In some cases EZ Snap® fasteners stick out too far and the door won’t slide open without knocking them off.
Sliding Patio Door Shade Instructions…
First check to see how much clearance you have between the surface where you will be mounting the EZ Snap® Fasteners and the surface that will be sliding past the snaps. You’ll need 11/16” clearance between these surfaces.
This clearance needed for EZ Snap® Fasteners is the same, whether you are using the Stainless Screw or the 3M Adhesive Studs.
If you do not have 11/16” clearance, here are your options:
Mount 3M Adhesive Studs directly on the patio door glass to gain more clearance.
Use Velcro on the patio door glass to gain more clearance.
Mount your 3M Adhesive Studs onto the existing bug screen frame for one of the windows and use the outermost panel to mount the other shade screen onto. This works well most of the time since the bug screen frame usually has lots of clearance from the sliding door.
Note that if you install EZ Snap® Shade Mesh over top of your bug screen, a moray pattern will appear. This does not affect the performance of the Shade Mesh, but will affect your view. Optionally, you may remove the bug screen from the frame to avoid this issue.
Black EZ Snap® Shade Mesh is the Most Popular Color
There are two main reasons why black shade mesh is most popular:
The human eye sees lighter colors easier than darker ones. Because of this, your eyes will see right through a black screen and see the brighter colors outside… very important, if you want to maintain the view from your windows after your window shades are installed.
If the exterior shade screens were white, your eyes would mostly see the white screens, making it very difficult to see through the screens.
The same reason that your TV screen is black… so you see the color pixels of the image and not the screen itself.
When viewing your shaded windows from the exterior, black sun shades generally just look better than lighter colored shades.
Let’s say, for example, that you have a tan colored house. If you put tan shade mesh over the windows, the windows blend completely into the color of the house. This makes it look like either your house does not have windows, or that they are covered with plywood. A black shade on the same tan colored house enhances the window.
Outside View Black Shade Screens
Outside View Beige Shade Screens
Outside View White Shade Screens
Inside Looking Out Black Shade Screens
Inside Looking Out Beige Shade Screens
Inside Looking Out White Shade Screens
Window Shade Colours
Black exterior sun shades look more natural from the outside and maintain your view from the inside, making black our most popular window shade colour.
New low e windows act like a magnifying glass, concentrating the sun’s energy onto a small area. Temperatures in these hot spots often exceed the melting temperature of vinyl siding, causes thousands of dollars in damage.
Typically, most vinyl siding products will start to melt and warp when they reach 160 to 165 degrees Fahrenheit. On darker colored siding, temperatures have been recorded of nearly 220° F in the area where reflected light is hitting.
Is melted vinyl siding a new problem?
Melted siding from window reflection is a problem that has become more common in recent years. The main reason is the increasing number of Low-E or energy efficient windows that are being installed in new homes or renovated homes.
Low-E windows are designed to reflect more heat away from the glass by design.
That is why low e windows help cool your home. The problem is that reflected light off these windows is now more powerful than ever and it substantially increases the surface temperature of the objects it lands on, like vinyl siding.
Glass in double paned windows may on occasion slightly warp or deflect due to a difference in barometric pressure between the interior of the glass panes and the outside air pressure. This can create a concavity in the glass. Such a concavity is a normal response to pressure differences, does not affect the performance of the window, and does not constitute a defective window condition. However, the concavity may focus sunlight reflected from the window in a fashion similar to the effect seen when light passes through a magnifying glass. The heat generated by the focused reflected sunlight has proven sufficient to visibly damage and distort vinyl siding on nearby houses.
Any double paned window may cause this effect, but double paned low-e windows have a higher reflectivity quotient which can exacerbate the reflected light/vinyl distortion phenomenon…
A combination of contributing factors must be present before the effect occurs or causes damage to any nearby materials, including vinyl siding. The presence of the concavity in the double glass panes (resulting in the magnifying glass effect with a focused light beam) appears to be the primary cause of the heat generation, more so than the mere increased reflectivity of the low-e window.
The angle of the sun is also a factor. A low angle of sunlight (such as might occur in late fall, winter, or early spring) is more likely to produce the effect.
Other factors, such as proximity to the adjoining house, wind speed, air temperature, and the presence of buffering foliage are all said to have an impact on whether a damaging reflected sunlight effect does in fact occur.
The intense reflection from low-E windows is reported to have caused other kinds of damage, as well, such as melted plastic trash bags and plastic garbage cans, melted plastic solar collectors, melted plastic parts of vehicles, and melted housewrap on new builds yet to be covered with siding.
Four house fires were confirmed to have been caused by such reflections, according to an investigation by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. In these cases, reflections from sunroom roof glass and skylights ignited nearby cedar shingles.
The hazard is not limited to property. One new high-rise hotel in Las Vegas reportedly gave off reflections hot enough to burn people using the hotel pool.
Windows with standard glass panes can cause similar damage in some situations, but this is rarely reported.
Top 3 Ways to Prevent Melted Vinyl Siding
The easiest and most effective way to stop reflecting sun rays from melting and warping your vinyl siding, is to block those rays.
There are a variety of ways to block reflections from windows. Depending on your situation, you most likely desire quick, easy and inexpensive options. Here are three melted vinyl siding solutions:
1. EZ Snap™ Sunshade Mesh
Stops the Sun:Exterior window shades stop intense sun from passing through your windows and also stop reflection off the outside of the glass. You end up not only stopping the sun from melting the siding, but the exterior window shade also substantially cools the room with the window.
Easy & Quick Installation: A do-it-yourself exterior shade system like the EZ Snap exterior shades can be easily installed be someone with no previous experience.
Inexpensive: They are also very affordable, costing as little as $1.70 per square foot. If the offending window happens to be on your neighbour’s house, they are so affordable, you can offer to install the EZ Snap exterior shades for free for them. This saves them money on their air-conditioning bill and you instantly stop the sun from damaging your vinyl siding.
The solution to this problem is to stop the sun’s rays before they can hit the glass and reflect off of the glass surface. When you install the EZ Snap exterior shades on your windows, it is like planting an instant shade tree in front of the offending window.
EZ Snap stops up to 90% of the sun’s rays from reaching the glass. The remaining 10% that does get through is reflected back, but must then pass through the EZ Snap mesh a second time. Again, reducing it a further 90%.
With 99% of the reflected light now eliminated, the problem of melted vinyl siding is also eliminated.
Added Sunshade Mesh Benefits:
Cools the interior of your home and surface of the glass.
Provides daytime privacy.
Reduces annoying glare inside and out.
Lowers your air conditioning bill.
Prevents birds from flying into the reflective glass surface.
Reduces the fading and damage caused by the suns U.V. rays.
2. Plant Trees
Although this is a natural and eco-friendly solution, planting trees and waiting for them to mature, obviously takes significant time and patience. Trees and other landscaping have potential to block reflection from windows, however, seasonal leaf loss and varying sun angles can result in poor results. There’s a good visual of different options around the 2 minute mark in this DIY video…
3. Replace Vinyl Siding with Hardy Plank
Like EZ Snap, replacing your vinyl siding with cement board product like Hardy Plank is a guaranteed fix. Unfortunately, replacing your siding is a time consuming and very expensive solution. A siding repair or re-install is also beyond the ability level of most do-it-yourselfers.
When replacing your vinyl siding with Hardy Board, in extreme cases, there’s still potential for the extreme heat to discolour or damage the painted surface of your new siding.
These days, the number of energy-efficient products on the market is pretty impressive. But if your strategy for lowering your utility bills and going greener starts with buying sparkly new appliances, you’re neglecting several inexpensive, basic updates that make those fun new purchases perform even better. Home Improvement Leads offers a few straightforward solutions for homeowners who want to increase energy efficiency but don’t want to break the bank or undertake a major project.
Insulate and Seal
The number one bit of advice is far from glamorous but very effective: insulate. Nearly 50 percent of your heating can escape if your home is not properly insulated. You can keep turning up the thermostat in the winter or turning it down in the summer, but unless you block that heat transfer, your HVAC system will underperform.
Thankfully, this is totally appropriate for a DIY project. Add insulation in the attic and seal up holes in the heating ducts. Doors and windows are also huge culprits, so make sure you weatherstrip and fill up any cracks with sealant. Check along the floorboards and the space around fixtures for other gaps that need to be filled.
Install Exterior Window Shades
Now that you have the basics out of the way, you can focus on more sophisticated approaches. Window coverings and shields can do a lot to keep the radiant heat out of your home while still providing ample daylight. EZ Snap Shading Mesh blocks up to 90 percent of the sun’s heat and UV rays that could cause your furnishings to fade. It also reduces the sun’s glare so that you can still get beautiful views of the outdoors—and as a bonus, the shades are easy to install!
Get a Programmable or Smart Thermostat
Adjusting your thermostat to only heat and cool your home when needed is an art. Some have mastered it, while others let opportunities to save energy slip by. It’s understandable—it’s inconvenient to come home to a house that’s too hot or cold. But instead of putting the burden on yourself and your family to save energy every day by adjusting the thermostat, install a programmable one. You can program it to switch to a more energy-saving temperature while you’re away, and to get comfortable again half an hour before you come home. Or go one step further and install a smart thermostat that will learn your routine, keep tabs on your energy use, and make your home more comfortable by precisely meeting your heating and cooling needs.
Use LEDs Wherever They Make Sense
Traditional incandescent lights are pretty inefficient, but thankfully, recent technologies have provided us with better options like LEDs and CFLs. LEDs are the most expensive, but they also last the longest and use the least amount of energy. Because they last so long, it’s not a bad idea to replace some hard-to-reach light fixtures with LEDs so you’re changing inconveniently-located bulbs only once every few years. If you’re worried about the bright light of LEDs, rest assured that they’re now available in warmer colors comparable to traditional incandescents.
Adjust Your Habits
One of the best changes you can make doesn’t involve tools or a trip to the home improvement store. You can save energy just by reevaluating your everyday practices and setting new guidelines for your family’s energy use. Consider taking these measures to conserve:
Take shorter showers
Dry your clothes in the sun instead of in the dryer
Wash all of your clothes on cold—just make sure to get cold-water laundry detergent
Warm your home (responsibly) with a fire in the winter
Close the curtains when you leave on a hot day
Use ceiling fans instead of centralized cooling whenever possible
Eat more raw foods and use the oven less
Unplug (rather than just turn off) any unused appliances or electronics
If you like green—both on the earth and in your pocket—these simple changes will be perfect for your home and lifestyle.