DIY Solar Screens

While many choose to have their solar screens professionally installed, it is something that can be done yourself if you are reasonably handy. Don’t have a truck? If you’re in Houston or nearby we can even arrange for delivery of your screens.

We can manufacture solar screens to the specifications that you provide to save you the installation cost.  While making the solar screens yourself can be done, we would not recommend it due to the difficulty of putting together a professional looking product.

Want a rough estimate on what it will cost? Just take some rough measurements (to the nearest inch) and give us a call – we’ll give you a ball park figure. Some of the things to note about a window that will affect the cost:

  • Size (Width x Height)
  • Any Curve or Arch to the window
  • Specialty grid on the window that you’re looking to match on the screen.

Pros of self measure/install

  • You don’t pay us to install them (saves money)
  • Satisfaction of job well done

Cons/Risks of self measure/install

  • Possibility of damaging window – if your screw hits the glass it will break
  • If your screen is too big or too small you’ll have to buy a new one
  • It can be difficult to reach some windows especially on a 2 story house.

By no means do we want to scare you off from doing this yourself if it’s something you want to do – we just like for your to be prepared for what can happen.

Our staff can help you with everything from measuring tips to installation pointers to color suggestions. We’ve installed thousands of solar screens in Houston, TX and the surrounding areas so just ask and we’ll be happy to help.

Basic skills required to measure and install your own solar screens.

  • Reading Tape Measure
  • Precisely Recording Measurements
  • Operation of Electric Drill
  • Ability to climb ladder

Tools Needed

  • Step ladder (one story houses)
  • Extension ladder (for 2 story houses)
  • Tape Measure
  • Electric Drill/Driver
  • 1/4″ bit holder – preferably magnetic
  • Flat Head Screwdriver or small pry bar

If measuring rectangular solar screens it’s fairly simple but there are some tricks of the trade depending on the type of windows you have.

Here are some tips for measuring to help you out

  • Windows aren’t always square – especially older windows or windows where there is brick surrounding the whole window. If your screen is a little bit too small you can center it on the window and have a small gap on each side. If it’s too big you’ll have to cut it down or have a new one made – so measuring carefully is very important.
  • You’ll want to take vertical measurements on the sides and in the middle of the window and take the smallest measurement to make sure your screen will fit. Metal framed windows have a tendancy to bow up in the middle of the window at the bottom over time; especially on windows that receive a lot of sun.
  • Horizontally, you’ll want to take measurements at the top, middle and bottom. If there is brick coming right up to the frame, look for any places where there is mortar or brick sticking out and take the smallest measurement.
  • If you’re measuring an arched window it’s best you call us for instructions on measuring. There are different instructions for each type of arch.
  • Don’t assume windows next to each other that are similar in size will take the same size of screen. Taking the extra couple of minutes to measure each window will save you the hassle of having to modify or remake a screen if it’s slightly different.
  • Our installers will draw out a rudimentary picture of the house and label each window to make it easier when it comes time to install the screens. Often windows will be 1/8-1/4″ different from each other.