Karen M
Karen M
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Asked on Sep 9, 2012

I need an application for large permanent sunroom windows. I've heard of a solar fabric screening material.Phifer Co. ?

Yair SpolterKMS WoodworksKaren M
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Does anyone have any experience with this or a similar product? I was told you are able to make your own screens, as this product is not applied to the glass.
10 answers
  • KMS Woodworks
    on Sep 9, 2012

    I think the use of a window film would be the better option...one of the things that bothers me is looking out a window that has an insect screen...it alter the view enough to bother me...with our sliders I just take a half step to the left to look through the non screened side. for some more info on films check out this link http://www.fsec.ucf.edu/en/consumer/buildings/homes/windows/films.htm

  • Karen M
    on Sep 9, 2012

    This material is supposedly made of a fabric that cuts down on the heat coming in but you can still see out like looking through glass...Not the usual screen material. I was told that you make screens not for the insect effect (as these windows do not open) but as a way to apply the solar fabric...insert it from the outside ...has anyone had experience with this product or one like it. Phifer Co. You can buy bolts

  • Karen M
    on Sep 9, 2012

    I don't want a window film product.

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Sep 10, 2012

    I took a look at the exterior sun screen products....I find it hard to believe that these are as "transparent" as even a regular insect type screen. http://www.phifer.com/ExtSunControl.aspx Before I would venture down this road I would need to see these products in person in an installed environment. Karen...if you are looking for a "permanent" solution perhaps some overhanging awnings would give you the cooling effect you need. You need to Identify what goals you are trying to achieve and then plan for the best way to meet those.

  • Karen M
    on Sep 18, 2012

    I'm looking for someone that has had experience with this product, who knows, who can confirm...it is for a backyard facing sunroom....not for an entire house window application. As long as it cuts the heat coming in, I don't mind a bit of screen...is there anyone out there with real experience with this product?

  • Karen M
    on Sep 18, 2012

    Thank you for the suggestions but this doesn't answer my question because as above, I'm looking for confirmation...I have 21 windows, measuring 31x 61 inches...sixteen of them get intense exposure...so I have a bit of an expenditure to think about just for that number not to mention all 21 windows.

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Sep 18, 2012

    Perhaps you can contact this manufacturer for a local retailer and contact them for some local referrals...if there product is as good as they say they should have a number of happy clients. Would you happen to know the SHGC numbers of your existing windows? SHGC stands for Solar Heat Gain Coefficient. In sunny southern climate you want windows with very low gain...while northern locales can benefit from the passive gains. Structures should be designed and built to allow seasonal shading based of roof overhang. landscaping etc. You can read more about this concept in an article I wrote http://www.networx.com/article/passive-solar-for-beginners

  • Karen M
    on Sep 20, 2012

    Bought house with this I believe porch turned sunroom addition which is on a slab attached to the ranch house. It faces due east with windows all around even two windowed doors. I love it but now that we took out trees for better pool upkeep/ exposure we have loads more sun. An arbor would block the view, an awning has a tight fit in the space between overhang and window tops...thanks I'm going to give it a try with this product as I feel it's a great fit for now while we continue to evolve the space( backyard with renovated pool area). HD sells it but I plan to order straight from Phifer.

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Sep 20, 2012

    cool ...let us know how it pans out...you can be the Beta test subject.

  • Yair Spolter
    on Jan 6, 2013

    Hi @Karen M - I'm wondering if you ended up purchasing the solar screening or not. I'd really like to know if it works as advertised. Thanks.

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