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Q: How much can I expect to save on my electric bill?
A: By shading all sun-struck windows you can save up to 25% of your cooling costs. With 80% screens a good portion of that savings may be obtained. Maximum savings will be achieved with 90% Textilene, but with a reduction in natural light.
Q: It gets so HOT in Texas, why would anyone choose 80% instead of 90% screens?
A: there are a few reasons, the most common is to allow more sunlight to illuminate the room while still having some protection. Common applications for Textilene 80 are windows where the sun exposure is minimal, or on any room where maximum natural light is preferred.
Q: Will Textilene 90 block too much of the light, making my rooms too dark?
A: Textilene 90 does make a noticeable change in the lighting of your rooms. It's a natural tradeoff, blocking most of the sun's heat does require a reduction in the amount of light coming in. In the end it's a personal choice and only you can say how much light is needed in your home. It may help to consider which concerns you more: having too much heat -or- having too much shade.
Q: What about low-E windows, I hear they don't need solar screens?
A: There are two factors to consider in energy efficient low-E windows. The first is the insulating or R-value, which is the ability to stop thermal energy (cool or warm air) from passing through. The second is the Shading Coefficient (SC), or the ability of solar energy to pass through. In our hot climate a low SC is desired (yes, it's backwards - a low SC means greater shading ability). Some low-E windows have achieved an SC of .35, which is comparable to a 70% solar screen. This is a remarkable achievement in window technology. Solar screens do remain as the most effective at rejecting solar energy, but the choice is a personal one. The lowest possible cooling bills would be achieved with the highest R-value and the lowest SC value (Textilene 90 has an SC of approximately .1).
Q: Should I remove the screens during winter months?
A: It's a personal choice, if you want a little more solar heat gain during the coldest winter months you can certainly remove the screens. Just take care in storing them that nothing pushes against the screen to stretch it out of shape or cuts the material. While the screens reduce the amount of radiant heat from the sun they also help keep the heat in the home as well as they act as a radiant barrier - so during the winter months you don't gain much if any at all by removing the screens. Again it's your personal preference.
Q: I can't easily turn the clips to remove the screens for cleaning.
A: Though they appear to simply twist off, the clips should be kept snug enough that high winds over time cannot work the screen loose. In most cases a turn with a Phillips screwdriver will loosen the clips enough to twist off. Remember to re-tighten when putting the screen back on.
Q: How do I keep my screens clean?
A: If they are just dusty a light rinsing with a hose should easily take the dust off.
Q: My screens are dirty and they won't rinse off easily, how can I clean them?
A: When dirt becomes "baked" on the screen they are a little harder to clean. A soft window scrubber and some mild detergent should do the trick. Be sure to rinse well to remove all the detergent. Also take care not to stretch the screen out of shape.
Q: How do you attach the screens to my windows?
A: We use color matched casement clips by attaching them to the outer edge of the exposed window frame. Some companies prefer to build oversized one-piece screens, and they claim that mounting into the stucco/brick has advantages. On virtually every home where screen clips are mounted into stucco I have found loose clips, where they have fallen off the screen frame and are doing nothing to hold the screen on. Casement clips are much more secure and will prevent the screens from coming loose during periods of heavy wind or precipitation.
Q: Do solar screens affect the window warranty?
A: In my experience I have not seen a disservice being performed against home owners by screen companies that attach screens to the exposed window frame (the majority of screens are installed this way). I have read many window warranties, and they simply do not have any "attachment or fastening to" clause that voids the warranty like tinting or painting. I have also not experienced or heard of any warranty denials resulting from simply attaching screens properly to the exposed window frame (this is the way the screen frame and clips are designed to be used). Most window companies are primarily concerned with the glass not the window frame. The window warranty will not cover attachments to the window (it doesn't need to, the screens have their own warranty). The bottom line is, properly installed screens do not interfere in any way with the function or integrity of the window, and should not adversely affect the window warranty.
Q: What is your solar screen warranty?
A: We offer a lifetime warranty to the original owner against manufacturing defects to include sagging or fading of the material. If at any time the screen or frame is damaged through negligence we will repair or replace the screen at a reduced rate.
Q: What is gridwork?
A: Gridwork is simply matching or the panes of the screen match the existing panes of your windows. We can also add panes to augment the windows if they do not have them. See this picture for clarification.
Q: What areas do we service?
We are located in Wichita Falls, TX and service Archer City, Bowie, Bridgeport, Burkburnett, Charlie, Dean, Decatur, Duncun, Electra, Graham, Henrietta, Holliday ,Iowa Park, Jacksboro, Lawton, Nocona, Olney, Quanah, Seymour, Vernon as well as other surrounding areas.