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Stay Cool with the Help of Roll Down Sun Screens!

Even the most ardent sun worshipper isn’t immune to an occasional sun frustration. And for most of us — particularly in the dead of summer — that frustration is a little more than occasional. It might come from your air conditioner’s inability to keep up with the rising temperatures (and the feeling you get when you open the next energy bill). It might be trying to watch a movie or play video games while a piercing glare obscures the screen. Or it might be from attempting to make use of an outdoor living area you’ve put a lot of work into, but feeling too sweaty and sticky to enjoy it for more than five minutes.

When folks come to us fed up with the sun’s shenanigans, we introduce them to roll down sun screens — a solution that’s effective, long-term, beautiful and convenient.

How Roll Down Sun Screens Help You

A roll down sun screen looks pretty simple: We use durable and beautiful Phifer Suntex or Textaline fabrics and install the screens where needed; you use either a beaded nylon chain or remote control to lower or raise the screen as you want or need. Not much to it, right? But you might be surprised at how many benefits these seemingly simple sun screens bring:

  • When used to keep sun out of the interior of your home, they can help cool it as much as 15 degrees, helping you save on cooling costs
  • By blocking harsh rays from hitting your furniture and carpet, they can stop ugly fading
  • Adds privacy — you can see out perfectly, but passersby can’t see in
  • Makes outdoor spaces much cooler and much more livable by blocking the sun as it moves past your patio cover

Those are just a few of the ways adding a sunscreen can benefit your day-to-day life — and keep you from wasting money.

Roll Down Sun Screen FAQ

Where Can I Install Sun Screens?

Your options are broad — A to Z Screens can install roll down sun screens to your patio cover to shade your outdoor area, or on the exterior or interior of any windows in your home, in any area, any size. We custom make all of our roll down screens for a perfect fit, whether you have a tiny picture window or a large patio space.

Will My Sun Screens Get Destroyed By Harsh Weather?

The materials we use are strong and durable, made to withstand harsh weather — including harsh sun — for years to come, without deteriorating.

Are Sun Screens Hard To Operate?

Not at all — smaller screens aren’t any more difficult to raise or lower than traditional blinds, and larger sun screens (over 8 feet wide) have a built-in counter-spring assist clutch that makes operation a breeze. If you have arthritis or other trouble with your hands, we can also add a spring-assist clutch to smaller screens, or install remote control roll down screens that won’t tax you in the slightest.

Will Sun Screens Take Away From The Aesthetic Of My Home?

We think sun screens actually enhance a home’s look. You can choose between different colors and different densities to match or complement your home, and when you’re not using your screens, they roll cleanly and conveniently up and out of the way. Let us show you some pictures of past installations — we think you’ll be impressed with how great these screens look.

If you’d like to learn more about roll down sun screens — or would like to schedule an appointment — we’d love to help. Just give A to Z Screens a call!

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Let’s Talk About Bug Screen Replacement

There are certain things every homeowner will need to think about during the time he or she lives in a house; replacing the bug screens is one of those things, as it is an inevitable task because even the highest quality window screens will deteriorate over time. While you can go down to the hardware store and buy a repair kit, complete with screens, frames, and hardware, these kits rarely have the proper size or color screen or frame, and the included parts are generally made out of cheap plastic that becomes brittle and breaks when exposed to outdoor elements.

Instead, if you want the job to be done properly, call a professional screen company like A to Z Screens to measure each of your windows exactly and custom make each bug screen for all of the windows in your home. You should be able to enjoy fresh air without worrying about insects flying inside, and our window screen installation experts at A to Z Screens know how to protect you and your family from bugs while having your windows open thanks in large part to our customized bug screens.

When you notice rips and tears in your window screens or even screens that are missing entirely, which can happen during strong severe storms, you will want to call A to Z Screens; we are a full-service screen shop, and, as such, our trained and experienced technicians can handle the entire job. We would like to tell you more about the process that takes place after you make that phone call.

  1. You will get a visit to your home from one of our technicians to get a free, no-obligation estimate. Our technician will sketch out each side of your house, detailing the location and size of each window. Each of the windows will be priced individually, and you can pick and choose according to your budget.
  2. After you have selected your windows and placed your order, our expert screen builders begin to work on constructing your custom screens. Of course, you can choose from all the different colors, sizes, and shapes of bug screen frame and fabric in our 4500-sq ft. shop. You can match the existing screens on your home, or if you are getting all new screens, you can update the look with a new color.
  3. Once your bug screens are completed, our technician will come back to your house to install the screens. Since you have an expert screen installer there, do not hesitate to ask how to remove and reinstall your screens. Our technicians are always happy to show you how to do this without damaging your screens. We are also happy to dispose of your old, damaged screens for free, so be sure to let us know if you want us to take away your old screens.

As you can see, replacing bug screens is an easy, no-headache process when you call the professionals like A to Z Screens. With years of experience in installing and constructing window screens, our expert employees can take care of you quickly and with the best service possible. If you bought a do-it-yourself kit, you would not have the best screens, and it is very easy to become frustrated with doing this task if you have never done it before yourself. Our technicians can save you from this frustration and do a much better, professional job with high-quality bug screens.

If you have tears in your window screens, contact A to Z Screens today to get started on the bug screen replacement process. You will be happy you decided to call us rather than taking your chances with a DIY kit. Some projects are best left to the professionals.

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Let’s Talk About Pet Screens

We know you adore your dogs and cats; however, when they destroy your window and door screens by clawing and scratching on them repeatedly, your pets become a little less adorable. If you have been searching for insect window and door screens durable enough to endure even a 100-pound dog tearing at them, look no further than A to Z Window Screens. We carry TuffScreen® from Phifer, a heavy duty screen that is both tear-resistant and pet-resistant. Read on to learn more about these ingenious bug screens, and we know you will want to contact us for more information on them.

What Makes Pet Screens Unique

Although these pet screens are installed exactly like regular bug screens, that is where the similarities end. Rather than being constructed from regular fiberglass window screen fabric, pet screens are made from a tough polyester yard covered with a PVC vinyl lining. A strong, pliable mesh able to withstand repeated jumping, clawing, and scratching by your pets, these screens can also hold up to the sun and other elements longer, thanks to the PVC vinyl lining. Available in black and gray, Phifer pet screens are seven times stronger than traditional bug screens. Overall, pet screens will give you a longer life over traditional fiberglass insect screens.

Visibility and Airflow

You may wonder what the visibility and air flow are like through these pet screens since the mesh is so thick. Phifer thought of this during the design process, and the strands on these screens are placed farther apart, which make larger openings between the strands, allowing more air and visibility to get through the screen. And, do not worry, those holes are small enough to keep out flies and mosquitoes.

A Quick Disclaimer

Capable of being installed on 99% of all windows as well as sliding patio screen doors and traditional-swinging screen doors, our expert window installers at A to Z Window Screens install more pet screens on doors than they do windows, since that is where the damage generally occurs. While installing these screens prevents damage to your screen when your dog charges your screen door, it does not do anything to strengthen your door frame. If your dog runs at your door, it is unlikely the pet screen fabric itself will sustain any damage, but your door frame could still be bent. Ideal for use in high-traffic areas, pet screens are resistant to tears, punctures, and ant other pet damage. Perfect for screen doors, pet screens are also good choices for enclosed patios and porches. Installs just like regular fiberglass bug screening, the installation professionals at A to Z Window Screens are experienced in installing pet screens in every type of space. If you are tired of dealing with ripped screens due to overeager pets, contact us at A to Z Window Screens to talk to us about pet screen installation. Our qualified staff will be happy to tell you more about these miraculous pet screens.

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All About Bug Window Screens

When the weather gets warmer, everyone wants to open his or her windows to let the fresh, warm breezes blow through the house. However, if any of your windows are missing any screens, you are leaving a wide-open invitation to every insect out there to fly into your house. Mosquitoes, flies, bees, wasps, gnats, and other flying bugs will freely fly into any unscreened window, and no one wants to be stung or bitten in his or her own home. You may even have ripped screens that need to be replaced and repaired, but when you go to your local hardware store, you discover that it’s impossible to find standard sized replacement window screens. You’ll find an inventory of screens of various sizes, usually cheaply made with poor-quality accessories. The first place you should go when you need replacement window screens is A to Z Screens, experts in customizing and installing new bug window screens.

 

What to Expect During your Free Estimate

When you contact A to Z Screens for an appointment, one of our technicians will come by your home to check out your windows and do a free, no-obligation estimate. Each window will be individually priced, and the technician will show you all of your options, from different colors and sizes and different types of bug screen frame and fabric, allowing you to choose the perfect bug window screens for you.

Window Screen Materials

According to the DIY home improvement site, Fine Homebuilding, choosing the metal of your bug screens can change the cost and look of your screens as well as the performance. The different types of screen metal include:

  • Fiberglass – One of the most common screening metals, this screen is composed of charcoal or silver gray fiberglass threads covered in a vinyl coating. More opaque than aluminum screening, yet fiberglass screening does not crease like aluminum does. It’s also more flexible, making it easy to fit into any frame. Standard fiberglass screening generally costs about 17 cents a square foot and comes in widths up to 84 inches.
  • Metal – This include several types of metal: aluminum, stainless steel, bronze, and monel. The least expensive (25 cents a square foot) of these is aluminum; however, you get what you pay for. Aluminum creases and dents easily, and if you live on the coast, it oxides quickly. The most common of the high-performance metal bug screen is bronze, but it’s moderately expensive at $1.10 per square foot. Perfect for coastal dwellers, bronze starts off as a bright, coppery color and ages to a dark brown, or even green. If you really want to spend top dollar, go for stainless steel or monel, the best quality of metal screening at a high price – $2.25 to $5.00 per square foot, depending on its weave and quantity.

What to Expect After your Free Estimate

After you have chosen your screening type and color, our technician takes the measurements of your windows and that information back to our shop, packed with all different sizes, types, and colors of window bug screenings. Then our team of expert screen builders gets to work building your customized bug screens. When they are done, your technician will return to your home to install the new screens as well as show you how to remove and reinstall the screens yourself. You are ready to get the breezes flowing through your house without fear of bugs invading constantly!

Give A to Z Screens a call today to schedule that free, no obligation estimate for your insect window screens.

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