Page Menu - Solar Window Screens - Questions & Answers
Question : If I have side-by-side windows (windows that are installed next to each other, fitted together), will you mount one solar screen over all of them, or will you build one solar screen for each window?
& Answer : We will build and install a solar screen for each window. Each window takes its own solar screen. In rare cases of non-opening windows like when there is a rectangular non-opening window with a ½ circle window above it, we can build one large solar screen to fit over the two of them together. Watch this video, as once you do, you will have a clear understanding of how we install our solar screens on side-by-side windows. If you have multiple side by side windows that you want one big solar screen for, you WILL lose bug protection. With one big screen, you will not be able to fit the screen framing flush around the windows, so you will get gapping, thus will lose bug protection.
& my Video Answer : Here me explain how and why the solar screens install one per window.
Solar Window Screens - INSTALLATION Q&A's
Question : Can a Solar Screen be installed on a Door ?
& Answer : Absolutely! Pictures A & B) For swing doors, we mount the solar screen within the molding of the window frame. Picture C) For a flat installed rate of $130 (if accompanied with a solar window screen order for your house) we can custom build you an aluminum-framed sliding solar screen door out of either our 80% or 90% fabric. We custom build our sliding solar screen doors specific to the measurements of your sliding door frame out of roll-formed Aluminum, not out of steel. The steel framing which is widely used will rust unlike that of the sturdy and heavy-duty aluminum framing that we use. Our cost to build doors out of this heavier duty aluminum framing is more, but it is worth it (aluminum will not rust). The framing we use is unlike anything you can buy off the shelf, it's very sturdy and heavy-duty. And, we of course can roll any of our six colors of fabrics within the frame. Optionally, if you would like to cover the non-opening portion of the door, we can build you a pocket (as shown in picture c). The pocket we will mount to the outside of your sliding door frame covering the non-opening panel. The solar screen door when in the open position will slide behind this pocket. The installed cost for the pocket is a flat rate of $130 as well. For the sliding screen door and the pocket both made out of the same heavy duty frame, rolled with either our 80% or 90% solar screen fabric, when accompanied with a 613" or over solar window screen order, is a minimal flat installed cost of $260 regardless of the sizes. If you do not have a need for solar window screens, and only want the sliding door and pocket, the installed cost of $260 will apply, however there is an added measuring and installation trip cost of $125. (Ex. If you want 1 pocket and door set, the cost will be $385, if you want 2 pocket and door sets the cost will be $645). You can buy to self install my sliding door screens from HobbsScreens.com.
& my Video Answer : Here me discuss installing solar screens for swing doors and sliding doors.
Question : How will you mount (install) our new solar screens ? Are they removable ? Can I take the screens off to wash my windows ?
& Answer : Our screens are absolutely removable. Most often they are attached with small 3/4" self tapping screws, look through the below pictures for illustrations. Some windows are made to hold full sized screens, meaning they have a track at the top and bottom of the window designed to hold a full screen in place. If the window does not have this track, the screen get's attached to the outer part of the window frame using self tapping screws. See below pictures for detailed illustrations. For an extensive review of my MANY videos related to installing screens, visit my Josh Hobbs YouTube channel. If you remove the screens within the two-year warranty, the installation side of my warranty expires when the screens get removed.
Question : Will solar screens keep the flying bugs out like my current insect screens do ?
& Answer : Absolutely, in fact the weave of our solar screen material is MUCH tighter than that of your current insect screen material. Keep in mind however that ALL bug screens are for flying insects, not crawling insects. Insect/bug window screens are to keep the flying bugs and insects out. Unless your screens are sealed with say a silicone all the way around the screens, crawling insects will always find a way through. This is the case for our solar screens and your current manufacturer's insect/bug screens.
Question : Do the solar screens fit over our current insect window screens ? Or, do you remove our current insect screens before you install the new solar screens ?
& Answer : We do remove the insect screens before we install your new solar screens. The solar screens will take the place of your current insect screens. . More and more today we are seeing windows that require the bug screens to be taken out from the inside. If this is the case for your type of windows, we will leave the bug screens installed within the windows for you to remove. You can remove them before we get to your home, or after the solar screens have been installed.
Question : Do I need to put solar screens on all of my windows? Can I just put a solar screen here and there as I need it. What will it look like if I have windows with solar screens and others without? Will my home look weird if I have some solar screens on some windows and not others?
& Answer : I strongly recommend that you DO NOT put a screen here and there for aesthetic reasons. You do not want a side of your home to look unfinished. So, if you want screens for the front of your home, I recommend you put them on all the windows for the front of your home, not just here and there. The back of the home you can cheat, as the back is not visible from the street. The following pictures will help you see what it looks like to leave windows uncovered.
& my Video Answer : Here my explanation of why you should not leave windows uncovered. Why you should shade all windows.
Question : When you access my roof, will you protect my gutters? I have had people use ladders that dented and damaged my gutters, can you keep from doing that yourself?
& Answer : Yes, we always use arms for our extension ladders. We use these arms to stabilize our extension ladders and to reach over a gutter, not on it. We will never rest extension ladders against your gutters.
Question : You have two density options 80% and 90%, what’s the difference between the two? Does 90% mean better? Is your 90% solar screen material much better than your 80% material?
& Answer : The difference is simple; a 90% screen offers 10% more shading than a 80% screen. For West facing windows that are sun-stricken for more than 4 hours of the day, we recommend the denser 90% material. For the rest of your windows, we recommend the 80% material. The 80% solar shade material is a SUPERB shading product. Those West facing windows during the long hot Summers can get pounded for up to 8 hrs a day when the sun sets around 8:30pm. During June through August, it is like the sun never goes away, it just stays up there in the sky pounding on your windows. It's these brutal Summer months that the extra 10% for the West facing windows is very much warranted. You can still see out through the 90% sun shade fabric just fine. And, DO NOT worry about the 90% fabric making the inside of the home too dark. When that sun is pounding on the 90% fabric, PLENTY of good filtered light still gets through. Something that is also important to think about is that with the solar screens shading your windows, you will now be able to draw open your blinds to let light in. This is an important consideration. Because now you will have the solar screens keeping the sun's rays out of the house and off of the glass of your windows. Now that this is the case, you will be able to draw those blinds wide open to let plenty of light in. And, because the screens have great daytime privacy no one will be able to see in, which is huge. Visit this section for a blog posting of mine with a much more detailed explanation and understanding of my 80% solar screen fabric versus my 90% solar screen fabric.
& my Video Answer : Listen to this where I quickly, but in detail, explain the difference between the 80% fabric and the 90% fabric. Just like I would over the phone if you called me.
Solar Window Screens - Materials Q&A's
Question : Does any one color of shade screen fabric work better than the others? Does a lighter material let in more sunlight? Can I see out of one color better than the others? Do all five fabric colors come in the 80% and 90% fabric? Is one color of fabric more difficult to maintain than the others?
& Answer : All six fabric colors work the same, they all either have a 80% weave or a 90% weave, meaning they either let in 20% or 10% of the sun's rays. The difference in colors is strictly for aesthetics, as an option to better compliment your home's exterior. Sure, naturally the darker materials (black & chocolate) will get hotter to the touch, but because the material is installed up to an inch away from the glass, it is non-impactful.
Each of the six fabric colors provide the SAME percentage of shade, either 80% or 90% shade. One color does not work better than another color with regards to the level of shading, that factor is dependent on density of shading which is what the 80% and 90% is about. 90% provides 10% more shading than the 80%. You can see through the darker fabrics (chocolate, mocha and black) a slight bit better than the lighter colors. When looking out, your eyes have a tendency to not notice the darker fabrics, but will slightly notice the lighter colored fabrics, not significant, but yet a slight bit more. And, as for the Stucco fabric, because it is a patterned weave, your eyes have a tendency to notice it a tiny bit more. I will say however that I do not receive complaints from people with regards to the outward visibility of the Stucco, the patterned weave is something I notice, but I have never heard from a customer with negative regards to the product. The lighter color fabrics do require more maintenance over the years, as they show dust and grime easier than the darker fabrics (chocolate, mocha and black). It's easy enough to clean the screens, so if you are okay with cleaning them every two to three years, you can easy enough keep the lighter color fabric looking new. Our solar window screen is super strong and will not get hurt by you cleaning them, and you can always hire our window cleaner to clean the solar screens for you when he cleans your windows. Our window cleaner does not charge very much to clean the solar screens and for that matter wash your windows, so I highly recommend that you reach out to him to clean your windows and screens when you get around to needing such work done, and he is very good at taking the solar screens down and putting them back up.
Question : How well will I be able to see through the solar screen material?
& Answer : You can see through our solar screen material EXCEPTIONALLY WELL. The even weave of the fabric lends the 'best' outward visibility of ALL the solar screen fabrics currently available. Looking through the 80% material isn't too much different from looking through your current bug screens. The 90% material is a bit denser, yet you can see through the material exceptionally well. Here are a couple of great resources from my Blog to take a look at that will help you with questions about looking out solar screens and comparing my 80% and 90% solar screen fabrics.
& my Video Answer : Watch my awesome video explanation here that I made which points out the differences between looking out through the 80% and 90% fabrics.