Solar Screen FAQ's
Fiberglass screens are the most commonly used screen material for all projects. Economically friendly, it is often used to replace aluminum screen mesh because of its flexibility and durability: they do not crease, dent or unravel. Charcoal is the most popular color, as it has the best outward visibility.
Porch screened in fiberglass screen material.
Here you will find the different options available for you to choose from for your re-screens or new window screens.
Re-screens are torn or worn screen mesh material.
New screens are custom fabricated screen frames.
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Solar Screen Material
Why are solar screens a better choice than window tint or awnings?
Film is an interior application and is not designed for your double pane windows. It is not nearly as effective as Solar Screens, and voids out all window warranties, as it is damaging to sealed thermal pane windows. Awnings are expensive and do not offer protection 100% of the time. Both of these alternatives offer no energy savings in the winter.
Will Solar Screens block my view?
Solar Screens will still allow full visibility; only you will be looking through a material. It is like looking through a regular screen, only a little darker.
How dark will it make my house?
Solar Screens will still allow light to come in, so it will not completely darken the room. However, there are no current statistics available as each person's home will be subject to different variables. Such as, the angle of the sun on said windows, the cloudiness of the day, and even the amount of trees in the yard. Customers' opinions vary on this and the best idea is to have a Screens Onsite Rep hold a screen over your window and let you make your own decision.
Will people be able to see in my house?
Not in the daytime. Solar Screens offer privacy in the daytime. However, at night if you have lights on, people will be able to see in.
How much will Solar Screens save on my electric bill?
There is no way for anyone to give you a specific accurate figure. There are too many variables involved. Therefore, we are not the kind of company who will make up a statistic. However, Solar Screens will dramatically reduce the cooling cost portion of your electric bill.
Are all Solar Screens the same?
No, companies use different materials and building methods. Screens Onsite uses only top quality screen mesh material and heavy gauge metal framing.
Should I take my Solar Screens down in the winter?
No, some people think they will get more benefits from passive solar heating with the Solar Screen off in the wintertime. However, there are less daytime hours in the winter season. It is also usually more overcast, limiting your chances of passive solar heating. Solar Screens also create somewhat of a barrier, keeping the cold winter winds off your glass, similar to a storm window. Therefore, keeping the temperature of the glass warmer. The warmer you keep the glass, the less convection heat you need to pay to pump through your house will be attracted to the glass areas, conserving energy.
Will my Solar Screens pay for themselves?
Yes, since Solar Screens save energy, they normally will pay for themselves within a short period of time by reducing your energy bills. Also, they will help your air conditioner last longer and need fewer repairs due to the reduction of its normal workload.
Are Solar Screens easily removed and how are they installed?
Yes, all of our screens are installed with either a thumb bolt (wing nut) or screwed on. Your individual window track system, or lack of, will determine proper installation. We only use stainless steel hardware including our screws.
Will I be able to open my windows for airflow?
Yes, Solar Screens, installed properly, will not inhibit the operation of your window. However, some airflow will be restricted due to the thickness of the material.
Will Solar Screens reduce fading?
Yes, Solar Screens will drastically reduce the chances of curtains, carpets, etc. from fading.
Will Solar Screens hurt my plants?
Not normally, Solar Screens help reduce the damaging ultraviolet rays, however the 80% screening is usually suggested for plants that require more light.
Are Solar Screens pet resistant?
Yes, Solar Screens are incredibly pet resistant because they are PVC coated polyester.
What color of Solar Screens should I choose and why?
The darker colors are more efficient and also have the best view. However, we offer different colors and you should pick the color you will be most happy with remembering again that the darker the color the better the view.
What windows or doors on my house should I do?
For maximum energy efficiency, Solar Screens should protect all windows and doors. However, you may order as many windows done as you would like, such as only the real problem areas and add more later.
How fast can I get them?
That depends on the time of year. Normally in the busy season, 7 to 14 days. Sometimes, in our slower season, as little as 2 to 5 days.
Pet Screen Material
Does having allergies prevent you from opening your windows on a beautiful summer day? If so, Pollen Guard Screens would be a perfect fit for you. Screens Onsite's Pollen Guard Screens filters pollen, dust, dirt and exhaust soot out of the air to protect your home or business from these outside elements and are certified by the European Center for Allergy Research Foundation (ECARF). Also, these screens are tough and durable, with excellent visibility and air flow. Watch the video below for more information.
If your pets have clawed or scratched your screens, pet screen fabric is the perfect solution for window, door and patio applications. Due to the abuse that animals can cause, Screens Onsite's Pet Screens are designed to be stronger than regular insect screen and are constructed of strong vinyl coated polyester. Our Pet Screens will resist damage from clawing and scratching from dogs and cats, while providing excellent protection from insects, and maintaining superior outward visibility.
SuperScreen vs. Fiberglass
This new fabric provides more than just a "good enough"
screen. It provides insect and pest protection, privacy, safety, and debris control. SuperScreen offers you extended durability and protection by incorporating superior tear resistance and tensile strength. It gives you a quality investment and trouble-free enjoyment, with lasting aesthetic appeal and low maintenance.
Durability: The strength of SuperScreen provides increased resistance to punctures and tears caused by falling debris, thereby extending the useful life of the product.
UV Protection: The UV properties of our material increase the longevity of the fabric while addressing health and safety concerns by providing excellent solar protection. Air and light are able to pass through while blocking some of the damaging rays from the sun.
Mildew Resistant: Biocide is compounded directly into our extrusion coated yarn for extended mildew resistance.
Insect Protection: With the recent health concerns over insect-related illnesses, the tight weave of InsectProTex helps guard against the spread of disease.
Privacy: The construction of our fabric inhibits visibility from the outside while offering a clear view from the inside.
Pollen Guard Screens
Are you looking for an ecologically friendly way to reduce your summer cooling costs? Screens Onsite's Energy Saving Solar Screens are the economical solution you've been searching for. Solar Screens also preserve the colors of your curtains and upholstery because they are specially designed to eliminate up to 90% of the sun rays from entering your home. During the summer months, as much as 40% of a house's heat is a result of its window space and approximately 50% of a utility bill can be attributed to them.