Shade Screens (Solar Control Screens)
 
     
  Outside shade screens prevent sun from entering a window. Put these only on windows exposed to direct sunlight. Shade ScreenThese devices are often called "sun screens," "shade cloths" or "solar shields." The screens made from aluminum or plastic are lightweight, durable and easy to install. Unlike insect screens, shade screens are specially made to block a certain amount of the sun's energy usually between 50 and 90 percent of the energy striking the outside of the window. The term "shading coefficient" describes the amount of heat that penetrates the screen; lower numbers mean less energy gets through. While you can see through a shade screen, the view is obscured.

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, stopping the sun's heat before it penetrates windows and sliding glass doors is up to seven times more effective than using interior blinds or curtains. Made of small aluminum louvers, fiberglass mesh, or tough metalized polyester film laminated to vinyl, shade screens work best on windows with southern, western or eastern exposures. Removable shade screens allow you to take advantage of passive solar heat gain in the winter.

Sun ScreenRocklin Glass & Mirror can fabricate and install shade screens of any size and shape using the same aluminum framing members utilized in standard insect screens for windows. We use exclusively the fiberglass mesh product manufactured by Phifer, Inc. such as their "Sun Screen" which is a woven fiberglass product. The unique ribbed weave is designed to block up to 70% of the sun's heat and glare. SunScreen stops insects but will allow gentle breezes to enter. If your windows have existing insect screens, SunScreen can be installed in the same manner, often using the same frames. SunScreen offers good outward visibility and adds daytime privacy to your windows. Unlike films or glass coatings, SunScreen stops the sun's heat and glare before it hits your windows and sliding glass doors. It's like having a shade tree in front of your window without blocking the view. Exterior shading is the most effective way to block solar heat gain. It is available in Charcoal, Bronze, or Silver Gray colors.

For increased efficiency, try Phifer's SunTex80 or 90 screen material. Phifer SunTex is a fabric woven of extremely strong and durable vinyl-coated polyester yarns. The uniform weave design offers excellent outward visibility and good ventilation. Shading is approximately 80 - 90 %, and SunTex is available in a choice of four earth tone colors. The fabric is also pet resistant making it ideal for use in doors and full-length screen panels.

SuntexThe chart here shows a window with Brown SunTex installed. In midsummer Suntex Colorsas much as 230 BTUs can fall on each unprotected square foot of glass. With SunTex installed, up to 80 - 90 % of the sun's heat and glare is reflected, absorbed and dissipated before it strikes the window.

SunTex80 or 90 is available in Black, Brown, Grey and Stucco colors.