Over the years, we’ve received several phone calls from customers asking if solar screens will help prevent their vinyl siding or artificial grass from melting. The quick answer is yes, a solar screen will certainly solve that problem. But let’s talk a little bit about how this melting problem happens.
Depending on how your home or building is configured, as the sun moves across the sky on a sunny day, sunlight hits your windows and some of the light will reflect off. This sunlight reflection is particularly exaggerated if you have a low E coating on your windows.
The low E coating will reflect some of the sunlight, and if that sunlight reflects back onto another part of your (or a neighbor’s) house that has vinyl siding, or if it reflects onto a yard that has artificial grass or turf, it can become so intense that it melts or damages the siding and/or fake grass.
But you don’t have to take my word for it. Check out the video below from Ask This Old House…
As you can see in the video above, adding a solar screen (check pricing for your window size here) to the affected window will prevent the light reflection problem from occurring.
The solar screen will still reflect much of the light (80% or 90% depending on the type of fabric you choose), but it won’t focus the light like the window glass will. The reflected light and heat will scatter in many directions. So you get the benefit of fixing your melted siding or fake grass, and you get the added benefit of preventing all that extra heat from entering your window as well.
You may even notice a considerable temperature difference in the room with the affected window. Or, at least your AC will not have to work as hard to keep that room the same temp as other rooms in the house. This is especially true if the window faces south, west or southwest.
If you have a window reflecting light that causes melted vinyl siding or artificial turf, shop for a solar screen on our website and for a few bucks and a few minutes of your time, you’ll have that problem solved!