Why use Allstar Solar Screens?
How do solar screens work?
The majority of sunlight striking an unprotected glass window passes through into the home, and a small percentage is reflected. Solar screens 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. This diagram shows a window with SunTex installed. In midsummer as much as 230 BTUs can fall on an unprotected square foot of glass.
Allstar Solar Screens uses quality Phifer SunTex materials in which up to 90% of the sun's heat and glare is reflected, absorbed and dissipated before it strikes the glass.
What colors should I choose and why?
All colors are effective for blocking up to 90% of the heat, so you may choose a screen color that matches your house color scheme. We offer many different mesh and frame colors. Frame colors are usually matched to the original house window frames. There are various options for material colors and styles.
Will solar screens block my view?
No. The strands in the screen are spaced uniformly and doesn't distort your view at all. From a distance of about ten feet it is difficult to tell if you have solar screens on your windows. Solar screens are great at maintaining excellent outward visibility, while at the same time providing additional privacy by blocking outsiders from peeping in during the day.
Are all solar screens the same?
No, Many other companies use cheaper materials and building methods such as 3/4 inch framing with and plastic corners. This creates a less durable screen. Allstar Solar Screens uses the best available material Phifer Suntex and we build all of our solar screens using a 1" aluminum framing with sturdy metal corners. When price comparing make sure that you are comparing the same material and craftsmanship.
How dark will it make my house?
Solar screens will still allow light to come in, just not the blinding glare. The light that passes through is much softer on the eyes and does an excellent job of reducing that annoying glare on your television set. A lot of plants also thrive on this "softer" light.
Will people be able to see in my house?
Not in the daytime. Solar screens offer privacy in the daytime; however, at night when you have lights on, people will be able to see in.
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.
Should I take my solar screens off in 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, thus conserving energy.
How are the solar screens installed?
Each screen is installed based off the existing frame of your window. Some window frames have a lip that allows the screens to securely "pop" into the frame. While others windows have no where for the screen to be held. Majority of our solar screens are installed using a 3/4 self tapping screw that matches the frame color of your screens. We do have other options for installation available such as spring clips, brick clips and adhesive tape.
Should I use the 80% or the 90% mesh?
If you want more light, better airflow and visibility, you should go with 80%. If you want more glare reduction and energy efficiency you should go with the 90%. It is also possible to put 90% on the real problem areas and 80% on less problem areas.
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 being vinyl-coated polyester. However, nothing is pet proof.
How can I measure my windows for solar screens?
Exact measurements depends on the style of your home. Measuring width and height to the edge of the window frame is sufficient for brick homes. Add an extra 1/2 inch to each side (width and height) if your home is stucco. Once you have your measurements we can give you a free online estimate instantly! Click here to fill out our online estimate form