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Decorative grid sun screens

Sacramento’s summer heat can be brutal. When the sun hits your home’s windows, it can make your home hot and uncomfortable, and it can drive up your home’s bill. In fact, 76 percent of the sunlight that hits a traditional single-pain window will be converted into heat inside your home. So in a naturally hot climate, what can you do to protect your home from the sun’s rays and save yourself on home-cooling bills? Install solar screens.

Solar screens are window screens made from a thicker mesh. The mesh helps shade your windows and disperse the sunlight before it hits your home’s windows. These screens can keep your home as much as 15 degrees cooler in the summer, and they can help to dramatically lower your summertime air conditioning bills. On top of that, solar screens can block UV rays from entering through your home’s windows. Because these rays can damage your furniture, flooring, and décor, solar screens can help protect your home from the damage of UV rays.

Give your home a new look while saving money on your summertime cooling bills!man measuring window

Many homeowners shy away from solar screens over a fear of the impact solar screens will have on the exterior look of their homes. But solar screens can give your home an attractive, upscale look while protecting your home from the sun’s rays and helping you save on your home’s summertime cooling bills. When you install solar screens, consider upgrading your home’s curb appeal with beautiful decorative screen grids!

Custom made solar screens

Solar screens can give your home’s windows a flat look, but putting decorative grids on top of your solar screens can make your home’s windows pop! When A to Z Windows Screens custom makes your home’s solar screens, we can install grids within the screens to match the existing grids on your home’s windows. That means that solar screens won’t block the gridded pattern on your windows, so you won’t lose the architectural detailing on your existing windows. If your home’s windows aren’t currently gridded, adding decorative grids when you add solar screens can add architectural detailing to your home to add interest and a high-end finish to upgrade your home’s curb appeal.

Solar screens might seem like a solely practical purchase, one to be made only for the purpose of keeping your home cooler to lower your summertime bills. But solar screens can help to upgrade the look of your home while saving on your bills. In addition to adding grids, you can choose from different colored solar screens to create a dramatic new look for your home. And because of solar screens’ dramatic appearance, decorative grids can really “pop,” which can give your home’s look a stunning appearance from the curb.

Call A to Z Window Screens to learn more about solar screens and grids today!

The hottest days of summer are nearly upon us, and you could save yourself money this summer while upgrading the look of your home with solar screens and decorative screen grids from A to Z Window Screens. Call A to Z to schedule your consultation today!

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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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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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Happy Parents Day!

Happy Parents Day!

Did you know that Sunday July 24th is “Happy Parents’ Day?” Did you even know there was such a holiday? Me neither!


I mean, I knew about Mother’s and Father’s Day… but Parent’s Day? It seems a little redundant, don’t you think? I thought we already had the bases covered pretty well, but apparently, somebody thought otherwise…

Well, to celebrate this little known holiday, I decided that we’d offer absolutely nothing special… because that’s what “Happy Parent’s Day” is… nothing special… just another cheap attempt by retailers to sell somebody more stuff so they can turn around and give it to their parents (who don’t need any more stuff).

But AtoZ Window Screens isn’t your average retailer… no far from it! Because we’re slightly above average (just barely :), I thought we’d go against the trend and simply celebrate “Parent’s Day” by encouraging everyone out there to do what’s most important on a day like this…. nothing. Sit back, relax, and stay home enjoying the ones you love the most. Don’t go out and buy anything something they don’t really want or need anyways…. just stay home, cook somebody dinner, clean up the dishes, and say “I love you”.
Then, come Monday, pick up the phone and buy your parents a house full of Sun Screens and screen doors…. just to say “I love you”. Believe me…. AtoZ would love you for it!

Contact Us Today!

We can be reached at 916-408-2496

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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.

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It’s Not Too Late To Get New Sun Screens For Your Home!

You may have thought about adding sun screens to your home this summer to ward against the sun’s heat, keeping your home cooler without increasing your air-conditioning bill, but perhaps you never got around to it. Though the fall chill is in the air, it’s not too late to realize the benefits sun screens offer your home.

Sun screens keep your home warmer in the winter

Sun screens, also called solar or privacy screens, are window screens of tightly woven PVC-covered polyester yard. While they were designed to keep out the sun’s heat and harmful UV rays to lower heating costs, they also can keep your home warmer during the winter months. When outside temperatures drop, your home can lose much of its heat through the windows. The thicker solar shades act as an insulator, providing an extra barrier between your warm home and the cold winter air. The screens can help to keep drafts out and heat in.  In fact, sun screens help your home retain up to 15 percent more heat. If you notice cold air seeping in through your windows during the winter, adding solar screens can be a cost effective way to insulate your home, providing a much cheaper alternative than replacing outdated windows or adding insulation to your walls.

Some people worry that sun screens will be counter-productive in winter months, blocking warming sunlight from entering their homes. But due to shorter and drearier winter days, there is less opportunity for the sun’s rays to help warm chilly rooms. Any heat gain from the sun is outdone by the screen’s insulating benefits.
If people do worry about sun screens blocking potentially beneficial sunshine, the experts at A to Z Window Screens recommend removing them from south-facing windows, which catch the most sunlight in winter.

Reap summertime benefits, too

If you install sun screens now, while the weather is cooler, your home will be ready to face the hot Sacramento summer sun. The dense weave of sun screens, combined with the specially coated polyester, blocks the sun’s rays. In addition to keeping harmful UV rays out of your home, sun screen prevents heat from building within your home, lowering your home-cooling costs during summer months. It’s estimated that the heat gain from sunlight accounts for up to one-third of a building’s cooling costs.  Sun screens cut that heat gain by 80 to 90 percent and can lower the temperature of a room by 8 to 15 degrees.

Start realizing the benefits of sun screens now

While people’s minds usually turn to the benefits of sun screens during sweltering summer months, you could start realizing the cost-savings offered by sun screens now. Talk to the experts at A to Z Window Screens about how sun screens can benefit your home. You could start saving money on heating bills now, and be set to save money on your summertime heating costs, thanks to the efficiency sun screens add to your home.

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The Sun Can Save You Money

Were you aware that there are screens available that can decrease your electricity bill? That’s right, let us introduce to a new option in home window screens…the solar screen. This type of screen does more than save you money on energy, it also means you are living in an environmentally friendlier space. It is estimated that solar or sun screens can cut your electric bill by fifteen percent!

There are other functionalities of solar screen:

  • They keep bugs out
  • Because they filter the sun’s rays so effectively, there will be no fade to your draperies or furniture
  • Filters sunlight so that you get a better look at your TV and computer screen
  • Solar screens are tougher than regular screens…which can make a huge difference if you have pets or children
  • These screens also help keep your home private — allowing you to see out, but not allowing people on the outside to see in

If you aren’t crazy about the look of sun screens, be aware that we also install grid covers to enhance the exterior look of your home. We have many different colors and styles. This is a simple way to give your home that extra “wow” from the street.

We are always happy to discuss this option with you further. Call or contact us today and let us get started before the hot days ahead.