Q. Why are Outdoor Sun Screens installed on the outside of the windows?
A. The outside solar shades are installed on the outside of windows so that they can stop the sun’s heat and glare before it reaches the glass. Unlike interior window treatments that offer only shade and privacy, Enviroblind Motorized Sun Screens are a proactive defense against solar heat gain as well.
Q. What is the Sun Shade Screen made of?
A. We use two types of fabrics for our outdoor Solar Screens. Thermoscreen® made by 3G Mermet is a unique PVC coated fiberglass fabric that is designed to absorb and reflect the sun’s heat and glare. Thermoscreen is available in 6% and 14% openness. SunTex 80® made by Phifer is a polyester coated vinyl material that is available in 20% openness. Both fabrics are very durable, provide excellent protection from the sun’s heat and glare and look great.
Q. How large can the Retractable Screens be made?
A. The maximum dimensions for Retractable Outdoor Solar Shades are 19’8 wide and 12’ tall.
Q. Can you see through the Sun Screen?
A. Yes! This is what makes Retractable Sun Screens so practical and appealing. Because the see through solar shade's screen material is available in a variety of weave densities, you can block the heat and glare of the sun’s rays without sacrificing your view. During the day, retractable solar shades offer excellent privacy, and at night, others looking in can only see silhouettes.
Q. What color of Screen material is easiest to see through?
A. Dark colors absorb most of the sun’s light and glare, and light colors reflect light back to your eyes, therefore, dark colors are easiest to see through if you're looking for see-through sun shade screens.
Q. Can Retractable Sun Screens be used on porches?
A. Yes. Retractable solar window screens are the ideal solution for creating shade, privacy and insect protection for patios, gazebos and decks.
Q. How do Retractable Solar Screens protect me from insects?
A. Our unique edge retention system on the exterior solar shades uses a zipper system that keeps the screen in a track and prevents insects from entering your home or patio while the screen is in the down position.
Q. What happens if Exterior Sun Screens are left in the down position in high winds?
A. We do not recommend that you operate your exterior solar screens in windy conditions. Outdoor retractable sun shades are intended to provide solar protection, not wind protection. However, our unique screen edge retention system allows you to keep your screens down in light winds without blowing out of the guide rails. If you live in a windy area, we recommend that you purchase a wind sensor that will automatically retract your outdoor solar screen shades when it gets windy.