To enjoy the outdoors, natures’ beauty and fresh air, what could be a better solution than building a screen room in Calgary! Screen rooms are covered with fabric that comes in two variations, one is a regular screen and the other is a solar windscreen. 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! These UV light reflection and wind-blocking properties of solar windscreens make them quite different from regular screens.
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. 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. 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. 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. Even though most of the light is prevented from going into the screen room, you can still enjoy a clear view from the inside!
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. 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. One benefit of the dark colour is the increased daytime privacy as well, but keep in mind this will not work in the nighttime if you have lights switched on! 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. So, if you’re someone looking to escape the heat while staying outdoors, wanting 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.