For this Austin Texas home, we installed 30 black solar window screens all using the 80% solar window screen fabric. We used the black 80% solar screen fabric with white framing.
Black Solar Window Screens, 30 Windows, all 80%
This homeowner did not choose to put the 90% solar window screens on any of their windows, they only used the 80% solar screen fabric. 80% solar screens as a whole lot better than 0% which is what they had, so I am totally okay with them only using the 80% solar screen fabric as it is 80% more shade than what they had before. Generally I’m a proponent of using the naughty percent fabric for the windows to get four hours of Sun or more, but 80% shade is still a whole lot better than 0% shade.
These windows are what we call Flats, we call them Flats because they’ve got a wide piece of metal to the left and right side of each of the windows that is flat. That white piece of metal is about 2 and 1/2 in wide. The glass goes behind that metal three quarters of an inch, never more. My turn clips that we install are mounted on the outside edge of that metal where there is no glass, it is what we call the construction area of the window.
This picture below shows the 80% solar window screens on the left side of the home. Look at that bottom left grouping of Windows and you will be able to see the shutters behind the solar screen fabric. You can see those shutters because we use the 80% solar window screen fabric.
The customer chose to put solar window screens on all of their windows on the back of their house. They even chose to put solar window screens on those windows underneath that extended patio. That extended patio provides an enormous amount of shade nevertheless they still chose to put solar window screens on those windows.
This homeowner put solar window screens on all of the windows on this back side of the home to include these underneath the patio. She even put solar window screens on those half circle windows. Now there’s no way that those half circle Windows get even 20 minutes of sun, but the homeowner for consistency wanted all of the windows to have solar window screens. The homeowner was not about to just put solar window screens on those 28 by 84 inch Windows and not put a solar screen over them, over that half circle window.
You’ll see you there underneath the patio that the door does not solar window screen on it. In this situation where that door does not get any sun, I have zero problem not put solar screen on that door. I think it looks okay, and it just wasn’t needed. Now if you have a door, and it gets even two hours of Sun, I highly recommend that you put a solar window screen on it.
For this picture above you will see that there is a 46 by 60 inch window on the second floor, and a 46-inch by 72 hatch window on the first floor.
This window here is a 40 inch by 72 inch window on the first floor. Now take a look at the bottom of the screen, and you’ll see that the bottom frame of that screen fits nice and snug there against the top of that brick. So, solar screens for “Flats” windows, surface mount. When a solar screen is surface mounted, that means the screen fits on top of the window frame and by using turn Clips, we hold the screen up against the window frame. Now, you’re always left up to whatever the screen has to sit on top of at the bottom of the window to dictate how flat, how flush, and how well that screen is going to sit up against the bottom of your window. Sometimes you have a brick that sits considerably higher or you have a stone that sits considerably higher and it’ll make the screen set proud. In that case it is what it is unless we can chisel it away, and I am very good at chiseling stone and mortar, and I do it all the time for the corners of Windows like this.