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Old 07-18-2007, 01:41 PM
 
Location: The Big D
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momof2DFW--I would think that in most high-end nieghborhoods the windows have E2 glass which has factory installed UV/solar tint with gas between the two panes...and not tint installed after windows go in...

not saying that what you had to say about tint vs screen is not valid--just that at least the newer high-end homes have windows w/tint already done...
They DO have some tint but not that much. Many including us have had additional tint applied since construction along w/ some/many of the builders adding the additional tint.
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Old 07-18-2007, 03:28 PM
 
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I'm with momof2dfw, I think those solar screens look tacky. Only one of my neighbors that have them and she's right - they scream "Here I am"
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Old 07-18-2007, 05:40 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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I've had both and I will take the tint over solar screens anyday.

Thank you so much for your input! It is great to hear from somebody that has had experience with both!

I agree, I don't like the looks of the solar screens AT ALL! This is why I really wanted to do the tint...but, was going to look into the custom screens as an alternative since I heard so many bad things about the tint. However...you may have changed my mind back to my original thought!...and, we will be looking into getting the windows tinted.

The sale of our current home may be on afterall...so, HOPEFULLY we WILL be moving into our new home soon! I am praying!
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Old 07-18-2007, 05:44 PM
 
Location: The Big D
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Thank you so much for your input! It is great to hear from somebody that has had experience with both!

I agree, I don't like the looks of the solar screens AT ALL! This is why I really wanted to do the tint...but, was going to look into the custom screens as an alternative since I heard so many bad things about the tint. However...you may have changed my mind back to my original thought!...and, we will be looking into getting the windows tinted.

The sale of our current home may be on afterall...so, HOPEFULLY we WILL be moving into our new home soon! I am praying!
No problem. The company that did our windows is called Amersol. They have an office in Dallas but serve the entire DFW metroplex. I've recommended them to many friends and have been very pleased w/ their products and service. They have a website by their name.

GOOD LUCK W/ THE SALE
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Old 07-18-2007, 11:24 PM
 
Location: TX
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Yes but it's hot here in Texas about 9 months out of the year!
That's true, but what I meant is that in the summer, the sun is more directly above the house than in the summer. In other words, more sunlight enters south-facing windows in TX in the winter than it does in the summer.
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Old 07-18-2007, 11:26 PM
 
Location: TX
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How about tinting the windows and adding solar screens? The sun would have no chance!
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Old 07-19-2007, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Kansas
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That's true, but what I meant is that in the summer, the sun is more directly above the house than in the winter. In other words, more sunlight enters south-facing windows in TX in the winter than it does in the summer.
Ah... ok I see your point.
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Old 07-19-2007, 05:26 PM
 
Location: 40/42
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The newer tint films will not cause problems with your insulated windows and most film companies cover this under their warranty. The nice thing about the film is that is practically invisible, so it will not change either the exterior architectural look of your house or affect your interior decorating. In fact, many decorators recommend it to help prevent fading of your floors and fading. Professional film installations have several advantages including facotry warranty and the films for the professional market are of a better quality. Moderator cut: soliciting

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Old 07-31-2008, 12:34 PM
 
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Solar screens are definitly better in terms of keeping heat out of your house. Tint is on the inside of the window. The sun hits the tint and reduces the amount of UV rays and such but heat is still making it's way to the inside of the window. You will notice some reduction in heat in that room but not that much. Solar screens are on the outside of your house and the heat absorbed by them doesn't enter your home. See the difference?
I'm looking for affordable exterior solar screens for my home (Wichita).
Any recommendations? Thanks
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Old 07-31-2008, 08:30 PM
 
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Actually I like the look of solar screens, I think they make the house look sharp, JMHO .
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