As winter fades away, most Albertans start to think about how to make the most of the warmer weather that spring brings. It’s also a natural time to think about home improvement and extension, and fortunately Desert Sun Patios has just the idea to combine these two dreams! To enjoy the outdoors, natures’ beauty and fresh air without leaving the comfort of your own home; what could be a better solution than building a screen room in Calgary!
A screen room is a great compromise between a regular deck or patio and a full on sunroom. They provide overhead protection from the sun, as well as from bugs and debris through the big mesh screens. However, these screens allow for the warm breezes, sounds and scents to come into your screen room, making it feel like you’re sat outside in your yard.
New technology in screen room coverings means that you now have some further decisions to make when planning out your dream screen room plans. Screen rooms are covered with fabric that comes in two variations; one is a regular screen, made from tight mesh with gaps in between, and the other is a solar windscreen. Solar windscreens are made from a special polyester weave, and often come with a light PVC coating on the outside. This will make them look tinted or even black from the outside, but also make them much more efficient than regular screen room covers.
Solar screens help you significantly control the temperature inside your screen room as the solar screen can reflect the ultraviolet light from the sun, whereas the regular screen does not. The solar windscreen also blocks the wind from disturbing you inside your screen room, which is perfect for all the chinooks in Calgary! Due to the weather proofing technology of solar windscreens, you can connect your new screen room to your home’s HVAC system, allowing you to use the room year round instead of just during the warmer months. There’s something magical about sitting in your screen room during a wild snow storm, knowing that the weather can’t touch you. These UV light reflection and wind-blocking properties of solar windscreens make them quite different from regular screens.
Benefits of a Solar Screen Room
Solar screens maintain a cooler inside temperature in comparison to the regular screens, thus saving significantly in electricity costs and providing better efficiency of an air conditioning system or other fans meant for cooling. The physics principal here is that heat and light travel together from the sun, so by blocking the sunlight coming into your screen room, you’re also stopping the heat from that sunlight coming in as well. There are solar screens that can even block as much as 90% of the heat coming in, but more heat blockage there is, the darker it will be inside. There is a balance to be had, as with all home improvement projects, between the aesthetics of the solar windscreen and the material benefits it provides. In this case, you want to find the solar screen shade that still allows for a light and airy screen room with the benefits of UV protection and temperature control.
As mentioned above, solar screens have a special PVC coating and are usually made with a polyester weave that helps them achieve the heat-blockage, but due to this special coating, these screens are darker in colour, causing less visibility in comparison to the regular screens. This colour is darker both on the inside and the outside of your home, but it is this darkness that blocks out the UV rays and keeps the heat out. Normally, you can get options for solar screens that block 70% to 90% of the heat. These solar screens that have a higher heat-blockage also have the added benefit of more privacy; the higher the heat-blockage, the harder it is to see into the screen room. Think about these options liked tinted windows in a car: even though most of the light is prevented from going into the screen room, you can still enjoy a clear view from the inside and no one can see in – perfect for screen rooms that are visible from the neighbour’s yard.
Protect Your Outdoor Furniture
Given the purpose of your screen room is to let as much light in as possible and create a space that feels like you’re outside, fabric fading is a major concern. The UV light reflection property of solar windscreens not only reflects the UV light to reduce the heat inside the screen room but also significantly helps with protection of your furniture, drapes, wall paintings and your flooring, preventing the fading away of these from sunlight.
Privacy Benefits and Design Considerations
However, one consideration of using these solar screens can be its colour, as the solar windscreens are fairly dark and may or may not suit your overall taste in home design. The darker interior can be used to your advantage as it will set up a more cozy living space and the black screens will go with any lighting scheme that you choose. Another benefit of the dark colour is the increased daytime privacy as well, even with the lights switched on at night. Lighting your screen room becomes a much more important set of decisions with solar screens, and many people find softer bulbs and shaded lamps continue the cozy feeling after the sun has set. After these factors are considered, your decision to go for a certain kind of solar screen depends upon the area you live in and your preferences for heat blockage and daytime visibility.
The initial cost of the solar windscreen is usually higher in comparison to a regular screen, but in terms of benefits such as saving electricity, the solar screen can pay for itself over time which makes up for the higher upfront cost. They take the same amount of installation time, and are usually readily available for most common screen room window frame sizes.
So, if you’re someone looking to escape the heat while staying outdoors, want some daytime privacy and don’t mind that it will be a little darker inside your screen room, then a solar windscreen is the best option for you! Contact us today to get an estimate for your very own screen room.