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How To Choose Between Foil Insulation And Shade Screen

If you have a window that gets a lot of sun you likely also have a room that gets so hot it could double as an oven.

For those who want to cut down the heat, using air conditioning can be expensive and loud. Black-out drapes usually block more light than heat, and fans can only do so much. The two most common choices for people who want a low cost A/C alternative are foil insulation and shade screens.

But which one to choose?

We’ve provided a quick breakdown of both to help you decide what will work best for you.

To insulate or not to insulate?

Foil Insulation

Foil Insulation

If you are considering going the foil insulation route it’s best to know how it works. Foil, or reflective, insulation essentially functions like a mirror that reflects light and heat out of a given space.

Typically, it’s used on windows that get a lot of sun exposure.

Having just one window that gets a lot of sun can cause the room temperature to soar on a sunny day. Foil insulation can be cut to size and placed over it as an effective heat blocking measure.

For it to work effectively it must be hung on the outside of the window and it has to completely cover it. Unfortunately, this also means covering up your view and finding a way to attach it to the outside of your house or RV (usually tape). 

If the foil is placed on the inside, it means that sunlight is hitting the window and heat will still be able to get into the room as a result. The key to keeping a room cool is making sure the heat stays on the outside of the glass because once heat gets in it’s hard to dissipate.

If you have double pane windows, placing foil insulation on the inside of the glass may cause the window seal to fail.

The reason for this is that the foil is reflecting heat back through the glass panes causing it to super heat. If there is a sudden change in temperature, like a cloud covering the sun, the stress from the metal expanding and contracting rapidly can cause the seal to fail.

RV with Foil Insulation

RV with foil insulation taped over windows

It’s the same principle for why applying tint on a window will void the manufacturers warranty.

Foil insulation can also be an eyesore. Having it attached to your window also means you are are essentially hanging a big piece of tinfoil to your home or RV all summer.

Despite these drawbacks, foil insulation remains a popular choice because it’s cheap and effective.

If you are thinking of going with foil, Reflectix is generally considered one of the best brands in terms of value for quality.

What about Shade Screens?

Shade screen is a fabric that is designed to be placed over a window and provide shade. Just like the foil insulation it works best when attached to the outside of your window.

There’s a lot of different varieties of shade screens on the market, so if you’re planning on purchasing shade screen know that they are not all created equal.

There’s a lot of different brands out there and it can be hard to feel like you’re picking the right one. Some have irregular or uneven weaves, or some will give you shade but you also won’t be able to see through it.

DIY RV Window Shades

RV with EZ Snap Window Shades

The best shade screen is from EZ Snap. It’s a patented product made from a non-fray mesh that blocks 90% of the sun’s heat. It’s also been designed to allow you to see out of it so you only block the heat, not the view.

EZ Snap is attached with a stick-on stud, so there’s no drilling and no holes left behind. The mesh snaps onto the studs, so it can be taken on and off without much hassle. What’s also great is that a kit from EZ Snap comes with everything you need to install your shade mesh, so no frantic trips to Home Depot needed.

When the EZ Snap mesh is hung it looks natural over a window, and while a lot of the heat is blocked, you still get a good amount of natural light coming through. 

Choosing between foil insulation and shade screen comes down to a matter of preference and appearance. If you are in need of a quick fix then foil will get you through. If you are wanting a more permanent solution that looks good, but still retains your view, then a product like EZ Snap shades is the answer.

How To Keep Your RV Cool This Summer

Nothing beats the summer for getting out and enjoying your RV, but keeping your rig cool in the midday heat can be a challenge for even the most experienced traveler.

You might have an AC unit that is too loud, or boondocking, or maybe you don’t have AC at all. Fear not, we’ve compiled the top ten inexpensive ways to keep your RV cool without an air conditioner this summer.

1. Parking is everything

Be sure to park smart this summer. Where you park is the number one way to keep the heat down. Sidling up beside a nice lush tree will help keep one side of your RV cool, plus it’s doesn’t cost a thing.

Be aware of what side your RV is facing as well. The hottest part of the day is typically around 3 pm, so you want to try and keep as few windows exposed as possible to the afternoon sun.

2. Clean and be cool

Having good airflow in your RV is a key part of keeping it cool. Something that gets overlooked a lot is the dust and grime buildup in the areas behind and around your fridge and stove. If the airflow is inefficient then you will have heat flowing back into the RV, making for unhappy campers. Before your set out on your adventure, make sure to give those places a thorough clean.

3. Swap out those bulbs

When you’re trying to keep the temperature down every little thing counts, and this is one that doesn’t take much of an effort to do. If you’re still using incandescent light bulbs, know that each one of those works like a tiny heat generator. For the power they consume, around 90% of it is expended as heat.

Switch those old bulbs over to LED light bulbs, they’ll give you the same amount of light but with a fraction of the heat.

4. Your biggest fan(s)

There are two ways to use your fans to cool down for those hot days and nights. During the day get those fans pointed right at you. Air that is moving feels cooler than air that is still, so you will at least get some relief with some fans blowing at you.

In the evening, when the air is cooler outside of your RV than inside, point your fans facing out the windows. This way you will be blowing the hot air out and at the same time drawing the cool air in. The more windows you can have open for an effective cross-breeze, the better.

5. Cook out

Try to cook the majority of your meals outside of your RV. Any time you fire up your oven you are generating a lot of heat that is hard to dissipate. Plus, who wants to cook in a sweltering hot room? Cook your meals outside, either over the fire or on a camp stove.

It may take a bit more work to haul your ingredients and cookware in and out of your RV, so try and make enough so you have leftovers and don’t have to cook every single meal.

6. Shade Screens are a dream

Usually the main heat culprit in your RV is your biggest window or windows. The sun’s rays come in through the glass and heat up the interior of your RV. Then, because the heat has nowhere to go, it just keeps getting hotter and hotter.

The key is to stop the sun from even getting through the glass, and EZ Snap Shade Screens are by far the easiest and best option for attaching shade to your RV. The best part is that they block the 90% of the heat but you can still see out of them, so you get to keep your view.

EZ Snap Exterior Blinds for RV Coach

RV with EZ Snap Shades

7. Tarp time

They may not be pretty but tarps are the Swiss Army Knife of any good RV’r. They’re inexpensive, they don’t take up a lot of space and they have a variety of uses. If there are any trees nearby you can try and attach your tarp across them to make some extra shade and cut down on the sun exposure to your RV.

8. Get on Google

Depending on the nature of your trip you may be planning your stops well in advance. Use Google Earth to scout your prospective stops to try and cherry pick the sites that will have the most shade. You will be glad you spent the extra time planning when the midday sun is out and you are relaxing in the shade from a nearby tree.

9. Night time is the right time (to cool down)

If your RV is like an oven during the day, the evening is the time to cool down not just yourselves, but your over-hot RV as well. Open up all those windows and turn those fans on.

Don’t forget to open your cupboards and storage bays, as those are places where heat can build up over the course of the day and can keep your RV uncomfortably hot if not aired out.

10. Skylight too bright

Your large windows may take all of the blame for the heat, but don’t forget about your skylight. They are notorious heat generators, and they can be a big reason why your RV is unbearable hot. Covering up your skylight is one of the best ways your can bring down the temperature in your RV this summer. Here’s a list of the top four ways to cover a hot skylight for under $100.

How To Block Skylight Heat – Top Four Fixes For Under $100

Need To Cover Your Hot Skylight?

Here’s How To Beat The Heat On A Budget

While they are known for keeping things bright, skylights also have a dark side.

With all the light they let it in skylights can heat up a room to the point where it becomes an abandoned part of your home.

The cause for your hot house is called the greenhouse effect: light comes in, heats up your room and then has nowhere else to go. Which would be fine if you were growing tomatoes in your living room, but chances are you’re not.

Even with the AC on max some rooms just can’t be cooled, and the sun’s rays can also cause your furniture and floors to fade.

We’ve compiled a list of the top four DIY ways to cool your skylight and get your house back.

 

1. Paint over your skylight

This one is as simple as it sounds. The key to cooling a problematic skylight is to stop the sun before it gets through the glass.

If you can block the light, you can block the heat. Painting over your skylight will stop light from getting through and will keep for your house much cooler for just the cost of a can of paint.

The main drawback with painting your skylight is that it is a fairly permanent fix. Scraping paint off is time consuming and you will undoubtedly be left with more than a few scratches on your glass.

Depending on how hot your room is getting though, this may be a sacrifice you are willing to make.

 

2. Tarp it up

A quick and easy fix that is by far the cheapest of all your options. Simply buy a blue tarp that is several feet longer than your skylight. Lay it over top of the skylight so that it is completely covered and pin down the excess fabric using bricks.

You’ll still get some ambient light coming through and most of the heat will be stopped, but expect your room to have a blue tinge.

Depending on how visible your skylight is from the street, you may also have the neighborhood eyesore on your roof all season. Once summer’s over, it’s only a matter of picking up the bricks and rolling up your tarp and you get your skylight back without a whole lot of trouble.

 

3. Board it up

This method requires the most amount of skill, but it’s the only one that doesn’t involve a trip to the roof. You will need to buy and cut a piece of foam insulation board that will fit snugly into your skylight shaft opening.

Then, along the outside of the insulation board attach weather stripping. This will ensure a tight fit that you can push in or take out depending on the weather.

This one make take some trial and error as you will need to cut the foam board to just the right size so it is just big enough to squeeze into the opening and effectively pinning itself in place.

The biggest drawback with this method is that you are now trapping all the heat between the skylight and the insulation. This heat can build up to the point that your seals could fail or your glass could crack, so proceed with caution.

 

4. EZ Snap Skylight Shades

EZ Snap Raised Skylight Exterior Blinds

EZ Snap is a solar mesh that attaches to the outside of your skylight that is proven to block up to 90 percent of the sun’s heat. It still lets in lots of natural light, plus it’s affordable and a breeze to install. 

First, measure the size of your skylight and then order the appropriate kit from https://ezsnapdirect.com/products/skylight-shades/.

Once the kit comes, no special tools are needed to install. Simply attach your mounting studs to the frame and then attach the mesh to the studs. Once it’s on it can be left on all year round.

If you want some direct sun in those cooler months you can also easily pop the caps off the studs, remove the mesh and store it away until next year.

Whichever method you choose to combat your sizzling skylight, know that the US Department of Energy concluded that exterior blinds and shades are up to seven times more effective at stopping heat from entering the home than interior blinds or window tinting.

 

 

Vinyl Siding Melting Solutions

Repair Melted Siding for the Last Time.

How to fix Low-E window reflection from your neighbour’s house.

Is the vinyl siding on your house melting or warping?

A more common problem than homeowners realize. It is almost always caused by the sun reflecting off a nearby window onto your vinyl siding.

Vinyl siding melting from window reflection VIDEO

Ohio woman suing home builder after her house began ‘melting’.

Sun reflecting off of window glass and melting and warping vinyl siding VIDEO from NBC News…

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.

Facts from vinylsiding.org:

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.

Facts from The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors:

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.

Energy-Saving Hacks for Your Home

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.

EZSnap Exterior Shades on Arched Window
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.

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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.

New RV Skirting Website

Phone & Tablet Friendly.

EZ Snap is proud to announce the official launch of our new, fully responsive website showcasing RV Skirting & Exterior Window Shade Kits.

The new site has the latest in internet security, keeping you and your information safe when purchasing from our online store. The new web-site can be found at https://ezsnapdirect.com

New site features:

  • Fast-loading
  • Big photos & videos
  • Searchable
  • Secure shopping cart
  • Responsive and Mobile friendly

We are preparing as we roll into the busy Fall RV Skirting season, boosting up inventory of RV Skirting Material and our patented 3M Fasteners.

Orders are already rolling in from all over North America for our best-selling Diamond Weave fabric.

We would appreciate feedback on our new site design. If you are so inclined, have a look around and let us know what you think.

EZ Snap Coupons, Promo Codes, Discounts and deals.

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EZ-Snap-Coupons-Promo-Codes-deals-and-discountsNo need to search the web…..

All EZ Snap Coupons, EZ Snap Promo codes, discounts or deals can be found on our dedicated coupon page.

EZ Snap™ Coupon Page Link.

We post any and all current coupons and promos available, so you do not have to search the web looking for coupon codes that are out dated or that don’t work.
EZ Snap™ sells direct to the consumer and so we already offer wholesale pricing to all of our online customers. Be sure to visit our EZ Snap™ coupon page to see the latest promotions or coupons we have available.

Melted Vinyl Siding Mystery Solved !

What is causing the vinyl siding to melt and warp?

The sun is reflecting off of a nearby window or glass surface and the reflecting light can reach extreme temperatures. 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 this a new problem?

This is a problem that has gotten much more common in the last 10 to 15 years. The main reason this is happening more and more often is from 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 they help cool your home. The problem is that reflected light is now more powerful than ever and it substantially increases the surface temperature of the objects it lands on, like vinyl siding.

Vinyl Siding Melting Solution EZSnapWhats the solution??

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 and the 10% that does get through and is reflected back,  must then pass through the EZ Snap mesh a second time, reducing it a further 90%.  With 99% of the reflected light now eliminated, the problem of melted vinyl siding is also eliminated.

Added Benefits:

  • Not only does it solve the melted vinyl siding problem, but it also cools the interior of your home and the surface of the glass.
  • Provides Day time 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.

For a more in-depth look a the EZ Snap product and how it is installed, be sure to watch the EZ Snap Exterior Shade video.
Here is a Link to it.

Is your Vinyl siding melting? – Here is a quick and inexpensive solution.

Vinyl Siding Melting EZ-Snap Exterior Window ShadesWhat is causing the vinyl siding to melt and warp?

The sun is reflecting off of a nearby window or glass surface and the reflecting light can reach extreme temperatures. 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 this a new problem?

This is a problem that has gotten much more common in the last 10 to 15 years. The main reason this is happening more and more often is from 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 they help cool your home. The problem is that reflected light is now more powerful than ever and it substantially increases the surface temperature of the objects it lands on, like vinyl siding.

Whats the solution??

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 and the 10% that does get through and is reflected back,  must then pass through the EZ Snap mesh a second time, reducing it a further 90%.  With 99% of the reflected light now eliminated, the problem of melted vinyl siding is also eliminated.

Added Benefits:

  • Not only does it solve the melted vinyl siding problem, but it also cools the interior of your home and the surface of the glass.
  • Provides Day time 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.

For a more in-depth look a the EZ Snap product and how it is installed, be sure to watch the EZ Snap Exterior Shade video.
Here is a Link to it.

EZ Snap RV Shades featured in article in MotorHome Magazine

EZ Snap Feature in Motorhome MagazineThe Secret is out.

EZ Snap is the quickest and most cost effective way to get custom made exterior shades for your RV. The more than 148,000 readers of MotorHome Magazine were treated to a in-depth article on the EZ Snap RV Shades.

The article detailed a full install done by magazine staff a two different RVs. They concluded that the EZ Snap fastener system made for an easy to install solution to custom RV window shades and an effective way to not only block the heating rays of the sun, but also protect the interior of the RV.

As with many of our first time users, they also were pleasantly surprise at how good the visibility through the EZ Snap shading was. This is thanks to the optical grade quality of the mesh .

Be sure to check out the full article for yourself in the August issue of MotorHome Magazine. Important install notes on the last page!!

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Blinds and shades for arched or curved windows

Blinds and Shades for Arched and curved windows are a real challenge to cover. That is until now.

EZSnap Exterior Shades on Arched WindowEZ Snap Innovations has developed the perfect solution to providing shade to any shape of window, curved, arched or even round.

Blinds for Arched Windows (Block the Heat, Not the View)

The specialized EZ Snap shading mesh is able to stop up to 90% of the sun’s heat and damaging UV rays, but it does not block your view. The EZ Snap mesh is made using an optical grade, exterior shading material. This allows you to see clearly through the mesh as if it was not even there.

Specialized Shading Mesh can be cut and shaped to fit any shape of window

The EZ Snap exterior shades are made from an innovative shading mesh the can be cut to any size or shape without fraying. The EZ Snap mesh utilizes encapsulated yarns in its manufacturing procedure, producing an extremely strong , dimensionally stable shading mesh. These special properties are what allow you to cut to size your exterior blinds right on site for a perfect fit every time.

 

EZ Snap Profiled on ideaconnection.com

EZSnap on IdeaConnectionEZ Snap’s unique system for attaching exterior window shades, has been recognized by the innovation website ideaconnection.com

 

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“Innovative in exterior window shades and skylight blinds”

 

Ideaconnection.com profiles new and exciting breakthrough technologies and products. The innovative EZ Snap fastener system has revolutionized the exterior shading of windows, providing an easy way for home owners to make their own quality shades for much less than competitive products.

How to install your own RV Skirting Video Now Available

EZ Snap has recently released a “How to” video on Installing your own RV Skirting.

If you are at all handy or a “Do-it-Yourselfer” DIY type, here is your opportunity to not only get a custom fit RV Skirting, but also save yourself a bundle of money at the same time.

NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!

RV Skirting – Step by Step Video shows you how.

This video is designed to show you not only the benefits of installing your own RV Skirting, but also the step by step procedure of doing it. It covers the various tools you will need. You will be surprised to know just how simple it is to install your own RV skirting on your motor-home, trailer or fifth wheel.

The video also covers how to determine the size of the RV skirting kit you will need. Also you will learn how to determine the mounting locations of your fasteners and how to install the fasteners. In addition, you will also learn how to cut your RV skirting to size and fit it to your RV for a custom professional look. The EZ Snap pipe retainment system is also shown. This helps keep your skirting in place in winds and also maintains a nice tight look.

Near the end of the video, there is also a section on installing a fifth wheel enclosure skirt to the front of your 5th wheel. And finally at the end of the video the all-important EZ Snap removal tool is detailed, as well as the Instant RV Skirting zippers are featured.

Since the video was produced another popular product has been added to our EZ Skirting line of products and accessories. The EZ Snap RV Skirting Velcro is now available. This Velcro is specially designed to stick to the RV skirting is all types of weather conditions.

How to remove EZ Snap adhesive studs

 

VHB-Extreme-Holding-PowerEZ Snap’s adhesive studs utilize the 3M VHB adhesive. This peel and stick adhesive is known as one of the highest bond strength adhesives ever made. As a matter of fact, V.H.B. stands for Very High Bond.
Check out this video from the Discovery Channel on the power of the VHB adhesive from 3M.

Click Here to Watch VHB Video

 

Instructions on how to remove VHB adhesive studs.

 

The EZ Snap adhesive studs are designed to stand up to all types of extreme weather conditions. Canadian winters and Arizona heat, as well as, extreme wind forces. The ingredient that allows this extreme holding power is the magic of the VHB adhesive by 3M.

But what if you want to remove the studs one day for example, to change them to a different color?  Follow the steps below and you can make it like they were never there.

Removal procedure:

  1. Grip and peel off the plastic part of the stud using pliers (needle nose are ideal).
  2. At this point you will most likely have quite a bit of the flexible foam left behind on the mounting surface. Using your thumb or a rag, roll off this excessive foam as much as possible.
  3. When you have removed as much of the flexible foam as you can, the remainder can be removed using a citrus oil based cleaner, such as “Goo Gone” or Goof Off”. These cleaners are designed to break the bond of the VHB adhesive.
  4. Continue to apply the citrus oil cleaner until the adhesive is completely gone.
  5. Cleaner area to remove any citrus oil reside using a 50/50 mixture of water and isopropyl alcohol before installing another adhesive stud.

Installing Aluminet shade mesh using EZ Snap Fasteners…

How to install AluminetAluminet is an agricultural grade shade cloth available from various farm and garden suppliers. Gardeners and home owners have used it for small gardening or shading projects before, attaching it with the EZ Snap fastener system. We thought we would give a more though description of how to install Aluminet shade cloth on your smaller projects. EZ Snap does not sell or distribute Aluminet, instead we use the EZ Snap optical grade shading mesh. Aluminet is very difficult to see through and so does not make a very good window shading product, unlike the EZ Snap shading mesh.

 

How to install Aluminet for a small project?

If you have a large project that will see substantial wind loads, then it is recommended that you use either a reinforced sewn hem with grommets or a large compression fastener that will grip hold of the Aluminet over a large area.  If your Aluminet project is smaller in size, then the EZ Snap fastener system might be just what you are looking for. The adhesive EZ Snap fasteners will stick to a wide variety of surfaces, allowing you to install Aluminet in many different projects. If you use the EZ Snap fasteners with Aluminet, we recommend that you double or even triple fold the edge of the Aluminet that you are attaching to, to increase the holding power. Aluminet comes in a variety of densities and lighter densities do not have a lot of material to provide holding power. By doubling or tripling the layers of Aluminet in the area that you are attaching the EZ Snap fasteners, you add a lot more holding power to your project. If your project is large in size and will catch a lot of wind, then we recommend that you visit www.ae-zone.org for more detail on Aluminet and its uses.

Sun reflecting of window glass melting vinyl siding? Here is how to stop it…

Is the vinyl siding on your house melting or warping for no reason?
Well, this is a much more common problem than people realize. It is almost always caused by the sun reflecting off a nearby window onto the siding.

Melting Vinyl Siding Solutions

Stop the Sun from reflecting off of window glass and melting and warping vinyl siding with EZ Snap exterior shades.

The window acts like a magnifying glass, concentrating the sun’s energy onto a small area. Temperatures in these hot spots can soar into the hundreds of degrees. This phenomenon causes thousands in damage, but the good news is now there is a simple and quick solution.

So how do you prevent this from happening?

These easiest and most effective way to stop the reflecting sun rays from melting and warping the vinyl siding, is to block them from reaching the siding in the first place. Now, you could plant a tree and wait 10 to 20 years, but there is an easier way….

BEST SOLUTION:
Exterior window shades stop the sun from not only entering the window, but also stop it from reflecting off 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. A do-it-yourself exterior shade system like the EZ Snap exterior shades can be easily installed be someone with no previous experience.
They are also very affordable, costing a little over $2 per square foot. If the offending window happens to be on your neighbor’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 you vinyl siding.

How to Fix the problem of faded floors, carpets and furniture.

Furniture and Floors Faded from SunIf sun light is entering your home, there is the risk of it fading your flooring carpeting or furniture.

How do you prevent or reduce this problem and not darken the room too much or block the view.

One of the most economical solutions is installing exterior shading products on your skylights or windows. Exterior shades are designed to filter down the amount of damaging UV rays entering your home. The better ones are able to block up to 90% of these rays, while still allowing adequate ambient like to enter.  Energy saving exterior shades like the EZ Snap shades, act like a shade tree placed in front of your window. The main differences being, they don’t block your view or take 30 years to grow large enough to shade your home.

Another factor that causes fading is heat. Heat is responsible for up to 25% of the fading of household items. The exterior window and skylight shades also reduce the amount of heat entering the home, further reducing damaging fading from happening. To learn more about the additional benefits of exterior shading products, Click Here.

Being a ‘Do-it-Yourselfer’ is Good for your Soul.

The ‘Do-it-Yourselfers’ of the world are growing in numbers every year. The internet has increased the amount of information on how to do almost anything. DIYers, as they known, are a courageous bunch. They are willing to take a risk; even embrace a mistake or two, in return for the satisfaction and savings of doing it yourself.

The feeling of accomplishment is guaranteed to lift the spirits when you complete a project using your own hands and skills.  This is not only good for your soul, but your health as well.

Here are the top 3 benefits for becoming a DIYer:

1.    Sense of Accomplishment: We have all been taught from an early age that failure is bad. DIYers bravely embrace the risk of failing, knowing that, almost everything is possible when you take the time to educate yourself on your project. They see any failure or error as a learning a experience  that increases their skill sets for the next project.
“There is no failure, except in no longer trying. ”  Elbert Hubbard

2.    Saving Big Money:  When you hire someone to build or complete a project for you, you will be paying them with your “after-tax” dollars. In other words, to pay a worker $100 to do your project, you have to earn as much as $200 if you’re in the 50% tax bracket. When you do it yourself, your labor is free. Even if your project requires specialized tools, the money you save, more than pays for rental of  the tools you would need. Seasoned DIYers know that most things are very easy to do, once you take the time to educate yourself on how it should be done. The internet is full of Guru’s giving their knowledge away for free.

3.    Broaden your Knowledge and Skills: For every new project you take on, you gain new skills and increase your experience and knowledge. The more you do, the more you know and soon projects just become easier and easier. Before you know it, you are the “Go-To” guru for friends and family on how to get things done.

 

If you’re looking for a great Energy Saving “Do-it-Yourself” project that is easy to do on your own and will save you lots of money on your air-conditioning bill this summer, check out the line of “Do-it-Yourself” kits available at www.ezsnapdirect.com

New Golf Ball Protection Screen, saves your window and energy at the same time.

If you have ever lived next to a golf course, you or someone you know has a story of broken windows caused by golf balls. One of the perils of living next to a golf course is having a stray ball smash a window on your home. This is frustrating, expensive and sometimes frightening. Window without EZ Snap golf ball protection screen
One method of reducing the likelihood of having windows damaged by golf ball strikes is to install an exterior shading screen over the window. The screen acts as a barrier in front of the glass, slowing down and reducing the speed of the ball. In most cases this prevents the glass from being hit or breaking. If your really close to the T-box, you can have your contractor build you an additional frame around the window to increase the distance the screen is mounted from the glass, thereby increasing amount of force your screen can stop before the ball impacts the glass.
The beauty of this solution, is that you get so much more than glass protection from your screen. These screens also block up to 90% of the sun’s heat without blocking your view outside. In addition, they provide day time privacy from golfers and nosy neighbors.With so many benefits in one product, they pay for themselves in no time.
3 Benefits, one product:

 

  • Protect window glass from golf ball strikes ( Especially when you our your contractor build a stand-off frame around the window).
  • Energy saving shades that block the heat without blocking the view.
  • Daytime privacy

To learn more about all the benefits of a golf ball protection screen, Click Here

Major Heat Wave in England likely in 2012

According a report in the Daily Telegraph, the government is warning of a high likelihood of a major heat wave in the UK in 2012. This warning was triggered after an in-depth consultation with climate change scientists.

 

They warn that a heat wave of the magnitude they are predicting could cause as many as 10,000 deaths. Based on their findings, they also anticipate that temperatures in the UK to rise as much as 3 by the end of the century.

 

The authors also go on to say that the UK has become much more prepared to deal with these sudden heat waves since the heat wave of 1976, which caused 14,000 premature deaths.

 

The elderly are the main victims of these types of events and finding new ways to assist in keeping the population cool is a paramount concern, especially in hospitals and nursing homes.

22 Billion Reasons to Install EZ Snap and Reduce your Energy Costs.

According to ConsumerReports.org the average amount of money that is spent by American’s for air conditioning is $22 billion ($22,000,000,000) per year.

 

Exterior shading products like awnings and EZ Snap exterior window shades can reduce the need for air conditioning by 60% to 70%. Imagine the amount of money that could be saved each year if even just one percent of the population installed EZ Snap on their windows.

 

The cost for all this air conditioning is not just money. The carbon foot print for air-conditioning use is massive. Millions of metric tons of Co2 enter into the atmosphere every year from the power needed to fuel American`s air-conditioning needs.

 

Top 4 ways to reduce your need for air-conditioning:

 

  •  Install an exterior shading product like EZ Snap shades: This can reduce interior temperature by up to 15 degrees without using any electricity.
  • Turn on a fan: Fans help move air around the house making you feel cooler via the wind chill effect.
  • Use a dehumidifier: You have heard the saying, “it’s not the heat, it`s the humidity“. Lowering the humidity, increases the effectiveness of your body to cool itself.
  •  Plant trees to help shade your windows: This is the natural way to cool your home, but it can take decades to get results. EZ Snap is instant.

Increasing the SHGC # of Your Windows and Why it Matters.

13232SHGC stands for Solar Heat Gain Coefficient. This number is commonly used as a guide line for rating the energy efficiency of windows and their various shading treatments.

 

The old term for term for this measurement was shading coefficient. SHGC values range from 0 to 1. The lower the SHGC number, the less solar gain or heat passing through the window. Many power utilities offer rebates to customers who upgrade their windows. They typically will give you a rebate based on the total SHGC number of your upgraded product.

 

Little known Secret
Most of these rebate programs will give you a rebate if your upgraded windows have a SHGC # of .4 or less.
Many times you can still qualify for a rebate if you add an exterior shading product that has a SHGC # of .4 or less. Be sure to check with your local power utility to find out the details of their specific rebate program.
The EZ Snap shading mesh has a SHGC of .1827.  This SHGC number is based on a solar profile angle of 45 degrees (most common) and a clear, double pane window.

How to Build a Pergola that Provides Shade All Day Long.

Pergolas and gazebos are a popular and attractive way to add shade to a back yard or over a patio or deck. They do have some short comings though. Depending on the time of day and the angle of the sun, they may be long periods of time when there is little or no shade under the pergola.
Many pergolas are built with a number of upright wooden timbers placed on top of the pergola frame. These provide shade to the area below when they are positioned perpendicular to the rays of the sun and when the sun is not too high in the sky. As the sun moves throughout the day, the shading effect is lost as the rays of the sun become more parallel to the direction of the boards.

Pergola with shading mesh
What is the best way to provide full shade coverage from your pergola, without totally blocking out the light?

 

 

Adding a solar mesh cover across the top of your pergola will instantly and economically solve this problem. The solar mesh blocks up to 90% of the sun’s heat, while still allowing plenty of ambient light to enter. The mesh also retains the open feeling of the pergola by allowing you to see the sky through it.
We have had many of our customers tell us that they have covered their pergolas in this way using the EZ Snap exterior window shade kits. The non-fray EZ Snap mesh is easily sized to the top of the pergola. If the pergola is wood, use the stainless steel EZ Snap screw in studs into the wood. Use the EZ Snap adhesive studs for vinyl or aluminum pergolas. Next fit and fasten the shading mesh into place just as you would if you were doing a window or skylight. The EZ Snap mesh is a quick and easy way to add more shade and comfort to your pergola project.

How the Suns U.V. Rays Fade and Damage your Stuff.

UV Ray DamageThe sun is a very powerful force indeed. Especially when you consider the earth only receives about one two-billionth of the sun’s total energy. We have all experienced the power the sun has to fade and damage,whether it’s the paint on your car or your favorite chair.

Sun light contains three types of energy rays:

  •  ultraviolet radiation
  •  visible light
  •  infrared radiation

Ultraviolet (UV) is the most dangerous and damaging.   Ultraviolet rays break down the chemical bonds in coloring dyes, causing the color(s) in an object to fade over time. Some objects are more prone this bleaching effect, such as dyed textiles like carpet, drapes or furniture. Given enough time in the sun, everything eventually fades.

So how do we slow down the fading process in our homes?

When it comes to UV fading and damage in the home, UV light entering from windows is responsible for almost 100% of the problem. The perfect solution is to filter out the majority of the sun’s damaging rays, while still retaining enough of the visible light spectrum to properly light the room. One of the best ways to accomplish this is by using an exterior shading solution such as an awning or an exterior shade screen. These exterior solutions not only filter out the majority of the damaging UV rays, they also stop the heating rays of the sun before they enter the window.

The EZ Snap exterior shading material typically filters out up to 90% of the damaging UV radiation from the sun, as well as, 90% of the heating rays of the sun.

Learn more  on Exterior Window Shades

Energy Savings of Exterior Shades (The Stats)

Exterior Shade is up to 7 Times More Effective

•    Exterior blinds and shades are up to 7 times more effective at stopping heat from entering the home than interior blinds or window tinting.
•    EZ Snap’s exterior shades block up to 90% of the sun’s heat
•    16% of the U.S. electricity is used for air conditioning.
•    43% of the U.S. peak energy load in summer months is for air conditioning.
•    EZ Snap exterior shade screens can lower interior temperatures by up to 15 degrees F
•    Millions of birds could be saved annually if the use of exterior shades increased by as little 10%
•    Cooling costs can be reduced by up to 60% with using an exterior window shade
•     Windows facing the summer sun can let in the equivalent amount of heat as a 1500 watt electric heater for every 10 sq/ft of glass
•    Exterior shades have 7 benefits in one product – Lower energy costs, increased comfort, reduced glare, reduced U.V. damage to interior, day-time privacy, eliminate bird strikes, and windows look cleaner (less sun to reflect off of dirt)

Exteriors Blinds for your Yacht or Boat

Three benefits, one product.

By simply installing exterior window shades on your boat or yacht, you are getting three great benefits the moment they are installed.

Yacht Shade Mesh Boat Shades1. Privacy:

Many boat owners spend just as much time on their boats, moored in the marina, as they do out on the water. When you’re sitting in your boats cabin, the last thing you want is to have every single person who walks by looking in at you. Exterior boat blinds give you day-time privacy. Anyone trying to looking in from the outside will find it almost impossible, but if you are sitting in the inside looking out, you will see out clearly, as if the shades where not even there.

2. Heat Block:

The sun is a powerful force and although it’s great to work on your tan while out on the water, there are times when you just want the comfort of the cool cabin of your boat. Exterior boat shades not only stop the sun before it enters the glass, they also shade and cool the glass itself. The EZ Snap exterior boat shades block up to 90% of the sun’s heat without blocking the view.

3. U.V. Protection:

The ultraviolet rays of the sun have the power to quickly discolor and ruined the interior seating and woodwork of your boat. Exterior shades and blinds for your yacht or boat filter the damaging UV rays entering your cabin. This substantially lessens the amount of damage they can do to your expensive boat interior.
They also cut down and the glare from the sun and the water. Sorry, I guess that’s 4 benefits in one product, not three.

Happy boating!

RV Solar Shades – Cool your RV without air conditioning!

Are you tired of listening to the constant drone of your RV’s air conditioner?

RV Shades by EZ SnapThere is a better way. By simply adding exterior RV solar shades or blinds to your RV, you can substantially reduce or even eliminate the need to run your RV air conditioning.

Why do exterior RV solar blinds work so well at stopping heat, compared to interior RV blinds? The secret is in the fact that they stop the heat before it enters the RV window, as well as, they also shade the glass of the RV window from the hot rays of the sun. In hot areas like Texas and Arizona, exterior RV solar shades are very common. On large class A motor homes, the front windshield is commonly covered due to its large size and for privacy. Many of today’s modern fifth wheel trailers also have large windows in the back or sides that benefit from a reduction of solar gain and an increase in privacy.

Day time privacy is one of the main benefits of adding a RV solar shade. With the EZ Snap RV solar screens installed on the RV, it is very difficult, if not impossible to see into the RV form the outside during the day. This is particularly handy in the close quarters of some of today’s crowded RV parks.

The recent innovation of the EZ Snap fastener system is now allowing RV owners to install their own RV solar shades. The EZ Snap shading mesh is a non-fray material that can be cut and shaped right on-site by the RV owner. This has substantially reduced the cost of the RV solar shades and blinds by removing the expensive labour of having them custom built by an upholstery shop.

Whether you have a motorhome, 5th wheel, park model or trailer, installing your own RV solar blinds is a sure way to instantly increase your comfort and privacy.

New and Improved EZ Snap adhesive stud is here

The new and improved EZ Snap adhesive stud is now available.

The holding power and performance of this new stud has greatly improved over the original.

New EZ Snap 3M Adhesive Snap StudWe have worked with 3M™ on this stud to ensure that it will stand up to extremely hot or cold temperatures, as well as severe winds. As always, this adhesive stud is the ideal solution for attaching all the various EZ Snap™ products, except on wooden, rough or porous surfaces. With those types of surfaces, our stainless steel screw studs are still your best choice. This new stud is now our standard and the original is now discontinued.

These new studs are also  now available in a variety of colors. White, black, grey and beige studs are now available. This allows you to better match the stud to the mounting surface color. That way, if your EZ Snap™ product is removed, the studs do a better job of blending in to the mounting surface.

Skylights Shades & Skylight Blinds – Why they are so important.

Excessive Heat from Skylights

One of the best ways to brighten up a dark room is a well-placed skylight or two. Skylights are fantastic for adding natural light to a home, but they are also one of the biggest sources for excessive heat buildup in a home.

Skylight-Shades-Product-ImageEven though skylights tend to be much smaller in size than the typical windows, they can easily allow too much heat and light into the home. This is due to the fact that they are placed on the roof, usually directly facing the sun. This location and angle allows the sun’s heating rays to directly enter the home, usually for most of the daylight hours. Interior blinds are helpful at reducing the excessive light that enters, but they do little to stop heat. As with any shade or blind to be effective, they must be installed on the outside of the skylite or window.

Exterior shades and blinds on skylights, not only shade the skylight glass itself; they also stop the heat before it enters the skylight glass.

Once the heat enters the home it’s too late. Heat continues to build up, eventually raising the interior temperature. The benefit of adding an exterior skylight shade like EZ snap to your skylight is that, not only do you stop up to 90% of the sun’s heat, but you retain the benefit of having filtered light from the skylight.

The trick is to stop the heat while still allowing lots of ambient light to enter. After all, extra light is why you have a skylight in the first place. Customers have told us that once they had their EZ Snap skylight blinds installed, the light from the skylight was softened and the glare and hotspots was reduced. Exterior Skylight blinds and shades like EZ Snap also have the added benefit of reducing the damaging U.V. rays entering the skylight.

If you are going to add shade to reduce your heat load, your skylights are the number one place to start.

Window Privacy Film vs EZ Snap Exterior Shades

Privacy without blocking your view!

There are few things more annoying than having your neighbors or people walking by staring through your windows. Closing the blinds or drawing the curtains works, but it also eliminates your view outside. When people think of getting more privacy on their windows without blocking their view, window privacy tint comes to mind.

There is a better solution though; EZ Snap™ exterior shades.

EZ Snap Sun Shades Block Heat Not ViewLet’s compare.
Both window tinting privacy film and EZ Snap™ shades will give you daytime privacy from the outside. Both do this without blocking your view from the inside. So what’s the big difference?

Evening Views
At night time, the window privacy film turns your windows into giant mirrors, making it hard to see through to the outside. The reflective qualities of the film are now working against you and reflecting back all your interior lighting. EZ Snap exterior shades do not do this at all and so you still  can enjoy your night time views.

End Bird Strikes
Another big advantage of using EZ Snap™ exterior shades over a window privacy film, is that it prevents bird strikes into your windows. As mentioned in our previous blogs topics, privacy or reflective window tint, actually increases the likelihood of birds flying into your windows. Privacy window film makes your windows more reflective. It’s the reflectivity of the window that makes the glass invisible to flying birds. EZ Snap™ makes the window look like a solid surface to flying birds and so they do not fly into it. So now you know how to increase your privacy and reduce bird strikes at the same time.

Winterizing Your RV with RV Skirting

One of the most effective ways to keep your RV from the cold winter winds is RV Skirting.

RV skirting provides a barrier between the elements and the area below your RV. The skirting helps contain warm air below your RV, as well as blocking out the cold winter winds. After you have skirted in your RV, or motorhome you may want to consider a way of providing extra heat to the area under your RV. In warmer climates, something as simple as a light bulb can provide enough heat to keep the temperature above freezing. In colder climates, you may want to place an electric heater in this space.

METHOD ONE – Heat Taping

Always, be sure that there is no risk of a fire starting with your heating methods. If you have exposed plumbing, you may want to consider wrapping them with electric heat tape to further prevent against freezing.

METHOD TWO – Rigid Styrofoam

Another method of increasing your protection against the cold is to place rigid Styrofoam insulation around the area that you are planning to skirt and then installing the RV skirting. The RV skirting covers up and hides the insulation and also creates a further barrier from the cold air.

RV Skirting and Under Pinning

EZ Snap RV Skirting and Underpinning

METHOD THREE – RV Skirting

Typically adding RV skirting to your motorhome or fifth wheel involves having to hire an upholstery firm to custom make an RV skirting for you. We now have an RV skirting and fifth wheel skirting installation video available on our site that will give you step by step instructions on how to install your own RV Skirting.
CLICK HERE to watch the RV Skirting Installation Video…

or contact us for more info: 1-877-439-7627 or info@ezsnapdirect.com

How to Install Your Own RV Skirting Video

Reducing Bird Strikes by Using Exterior Shades

According to the U.S. fish and wildlife services, over 97,000,000 to 976,000,000 birds are killed each year in the U.S.A. alone, due to window strikes. The reflective surface of the glass makes it invisible to birds and they fly right into it at full force. They are either killed outright or suffer broken wings or legs, making them easy prey for predators or scavengers.

Bird Strike PreventionWe have had many of our customers who have used our product specifically to eliminate bird window strikes on their home. One customer had their home located in the middle of a large treed area and they would find dead birds almost every day. They installed their EZ Snap™ shades and the problem stopped instantly.

Why does EZ Snap’s™ exterior shade work so well? The truth is any type of exterior shade over the reflective glass would work just as well, we just happen to be the quick, inexpensive and easily installed version. When an EZ Snap™ shade is installed on the window, the reflective glass is hidden behind the shading mesh. Birds recognized the shades as a solid object and naturally avoid it. This virtually eliminates the problem of birds hitting the window.

When it comes to birds striking the glass, the worst thing you can do to our feathered friends, is to install window tinting. Window tinting makes it more likely a bird will strike the glass, since it makes the outward appearance of the window even more reflective. So there you have it. EZ Snap™ is one of the few products that not only saves energy, but also saves lives. For more info, go to our bird strike information page.