Do Solar Screens Work?
Yes! This blog really could consist of that one, simple, solitary word. Although the answer to this question is a resounding “absolutely”, we’ve decided to expand on it, as it is a query we have heard multiple times from customers throughout the years. To help in answering the question, we will first discuss what sun screens are, and how sun screens or solar screens actually work. Then, we will outline how well they work to protect your wallet and family.
What are solar screens?
The terms “sun screens” and “solar screens” can be used completely interchangeably and mean exactly the same thing. Sun screens look similar to brand new, standard, insect screens, however, they will feel quite a bit more durable to the touch. We say they look like brand new insect screens because solar screens are also fade resistant, meaning they will not end up looking grey and worn out like insect screens tend to.
Solar screens are installed on the outside of windows (and sometimes doors) and will replace your insect screens. The difference is, they not only block insects from entering your home, but also the sun’s heat as well as harmful UV rays. At CC Sunscreens, you can choose between screens that block 80% of the sun’s UV rays or 90%. This choice is based on personal preference regarding level of protection and color.
Just like insect screens, solar screens do not block your view when looking out your home’s windows or doors. In fact, often the view is improved because of the reduced glare caused by the screens. Solar screens also protect your privacy, because they block the view from the outside looking in.
How do sun screens work?
One of the highest quality fabrics that sun screens are made from is called Textilene. Textilene is a screen fabric that is made of tightly woven polyester. Each individual strand of the polyester is coated with a specially formulated poly-vinyl chloride (PVC) before it is woven into the screen, ensuring ultimate coverage of the entire product.
It is this poly-vinyl chloride or PVC formula that blocks heat from being absorbed – thus keeping heat from having a chance to reach your windows and heat up your home.
Solar screens are able to block the sun’s UV rays in the same way. The PVC coating reflects the rays off of the screen, and back into the atmosphere – keeping 80 or 90% of UV rays from getting a chance to enter your home.
How well do solar screens work?
Let’s face it. It’s hard to remember to protect our skin from harmful UV rays – even when we’re outside. Staying inside for the day? Forget about remembering to apply sunscreen! Even when lounging in the beauty of your naturally lit home on a Sunday afternoon, you are being exposed to harmful UV rays. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States – diagnosed more frequently than any other types of cancers combined. According to CDC data, about 3% of people die from melanoma in our state each year. Enjoy our beautiful sun but keep your family safe by blocking 80-90% of the sun’s harmful rays.
When it comes to protecting your wallet, it’s extremely easy to see how well solar screens work. Right now in Arizona, SRP is offering an enticing rebate program of $.80 per square foot for anyone who gets professionally installed solar screens from now until April 2017. SRP is offering this rebate because they have seen the data, and know that solar screens work in reducing about 48% of the heat in your home – thus reducing the cost to cool it and your home’s carbon footprint. SRP also estimates that sun screens will reduce the average customer’s energy bill by about 25%, each and every month.
Ready to get started?
If you’re ready to see how solar screens will work in your home, you’ve come to the right place. At CC Sunscreens, we are industry leaders in professionally installing high-quality sun screens, anti-golf ball screens, and patio shades. We have over 20 years of experience and rave testimonials.
We work hard to earn your trust. Call us today to schedule your free, no hassle, in-home consultation and quote and see for yourself why we have one of the best reputations in the business. We look forward to hearing from you soon!