[#3583] This is a home that we installed 40 solar window screens on using the chocolate fabric and tan frame. The home is located in Round Rock, Texas, off of Lord Byron Circle. The installation cost for this job was $2,156. We completed the project on Wednesday June 19th, 2013.
Total inches 3885″, installed cost $2156, (40) solar screens
We put solar screens on every window of this customer’s home to include all of their back doors. This project was a large complicated project.
This customer received the benefit of our one size fits all pricing model, meaning he did not have to pay any more for the complexity of this installation.
This particular Solar Window Screen installation was very complicated, but yet priced the same as a one story easy installation. For one, it required the special use of these things called brick clips. Brick clips are clips that we occasionally can put on the outside of solar screen framing. By pressure, you push the solar screen up to the window. The clips have a gripping feature on them that’s basically serrated aluminum. By that, and the pressure of the clip being pushed up against the screen, it holds the solar screen in place.
When you have side‑by‑side windows, you cannot use these brick clips on the inside part of the solar screens. When you have two solar screens right next to each other, you can’t put the brick clips on the inside (in the middle where the two screens meet). What we have to do with side-by-side windows is that we will use our die‑cast metal turn clips.
For the side-by-side windows, we used the brick clips for the outside sides of the screens that pushed up to the stucco, and we used the turn clips for the inside sides of the solar screens.
For many of these windows that we installed these brick clips for and these solar screens on, it was difficult to do so, because the stucco and the mortar was so thick and so dense. We really had to chisel out a great deal of the mortar and stucco just to get the screens to press firmly up against the window. Not doing so would have left gaps between the window framing and the solar screens.
You can use these brick clips if you have brick (or in this case Stucco) on the left and right side of the solar screen. It’s really important when you do install these brick clips that you have a flat area for the clips to press against. This can even be wood and we have used them (pressed them) against steel. Where you can’t use them is with stone.
This home sits on a declining property. The back of the house has a fairly tall foundation, thus making the second floor windows just that much higher and harder to reach.
The following picture shows a gazeebo that would have benefited from a couple of our Exterior Patio Roll Shade Screens. Installing our Roller Shade Screens for this gazeebo would have made the gazeebo shaded from the sun. We could have at the time made the Austin TX patio shades out of the same solar shade fabric that we used to manufacture the solar window screens. We can still make the roller shade screens using the same solar screen fabric. We can make it today and any day in the future to match his solar screens.
Another factor that made this installation complicated is, looking here at the back of the home you’ll see there, up on the second floor, those are some very high windows. What the situation here was that the home was built on a declining slope which makes it hard to reach windows like this.
It has a pretty steep slope and tall foundation. Reaching that second floor is almost like getting to a third floor. In this case it’s not quite but it’s pretty high up there. So it was very difficult to get to and as you can see there there’s one window in the top right hand corner of this picture that was really high. Then on the left side of the home there is another window just like this. It’s in the same place (same room) and you see there is a fence. That fence creates all kinds of complications as far as being able to get to that let side window. It makes it very difficult to get your ladder up there to be able to reach those windows without the ladder being straight up and down.
Again the cool and the great thing about our pricing model is, it doesn’t matter how complicated the project is everybody gets the benefit from the same inexpensive pricing that we have.
It’s not like we went out to this house and told these guys “Oh, we have pricing published on our website, yes I know, but your project is going to take me so much more time to do, that it’s going to be so much more complicated to do that you are going to need to pay more.” It doesn’t work that way, everybody gets the same cheap pricing that I post on my website.
Some of the other factors that made this installation so difficult were obstacles that we had to overcome which were in our way. At the back of the home there is gazebo. There is a roof structure there off of their decking. That structure was right in our way. So luckily for this home I was able to get a ladder and put it on top of the roof of this structure, and with that ladder I was able to get up to those windows above it. Again, no additional cost to the customer. It was tricky because that gazebo roof was sloped.
There are many homes that have similar structures but are flimsy or they are made out of…just like lattice at the top or they have one and a half inch by one and half inch kind of cedar strips at the top that are rotted and aren’t very strong. Then in those cases, if you have windows above those, I may not be able to the windows. If the structure that I have to stand on is not stable and strong, then I can’t get to the windows above the structure.
Now also things like in this picture here (below) which is on the left side of the home. You see there is a large… to the right Corner there is a large palm tree. That palm, it wasn’t very giving, meaning we couldn’t move the branches very much, it was very strong, and it had thorns. Large thorns. It was a booger‑bear to get up to those windows there, to work on those windows because of that palm tree. It doesn’t look like a dig deal through this picture, but it was. It was hard to reach these windows above that palm tree.
That’s quite common with people’s homes actually. They’ll put shrubs or palms or even trees right next to their homes and they grow right in front of their windows making getting to those windows difficult. But again we figure out ways and we do not up charge the customer or try to tell them it’s going to cost more because of these kind of obstacles.
But occasionally we will have to turn down a project like that. So occasionally we have to say that we just cannot put solar screens on windows that we can’t get to. It’s not that often, but it does come up. If you have a situation like this, I would really appreciate you emailing me a picture so I can let you know ahead of time before I drive out there only to find out it’s an issue.