Leaving windows uncovered with solar screens, what does it look like?
I commonly get asked about not putting solar screens on all of the windows. I get asked what it will look like by leaving some windows uncovered.
Here’s a picture of a 2 story Austin Texas home where the homeowners chose to not put solar screens on any of the windows around the front door.
To me, this unfinished look is not appealing. We all see things differently. So while there are many out there that such a look would be acceptable, that’ just not me. I want to see uniformity, and especially when you are talking about so many windows like this.
See how uniform the front appearance is for the next picture? This homeowner put solar screens on all of their front windows. The homeowner even covered those small non-opening transom windows to either side of the front door.
For the front of the next home, the homeowner did not put a solar screen over their front door or the arched 2nd floor window. This to me just looks odd and incomplete.
In some cases for the front of the home, you can get away with not putting the solar window screens on the windows around the front door. But to me, it still looks unfinished.
In the following picture, this Austin Texas home does not have the solar window screens on the sidelight non-opening windows around the front door.
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How about just leaving one front window uncovered?
I did not really get this installation. I convinced the homeowner to put sun-shade screens on all of their left side windows. They were just wanting to do two on the left side, not all three. They put one on the left by way of my advice. But they would not go with putting one under their patio next to the front door.
For this same home, they explicitly chose to only put two sun shade screens on the back of their home.
Each window takes its own solar screen. To install the solar screens properly, each window should get it's own solar screen. This ensures a gap free tight fit (seal) around the window.
Can we leave window shade screens off some of the back windows?
Here’s a home that has the window shade screens oddly on just two of the back windows. Being the back of the home, one could moreover get away with this look, if that’s something you are okay with.
Compare what you see above with what you see below. The following picture shows uniformity, all of the glass is covered for this home.
The homeowner for the following picture just wanted window shading screens for their 2nd floor windows. They did not want window shading screens for any of their 1st floor windows.
Installing on all the windows. Shading all the windows. Making your installation look uniform.
The following picture shows that the homeowner not only got solar screens for all of the windows on the back of their Austin TX home, but they also got them for their sliding doors.
And here is the front side picture of that same home. This Austin TX solar screen customer had us put solar screens on all of the windows of this home.
The following home has solar screens on all of it’s windows except some on the back of the home. The logic from the homeowner was that these non-opening transoms did not have blinds. Because he did not have blinds, he wanted something there. This home did not get much sun on this side of the home.
Here’s another clean and uniform installation. All the windows on this home got covered by solar screens. This back patio even got one on their patio door and the shaded window to the right.
Look at all of these windows wearing the solar screens. On balance, see how much those 2nd floor uncovered windows jump out at you. The homeowner told me that they do not use that 2nd floor much. So, they did not need those windows shaded.