Solar Screen Frequently Asked Questions
We process all orders in 2-5 business days (2-3 business days for screen kits and custom fabric; 4 business days for roll up solar shades; 1 business day for non-custom accessories like brick clips). Most orders ship Priority Mail by the Post Office (Roll Up Solar Shades ship via UPS). We ship from Texas, so you will receive your order within 1-4 business days after shipment (depending on how far away you live from Texas).
Unfortunately, we no longer offer arched or non-rectangular solar screens due to shipping costs and high probability of damage during shipping.
Please visit our How to Measure and Install page and click on the Solar Screen Assembly section to reveal all the info in that section. You'll find a video, but directly above the video, click the Download Printable Instructions (pdf) link to...wait for it...download printable instructions! Additionally, below the video, you'll see detailed step by step instructions on how to assemble the screen with a crossbar.
Yes! All our pricing is online. Just visit the Shop Our Products section, click on the product category (like Solar Screen Kits w/ Frames), then click on the product you are interested in. Read through the description, then SCROLL DOWN until you see a form where you can enter in your sizes, color options and mounting hardware. The price next to the form will auto update based on the selections you make.
Phifer Suntex 90% screens have a tighter weave than Phifer Suntex 80% solar screens. This tighter weave blocks more of the harmful UV rays that heat up your home and damage your drapes and other furnishings. Suntex 90% solar screens have slightly less visibility, but you can still see through them fine. Most of our customers prefer the 90% solar screens for their windows and other applications. See a close up comparison here.
Frameless solar screen fabric can be mounted to the window using either suction cups or 3M Dual Lock pads. We provide you with the requested number of suction cups, as well as small pins, so you can position the suction cups where you need them and secure them with the matching pins. 3M Dual Lock pads are like extra strong velcro. They are clear, so they match any screen color, and they are specially formulated for exterior applications in high wind and temperature climates. See our mounting options page for photos and more info.
Yes. We recommend using 3M Dual Lock for this as the engaged thickness of the 3M Dual Lock and screen is only about 0.25 inches. Be sure you have enough clearance when your glass door slides to allow for the 1/4 inch clearance. The thickness of an engaged suction cup is about 1/3 inch.
Phifer, the solar screen manufacturer, specifically designed Suntex solar screen so that the edges do not fray. You may notice some light colored fibers along the edge of your screen. We do our best to make sure none of our screen fabric ships with these fibers, but if you see it, you can easily trim the fibers off and rest assured the screen will not fray.
Yes, they only need an occasional cleaning with mild soap and water. They are also mildew and fade resistant.
While airflow is diminished compared with standard insect screens, solar screens still allow good airflow.
Yes. Solar screens protect against insects and can replace regular insect screening on windows, doors and porches.
To protect carpets, drapes and furniture from damaging UV rays, solar screens should remain in place even during cooler months. However, if passive solar heat gain is desired in the winter months the screens can be removed and stored until springtime.
All colors provide significant heat reduction when installed on the exterior but dark colors are better at reducing glare and improving outward visibility.
Yes! Phifer Suntex solar screens are Greenguard Certified and Microban certified. GREENGUARD is an indoor air quality certification program for low emitting products. GREENGUARD tests products’ chemical emissions by evaluating over 75,000 chemicals, including volatile organic compounds, carcinogens and reproductive toxins. All Exterior Sun Control fabrics are GREENGUARD certified. Microban antimicrobial protection is infused into SunTex fabrics to inhibit the growth of bacteria, mold, and mildew.
Phifer, the manufacturer of the Suntex solar screen fabric, offers a 10 year, extended limited warranty. Please find details here: https://solarscreenoutlet.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/SunTex_Warranty.pdf
The screen kits are custom cut to the exact measurements you provide. They ship un-assembled to save on shipping costs and reduce the possibility of damage during shipment. Assembly and installation is simple and straightforward. Our website has really good videos and photos with explanations on how to assemble and install. The average screen size can be assembled and installed in about 20 minutes.