Q: How much electricity will solar screens save me?

There are too many variables to give anyone a specific dollar amount that you will save. We can tell you that over the life of solar screens, they will save you hundreds and hundreds of dollars on your electric bill. Especially in the summer months when the average electric bill in Austin more than doubles!
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Q: How do solar window screens provide exterior shading?

Exterior Solar Screens absorb and dissipate a large percentage of solar heat and glare before it reaches windows and doors. This results in a more comfortable indoor temperature, more efficient air conditioning and ultimately energy conservation.
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Q: Do Solar Screens provide privacy?

Yes, solar screens can provide daytime privacy.  The visibility through sun control screens depends on the light source location. At night the lighted interiors of your home allow inward visibility. While during the daytime, sunlight diminishes inward visibility, offering more privacy.
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Q: Are Solar Screens easy to clean?

Yes, they only need an occasional cleaning with mild soap and water. They are also mildew and fade resistant.

Q: Do Solar Screens block airflow?

Exterior sun control products still allow good airflow.

Q: Does Solar Screening look like standard insect screening?

Sun Control Screening is available in a wider range of colors than regular insect screening. From the outside, sun control screening offers a uniform look to windows and doors, providing a more aesthetically pleasing overall look to home and building exteriors than regular insect screening. Outward visibility remains good through exterior sun control.

Q: Which products provide extra strength?

SunTex: Heavy-duty mesh is tear and puncture resistant.

Q: Will Solar Screens affect houseplants?

No. Most houseplants require filtered light. Shading reduces yellowing and water loss. In most cases, plants do better with shading than without but will require some amounts of direct sunlight.

Q: Can Solar Screens be installed over different shapes of windows?

Yes. All shapes and sizes of windows can be shaded with sun control products including rakes, octagons, circles, etc.

Q: How do Solar Screens compare to glass tinting?

Glass tinting filters the light along with the UV rays. Sun Control Screens reduce the volume of light without filtering. As the glass filters sunlight through the tint, it will maintain heat, which dissipates into the house, making sun control screens more effective than glass tinting for energy savings.

Q: Can Solar Screens be removed to clean the windows?

Yes, although windows and doors are kept cleaner with the Sun Control Screens installed, they are removable just like insect screening for ease in washing screens and window glass.

Q: How much will Solar Screens darken the interior?

While UV blockage is 65% to 90%, the Visual Transmittance is 14% to 40% depending on the screening fabric selected. Light through the Sun Control Screen is not tinted, but it is reduced in volume, allowing good light with reduced glare.

Q: What color Solar Screen is more effective for heat reduction?

All colors provide significant heat reduction when installed on the exterior but dark colors are better at reducing glare and improving outward visibility.

Q: What is Microban?

Microban antimicrobial protection is infused into SunTex fabrics to inhibit the growth of bacteria, mold, and mildew.