DIY Solar Screens: How to Install in an Aluminum and Wooden Frame

If you live in an area with a warm climate, installing solar screens will be a good idea. Looking forward to doing your DIY solar screens project? For windows, solar screens are like sunglasses.

They cover the outside of the windows, limiting the amount of sunlight, sun glare, and heat entering a house.

From the outside, windows with solar screens installed look darker than those with standard screens. Despite this, the visibility from the inside is preserved.

In this post, we will tell you the benefits of installing solar screens, how to install them in aluminum and wooden frame.

Why Install Solar Screens?

Why Install Solar Screens

Before installing solar screens on your frame, you may want to know what kind of benefits solar screens have to offer.

First and foremost, they prevent sun glare from entering your house. They do this by deflecting the brightness of the sunlight.

Although solar screens don’t allow sun glare, you won’t be able to tell that the screens are installed unless you are close to the window. Amazing, right? That’s not the only benefit that solar screens have to offer, of course.

The next benefit is that it still allows for sunlight to enter the house. Meaning, you will still have your bright room. Solar screens will not make it dark.

They just take away the glare from sunlight and that’s it. This is great if you live in an area with a warm climate.

In addition to the above, solar screens also keep out various unwanted things. From dust, pollen, dirt, insects to damaging ultraviolet.

Last but not least, cost. You can get all the benefits above at an inexpensive cost. If you install the screens yourself, the cost is even cheaper, which is a good news since installing them is not difficult.

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DIY Solar Screens Installation in an Aluminum Frame

DIY Solar Screens Installation in an Aluminum Frame

To install solar screens in an aluminum frame, you will need a spline roller and a spline or rubber cord.

Here’s how to:

  1. Find a place with a surface large enough for the frame to lie on.
  2. Lay the frame on the surface.
  3. Prepare the solar screen fabric (Note: make sure that the fabric is cut slightly larger than the frame)
  4. Cover the frame with the fabric.
  5. Prepare the spline.
  6. Push it along with the fabric into the frame’s groove.
  7. Trim away the excess fabric.
  8. Install the frame in place over the window and use turn clips to secure it.

Installation in a Wooden Frame

Wooden Frame Solar Screen

Next, installing DIY solar screens in a wooden frame, you will need a small wood trim, a staple gun, and staples.

And here’s how to:

  1. Start by cutting the solar screen just a bit larger than the wooden frame.
  2. Then, pull the solar screen across the frame. Do pull tightly.
  3. Prepare your staple gun and staples.
  4. Staple the solar screen to the frame.
  5. Use the small wood trim to cover the frame as well as the ragged edges of the solar screen fabric.

DIY solar screens installation is not difficult, albeit some care is required. Solar screens are ideal for people who live in a warm climate.

That said, even if you don’t live in a warm climate, you can still enjoy various benefits that solar screens have to offer.

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