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Benefits of Solar Screens For Your Commercial Property

Solar screens replace the insect screens on the outside of your business or commercial property but do so much more. They block much of the harmful UV rays from reaching the inside while allowing in most of the natural sunlight. This is greatly beneficial to keeping the environment comfortable.

Benefits of Solar Screens For Your Commercial Property

Energy Savings

Sunlight enters a window, and much of that energy becomes heat on the inside. Interior window treatments can only insulate you from the already existing heat. For the most part, UV rays add nothing to your light level, but that is where the heat stems from. This makes your air conditioner work harder than it should and raises your power bill. By blocking most of these harmful rays, you decrease the load on your air conditioner and improve the cooling effects.

Protect Furniture

The UV rays that the screens block out are the part of direct sunlight that does the damage to your furniture, carpets, rugs, and any hardwood floors you have. So much of our window treatments are for protecting these surfaces from the dulling and fading effects of sunlight. Because you are blocking the harmful rays before they come in, you have less need to have your windows covered against the sunlight. Your primary purpose for interior window treatments now is privacy.

Natural Light

The visible part of sunlight is only slightly blocked by the screens, so you can enjoy plenty of natural light. Houseplants will not mind the screens in the least, and many actually do better with them. This also blocks much of the glare that comes in your windows, making your environment a more comfortable place.

Window insulation

In winter, the screens act as a layer of insulation. This helps to keep it warmer in the colder months. There is far more night than day in the winter, and the heat loss at night is a bigger factor for windows than the sunlight is in the day. By adding a layer of insulation over your windows, you will lose less heat to the night sky.

Style

The solar screens come in a variety of colors for both the fabric and the frame. This will match and accent the style of the exterior while protecting the beauty and comfort of the inside.

At Longhorn Solar Screens, we know windows inside and out. Contact us today for more information about how we can help you with solar screens for the outside and window treatments for the inside. After all, you deserve the best in comfort and style.

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Motorized, Retractable Patio Screens

Recently named as one of the top 10 unique living trends for 2017, motorized, retractable patio screens are the perfect solution to the blazing hot sun and persistent insects. Imagine having the opportunity to relax by yourself with a book on the patio or being able to host loved ones for a cookout in your outdoor kitchen, all while enjoying an insect-free environment without sacrificing fresh air and ventilation.

Motorized, Retractable Patio Screens

With the click of the remote, our motorized, roll-up screens will appear when you need them. Motorized, retractable screens may just be the best, most flexible way to improve the quality and quantity of time you spend outdoors this spring and during the summer months.

In addition to sun and insect control, one of the biggest benefits of retractable patio screens is the flexibility to choose when you want them in place and when you want them to go away. Even more, the retractable screens are designed to be compatible with most properties. Installation experts can place the screens on existing homes or the screens can be hidden into the structure of a new home during construction.

Contact Longhorn Solar Screens to learn more about our retractable screens!

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Custom Plantation Wood Shutters Add Beauty to Your Home

Plantation shutters have wider louvers than the regular shutters, which means you get more light in your room. These beautiful additions to any room actually add to the value of your house, making them a valuable consideration. They also have the best insulation rating of any window treatment, saving you energy as well. These are just a few of the reasons to choose these lovely shutters for your home.

Custom Plantation Wood Shutters Add Beauty to Your Home

Custom means that your shutters are actually made for your windows, not something cut down to fit. These shutters are 100% high-quality basswood, with dowel and glue joinery for long-lasting durability. They are stained or painted to match your colors and bring out the beauty in your room. Your windows are a big part of what makes your room beautiful, and these shutters frame them perfectly and let them shine.

Plantation shutters work well on any window regardless of size or shape, this will allow the beauty of an arched, octagon shaped, oval, or round window to show through. Most window treatments would cover that up. Not only that, but shutters work well on french doors or even sliding glass doors. This means you can get the whole room to match, adding to the loveliness.

You work hard to make your home decor perfect. You deserve the perfect window treatment to add to the artfulness of your room. Nothing adds that touch of style like wood that is the perfect size, shape, and color to bring out your windows’ natural beauty. At Longhorn Solar Screens, we strive to provide quality service and products with the integrity, reliability, efficiency, and professionalism you want and deserve. Please contact us for more information about custom plantation wood shutters, or any of our window treatment options.

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How Solar Screens Work and the Benefits of Using Them

How do solar screens work? Why use them? And what are their benefits? Solar screens are dark screen panels that are placed on your window. They deflect the brightness of the sunlight so that no sun glare enters your home. The good part is that unless you’re close to the window, you can’t really tell that a solar screen is installed. You can see out of your window perfectly. This is because of the uniform design of the strands in the solar screen.

How Solar Screens Work and the Benefits of Using Them

The solar screens won’t block sunlight from coming in your room — you’ll still have a bright room with plenty of sunshine; your room won’t be dark. What it does is it simply takes away the negative parts of sunlight, namely the glare that often accompanies the sun on a bright day. This is especially true for windows on the east and west sides of the house, where the sun shines extremely brightly in the morning and afternoon.

Unlike an awning, which isn’t always effective (it depends on the sun’s position in the sky), and unlike tint or film, which will probably void your window warranty and may damage your thermal windows, solar screens are designed to block the sun’s glare from ever reaching your window glass.

Solar screens have other benefits, besides less sun glare. They will reduce the fading effect the sun usually has on your curtains, carpets, and wood furniture. The type of sunlight they let in is also beneficial for plants. It will also help you save money on your air conditioning bill in the summer.

For more information, just contact us.

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Time for a Change? 4 Reasons You Need Seamless Gutters

Most homes have traditional sectional gutters. With the introduction of modern seamless gutters, though, homeowners have the option of a gutter system that requires less maintenance and better value in the long run. If you are contemplating some home renovations, here are 4 reasons you need seamless gutters.

Time for a Change? 4 Reasons You Need Seamless Gutters

1. A variety of Options: Seamless gutters come in a wide variety of material and color choices, making it easy to find a selection that will fit with the look of your home. Seamless gutters come in aluminum, steel, and copper. You can choose the color to match the exterior of your home, and since seamless gutters have a baked enamel finish, you never have to worry about painting!

2. Less Maintenance: Seamless gutters are firmly fixed to your home, so the chance of accumulation and debris becoming a hassle is next to none. Seamless gutters require far less cleaning than sectional gutters. Seamless gutters also only have fasteners on corners and at downspouts, so the chance for leaks is dramatically reduced. Fewer leaks mean less of your money spent on repairs.

3. Curb Appeal: Since seamless gutters require fewer joints and fasteners, they look more streamlined and enhance the aesthetic appeal of your property. If you are in the market to sell your home, you may want to consider the addition of seamless gutters.

4. High Return on Investment: Although seamless gutters are a bigger investment initially, their low maintenance and repair costs, means they will pay for themselves in no time.

Since seamless gutters are made to fit your home, they do require professional installation. Contact us today to learn more about our options and pricing for seamless gutters in your home!

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Bug and Insect Screens: The Essential Benefits

Bug and insect screens are a necessary choice for general home protection and essential for keeping out harmful bugs all year round. We all love the great outdoors but it’s important to keep these elements separate from indoor living. Window screens have countless benefits, they allow the opportunity for unobstructed views while circulating airflow without fear of insect infestation.

Bug and Insect Screens: The Essential Benefits

Keep nature where it belongs

Different seasons bring us a diverse range of beautiful insects and animals, including dangerous ones. The beauty of being indoors is the comfort of controlling your environment and staying safe. Bug/Insect screens allow the option of opening windows without worrying about intrusions. Window screens prevent insects and animals from crawling or flying in, making nests, biting people, causing furniture damage, and seeking out food. While nature is awe-inspiring, it belongs outdoors where it truly thrives.

Protect your home from leaves and debris

Autumn leaves and Spring pollen is essential for a well-balanced eco system. Let yourself enjoy the seasons without having them invade the inside of your home. Window screens do an impeccable job of keeping debris and leaves from blowing in through your open windows. The intricate weave of a screen keeps your home clean and stops particles from entering, while still allowing the sweet scent of spring flowers or crisp autumn breeze to be part of your day.

Beautiful views and natural airflow

The purpose of perfectly placed windows is to preserve a connection with the outdoors and enjoy the beautiful views that surround your home. Window screens can help protect the integrity of your home while maintaining a clear view without obstruction. Even if you have central heating and cooling systems, the health benefits of fresh air are undeniable. Controlling house temperature by circulating natural airflow is not only energy-efficient but vital for optimal health and clean living.

Longhorn Solar Screens create custom-built fiberglass screens woven from permanent glass yarn and coated with a protective vinyl. Our window screens are guaranteed not to rust or corrode, maintaining lasting color and flexibility. Custom screens are available in 5 colors to suit your individual style. Contact Us for assistance in choosing the perfect screens and window hardware for your home.

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Four Reasons To Install Custom Plantation Shutters

Are you sure you know everything you should about custom plantation wood shutters? Well, here are four things you should know about this topic.

Four Reasons To Install Custom Plantation Shutters

  1. Plantation shutters enhance a broad range of architectural styles. They’re perfect for adding a touch of elegance in both contemporary and traditional spaces, and they offer a reliable way to manipulate scale in rooms with soaring ceilings.
  2. Wood plantation shutters are the perfect window treatment solution for any room. Although often used in living areas, they also look great in kitchens, breakfast nooks, bathrooms, and bedrooms. Customize them to fit large picture windows, long narrow sliders, dormers and bay windows.
  3. The need for privacy is a good reason to use plantation wood shutters. When properly sized and installed, plantation shutters provide solid coverage and can prevent prying eyes from seeing into your home.
  4. Controlling sunlight is easy to do once you install plantation shutters. When you custom design your shutters, make sure you’ve designed your set to swing freely. You’ll be able to open and close your shutters in any number of ways to keep direct light out of your home.

At Longhorn Solar, you can further personalize your plantation shutters by choosing a louver size that works for your design scheme. The typical louver is 3.5 inches, but you can also order them in 2.5 and 4.5 inches. You can paint or stain our shutters, and we can also add a tilt rod for easy louver adjustment.

To talk more about placing a custom order for plantation wood shutters, or any of our home products, please contact us today.

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Advantages of Home Solar Screens

Did you know that 40 percent of an electric bill is heating and cooling? Using home solar screens can help reduce costs by reducing heat in the summer and reducing heat loss in the winter. Solar screens accomplish this by reducing, absorbing, and disbursing solar heat before it can reach windows. 

Solar screens also help reduce glare. They provide a method of controlling natural light in a home. Solar screens provide more privacy. While keeping your privacy, the view outside stays unobstructed.

Solar screens come in a variety of colors, styles, and openness. The fabrics fall into three categories that include light, dark, and high performance reflective styles. This means screens fit preferences and designs of homes, regardless of color choices.

Advantages of Home Solar Screens

Quality Solar Screens

Quality is the important factor when constructing solar screens. They are a uniquely woven mesh. The screens, made with a strong vinyl-coated polyester, ensure strength and resilience. The design of screens provide an 80 to 90 percent blockage when installed. If they aren’t made right, they won’t do their job.

The screens we install fit well when your windows are large and small. They also fit well in areas that are common rooms where light sets the atmosphere. The installation allows more light into the room while still absorbing and redirecting heat. This allows the benefits of both light control and temperature control in the home.

The screens are great at controlling heat and light. With professional installation, they improve the look inside your house, and help save money on utilities. Contact us today. We are happy to answer any further questions and provide quotes.