Know what kind of solar screen
you are getting.
Some companies out there sell a screening material claiming
it is for windows when in fact it was originally designed
for patio furniture. Yikes! Don’t be fooled by
imitations, when in doubt look for the "Phifer or Suntex"
Know what type of frame you
There is only one thing that matters when it comes to
picking aluminum frames for your solar screens, the
THICKER THE FRAME THE STRONGER THE FRAME. We only use 15/16”
(almost 1” thick) and 24 gauge double crimped
aluminum, the heaviest in the industry. Remember that
the smaller the frame, the weaker it is and less expensive
it is to make. Other companies might try and save a
buck and tell you that their skinny frames are superior
because they say they won’t rattle. Don’t
believe it! Solar screens won’t rattle if they’re
Know what type of corners hold
your screens together.
Make sure to ask what type of corners will be used on
your screens. A slick way some companies try to keep
the costs down is to use cheap plastic corners in the
construction of their frames. Over time, plastic becomes
brittle and weak making it risky to remove your solar
screens at a later date. At Shade Shield we use
only the strongest all ALUMINUM corners to ensure the
highest quality and longest life of your solar screens.
We never skimp on quality!
Know what spline you are getting.
Again, here is another place some companies may try
and cut costs. Spline is the rubber gasket that goes
around the perimeter fitting inside the groove of the
screen frame securing the screen in place. The better
the spline, the better job it does at keeping your solar
screen secure and TIGHT. At Shade Shield we use
only the highest quality spline made from serrated rubber
sure you enjoy a long lasting tight solar screen.
Do they use a center bar?
Center bars give your screen rigidity. It prevents the sides of the frame from bowing in, causing the screen to ripple and have waves in it. By having the center bar showing, you can create more of a custom look to your solar screens.
Make sure to ask for references
before you buy.
Make sure the company you choose is not a fly by night,
or a garage operation. Ask to see references. Feel free
to check out our references and see our many ads in the Yellow Pages.
Does the company offer a warranty?
Shade Shield Solar Screens does. 1 year on installation and 10 years on all the screen material.