177.3631 Black/White 1548″ $935 (16)

[#3631]  This is a black fabric with white frame, solar screen installation that we did for a customer in Cedar Park, Texas on July 9th, 2013. We installed a total of 16 solar screens at a cost of $935. That $935 is a total cost. That was a total out‑of‑pocket cost to have us custom build and install 16 solar window screens on 16 windows.

This customer used a combination of the 90% shade fabric and 80% shade fabric. We used the 90% shade fabric for the five windows on the second floor, the five 35 by 59 windows and the four 31 by 71‑inch windows that are on the first floor to the left of the back patio.

Total inches 1548″, installed cost $935, (16) solar screens

The customer put 80 percent solar screens on the three windows under the patio and the four windows to the right of the patio.

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Back 90%: (5)35×59, (4)31×71

The customer did not put the solar screen on that back patio door. This installation would have looked a lot better with a solar screen on that back patio door. I don’t know why they chose to not put a solar screen on that back patio door.

This is one of those situations where you have an arbor built over the patio. It’s a structure that’s over the patio to provide shade for the patio. In most cases, we can get up there and work by standing on that arbor. However, if that arbor is rickety, and it’s not very strong, then adding an additional 200 pounds on top of it, is not a great idea.

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Back 80%: (3)35×71, (4)29×59

That particular could have benefited from one of our Austin outdoor blinds for porch solutions.

I have seen many arbors that are home-built, built by the homeowner that are very, very rickety. If you have one of these arbors on your back patio and you even remotely think that it is something that would not be able to hold a 200‑pound man, then please talk to me first before I drive out there to measure the windows.

Talk to me first and let’s talk about it and see if that’s something that
we can get on top of.

For this arbor, they used 1.5 by 1.5 square slats. That’s basically Cedar that’s cut down into 1-1/2″ by 1-1/2″ pieces. They are nailed to the top there. Those 1.5 of 1.5 slats, over time, will get brittle. The sun will wear them out. By looking at them, they look fine, but you get up there, and you’re going to try to stand on them, those things could very well break.


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