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Old 03-16-2009, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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I have seen solar screens on several houses. These are the type that appear to cover windows and even doors with a cloth appearing mesh.

Anyone have any idea about the cost of solar screens? Anyone have experience with cooling effect or electric savings? Do they make the inside of your home unbearably dark?

Thanks for the info.
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Old 03-16-2009, 01:52 PM
 
Location: NW Las Vegas - Lone Mountain
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Can be worth while on south or west facing windows that are directly exposed to the sun. I would not use them on east or north facing.

They do darken a house. I take them off listed houses almost always to lighten the home.

Somewhat more expensive than regular screens and require a more robust install. Twice regular screens or so. I think you can likely price them at Loews or Home Depot.
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Old 03-16-2009, 04:49 PM
 
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We had our whole house done in Las Vegas and it decreased the power bill about $20 a month. we've done the same here in Phoenix, well worth it.
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Old 03-16-2009, 04:58 PM
 
Location: Here and there, you decide.
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what about the solar screens vs. tint?
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Old 05-23-2009, 05:09 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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what about the solar screens vs. tint?
Same here. I want this done this summer, just do not know which would be the best route.
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Old 05-23-2009, 05:46 PM
 
Location: NW Las Vegas - Lone Mountain
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Well having looked at a couple of thousand houses with bad placements relative the sun the sun screens win hands down.

Tint appears to win only on things like window walls facing the wrong direction.

I can't tell you whether it is science or marketing though.
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Old 05-23-2009, 06:14 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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Well having looked at a couple of thousand houses with bad placements relative the sun the sun screens win hands down.

Tint appears to win only on things like window walls facing the wrong direction.

I can't tell you whether it is science or marketing though.
I am leaning towards sun screens. Tint seems too much work and harder to remove if I wish for more lighting.
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Old 05-23-2009, 06:23 PM
 
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I have seen solar screens on several houses. These are the type that appear to cover windows and even doors with a cloth appearing mesh.

Anyone have any idea about the cost of solar screens? Anyone have experience with cooling effect or electric savings? Do they make the inside of your home unbearably dark?

Thanks for the info.
I just got a quote for 2 screens that will screen my patio from the late afternoon sun. One screen is 8x15 and the other is 8x10, installed with a motor and timer so it lowers the screen automatically came out to $3400.

My wife had another company come yesterday for a another quote and the guy wouldn't even bother giving us a written estimate even after she asked several times. He was so vague that she got frustrated and threw him out. His quote was just a little higher than the first company, but he was so bad in his sales presentation that he lost me in the first minute.

The back of my house radiates so much from the afternoon sun. Most of these screens block out 90-96% of the sun so there will be substantial savings in the long run.
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Old 05-23-2009, 06:43 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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I was going to call Sun Off Vegas Solar Screens for an estimate. Does anyone here have SUNOFF solar screens?
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Old 05-23-2009, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
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I had solar screens on our last house on the west facing windows. I ended up taking them down after I finally got sick of them. They get dirty and are hard to clean, and they block the view. And in a fire if you wanted to climb out a window it wouldn't be easy to kick them out of your way. You can see out a little bit but it's frustrating. We had our present west facing windows tinted. They don't block the view, are not too dark, and they do just fine keeping the sun out. Especially since they are double, or triple, or quadruple, or whatever panes. Best way to cut down on heat in your house is insulation in the roof. It also keeps in heat in the winter. A lot of the people selling solar screens are crooks. If you must have them look for a reputable company that has been in business in Las Vegas for a long time.
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