deal with missing or damaged window screens for your open home is to seek custom window screen replacement.

Install screen doors.

Many homes don’t have screens on their doorways that allow for an open home. You can fix this with a variety of screen door options. There are traditional swinging and sliding screen doors, as well as rollaway screen doors that can be pulled over the doorway when you want to let the fresh air in and rolled away when you don’t want a screen in place. Whether you have sliding doors, traditional doors or French doors, you can find a screen door to fit.

Secure your home.

If security concerns keep you from opening your home, there are security screen door products that let in the breeze without comprising security. Security screen doors feature tough door frames that lock into place so they can’t be kicked or pressed in. The screen mesh is made from metal that can’t be sliced with a razor or knife.

Explore your screen options.

If you worry that traditional screens aren’t suitable for your home, there are plenty of options for customizing your window and door screens to suit your needs. You can opt for more durable pet screens that resist tears and pressure from pets, or solar screens that shade your home to lower your home-cooling bills. Window and door screens also come in a variety of color options to suit your home’s style.

If you’re ready to improve indoor air quality by opening your home to the fresh air, A to Z Window Screens can help! We have a variety of window and door screen options to suit your needs, and all of our screen products are custom built for your home. Call to schedule your consultation today!

Back to School… And Don’t Let the Screen Door Hit You On the Way Out!

Advantages of Screen DoorsIt’s that time of year again: The kids are ready to head back to school! As you prepare your kids for their first day, don’t forget to prepare your home. Your kids will need a functional screen door to help them exit and enter your home as they travel to and from school each day. A to Z Window Screens can help make sure your home is ready to accommodate your school-bound kids this fall. Here are your screen door options for preparing your home for the back-to-school season.

Made-to-order screen doors

If your traditional screen door is in need of repair, A to Z Window Screens can custom fit your door with a replacement screen door. Whether it’s a sliding or swinging screen door you need to have replaced, A to Z will manufacture a screen to your specifications. Our screen doors are made from sturdy metal that won’t bend, warp or weaken over time. And, we offer a host of screen door options so you can design the custom screen door to fit your needs and your tastes.

Pet screen doors

Whether you have a pet who is eager to greet your kids as they return home or kids who are overexcited to rush out the door to school, pet screen doors add a level of durability so they stand up to your pets or your kids. Pet screens are made from a tough fiber coated in PVC to make the screens seven times stronger than traditional bug screens. A to Z Window Screens can outfit your custom-made screen door with durable pet screens to ensure that your screen doors will weather the abuse from your school-bound children.

Retractable screen doors

Clearview retractable screen doors might be the perfect screen product for those with kids. Clearview retractable screen doors roll securely over your doorway when you want a screen in place and roll safely out of the way when you don’t want a screen door in your way. Clearview retractable screen doors are known for their patented speed reducer technology, which slows the trajectory of the screen doors as they open so they won’t trap kids’ fingers or toes.

Security screen doors

Do you love to open the doors to enjoy the breeze while the kids are at school? Do you want your kids to be able to come home to an open, airy house? Security screen doors allow you to open your home to fresh air without opening your home to criminals. Security screen doors are made from heavy-duty metal frames that can’t be pulled away or bent when locked into place. The mesh is made from metal that can’t be cut open or pushed in to gain access to the home. And, all of A to Z Window Screens’ security screen doors are made without metal bars so they accent the look of your home and ensure that your kids are being welcomed home from school and not feeling like they’re entering a prison.

Don’t let the screen door hit your kid on their way back to school! Outfit your home this fall with a new screen door from A to Z Window Screens! Call to schedule your consultation today.

How Security Doors Can Give Peace of Mind

As temperatures warm, homeowners always seem to be faced with a dilemma. Open up the windows and doors to enjoy the breeze or stay safe and secure behind locked doors and windows. But there’s a solution that can allow you to enjoy pleasant spring weather while instilling a peace of mind: Security screen doors.

About security screen doors

Security screen doors are designed to allow you to open your home to enjoy the breeze like traditional screen doors, but as the name suggests, security screen doors go further. Security screen doors are designed to protect your home from intruders. When you have a security screen door in place, you’re protected by:

• A break-in-resistant door frame. Security screen doors are made of tougher metals than traditional screen doors. Generally, doors are constructed of stainless steel, industrial aluminum or other alloys. Regardless of material, all security screen door frames are engineered to be able to withstand the force of an attempted break-in.

• Specialized mountings. Security screen doors are installed with flush mountings. These specialized mountings give the doors added strength, and they make it difficult for doors to be pried open or removed for burglars to gain entry.

• Tougher screen materials. Many security screen doors either come or can be installed, with tougher mesh that can’t be forced through or cut. Security screens can be made from stainless steel or coated mesh that make doors nearly impossible for criminals to break through.

• Secure locks. Security screen doors lock firmly into place. When you’re home, you can turn the lock to keep your security screen door tightly in place. Many security screen doors come with a variety of lock options so you can choose the lock system that feels most secure for your home.

• Warranties. It’s impossible to prevent 100 percent of break-ins, but most security screen door companies are so confident in their products and their products’ ability to keep your home safe, that they offer warranties to replace doors, and some of the home damage or theft costs, if an intruder is able to bypass your security screen door and enter your home.

Installing a security screen door in your home

Many homeowners avoid security screen doors because they associate them with ugly barred doors and windows, but that couldn’t be further from the truth! Security screen doors come in a variety of styles, and they are made to enhance the look of your home. And because they are made strong enough to withstand the force of an intruder, they’re also strong enough to withstand the elements and will stay looking great for years to come.

With all of the security features that comprise security screen doors, you can have peace of mind, whether you’re looking for an added level of security on your doors or you’re looking to enjoy the spring breeze while keeping your home secure. Call A to Z Window Screens to learn more about your security screen door options today.