Foggy Window Glass Prevention with Sun Shades

I see a lot of fogged window glass as I'm a glazier in the window business. When glass becomes fogged it's too late, but can it be prevented? Shade is the key to foggy window glass prevention. Shading windows helps with window failure by preventing heat accumulation. During the day panes heat up and expand then contract again at night. This daily expansion and contraction pushes on the seal which eventually breaks. Then the desiccant fails. Moisture then accumulates causing fogged window panes. This is why we see fogged window glass on western or southern exposures here in Texas. They are most affected by the sun's heat. Solar screens block up to 90% of the sun's energy, and, because they don't rest against your window, heat is dissipated harmlessly into the air. Solar Screens reduce fogged window failure and solar overheating. The Texas sun is unforgiving. Winter or summer homes, especially on western or southern exposures, heat and expand throughout the day night cycle. Solar screens control the sun and prevent solar heating. Getting shade with solar screens is much easier than planting a tree and waiting for it to grow. Solar shading is the efficient answer, and it won't break your budget. How much do solar shades cost? Solar Screens start as low as $30.00 per window installed with the 30% off coupon from this ad. That's huge savings and meanwhile you can still plant that tree and give it plenty of time to grow since Phifer exterior solar screens are warrantied for 10 years. SunTex exterior shading fabric by Phifer is made of strong vinyl-coated polyester. Developed originally for use in outdoor furniture, SunTex is mildew and fade resistant and needs only an occasional cleaning with mild soap and water. Contact Call and ask for me, Rick Middleton, for a free estimate with 20% Savings on fogged glass and 30% savings for solar window screens (512-358-1560) with no minimum purchase requirements. Or, contact us...
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Insect Screen in Leander, Texas

Insect screens added to a porch in Leander, Texas  gives outdoor living enjoyment. Part of the fun of living near Austin is the beautiful weather. This home in Leander, Texas has new insect screens on the porch. Flying insects, especially at night are a problem. Bug screens added to patio and pool areas perfect the outdoor experience. Are you getting the most out of your location? Imagine hosting Sunday dinner on the patio without worrying about bugs, too much sun or privacy.  Have pets? No problem, add a screen door with pet access and fido can romp in the  yard as he needs or lock your pet door and keep your doggo indoors while you play in the pool or yard. Pet screens add seven times the strength to standard bug screens for even more protection. Whatever your screening needs, the experts at Affordable Screens & Glass can help. For this Leander, Texas bug screen installation we utilized Phifer's screens for pool and patio. Phifer is a leading manufacturer of fenestration products. Insect Screen Product Information Product used: Phifer Screens for Pool and Patio The insect screening materials used in this application for a patio in Leander, Texas is by Phifer. This insect screen is a traditional 18 X14, 20X20 No-See-um and Glas-Shield fiberglass bug screening product. They are designed specifically for use where extra strength, small insect prevention, plus reduction of wind blown debris is important. Phifer Pool and Patio insect screening is woven from permanent glass yarn and coated with a protective vinyl to ensure lasting beauty, color and flexibility. Read more about Phifer and their screening products here. Whatever your screening needs - whether you're fighting off bugs, sun glare, need privacy or just require a new screen for one window,  Affordable Screens & Glass has been helping our neighbors in and around Austin with expert screen and glass services for nearly 10 years. We specialize in custom screen solutions and repair or install just about everything windows and glass. Our custom screen services include: Sun, Solar & Privacy Screens Bug Screens & Repairs Retractable Screens Sliding Screen Doors  Pet Screens Swinging Screen Doors Porch Screen Enclosures Read more about Affordable Screens & Glass screen services here. About Us Affordable Screens & Glass is a custom screen and glass service. We are a professional, full service glazier. We've been helping our friends and neighbors in and around...
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Window maintenance for winter, repairing and replacing windows

Every part of the home requires maintenance and windows are no exception. The image at right shows heat loss through windows in the winter. If the winter wind is creeping in through crannies and crevices at your windows consider window maintenance, and in some rarer cases replacing rotten windows. Windows are the most vulnerable point in our homes for heat exchange so when considering tightening the house for more efficiency, consider minor window repairs to get the most savings on your energy dollar.   Call 512-358-1560 for a free window evaluation or contact us online.  Name: *FirstLastE-mail:type_submit_reset_5Send Now!ResetMessage: Broken window repair Hail damage Storm Damage Window Bead Repair Fogged window glass Window Repair or Replace? In most cases you'll want to repair a window with spotty damage and replace a window with damage throughout. Super efficient windows Advances in window technology and the Low-E double pane type are much more efficient now, than they were years ago and newer windows are much more energy efficient. But, will that efficiency pay for itself? The short answer is no, you're better off repairing. More about window efficiency and money savings: Let's look at the numbers. With new windows, upgrading from older, double paned windows, to more efficient Low-E, double pane models. With this upgrade you'll get a 15% savings on your energy bill according to House Logic. On an energy bill of 4800 a year that's 720 dollars a year, for all the windows in your home. This is a modest amount if you break it down per window. For my house that would be 48 dollars a window, per year. So, energy efficiency doesn't really make sense to drive the cost of changing out all of the windows in your home although, it could be one determining factor. Adding solar screens will save as much money overall and cost much less if you're looking to save.   Parts Availability and Planned Obsolescence There are some cases due to the myriad types of window models changing throughout the years, where a window may require replacement due to lack of repair parts availability. Planned obsolescence, or the manufacturer no longer being in business, may make it impossible to locate a random, very necessary, replacement part. In general, it usually makes sense to repair when the damage to a window is spotty and replace only when the window is un-repairable. Call 512-358-1560 for a FREE window evaluation by Affordable...
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Solar screens vs. window film

Affordable Screens & Glass chooses solar screens over solar window films. Why do we choose solar screens and not window film? The main differences are window film issues with double paned windows and film reflectivity / coloration.  Solar screens and window film filter light and heat and both save money on high summertime electricity bills, plus provide daytime privacy and filter out harmful UV rays.  Choosing between solar screens and window film can be confusing. Both products are recommended by the City of Austin for single paned windows.  And that, is the catch. Many double pane window manufacturers void their warranty when add-on films are applied to the window. What's going on with window films then that makes window manufacturers void their warranties when it is applied? Window films can cause double pane windows to break . From the Florida Solar Energy Center: "...many double pane window manufacturers void their warranties if the homeowner puts a window film on their product. One reason for this is that when the film gets hot, it makes the pane it is affixed to get hot as well. The glass expands, and expands more than the outer glass without the film. This difference in expansion can create stresses in the window which in worst cases can cause the window to break, through no fault of the window." So, solar screens diffuse reflected light into the air and don't touch your double pane windows while solar films rest against the window and can cause them to break. The window film industry recognizing these problems have adapted with  highly reflective or metallic window films that send the sun's energy outward. This causes other issues and unfortunately, we still see many manufacturers voiding their warranties. So your lifetime windows, with the application of film, have a voided warranty. Furthermore, the new reflective films have caused a host of other issues such as reflected heat beamed onto a neighbor's home or property. Finally, overly shiny and odd colorations of windows are not allowed by most neighborhood associations. With the warranty problems and issues with the new metallic films we've chosen solar screens over solar film - for now. In the meantime, enjoy savings with 30% off our custom solar screens and once installed, solar screens will continue to help you save for years to...
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Affordable Screens Joins BBB

Affordable Screens & Glass joins the BBB community in Austin, Texas


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