What Makes A Quality Solar Screen?

Texan Solar Screens Versus the Competition

When choosing a company to install solar screens for your home there are some questions you should ask to ensure you’re getting a quality product that will look good for years to come.

Solar Screen Composition

Solar Screens are comprised of an aluminum frame custom made to the size of your window and woven screen material attached to the frame with a nylon or foam spline. Seems simple, right? Subtle differences in the screen frame, corners and material can be the difference between screens that look brand new in 10 years and screens that are sagging on the frame and need to be replaced in just a year or two.

Question 1: What type of material do you use in your screens?

At Texan Solar Screens we exclusively use Phifer Suntex material in our solar screens for the simple reason that we’ve never found a product that is better. It stays taut on the frame, resists fading and has the highest consistency in the weave of any solar screen material that we’ve found. If your screen material doesn’t stay taut on the frame, you’ll end up with a rippling effect in the screen. Fade resistance in the screen will keep your screen looking brand new for years. Finally, the consistency in the weave is important for visibility through the screen. When all of the holes in the screen are the same size  your eye can easily adjust to looking through it. When the holes are not consistent in size, things will appear to look wavy or distorted. We’ve trusted Phifer Suntex for our solar screen materials for over 13 years – it’s the industry standard.

Question 2: What is the width of your screen frames?

At Texan Solar Screens, we use 1 inch wide frames for our solar screens. If you’ve ever felt solar screen material it’s very thick and relatively heavy. When pulled tight on the screen frame it puts a lot of tension on the frame. With today’s homes commonly having windows three to four feet wide and six to seven feet tall, you’ve also got a large screen to cover that window. There are companies out there that will use 3/4″ frame for their solar screens. This is the type of screen frame that is made for bug screens (go look at one of the bug screens in your window and feel how flimsy that frame is). Because of the tension placed on the screen frame the smaller frames will have the tendency to bow or break over time. If you want your solar screens to last you should have 1 inch frames on your screens.

Question 3: What type of corners do you use on your screens?

The frame corners are an important part of the structural integrity of the solar screen. Texan Solar Screens uses only metal interior corners on their solar screens. The corners of our screen frame are miter cut like a picture frame and you actually won’t ever see the corner unless you were to pull apart the frame. You will find people that will use exterior plastic corners on solar screens. Why? Because it’s easier. You don’t have to miter cut the corners and they are easier to assemble. Solar screens are designed to sit in the sun and block its rays and harmful effects – these types of corners will be broken down by the sun and eventually fail. Many window manufacturers use these type of corners on the bug screens that come on their windows. After 3-5 years the ones that have sat in the sun are brittle and easily broken.

Question 4: Where are your screens made?

Texan Solar Screens are built locally at our factory in Houston. Each part of the solar screen is made by a different person – allowing for consistent quality and workmanship. Our best assemblers can put together upwards of 300 solar screens in a day. They have the proper training, tools, and know how to build them right. The guy building them on the back of his truck or on a couple of saw horses in his garage may be doing the best job that he can but would have a hard time competing with the quality of the screens we’re able to produce.  It’s for that reason we can produce the complex grids and arched solar screens and have them match up with your window so they are something that adds to the look of your home.

Question 5: What is the warranty on your screens?

Texan Solar Screens warrants our fixed solar screens against manufacturer defect for the lifetime of the product to the original purchaser. This covers both the screen frame and the screen material. Many screen companies will cover only the screen material – Phifer Suntex material carries a 10 year manufacturer warranty directly from Phifer. Because of our good experience with Phifer Suntex products, we extend that warranty to a lifetime warranty against manufacturer defect.

Keep in mind when considering the warranty on any product it is only as good as the company behind the warranty. We have seen from time to time companies come and go that offer “lifetime” warranties on their screens. A lifetime warranty from a company that’s no longer in business isn’t really worth anything. We’ve been in business since 2001 – and screens that we’ve installed way back then are still around and performing well. Because of the way that our screens are manufactured and installed we have had an extremely low rate of warranty claims over the years.  When you do it right the first time it doesn’t need to be fixed.

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