Solar Screen

Anyone new to solar screen will be amazed at the options available.  Solar, or sun screen comes in a large variety of colors and fabric weave styles, but first let's consider some reasons why you would want these on your home.

  • Energy Efficiency: Solar screens are designed to reduce the amount of solar heat gain that enters your home. By blocking a significant portion of the sun's rays, they can help keep your home cooler during hot weather. This, in turn, reduces the reliance on air conditioning and can lead to lower energy consumption and cost savings.
  • UV Protection: Solar screens are effective at blocking a considerable amount of ultraviolet (UV) radiation from entering your home. UV rays can damage furniture, flooring, and other interior items, causing them to fade or deteriorate over time. Solar screens help protect your belongings from these harmful rays, prolonging their lifespan.
  • Glare Reduction: Glare from direct sunlight can be a nuisance, causing discomfort and making it difficult to view screens or work on computers. Solar screens effectively reduce glare while still allowing natural light to filter through. This creates a more comfortable and enjoyable indoor environment.
  • Privacy: Solar screens offer privacy by limiting the visibility from outside while allowing occupants to see outside from within the house. They act as a one-way mirror during daylight hours, ensuring privacy without sacrificing natural light.
  • Enhanced Aesthetics: Solar screens come in a variety of colors and styles, allowing you to choose options that complement your home's exterior. They can enhance the overall appearance of your house, adding a touch of style while providing functional benefits.
  • Insect Protection: Solar screens act as a barrier to keep insects and pests out of your home while still allowing fresh air to circulate. They serve as an additional layer of defense against unwanted intruders.
  • Increased Comfort: By reducing heat gain, glare, and UV radiation, solar screens contribute to a more comfortable indoor environment. They help maintain consistent temperatures, minimize hot spots, and create a pleasant atmosphere for occupants.

It's important to note that the effectiveness of solar screens can vary based on factors such as the quality of the screens, the orientation of your home, and the local climate. Consider consulting with professionals or doing thorough research to determine the most suitable solar screen options for your specific needs.

Phifer's SunTex® solar screens are highly regarded for their durability and effectiveness in reducing heat and glare. They offer a range of screen densities, allowing you to choose the level of light and heat blockage that suits your requirements. Phifer screens are known for their excellent visibility and airflow while providing UV protection.

We will list a portion of this large group to give you a good idea about what is on the market and the questions you should be asking.  The following are products offered by Phifer Wire Products, Inc.

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Sunscreen - This is a very affordable exterior shading blocking up to 70% of the sun's rays.  It replaces regular insect screening and is one of the top choices for home owners.  Sunscreen 54 x 16 mesh fiberglass 70% silvergray - charcoal - bronze.

SunTex - SunTex exterior shading blocks up to 80% of the suns rays.  It is made of strong vinyl coated polyester fabric.  SunTex is mildew and fade resistant and needs only an occasional cleaning with soap and water.  SunTex is pet resistant and extremely durable.  It offers good ventilation and has excellent outward visibility.

SunTex 17 x 14 mesh 80% polyester gray - black - brown - beige - stucco.

shade screen on windows
Super Solar Screening - Made from vinyl coated fiberglass this screen blocks up to 90% of the suns rays.  Super Solar also has excellent outward visibility.

Super Solar 40 x 40 mesh fiberglass 90% silvergray - charcoal.


Solar/Insect Screen - This screen is woven from fiberglass yarns and is an excellent window covering choice when visibility is of up most importance.

Solar/Insect Screen 20 x 30 mesh silvergray - charcoal

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PhiferScreen 530 - This screen is for interior or exterior use and is made from vinyl coated fiberglass yarns.  It is available in wide range of colors, gray/gray - gray/white - gray/sand - pearl gray/pearl gray - sand/sand - white/white - charcoal/gray - charcoal/chestnut - charcoal.

Then there is the Phifer SheerWeave line.  This is shade fabric made for interior uses such as Roll-Up Shades, Roman Shades, Folding Shades, Pleated Shades, Vertical Blinds, Sheers and Screens.  SheerWeave fabrics add beauty and elegance to complement the interior decor while enhancing the quality of light at the window.  Their unique light-filtering qualities reduces the fading of carpets and furnishings, while continuing to offer a view to the outside.  SheerWeave filters out heat and glare while allowing the natural light to enter.

SheerWeave Style 1000 - average openness 25% white - antique white.

SheerWeave Style 2000 and 2100 - average openness 5% and 10% white - white/bone - white/platinum - bone - bone/platinum - bronze - platinum.

SheerWeave Style 3000 - average openness 14% spanish gray - pearl white - mushroom sand - custard cream - chocolate - sand dollar - expresso - honey sage - black forest - dusty gray - pale gray - ninja gray - mossy green - harvest wheat.

SheerWeave Style 4000 4100 & 4400 - average openness 5% 10% 3% chalk - alabaster - granite - pebblestone - graystone - tobacco - pewter - ebony - ash.

SheerWeave Style 4800 - average openness 1% alabaster - peach - teal - gray


This is just an overview of some different types of solar screens available.  If you are in the Mesa Arizona area you could contact me for a shade screen estimate.  For pictures of Solar Screens in use go here.

If you are replacing the screen in your existing frames see this page.

Shade Screen Replacement


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