Frequently Asked Questions
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.
Shade Shield 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
2. What colors should I choose
All colors are effective for blocking 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 and a Super
Shady representative can supply many samples and great
3. Will solar screens block
No. Because the strands in the screen are spaced uniformily
it 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.
4. How dark will it make my
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"
5. 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.
6. Why are solar screens a better
choice than window films or awnings?
Film or tint is an interior application and is not designed
for your double pane windows. Applying window film to
your windows voids out all window warranties, as it
is damaging to sealed thermal pane windows. Solar screens
are designed to block the heat before it reaches the
window glass. Awnings are expensive and do not offer
protection 100% of the time. Both of these alternatives
offer no energy savings in the winter.
7. 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 considering
factual statistics on how much heat Phifer SunTex material
8. Why should we use Shade Shield?
We offer FREE window washing
with screen installation. We use metal corners
that last longer than plastic corners that will turn
yellow and deteriorate in time. We also use adequate
screws so the screens never fall off, wide frame for
durability, and larger spline to roll mesh for a tighter
screen. We dispose of your
old screens for you. We give personalized attention
to each and every customer, apply unsurpassed reliability
and professionalism and offer
excellent maintenance plans and warranties to
attain a long-term relationship with our valued customers.
9. Will my solar screens pay
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.
10. 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.
11. Are solar screens easily
Yes, all of our screens are installed with turn thumb
bolts. And installed properly, solar screens will not
inhibit the operation of your window.
12. Will solar screens reduce
Absolutely, solar screens will drastically reduce the
chances of curtains, shutters, wood floors, carpets
and furniture from fading.
13. How long will my solar screens
Shade Shield offers a 10 year warranty from
manufactured defects as long as the screens are cleaned
and maintained by Super Shady annually.
Solar screens can last for decades as long as they are
properly taken care of.
14. 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 and aesthetically will
not look different on the exterior.
15. Will solar screens hurt
Not normally, solar screens help reduce the damaging
ultraviolet rays, however the 80% screening is usually
suggested for plants that require more light.
16. Are solar screens pet resistant?
Yes, solar screens are incredibly pet resistant being
vinyl-coated polyester. However, nothing is pet proof.
17. What windows or doors on
my house should I put solar screens on?
Solar screens are designed to keep heat out of your
home. If some of your windows don't get direct sunlight
(due to trees or patio covers), heat may still transfer
through the glass. For maximum energy efficiency, solar
screens should protect all windows and doors. In some
cases, we've covered the real problem areas first and
added other screens later.
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