Frequently Asked Questions

Common Questions asked by Screens Unlimited Clients

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Q: How does exterior shading work?

A: Exterior Sun Control Screens absorb and dissipate a large percentage of solar heat and glare before it reaches windows and doors; this keeps the glass and interior cool. Learn More.

Q: Are Sun Control Screens easy to clean? 
A: Yes, they only need an occasional cleaning with mild soap and water. They are also mildew and fade resistant. Learn More.

Q: Do Solar Sun Screens block airflow?
A: Exterior sun control products still allow good airflow. Learn More.

Q: How are Window Sun Screens at insect protection?
A: These products protect against insects and can replace regular insect screening on windows, doors and porches. Learn More.

Q: Does Window Sun Screening look like standard insect screening?
A: Sun Control Screening is available in a wider range of colors than regular insect screening. From the outside, sun control screening offers a uniform look to windows and doors, providing a more aesthetically pleasing overall look to home and building exteriors than regular insect screening. Outward visibility remains good through exterior sun control. Learn More.

Q: Are there electric utility incentives or rebates for installing solar screens? 
A: Currently a minimum number of Electric Utility Companies in the state of Arizona offer any form of incentive for installing solar screens on your home or office. Learn More.  

Q: Do Sunscreens provide privacy?
A: Visibility through Sun Control Screens depends on light location. Lighted interiors allow inward visibility at night, while sunlight during the daytime diminishes inward visibility, offering more privacy. Learn More.

Q: What type of feedback does Screens Unlimited hear most often from their clients?
A: A good portion of our business is referral based and with that we often get to hear what past clients have to say. The thing that we here the most is that they are not contained to the cooler parts of the home any more, even during the hottest months of the year. Being able to utilize certain rooms that in the past have been unbearable in the heat of the day is an unexpected but rewarding change. Learn More. 

Q: Which sun screen products provide extra strength?
A: SunTex: Heavy-duty mesh is tear and puncture resistant. Learn More.

Q: Will Exterior Sun Screens affect houseplants? 
A: No. Most houseplants require filtered light. Shading reduces yellowing and water loss. In most cases, plants do better with shading than without but will require some amounts of direct sunlight. Learn More.

Q: Can you install sliding screen doors if we don’t currently have the screen doors?
A: Yes we can. We custom fabricate and install the best sliding screen doors in the industry with sun screen material. We can most often use your existing tracks, but also can add our own if it is not available on a particular door. Learn More. 

Q: Can Shade Screens be installed over different shapes of windows: 
A: Yes. All shapes and sizes of windows can be shaded with sun control products including rakes, octagons, circles, etc. Learn More.

Q: If I have storm windows or windows containing insulated glass, are Solar Screens still effective? 
A: Storm windows and insulated glass are effective ways to increase thermal efficiency of any window. Learn More.

Q: What should be the payback period from utility savings after installing Window Shade Screens? 
A: Many Sun Control Screen payback period estimates fall between two and three cooling seasons. A University of Texas study predicts a 32% savings for an average home. Learn More.

Q: How do Exterior mounted solar screens compare to glass tinting? 
A: Glass tinting filters the light along with the UV rays. Sun Control Screens reduce the volume of light without filtering. As the glass filters sunlight through the tint, it will maintain heat, which dissipates into the house, making sun control screens more effective than glass tinting for energy savings. Learn More.

Q: What are window sun screens or solar screens? 
A: Sun screens and solar screens are virtually one in the same. Solar screens are an energy saving device which blocks 90% of the suns heat before it is able to hit your glass. They are useful on doors and windows to keep the heat from entering your home or business. Window sun screens are metal framed panels of solar screen mesh that are mounted to the exterior of your windows protecting from and dissipating the intense heat of the sun. Solar screens also have many door applications that serve an equally important role in keeping the heat from entering your living spaces. Learn More. 

Q: If I have reflective light-colored drapes or blinds, are Window Sun Screens still beneficial? 
A: Yes, along with the heat that is absorbed by the drapes/blinds, they are also subject to UV damage. The combination of light-colored interior shades and dark exterior screens will provide optimum results. Learn More.

Q: Should Sun Control Screens be removed in the winter? 
A: To protect carpets, drapes and furniture from damaging UV rays, the Sun Control Screens should remain in place even during cooler months. They also provide approximately 15% increase in the thermal performance of the window. Learn More.

Q: Can Sun Control Screens be removed to clean the windows? 
A: Yes, Sun Control Screens are removable just like insect screening for ease in washing screens and window glass. Learn More.

Q: Are solar screens considered energy efficient and a green product?
A: A great number of studies and lots of research has been conducted on the effects of solar screens versus the other forms of shading products. The studies have been conducted by Arizona State University, University of Florida, and University of Arizona, U.S. Dept. of Energy, and the Florida Solar Energy Center/ University of Central Florida. Solar screens are with out a doubt the #1 solution to block the sun from entering your windows and doors. Solar screens block a large majority of the sun’s rays from hitting your glass and stopping heat gain. The more heat gain you reduce in your home or business, the less your A/C will have to run, the more your A/C is not working, therefore saving the atmosphere from the fluorocarbons produced from the A/C. It is an essential step to saving energy and stopping the depreciation of your mechanical equipment. Learn More. 

Q: How much will Sun Control Screens darken the interior? 
A: While UV blockage is 65% to 90%, actual visibility is diminished by only 15% to 40% depending on the screening fabric selected. Light through the Sun Control Screen is not tinted, but it is reduced in volume, allowing good light with reduced glare. Learn More.

Q: What color Sun Control Screen is more effective for heat reduction? 
A: Dark colors are more effective than light colors on exterior screens. Learn More.

Q: How much ultraviolet light do Sun Control Screens block? 
A: UV blockage depends on the fabric’s weave and openness. In general, the UV blockage percentage will be the reciprocal of the openness factor. Learn More.

Q: Are your solar screens American made?

A: Yes. All of our solar screens and other products are fabricated in Central Arizona. All of our material that we use to fabricate our screens is also made in America. None of the materials we use is manufactured outside of the U.S.
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