Solar Screens are an Option to Keep out Sun

I don’t like solar screens, but since when does my opinion count anyway. But they do create shade on a window and they cost less than replacement windows, and maybe you like the surreal, artificial, sterile look they give a home.

Solar screens offer a relativley inexpensive means to reducing glare, pretty much eliminating the ultraviolets that will fade your furnature and will help reduce your heat gain.  They are mounted on the exterior of the window, like a storm window, and good companies can match your grid pattern in the screen material to match your covered window. You will see that in the pictures below.

Here is a detail representing some aggregate of the solar gain being reflectred away by the solar screen. The key  reason it is here- to show a solar screen is a outside appendage added to the exterior frame of the window.

Here is a detail representing some aggragate of the solar gain being reflectred away by the solar screen. The  solar screen is an outside appendage added to the exterior frame of the window.

They come in a variety of colors, and they are stuck onto the outside of the house. I don’t know if they collect dust and dirt behind their fine screen surface, but they come in a variety of colors. I swiped some pictures below that show a near black appearance and then a near white appearance. They don’t even look like windows anymore to me.

Before the install of solar screens. A big window right out there in full sun. The homeowner decides the answer is solar screens.

Before the install of solar screens. A big window right out there in full sun. The homeowner decides the answer is solar screens.

Solar screens in place. The room is cooler and this is how the solar screesn look. The solar screen company has buildt in the grid pattern of the original windows. Do you like this look?  There are other colors to choose from.

Solar screens in place. The room is cooler and this is how the solar screens look. The solar screen company has buildt in the grid pattern of the original windows. Do you like this look? There are other colors to choose from.

This is the all white solar screens that match the garage doors. What do you think/

This is the all white solar screens that match the garage doors. What do you think?

Now we might find someone to defend these and, we do allow people their personal taste, but for now we just leave you with the pictures, and leave you with the answer, solar screens are a window treatment and can help shade a window that is producing too much heat for your comfort.They will cut down on glare and stop most of the UV rays, but… they are homely.

Feel free to add your thoughts below.

image credits: I swiped these home images from  Texan Solar Screens in The Woodlands, TX.

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