Commonly Asked Questions
These are the questions we hear most often from our customers.
Film is an interior application and is not designed for your double pane windows. It is not nearly as effective as solar screens, and voids out all window warranties, as it is damaging to sealed thermal pane windows. Awnings are expensive and do not offer protection 100% of the time. Both of these alternatives offer no energy savings in the winter.
Solar screen will still allow full visibility; only you will be looking through a material so it is almost like looking through a regular screen, only a little darker.
Solar screens will still allow light to come in, so it will not completely darken the room. However, there are no current statistics available as each person’s homes will be subject to different variables. Such as, the angle of the sun on said windows, the cloudiness of the day, and even the amount of trees in the yard. Customers’ opinions vary on this and the best idea is to have a Lone Star Rep hold a screen over your window and let you make your own decision.
Not in the daytime. Solar screens offer privacy in the daytime; however, at night if you have lights on, people will be able to see in.
There is no way for anyone to give you a specific accurate figure; there are too many variables involved. Therefore, we are not the kind of company who will make up a statistic. However, solar screens will dramatically reduce the cooling cost portion of your electric bill.
No. Companies use different materials and building methods
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No, some people think they will get more benefits from passive solar heating with the solar screen off in the wintertime. However, there are less daytime hours in the winter season; it is also usually more overcast, limiting your chances of passive solar heating. Solar screens also create somewhat of a barrier, keeping the cold winter winds off your glass, similar to a storm window, therefore, keeping the temperature of the glass warmer. The warmer you keep the glass; the less convection heat you need to pay to pump through your house will be attracted to the glass areas, conserving energy.
Yes, since solar screens save energy, they normally will pay for themselves within a short period of time by reducing your energy bills. Also they will help your air conditioner last longer and need fewer repairs due to the reduction of its normal workload.
Yes, all of our screens are installed with either a thumb bolt (wing nut) or screwed on. Your individual window track system or lack of will determine proper installation. We use only stainless steel hardware including our screws; they are also all Phillips pan head screws, which every homeowner usually has a Phillips screwdriver. Unlike some companies, they use a hex head screw for faster installation and then recommend using pliers to take them off, a ridiculous idea.
Yes, solar screens installed properly will not inhibit the operation of your window. However, some airflow will be restricted due to the thickness of the material.
Yes, solar screens will drastically reduce the chances of curtains, carpets and all items from fading.
Lone Star Solar Screens™’ screens are warranted for as long as you live in your home. However, 20-30 years is a realistic life expectancy.
If you want more light, better airflow and visibility, you should go with 80%. If you want more glare reduction and energy efficiency you should go with the 90%. It is also possible to put 90% on the real problem areas and 80% on less problem areas and aesthetically will not look different on the exterior.
Not normally, solar screens help reduce the damaging ultraviolet rays, however the 80% screening is usually suggested for plants that require more light.
Yes, solar screens are incredibly pet resistant being PVC coated polyester. However, nothing is pet proof.
The darker colors are more efficient and also have the best view. However, we offer 8 different colors and you should pick the color you will be most happy with remembering again that the darker the color the better the view.
For maximum energy efficiency, solar screens should protect all windows and doors. However, you may order any windows done as you would like, such as just the real problem areas and add others later.
That depends on the time of year. Normally in the busy season, 7 to 14 days. Sometimes in our slower season as little as 2 to 5 days.
At Lone Star Solar Screens™ we have divided our employees and trained them for only specific aspects of the solar screen production to ensure our people will be the best in the business since that is all they will do, such as: frame cutters, regular screen rollers, screen door builders, specialty builders (arched windows), and gridwork builders. Our professional estimating and installation crews are all trained to the highest standards to ensure quality installations and are also trained to be the most knowledgeable sales/estimating solar screen force in the nation. All of this is done to ensure continued customer satisfaction.
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