Why Solar Screens? Why not Window Film?

February 26, 2013 at 1:27 PMVanessa

 

iSave Energy’s Top 10 Reasons to Consider When ChoosingSolar Screens vs. Window Film/Tint for the Home

Why Solar Screens ?

10. Sun’s energy is absorbed by the open weave design of the fabric and then dissipated through the holes in the mesh as air moves through it.
9. Exterior sun shading stops the heat before it enters the home, like having a shade tree in front of every window in your home.
8. Blocks up to 90% of the visible light heat, which is responsible for 44% of the heat, gain into a home.
7. Stops up to 90% of the UV Rays from entering your home, which can cause fading of valuable furnishings.
6. Provides daytime privacy! blinds can be left open and nobody can see into your home.
5.Blocks on average up to 90% of the heat entering the home, with a high angle in the southern sky the blockage is almost 100%!!
4. Can be taken off and removed in the winter to allow solar heat gain for passive heating of the home and cleaning of the window.
3. DOES NOT void the window warranty for the majority of window manufacturers.
2. Provides a third layer of insulation for double pane windows making them 15% more energy efficient in wintertime.
1.Doesn’t make you home darker, now you can leave your blinds open all day, the net effect is more Vitamin E in your home!

Why NOT Window Tint ?

10. The Shading Coefficient, or the percentage of solar heat gain that is transmitted to the interior of your home, is 5 to 8 times worse with window tint versus solar screens.
9. Overall cost of window tint is 20%-50% more than solar screens to install.
8. The metal in window film is a natural conductor of heat and although infrared and visible light are addressed, conductive heat can negate the reflective qualities of tint and actually cause more heat to enter the living space.
7. With the new lines of clear window films there is a high probability of future window cleaning causing permanent scratches on the tint because the cleaner can’t detect its’ presence!
6. Need care when cleaning to never use anything abrasive or you will cause permanent damage to the film.
5. Tint is permanently attached to the window and can never be removed without considerable time and expense.
4. May cause thermal shock fracture when installed on insulated glass units because of undetected manufacturing defects of the insulated glass unit itself. The heat and pressure caused by the tint may exasperate the defect.
3. If not installed correctly the customer can see visible lines and bubbles.
2. Voids the warranty on the majority of manufacturer’s window warranties.
1. Window tint doesn’t block as much visible light heat as solar screens. 

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Screen Safety Awareness

February 18, 2013 at 3:40 PMMonty Walker

Screen Safety and Children

Have you thought of window screens as a safety issue? Screens for windows, doors and porch/patio applications are designed primarily to keep insects out of a home. A typical screen is made from an aluminum frame and a fiberglass or aluminum screen mesh. While seemingly strong, kids and parents can develop a false sense of security that screens will stop a child or adult from falls. This is true of all types of related screen fabrics, such as sun control screens, pet resistant type screens, or screens that are made heavier than industry standards and sold as superior, or heavy duty screens.

Screen safety applies not only to window screens, but also door screens and porch/patio screens. All can present this false sense of security. This site examines these screen safety issues and brings the awareness level up to both parents and kids. Please take a few moments to browse the additional screen safety information on this website, and to visit the resource links provided.

Window Screen Safety

There are four main components of a typical screen. The frame (typically aluminum), the corners (plastic or aluminum), the spline (rubber material used to hold screen fabric in the frame), and the screen fabric itself. Some or all of these components may fail when subjected to pressure, such as when a child or adult falls against a screen. It does not matter how tight the screen spline is, or how tight the frame is installed in the window frame, it may fail.

Window Safety Checklist

Has your family developed an emergency fire escape plan? Determine your family's emergency escape plan and practice it regularly. In the plan, include two avenues of escape from every room. Remember children may have to rely on a window to escape a fire. Help them learn to safely use a window under these circumstances. Make sure you have identified a safe meeting place outside.

DO YOU KEEP WINDOWS SHUT WHEN CHILDREN ARE AROUND? You should keep your windows closed and locked when children are around. When opening windows for ventilation, open windows that children cannot reach. Also, set and enforce rules about keeping children's play away from windows and/or patio doors. Falling through the glass can be fatal or cause a serious injury.

DO YOU LEAVE, OR HAVE YOU LEFT, WINDOWS OPEN BECAUSE YOU THOUGHT THE INSECT SCREEN PROVIDED A SAFEGUARD FROM A FALL?

Don't rely on insect screens to prevent a fall. Insect screens are designed to provide ventilation while keeping insects out; they are not designed to, nor will they prevent a child's fall from a window.

IS THERE FURNITURE PLACED UNDER OR NEAR WINDOWS IN YOUR HOME? o Keep furniture - or anything children can climb - away from windows. Children may use such objects as a climbing aid.

DO ANY WINDOWS IN YOUR HOME HAVE GUARDS, SECURITY BARS, GRILLES OR GRATES?

These windows are useless in an emergency if the devices on them do not have a functioning release mechanism. Time is critical when escaping a fire. Consult your local fire department or building code official to determine proper window guard placement.

INSPECT YOUR HOME'S WINDOWS CAREFULLY. ARE ANY WINDOWS IN YOUR HOME PAINTED OR NAILED SHUT? Never paint or nail windows shut. You must be able to open them to escape in an emergency.

DO YOU HAVE ANY WINDOW UNIT AIR CONDITIONERS IN BEDROOM WINDOWS OR OTHER WINDOWS IN YOUR HOME THAT MAY BE NEEDED FOR ESCAPE OR RESCUE IN AN EMERGENCY?

Do not install window unit air conditioners in windows that may be needed for escape or rescue in an emergency. The air conditioning unit could block or impede escape through the window. Always be sure that you have at least one window in each sleeping and living area that meets escape and rescue requirements.

DID YOU KNOW THAT STRATEGIC LANDSCAPING MAY LESSEN THE EXTENT OF INJURY SUSTAINED IN THE EVENT A FALL DOES OCCUR?

Plant shrubs and soft edging like wood chips or grass under windows to cushion potential falls. The surface can greatly affect the degree of injury sustained from a fall.

Door Screen Safety

Door screens will not prevent children or adults from falling, or keep children from pool areas. This includes retractable screens, swinging screen doors, security screen doors and sliding doors. This also includes doors with pet doors, pet guards or pet resistant screens. All of these products are designed to primarily keep insects out and some level of pet resistance, but should not be considered child safe.

Most screen doors feature latches. Latches are designed to keep the door closed in case of wind or pets pushing upon doors. Latches especially lower quality plastic latches used by some door manufacturers are poorly designed and even though they look “locked”, in reality they only “latch” the doors closed.

Sliding screen door latches can be bent inadvertently and become not useable. Many sliding screen doors can be lifted off latches, sometimes just by leaning against the doors. Lesser quality sliding screen doors may not stay on the screen door tracks and simply fall off. Sliding screen doors should not be used to keep children from pool areas. Pool covers and pool fences that are specially designed for child protection should be used for such applications.

The screen fabric on all types of doors could be too worn, have holes that could be enlarged, and the spline that holds the screen fabric to the door could be too small. When the spline is too small the screen can easily detach from the aluminum frame. All of these subjects could create unsafe situations

Porch/Patio Screen Safety

Screens that enclose a porch or patio are not designed to prevent children or adults from falling. Screens on decks or second stories need to have pickets on the bottom section to prevent children from falling through the screen. Local building ordinances will describe the requirements needed for these. Consider your porch or patio enclosure as an outdoor room for insect protection only. These should not be considered a child safe room that will keep children from falling or pool areas.

As with all of these screen related products, the screen fabric can degrade overtime by outdoor exposure and sun damage. The screen fabric may become brittle and weaken over time. It may look strong, but has no structure or protection from falls. Children should always be supervised in Porch or patio screen enclosures. Do not trust the screen fabric or screen doors latches to be secure enough to prevent a child from exiting.

Screen Safety Awareness is an important public awareness campaign by The Screenmobile Corporate and Screenmobile franchise locations. We are the nation’s leading window and door screen franchise with nearly 100 locations across the county. We do not claim to be window safety experts, we are striving to raise the awareness to this issue to parents and children. Screenmobile provides quality window and door screens to consumers, screen doors, retractable screen door, porch screen enclosure and security screen doors.

www.childsafety.screenmobile.com

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Screen Repair and Replacement Tips

December 1, 2011 at 5:02 PMMonty Walker

 Ever had a window screen rip, so you tried handling the screen repair yourself to no avail? Fear not. Watch window screen repair tips by Screenmobile with 100 franchise operations located in 26 states to serve you. From window screen replacement, sliding screen doors, security screen doors and patio screens. Screenmobile can help with all your screen repairs.

http://youtu.be/uA4sjFjFeDc

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Robie Clifton of Screenmobile Wilmington, NC

December 1, 2011 at 4:53 PMMonty Walker

Robie Clifton of Wilmington does huge screening job putting solar screens on skylights of Fayetteville, NC mall.

Skylights can be a great energy saving alternative to traditional lighting but excessive heat could create more demanding for cooling.  The answer can be found in solar screens by Screenmobile that cut energy demands and also cut down on annoying glare. Pictured is a recent job where solar screens were placed over skylights at a mall.

 Screenmobile, Sun Control Screens, Wilmington #2

Entrepreneurial Advice from a Screenmobile Franchisee

December 1, 2011 at 4:44 PMMonty Walker

Greg Gorman of Santa Barbara shares sage entrepreneurial advice while celebrating his 25th year in business in Santa Barbara. Greg is looking to sale 2 of his 3 territories with San Luis Obispo and Ventura County available.  Here is a link to the article.

http://pacbiztimes.com/2011/11/25/entrepreneur-shares-recession-coping-lessons/

Dillon Walker Joins Screenmobile

July 28, 2011 at 9:24 PMMonty Walker

Screenmobile has announced that Dillon Walker has joined his father, Scott and grandfather Monty Sr., in the family business. Dillon purchased Screenmobile #164 in Bellflower to serve the screening needs there and in the surrounding areas of Long Beach, Whittier and Lakewood.

The Screenmobile story began in 1982 when Monty Walker Sr., opened a single location in Glendora, California. The company became Screenmobile Corporation and began franchising in 1984. Since its humble beginnings, the company has grown to nearly 100 franchise locations in 26 states.

“I have always known that I would become involved with Screenmobile in one way or another,” said Dillon Walker. “It is a great opportunity and I intend to make the most of it.”

The senior Walker turned the corporate reins over to Dillon’s father Scott Walker in 1998, who moved the company’s headquarters to Thousand Palms in 1999.

“Despite being around the business his entire life, Dillon felt it important to complete his training just like any other franchisee,” said Scott Walker, president of Screenmobile Corporation. “The entire Walker family is proud of the commitment, professionalism and enthusiasm Dillon has shown. There is no doubt he will succeed.”

A 2009 graduate of Palm Desert High School, Dillon will serve his Screenmobile customers while simultaneously pursuing a degree in business.

“Screenmobile has expanded because of my family’s knowledge, hard work and dedication,” said Dillon. “My plan is to learn the business from the franchisee’s perspective and use that experience to honor my grandfather’s legacy. I hope to someday help my father grow the company internationally.”

Monty Walker Sr. retired in 2004 but still keeps a close eye on the company he founded.

“Dillon has grown into a fine young man with a great deal of confidence,” said the elder Walker. “It would be very pleasing to me to see his children and grandchildren carry on the tradition.”

Cape May County Residents Have A New Screen Repair Service

June 17, 2011 at 9:43 PMMonty Walker

Today, Cape May County residents have a new choice in screen repair services. Lifelong Cape May County residents, T.J. and Holly Repici, will use their new business to provide much needed screen repair services to their friends and neighbors.

“I chose Screenmobile because the company’s emphasis on customer service, professionalism and integrity is inline with my own approach to business,” said T.J. Repici, owner of Screenmobile Cape May Court House. “The efficient mobility of the operation that provides the customer a convenient service at a reasonable price was also very attractive to me.”

T.J. began has been working in homebuilding and construction since 1985 and he has owned his Cape May Court House construction business for the past 13 years.

“My entire professional career has been in the industry and the work has provided me with a good living within 5 miles of where I live for almost three decades now.” said T.J. “When a situation changes, you must adapt. I see my new Screenmobile operation as an opportunity to offer a value added service and convenience to my customers, who are also my neighbors.”

You can call T.J. for basic on-site window and door screen repair and replacement services. Your local Screenmobile franchise offers construction of screened in patios, pool enclosures, installation of retractable, sliding, pet, security and storm doors as well as a myriad of screening materials to meet all of your screen needs.

“T.J.’s construction expertise will no doubt serve the customers of Cape May County and the surrounding area well,” said Scott Walker, CEO of Screenmobile. “T.J. and Holly are good people and we are proud to have them as part of our franchise family.”

T.J.’s wife of 21 years, Holly Repici, will continue her seasonal accounting work while assisting with the administration of Screenmobile. To learn more about the Repici’s new Screenmobile business, you can visit www.screenmobile.com/Cape-Atlantic or call them at 609-465-5688.

 

How to throw the Perfect BBQ party

April 28, 2011 at 11:07 PMMonty Walker

Summer is almost here, and that means warmer weather and barbeque season! It’s time to whip out your best barbeque recipes, clean out that grill, and start having friends and family over. Whether you’re having a big shindig on the Fourth of July or just a few guests over for a backyard BBQ, you want to make sure your barbeque goes on without any flaws.

First step

in hosting a great barbeque: making your grill BBQ ready. If you don’t have a grill and want to host the get-together, you might want to purchase one. If you plan on hosting more barbeque functions, buying a grill is a good investment.

Already have a grill? Before you host your party, make sure the grill is clean. A clean grill cooks better and doesn’t leave a bad taste on your perfectly good meat. Remove the cooking grates and soak them in warm soapy water for about 10 minutes. Give them a good scrub with a stiff wire brush and rinse. Clean out the ash around the burner, making sure you put the burner back in place when you’re done. Use the brush and some soapy water to gently scrub the inside surfaces of the grill and rinse. Give yourself extra cooking time the next time you use your grill to make sure any residue burns off.

Next step: get the supplies. Make sure you have the charcoal or gas that goes with the grill, the meat for the grilling, the paper products for putting the meat on, etc. It’s a good idea to make a list of all the things you need so you don’t forget anything and have to leave the party to make a store run. Decide if you want decorations, or if you just want to have the backyard and patio as your décor.

Another very important part in planning the best barbeque: figuring out seating. If you’re hosting the BBQ in your backyard, pull out the lawn furniture or put blankets out for people to enjoy your cooking outside. If you don’t have enough seating, see if you can borrow or rent tables and chairs. If you really want to, you could always purchase an extra card table and folding chairs that can be easily stored when you don’t need them.

The next step: sending out invitations. Decide when you want to host the BBQ and who you want to invite to your party. Do you want a lot of people? Do you want a more intimate gathering? Do you want adults only or can kids come too? Once you know what kind of get-together you want, invite your friends and family members.

The final step: start grilling! The big day is here! Fire up that grill and start grilling that meat. Enjoy spending time eating good food in good company.

 

Screenmobile Innovates to Help Home Owners

January 4, 2011 at 11:25 PMMonty Walker

Blake and Cindy McGrath own Screenmobile of Delmarva, a screen repair and replacement business, have announced their new screen retention approach for seaside decks.

Their high-tension method is perfect for spindles within railings and they can install the system without getting in the way of beautiful waterfront or golf course views.

The McGraths recognized a need when they began seeing neighbors and seaside property owners replacing spindles with glass and fighting against Mother Nature in an effort to keep the glass clean.  McGrath’s experience with the many versatile uses of screening materials inspired him to develop a new method that incorporates high-tension couplings and heavy-duty screens to serve the needs of residents, but he can do it at a much lower price point. The system requires only a few minutes to maintain because and cleaning it only requires the occasional rinsing with a hose.

“Blake has always explored new uses for screening materials,” said Cindy McGrath. “People think of screen in the traditional sense and with the development of a new generation of products, the retaining system seemed like a perfect blend of form and function.”

“It pains me every time I see someone with rag and soapy water cleaning deck glass, especially since I know that there is a less expensive, more practical way,” said Blake. “No one wants, or should have, to work that hard in the laid-back seaside communities we serve.”

Another product offered in perfect harmony with the seaside lifestyle is a motorized garage door screen. This product utilizes the same heavy-duty screening material. “Motion Screens installed on a garage door is ideal for crab feasts, creating a workout area or even an occasional cigar,” said Blake. “With the push of a button, an additional screened-in room creates an area perfect for entertaining.”

Blake purchased a Screenmobile franchise and set up his mobile screening repair and replacement company based in Ocean City and Selbyville. As an entrepreneur, he saw that Screenmobile’s on-site services focus on customer satisfaction and they were desperately needed in the area. His company takes its Screenmobile trucks and fully self-contained trailers equipped with generators and on-board chop saws to a customer’s location and complete most jobs the same day.

To learn more visit Screenmobile of Ocean-City or call 410-520-0025.

Original article is located at capegazette.com.

 

Are Your Pets Destroying Your Screens

September 27, 2010 at 11:52 PMMonty Walker

We all love our pets. Unfortunately when they destroy our home or belongings it can be a bit frustrating.

Though we can’t protect your shoes and electrical cables, Screenmobile’s franchisees do know how to help prevent this from happening to your screen door and patio screens. As installers of Phifer Pet Screen brand screen fabric, we know how to keep your screens looking good despite the fact thatyou have pets. Pet Screen is the perfect pet resistant screen for window door and patio screen applications.

Did you know that Pet resistant screen is a full seven times stronger than regular insect screen and constructed of strong vinyl coated polyester. It will resist damage from clawing and scratching from your favorite dogs and cats while providing excellent outward visibility for their human friends.

If you’re interested in a pet door or even pet guards, Screenmobile can install both for you. Pet guards can be mounted on doors and some patio applications as well.

If you are interested in having your patio and doors updated with pet resistant screens, simply contact usand Screenmobile office that is closest to your home will come out to give you a free quote.

If you are interested in owning your own business, consider opening a Screenmobile franchise opportunity in your area.