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Some questions you might have about sun screens

If you’re looking to lower your home’s energy costs and cut the glare and heat of the sun, you should consider adding sun screens or solar screens, to your home. To help you learn more about our sun screens and solar screens, here are some answers to the most popular questions we get asked often.

How do sun screens work?

all kinds of screensSun screens are made from a thicker, denser mesh coated in PVC. The denser mesh works in three ways. First, they provide additional shade for your windows. They reflect sunlight away, which reduce the amount of heat and rays that transfer through your windows. Solar screens also capture the heat of the sun on its way to your windows and dissipate that heat away. This prevents the glass in your windows from heating up while also radiating heat into your home.

How big of an impact do solar screens have on your home’s energy bills?

People always want to know how well solar screens work. The answer is they have a significant difference on the heat gain in your home. Solar screens can lower the temperature in your home by 8 to 15 degrees, which means your air conditioner doesn’t have to work nearly as hard to cool your home on those hot summer days. Because your home doesn’t heat up to extreme temperatures, solar screens can also help you save money on your home’s energy bills.

Do solar screens darken your home?

Some people worry that solar screens will make their home too dark. In reality, solar screens cut the sunlight coming into your home by 15 to 25 percent. For many homeowners, this low level of light is often a benefit. Without solar screens, windows that receive direct afternoon light are sometimes too warm to sit near during the summer. They also provide uncomfortable glares within your home.

Do sun screens block your view?

Sun screens have a thicker mesh than traditional window screens. Solar screens come in different thicknesses, so you will have some say in the intensity of your screen’s look. Because the mesh is thicker, sun screens are more noticeable within a window or door. However, as with traditional window screens, you won’t notice the screens in your window as you get used to it.

Do all windows need solar screens?

You can get all the benefits of sun screens without have them installed on every window in your home. Sun screens should be installed on the sides of your home that are hit with the heat of the day, generally the west and south sides of your home. However, some homeowners opt to install sun screens on more windows for privacy or uniformity.

How do I get sun screens installed on my home?

Most homeowners don’t realize until they look at screen options that window screens don’t come in standard sizes. This means installing new screens including sun screens, usually requires custom installation. Installing sun screens need to begin with a consultation with our professionals, then we will proceed to measurement and installation. If you’re interested in saving money with solar screens, call A to Z Window Screens to schedule your consultation now!

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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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Prepare for Spring with New Screens

Sacramento may be in the grips of winter’s cool temperatures, but spring will be here before you know it! To prepare your home fully for warmer temperatures, it’s time to prepare with new screens. From repairing damaged screen doors to outfitting your windows with energy-saving solar screens, A to Z Window Screens can help you prepare your windows, doors and patios for spring.

Replacement Bug Screens

Bug screens are one of the first things to show wear on the outside of your home. Whether its from a pet’s claws or bearing the brunt of California wind and sun, screens break down over time. In addition to affecting the look of your home, worn screens fail to do their job. Unfortunately, replacing window screens isn’t as easy as going to the hardware store to buy replacements; there is no standard screen size; patches can only make your screens look worse; and stretching new screen mesh over an old frame will only make the frame-warp and bow. A to Z Window Screens can outfit your windows with new custom-made bug screens that will look great, let the breeze in and keep pests out!

Pet Screens

Nothing is as hard on window and door screens as pets. Cats love to scratch and climb, and over-eager dogs push or scratch at screen doors. If your pets have taken a toll on your window and door screens, have A to Z Window Screens replaced your damaged screens with pet screens! Pet screens are made from a stronger, coated screen mesh that resists claw scratches and tearing due to pets’ body weight.

Solar Screens

Are you looking to lower your home energy bills this summer? Solar screens can help lower the temperature in your home by as much as 15 degrees! That means a reduced load on your air conditioner, less UV damage to you flooring and furnishing, no bright sunny glares and a more comfortable home all summer long.

Security Screen Doors

Do you want to leave your doors open to let in the cool spring breeze but worry about the security of your home? Security screen doors from A to Z Window Screens has you covered! Security screen doors feature specialized mesh that can’t be kicked in or slashed, and stronger frames keep doors security in place, so intruders can’t just bust in. With security screen doors, you can keep your home safe from criminals while still allowing you to enjoy the breeze.

Retractable Screen Doors

Retractable screen doors are there when you want them and roll away when you don’t! When you opt for a retractable screen door from A to Z Window Screens, you can enjoy the benefits of a screen door when you want it and simply roll it away when it’s not needed.

Roll-away screens
Screens aren’t just for windows and doors! A to Z Window Screens can install rollaway screens around your patio, deck or framed backyard space so you can block the bugs and the shade when you need to and enjoy the view when you want to.

Warmer temperatures will be here before you know it — and so will your tax return. Schedule your consultation with A to Z Window Screens today so you can prepare your windows, doors and patio space for warmer weather.

Enjoy the Outdoor Weather with Quality Window Screens

Fall brings delightful temperatures to the Sacramento area, but to best enjoy the outdoor weather, you need quality window screens! Quality window screens let the breeze in while keeping the bugs out. Window screens come with other benefits, as well! Depending on the types of screens you choose, window screens can upgrade the look of your home, save you money on your energy bills, give you added privacy and security, and keep your pets safe.

Benefits of Quality Window Screens

With beautiful weather, the primary function of window screens becomes obvious; quality window screens keep bugs out while letting the breeze in. If your window screens are warped or torn, they won’t work. Without quality window screens, you can’t enjoy the pleasant fall temperatures. Even worse, you could find yourself cranking the air conditioning to compensate for having to keep your windows closed, which leaves you with higher energy bills. If your home is without window screens, if you are missing screens in some windows, or if rips, tears or warping have rendered your screens unusable, now is the time to have them replaced with quality window screens so you can enjoy the weather!

Elements of a Quality Window Screen

Not all window screens are created equal. If you have window screens that are warped, bent, ripped or rusted, you probably know that a low-quality window shows its age quickly. A quality window screen will stand up to the elements year after year. So how do you judge a quality window screen from one that will need to be replaced? A quality window screen is custom-made to fit your windows. The frames will support perfectly tensioned screens, and the frames will have sturdy metal corners rather than cheap plastic corners that become brittle and crack over time.

Window Screen Options

Fresh air isn’t the only thing you stand to gain from new, quality window screens. There are a variety of window screen options to meet your unique needs and provide you with the benefits you seek. Some window screen options include:

  • Pet screens. Pet screens feature a heavy-duty mesh that’s meant to stand up to animal’s claws and animals enthusiasm to prevent rips and tears.
  • Solar screens. Solar screens are made from thicker fibers and a denser weave to help block the sun’s light and heat from your home. They can help reduce the load on your air conditioner by as much as 30 percent.
  • Retractable screens. If you want to enjoy the breeze and the other benefits that come with window screens but don’t want to block your view, retractable screens are the answer! Retractable screens roll down when you want to use them and roll away when you want to open up your view.
  • Decorative screens. Screens can complement your home’s style. You can choose screens in custom colors or with decorative grids to suit your taste and the look of your home.

Call to Schedule Your Consultation Today!

If you’re ready to enjoy the weather with quality screens, call A to Z Window Screens to schedule a consultation today! We’ll present you with your screen option and provide you with quotes so you can pick the screens that best fit your needs and your budget.

The Clearview Retractable Screen Difference

Screen doors present homeowners with a dilemma. Screens can increase home efficiency. In addition, allow you to open up your doors to enjoy the breeze while keeping out bugs and other pests. However, they come with some disadvantages. Blocking your view, snapping closed dangerously hard, and getting in the way when you are carrying food outside are just a few.

At A to Z Window Screens, we can help you solve this dilemma with Clearview Retractable Screens! With Clearview Retractable screen doors, you can enjoy all of the benefits of screen doors without the drawbacks.

About Clearview Retractable Screens

Clearview Retractable Screens are unlike any other screen doors on the market. These screens roll up into a small hose on one side of your door frame. When you want to have a screen door in place, they roll smoothly across their track and over your doorway. That means with Clearview Retractable Screens, you have a screen door when you want to open up your home and enjoy the breeze. Plus, you can store away the door when you want an unobstructed opening. Whether it’s allowing you to carry things in and out of the house without a barrier or to allow you to have an unobstructed view through your door.

Another major difference with Clearview Retractable Screens: The doors are guaranteed not to snap into place. Clearview’s patented Safe Glide speed reducer means your screen slides safely and slowly. Now you don’t have to worry about having your heels caught by an opening or closing door. Also, you don’t have to worry about children pinching their fingers or about pets pinching paws or tails. Clearview Retractable Screens provide you with a safe alternative to traditional screen doors that can pose a hazard to you, your children, or your pets.

Customize Your Screen Door

Clearview Retractable Screens also differ from other screen doors and other retractable screens. How? You can customize them to your home! Clearview Retractable Screens come in a variety of colors, so you can be sure that your screen door fits with your home’s style. They can be outfitted to single door frames, French doors, or sliding doors. Clearview Retractable screen doors can also be made of traditional screen mesh. That’s not all. Other choices like solar mesh screening, that blocks up to 60 percent of the sun’s heat to make your home more efficient; or security screening, which is five times stronger than traditional fiberglass screening.

Call A to Z Window Screens to hear more about Clearview Retractable Screens!

Are you ready to enjoy the benefits of a screen door, without the pitfalls of traditional screen doors? Then throw away the hassle of always dealing with two doors, the dangerous snap of a traditional screen door, and the obstructed view! Call A to Z Window Screens to hear more about Clearview Retractable Screens, and how you can customize your Clearview Retractable screen door to fit your home and your needs.

Climate Change Is Real! Fight It With Solar Screens.

In Sacramento, we know that climate change is real. June took us from pleasant 80-degree temperatures to searing 100-degree temperatures! July and August promise more of the same hot, steamy temperatures. All of that heat can place a burden on your air conditioner and can cause your electricity bills to soar. A to Z Window Screens can help you fight climate change in your home with our solar screens!

Block the heat with solar screens!

When the sun hits your windows, the temperature inside your home can skyrocket. The heat transfer from you windows can make your living spaces unbearable or overtax your air conditioner as it fights to keep your home cool and comfortable. Solar screens combat that heat transfer by blocking the sunlight before it reaches your windows.

With their thicker mesh, solar screens shade your windows from the sun’s rays, reflect the sunlight away from your window and absorb the sun’s heat, dispersing it around the screen instead of into your home. Depending on the style you choose, sun screens can block up to 90 percent of the sun’s heat from your windows! That can lower the temperature in your home by 15 degrees and reduce the burden on your air conditioner by 30 percent! That increased energy efficiency means your home will be cooler and more comfortable with lower energy bills and less of an environmental impact.

Protect your home décor and cut the glare!

Solar screens can benefit your home during the summer’s hot months in other ways, too! Sun screens protect your flooring, furniture and home décor from the sun’s harmful UV rays. That can extend the life of your home furnishings by slowing fading, cracking and peeling caused by the sun’s damaging rays. Sun screens also can make your home more comfortable by reducing the glare on your television and computer.

Call A to Z Window Screens to learn more about your solar screen options!

If you are ready to combat climate change in your home with solar screens, call A to Z Window Screens to schedule a consultation today! When you buy your sun screens from A to Z Window Screens, you have a host of options to suit your home’s needs and your personal taste. Solar screens come in lightweight varieties that block 65 percent of the sun’s rays to super screens that block 90 percent. Sun screens come in a variety of colors, and A to Z Window Screens has a variety of decorative accents for solar screens so they can add aesthetic value along with their energy saving benefits! In Sacramento, July and August bring, perhaps, the most dramatic climate change with triple-digit temperatures and glaring sunlight. Get your solar screens now to realize their climate-fighting benefits for the remainder of the summer!

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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.

Tax Day Special!

You’ve filed your taxes…. Now what to do with your Return….?

Today is the big “T.D.”… and no, I don’t mean Touchdown.

Today is TAX DAY. If this is the first you’ve heard of it, it’s probably too late for you…. For the rest of you upright and responsible citizens, however, you’ve probably already filed your taxes and are eagerly awaiting your tax return. Lucky You!

And speaking of “lucky for you”, I am here to help you spend your tax return in a sensible and responsible manner (ha ha)!

Rather than squandering all that dough on frivolous consumption, why don’t you INVEST it in something that MAKES you money? Intrigued?

If the sun pounds your home like the IRS pounds your paychecks, fight back by getting sunscreens for your windows this summer! Designed to block up to 90% of the sun’s brutal heat, glare, and UV rays, investing in sunscreens will make your home up to FIFTEEN DEGREES cooler and save you a ton of money on your air conditioning bills! In addition, they’ll help keep harmful UV rays from fading your flooring and furnishings!

On average, sunscreens pay for themselves in as little as 2-4 years by way of reduced air conditioning expenditures… this is a 25-50% return on your investment! And the best part is that they continue to pay for themselves and keep you cooler for up to twenty years before needing to be replaced!

Like I said, summer is right around the corner! You can either invest your tax return to make you money or spend it on outrageous air conditioning bills this summer. The choice is yours!

And to sweeten the deal, we are having a HOT tax return sale! Mention this email and get $150 off your next purchase of sunscreens totaling 200sq feet or more.

Call today to schedule your FREE in-home consultation. We can be reached at 916-408-2496. But HURRY! This offer absolutely ends Thursday, April 30, 2015.

To learn more about how sunscreens can benefit you, click here!

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Never too early to think about new sun screens!

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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Keep the Afternoon Sun out with a Custom Solar Screen

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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