Rated 4.9 out of 5 by 47
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Boomer69 Great product for heat control
I purchased this solar screen material to control the heat transfer from the south side of my house. It works really well and kept my house 2 to 4 degrees cooler inside.
I only replaced the screen material from the original screens that came with the windows. The only issue that I came into the screen material was thicker that the original screen and I had to change the spline to one size smaller. .125 to .105. I was able to do 9 screens with the material.
If you use this material invest in a good set of scissors, utility knife and a spline roller.
It does darken the room more that before but that was not an issue to me. It does give more privacy to the room. If you want more light you may have to go to a lower blocking fabric.
October 6, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by tracou96 Looks nice.
I put the screen on this past weekend and it looks real nice. I did a test for two days, one with the new screen and one with the regular old screen. During the day there really isn't a huge difference when looking outside (see comparison photo). The cats and dog didn't have a preference and sat in front of both windows to look out. :) This did increase the privacy when looking in, but only during the daytime. It makes it real hard for the passerby's to simply look in without trying.
At night it does make it a bit harder to see out when it's dark on the outside with no lighting. Obviously if your lights are on inside those passerby's can see in, it just shades it a little bit, but not much. The privacy plus is definitely during the day.
A big plus is it helps with the pesky little tiny flying insects that would squeeze through a regular screen. This has helped reduce those little suckers! I don't find them on my counter top in the kitchen much anymore.
The biggest downfall to this screen is the breeze you lose. I held up a piece of paper in front of the regular screen and the paper blew horizontal. However, when I held this same piece of paper up to the new screen it only moved a little bit.
Overall, I'm still very pleased with the screen. It looks much better on the outside, kind of classy, and it does help with the privacy during the day. I believe it will also help with UV damage on the inside since it does help with the strength of the sun that comes in, as you can see in one of the other photos.
August 18, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by LouisianaGirl Love this screen
I absolutely love this screen. I can't say if it will help with cooling bills because I have half screens, but I love the way it cuts the glare in the house. One reviewer didn't like the look because she had half screens. I don't see that as an issue. My husband wanted to pay someone to install screen for us, but after watching a couple of YouTube videos I knew I could do this. Don't buy the Phifer Black Screen Mouse (cheap plastic) buy the Spline Roller with Wooden Handle instead it was cheaper and worked much better.
September 1, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JimmyG Beat the summer heat
This product is a thick nylon fabric that blocks an amazing amount of heat and glare while leaving the outside view still visible from inside the house. When windows are viewed from the outside the screen blocks light so the window is not visible providing privacy. Value is a subjective item, the material is somewhat expensive.
April 9, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by SECO works as advertised
does its job. HOWEVER, and this is a big "BUT", AIR does NOT come through this screen easily. I live in Colorado, and believe it or not, it does it hot here. At 6000 feet, the sun it pretty darn warm during the day. But at night, it still gets pretty cool and we like the windows open, usually with a fan in them. We noticed a HUGE difference in how the fans operate with this screen. Our rooms do NOT get cool even with the fans after installing this screen. The fans can't pull air through the screens. BIG DOWNSIDE for us. We are going to be removing some of the screens from the windows we use at night because of this.
August 9, 2010
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Merrill Great Way to Save on Solar Screens
I bought the 25 foot roll for $52. I stapled hem at top and put in Spring rods. Covered 9 narrow windows in my sunroom.
I'll pop them out in Winter!
Love the privacy at night. They are in window behind my wooden blinds.
Couldn't be more thrilled! Ordering solar panels for these windows would have cost $100's!
June 25, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by dease Not for me
I didn't want to want to lower the rating of these quality screens so I was careful with how I rated it. Yet for me, these did not work out and caused my poor husband to rescreen what he had just screened. We have half screens on our windows and live in the country with beautiful views. Maybe if our house had full screens I might have been happier with them? From the exterior, each window looked blacked out from outside the house. Looking through these screens blurred the outside images like you were looking through some strange camera filter and turned the inside of the house into a cloudy day. I was going for energy efficiency but couldn't live with the filtered views in our light and bright house. Material was excellent and you definitely can't see through them from the outside, so you may love them in your situation. Just not for me.
August 26, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Paul This is an excellent product. I would recommend this product for those who want to cut down on their utility bill.
This is an excellent product. I would recommend this product for those who want to cut down on their utility bill. I installed the solar screen on all the windows and it does a great job of keeping out the heat.
I normally set the thermostat on 70 degrees during the summer while I’m away. So far this year setting the thermostat on 76, keeps the house cool. Since this is the beginning of Texas summer, I’ll have to wait another month to see if I need to adjust my thermostat.
June 13, 2012