The sun here is not trivial. It’s intense almost all year round, as you know.

sun damaged carpetThe effects of the sun’s ultraviolet light is constant and destructive. Carpets and wood floors, especially, can endure permanent damage with just a little bit of regular sunlight exposure. Ultraviolet (or “UV”) light literally bleaches your floors and carpets.  The sun’s infrared light (“IR”) is where the heat comes from.

The extreme solution is not to have the sunlight come into the room, but a sunless room isn’t what most of us want.  Blinds, curtains, shutters or shades can help regulate sunlight, but the intensity of the Las Vegas sun can even damage these window coverings. Not protecting your floors and even your window coverings means thousands of dollars of repair work every couple of years.

So, what’s the solution?

Solar screens.

howsolarscreenswork-1The majority of sunlight striking an unprotected glass window passes through into the home, and a small percent is reflected. Solar screens reduce the amount of sunlight striking the window. Most of the sun’s heat is absorbed or reflected by the screen and carried away by convective air currents created by the warm screen. In midsummer, as much as 230 BTUs can heat up an unprotected square foot of glass. This is a scientific way of saying you can almost cook on unprotected glass that receives direct sunlight!

With solar screens from Las Vegas Shutter Company, up to 90% of the sun’s heat and glare can be deflected and dissipated before it strikes the window.

Call Ken Gregg if you have any additional questions about solar screens and how they can help your home and protect your home’s interior.  Ken can help you review all of your options and show you some samples.  He and his team have been installing solar screens, sun shade treatments and all other kinds of home window coverings for two decades in Henderson, Summerlin and all over the Las Vegas area. You can reach Ken directly by calling 702.896.6900 .

You need solar screens. They pay for themselves fast. Here are the facts.

The Problem

Windows create a pathway for solar radiation to enter the home as heat and light. This heat gain accounts for as much as a third of the cooling costs in your home, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Energy use in the home is determined, in part, by the number and orientation of the openings.

Windows and doors create a breach in an otherwise well-insulated wall.

Retrofitting an inefficient home usually requires replacing windows and doors and adding insulation to interior walls, but there are other approaches that cost less.

The Solution

Solar screens on a window offers a significant energy efficiency without major construction.

These screens block unwanted heat gain while keeping your view outside as much as possible.

Solar screens are rated according to their “openness factor,” a measure of the degree of obstruction to the view.

Solar screens are made from a variety of plastics, generally gray to black in color. They are woven into a mesh that blocks some of the sun’s radiant energy while still allowing a view outside.

Limitations

Solar screens do alter the view outside, so you may want to consider installation options that allow a screen to be removable. You might consider an interior screen that operates like a roller shade, giving you the option in different seasons to either block the sun’s energy or allow it into the house to reduce heating costs, however, an interior screen only blocks radiant energy after it is in your house, so some of the absorbed heat is radiated back into the room rather than back to the outside.

Next Steps: Action Item

Call Ken Gregg if you have any additional questions about solar screens and how they can help your home and reduce your energy bills.  Ken can help you review all of your options and show you some samples.  He and his team have been installing solar screens, sun shade treatments and all other kinds of home window coverings for two decades in Henderson, Summerlin and all over the Las Vegas area. You can reach Ken directly by calling 702.896.6900 .

If you clean your screens regularly, you won’t need to purchase a cleaning solution.  Cleaning your solar screens is easy and won’t take much time.

Las Vegas Shutter Company - Custom Installation of Blinds, Shutters, Solar Screens and Window Coverings - Ken Gregg - Las Vegas Henderson Summerlin - Ken Gregg - Solar ScreensTo begin, you will need a few supplies – some you already have at home and the rest can be purchased at Target, WalMart, Home Depot, Lowe’s of a similar store:

  • Bucket
  • Synthetic sponge
  • Soft bristled brush
  • Water
  • Mild Soap
  • Dry cotton cloth
  • And of course, bit of sunshine!

 

Seven Steps for Solar Screen Cleaning:

  1. Fill a bucket with warm water and mild soap.
  2. Remove the solar screen from window.
  3. Use the sponge and brush to remove dirt from the screen by scrubbing lightly across the entire surface. Be careful not to press too firmly on the screens when cleaning.
  4. Rinse the screen with water.
  5. Once rinsed, check to see if any dirt remains; if so, repeat the cleaning process.
  6. Rinse a final time with water.
  7. Dry the screens with a soft absorbent cloth first and then complete the drying process by sitting the screens in an open, sunny spot.

That’s all there is to it!

If you’re thinking about installing solar screens for your home in Henderson, Summerlin or anywhere in the Las Vegas area, please contact Las Vegas Shutter Company.  Ken Gregg has been installing solar screens, shutters, blinds and all other kinds of home window coverings for two decades. Call Ken directly at 702.896.6900 and he will give you a free in-person consultation.

Las Vegas Shutter Company - Custom Installation of Blinds, Shutters, Solar Screens and Window Coverings - Ken Gregg - Las Vegas Henderson SummerlinThe window covering industry has rapidly evolved in the past few years.  Deciding what kind of covering is best for you and your budget can be overwhelming. Learning how to best care for your window coverings is also important.

Our blog is dedicated to helping you become educated about the latest options and technologies.  We will also share maintenance tips and other useful information about your blinds, shutters, solar screens and other window coverings.  Finally, we will showcase, from time to time, some of the installations we have completed for your neighbors to help you visualize the possibilities for your own home.

You may not see our name on billboards and we don’t have a novel branding gimmick, but we do have the best prices, a very experienced team, quality workmanship and rapid responsiveness. We’ve been doing this in Summerlin, Henderson and across the entire Las Vegas valley for 20 years.

Give us a call at 702.896.6900 to schedule an in-home consultation. The design consultation is free and we appreciate the opportunity to earn your business.