If you’re feeling the burn in your home or business, it’s time to look into solar screens! While everyone loves some nice sunshine, too much is a problem. For example, it’s easy to jack up the power bill keeping a residence cool when sunlight pours in from every other window. Other times unwanted glare or light can be troublesome when working or attending to various activities around a job or house. Sure, it’s tempting to crank up the AC, but why not try something more practical for shading needs?
That’s where solar window screens come in. A simple but effective solution – these flexible screens help protect against excess light while still allowing for proper visibility. The reduction in light keeps things cooled down and the material is flexible enough to fit any window and its required dimensions. So, if things are too warm, a screen is right for you.
But easier said than done – what’s the best solar window screen? What kinds are there? Well, we’re here to help with a handy breakdown of some of our favorite picks for 2020. All are guaranteed to provide an affordable, practical solution when looking to shield against intensive sunlight (or light in general). If you want some ideas or potential options, our comprehensive list will help!
What are solar screens?
Solar screens are rolls of material used to – as you can imagine – protect against the sun’s rays. Similar to the solar filters used to protect cameras, they’re typically used for interior residences or small business locations for a variety of reasons. Like we mentioned, they’re often designed for reducing electric usage by keeping interiors cool. Or, they can add a layer of privacy if desired, while maintaining adequate visibility.
Solar screens are made with a variety of materials and are typically sold in rolls for effective installation. They’re similar to full solar shades and blind sets.
How much do exterior solar window screens cost?
Of course, it’s not only about what solar screen best fits your situation. Cost is a factor, so you may wonder what the total investment is. This, however, is tricky to answer, primarily because all businesses, locations, and places of residence have different needs and specifications. Solar protectors generally come in rolls, but, depending on the requirements of a location, one or several are needed to provide protection.
However, single rolls can start anywhere from $20-50USD depending on the material, specifications, and uses. For the most part, you can expect an inexpensive investment. But, larger buildings – such as a business – may need to spend more in order to fully shield their location. Luckily, they’re quite a bit cheaper than solar curtains.
The Top Solar Screens of 2020
With an idea of what solar screens are and how they’re used, let’s dive into our list! These will cover a variety of needs, suited for outdoor, indoor, residential, and business applications.
DocaScreen Standard Window Screen Roll – 36” x 100’
Our first choice is a versatile, reliable section that’s suited for most common house interiors. It’s inexpensive and made of durable material, so you won’t need to make a heavy investment but still get quality in return. It’s ideal for repair jobs, new installations, and more, suitable for a variety of installations like interiors, sun rooms, patios, or anywhere it can be installed.
The fine-mesh pattern means two things: it blocks out excessive sunlight and keeps pests at bay, great for exterior sections of a home residence. The material is easy to cut, shape, and place where required without fussy problems like crinkles, and it can be fit to a variety of dimensions and space sizes.
In total, a single roll extends to 100 feet. Perfect for window/spaces of up to 36 inches in height. Material is charcoal colored and made of fiberglass. An excellent basic option if you’re not looking for anything too fancy, but still need the job done.
Windscreen4less Brown Sunblock, 95% UV Block Shade Fabric Roll 8ft x 25ft
Our next pick is another economical option for those looking for some solar protection but don’t want to break the bank. This solar screen is ideal for outside installments like patios where it can shield from sunlight most effectively, providing ample shade. We say this, because the dense cloth doesn’t grant a lot of visibility, so it’s not recommended for interior windows.
That said, it’s an excellent way to keep cool, especially on days with hot weather. It’s important to stay at a safe temperature and avoid lengthy exposure to the sun’s UV rays, so this shade cloth provides a handy solution. This is also ideal for protecting stock and animal enclosures to shield against overheating, along with the complications occurring because of high temperatures.
This solar screen protects with a dense polyethylene that’s non-toxic and GSM compliant, capable of block 95 percent of UV rays and an estimated 74 percent of sunshine. The material is easy to shape and mold for various purposes. Comes in multiple colors for user preference.
Coolaroo Exterior Roller Shade, No Valance, (8' W X 8' L), Walnut
The next choice is a little different. While the previous solar window screens were for that – windows – this handy option is better for providing general shade. This is because the sleeve rolls out instead of requiring a fitted window installation.
This, however, grants a great deal of versatility for users, since they can fit the roller wherever is needed. Living rooms with a large window? Easy. Outside patios to protect against the direction of the sun? No problem. The dense weave provides ample protection (though has limited visibility) and the material is weather resistant, preventing excess moisture and mold.
The protector is held by an aluminum rail and operated with a crank – though it should be noted this is not rust resistant. It also comes in a variety of colors with dimensions from 4 x 8 to 8 x 8.
This we recommend for anyone with sensitive skin who like some outdoor ambiance, but want to reduce their total exposure to sunshine. This is approved and supported by the Melanoma International Foundation.
Gale Pacific, USA 302245 Coolaroo Shade Fabric
One of our best value options, this shade fabric is also from Coolaroo and great for exterior installations, patios, and areas which could use a little more solar protection. For instance, if you have any outdoor pets or animals, this can help them stay cool when the sun is too hot.
The fabric is dense and thick to protect against harmful UV, but, this means it has low visibility, so we don’t recommend it for interior windows.
However, thanks to the fabric thickness, the solar screen protects against 90% of UV. It’s also weather resistant and easy to clean, avoiding problems like moisture build up or moldy residue. The design also allows for venting and “breathing,” so you’re not blocking off breezes or cool air. Essentially, it’s perfect for keeping exterior areas at a safe temperature.
It has multiple size options suited for different needs, starting at 6 x 15.
Reflective Window Film Mirror One Way Daytime Privacy
Our last choice is focused on businesses and interiors which are looking to avoid hefty power bills by reflecting sunlight. This solar window screen is unique, fitted for windows and businesses which utilize glass panels in its structure.
The UV/solar blockage is accomplished by fitting the one way “mirrors” into the appropriate dimensions, reflecting light and keeping interiors cool. Because of this, less power is needed to keep said interior at a comfortable temperature.
One of the nice traits about this solar screen is its “adhesion,” using static cling to stick to surfaces. It uses no glue or excess material, so it can be easily installed or removed. It won’t damage glass either. Additionally, the material increases privacy, acting as a “one way” mirror, good for businesses or places of residences who wish to keep their interior hidden.
Great for places looking to reduce sunlight in general, cut into power use, and improve their security/privacy. Material is easy to cut and modify for any size and purpose.