It’s becoming an increasingly common problem for many homeowners.
If you are finding streaks of your turf melted and discolored, the culprit is most likely a nearby window that has something called low-e glass in it.
Illustration of how low-e glass windows work.
Low-e glass is glass that has been treated with a type of energy efficient coating. The glass is coated with a microscopic, transparent metallic layer that reflects heat, but still allows light to pass through.
These windows are good at cutting down the amount of heat entering a house, which is why more and more homes are being built with them installed. However, they can also act like a giant magnifying glass.
Low-e windows are all double paned, and when there is a difference in pressure between the outside air and the interior of the glass panes, the windows may slightly warp and bend. This can create a concave effect in the glass.
This concave effect, coupled with the reflective low-e coating, can focus sunlight into a concentrated hot spot, just like you see with a magnifying glass.
The temperature of these hot spots can get so high that they destroy anything they touch.
It’s increasingly common for these low-e windows to melt synthetic turf, vinyl siding and even cause natural grass to catch fire.
If a large enough patch of turf has been melted, it will need to be replaced. Since artificial turf can cost anywhere from 5 – 25 dollars a square foot (not including labor),replacing damaged turf is a costly and time consuming process.
EZ Snap customer with a hot spot on his lawn that was over 190°F.
As more and more homes are getting low-e windows installed, so are the amount of people finding their turf being damaged. Even if you don’t have low-e windows your lawn may still get scorched.
If you are seeing signs of damage to your turf and don’t have low-e windows on your house, the cause may be one of your neighbors windows.
What can be done about Melting Turf?
First, know that if you take the time and money to replace your lawn but don’t address the cause, it’s just going to happen again.
A simple solution would be to put something up, such as a patio umbrella, to protect your turf. This would only be a temporary fix though, because anything you put in the way of the hot spot will only get destroyed.
What needs to happen is for the sun’s rays to be blocked before they can hit the window and reflect back out. If the solar heat is cut down before it ever touches the glass, then there is nothing to reflect out and your lawn is safe.
Fortunately, EZ Snap Shade Screens are the ideal solution. They can be installed right over the problematic low-e glass window quickly and easily, and for a lot less than it would cost to replace the entire window.
View from a window with EZ Snap Shade Screen.
EZ Snap Shade Screens are proven to stop up to 90% of the sun’s rays from reaching the glass. You get all of the cooling power of a low-e window, but without the risk of creating hot spots.
They are easy to order and can be installed by someone with no previous experience.
One of the reasons why low-e glass is so popular is that it blocks heat while still allowing light to shine through. What’s great about EZ Snap is that it uses an optical grade mesh, meaning EZ Snap blocks the heat but not the view. The screens are also guaranteed to fit all window sizes and shapes.
To learn more about EZ Snap and it’s benefits, click here.
Airstream owners can rejoice because there is finally a skirting solution that makes sense for them.
One of the most appealing things about an Airstream is the sleek, aluminum body. However, a problem that many Airstream owners encounter in cold weather is finding a way to attach RV skirting. The most common method to attach skirting is by drilling snap studs into the panels, and that is usually the last thing an Airstream owner wants to do to their trailer.
The other problem that comes with custom RV skirting is a hefty price tag and a long wait time.
Some cheap RV skirting options include plywood, bales of hay, or rigid insulation with duct tape. These methods are not usually practical as they do not allow access to the trailers’ sewage shut-off or storage under the Airstream. These cheap RV skirting options are bulky, not easy to move to your next RV site and, in the case of straw bales, can attract vermin.
And the one thing all these cheap RV skirting ideas have in common is that they all turn an Airstream from sleek to eyesore.
Thankfully, EZ Snap has found a solution that makes sense for Airstream owners. Using our patented 3M Fasteners, our EZ Snap® Studs use a VHB adhesive backing that sticks on to your trailer. No drilling required!
Our fasteners will hold our vinyl RV skirting on your Airstream trailer through sub-zero temperatures, rain, snow and wind.
We ship our RV skirting kits quickly and because of our “Do It Yourself” system, you can have the custom fit you want without the expensive custom price.
EZ Snap® Skirting under the wheel trim.
You can see from the photos how some of our customers have successfully attached our skirting kits to their Airstreams. Because Airstreams have a fairly low ground clearance, our 30 inch kits have the extra height needed to hold down your skirting using our pipe clamp system.
You can also see from our the photos how attaching the skirting just below the trim around the length of the trailer gives a seamless look.
Looking at our two photos on the left, you can see two different techniques for skirting around the wheel wells. One customer went over the top of their fender flair trim and one went below the fender flare.Both applications work, it all depends what’s right for the customer.
EZ Snap® Skirting over wheel the trim.
That’s the beauty of EZ Snap®, it allows you to customize your skirting exactly to your preferences.
Because our proprietary Diamond Weave™ vinyl skirting is a non-fray material, you’re able to cut it to size to fit exactly how you want it to look.
One of the main advantages with using EZ Snap® skirting is not just the low cost, but also the portability. EZ Snap® RV skirting can be easily detached, rolled up, and stored, if you’re moving from one RV site to another.
So, no more plywood, no more straw bales, and no more holes in your Airstream!
1. Any R-Value savings are much smaller the closer the outside temperature is to the inside temperature. When the temperature dips below zero, the area under an RV is typically kept just above the freezing point by an electric heater. Because of this, the temperature differential between outside and inside air is very small, as is the heated cubic square footage under the RV. This is unlike a house, where inside temperatures are typically kept at 70 degrees or more and where the cubic square footage is about 2500% larger than that of an RV’s.
2. RV skirting would need to be very thick to produce any significant R-Value rating. R-Value is the resistance to heat flow through a given thickness of material. For example, a typical home in the USA has wall insulation of R-11 to R-15. Your RV Skirting would need to have a sewn-in insulation that is 4 to 5 inches thick to achieve this R-value. Most RV Skirting that claims to be insulated is less than a half an inch thick. At this thickness, there is only the illusion of an R-value.
3. Stopping air movement is 10 times more important than R-Value for RV skirting. What good is wearing a winter coat if you have the zipper undone? The most important way to retain heat and keep cold air out is a barrier to air-flow (RV Skirting), not insulation. As long as the warm air is contained under the RV and the majority of the cooler outside air is kept out, adding insulation to the skirting is a waste of money. The barrier to airflow created by the skirting is really all that is needed.
4. If you are in an extreme winter climate what is the best way to add R-Value to your skirting? As mentioned above, the sewn-in variety of insulation (ie: Poly-fill or reflective bubble wrap) adds very little value to RV skirting and is not necessary in 90% of RV skirting projects. The exception to this rule is if the RV is wintering in an extremely cold area where temperatures are commonly 15 degrees or more below freezing. In this situation you will want to have both RV skirting and an insulated barrier of rigid Styrofoam board. Rigid Styrofoam insulation board is by far the most effective way to get a higher R-value without adding a lot of thickness.
Typically this board has an R-value of R5 per inch of thickness. The best variety of this board is extruded polystyrene foam board, also called blue or pink board in the big box stores. To use this board with your skirting, build a frame work under the RV using inexpensive 2” x 2” lumber, then attach the foam board to the framework. Once the foam board is in place, then you can install your RV skirting to seal the warm air in and the cold air out.
5. The best heat source to use under your RV skirting. In warm climates many RVers use a 100 watt light bulb to create a heat source, but there is a much safer and efficient way to heat the area under your skirting . Use one or two thermostatically controlled space heaters with a built-in fan under the RV. In longer RVs, place a heater at each end of the RV facing the opposite end. Turn the thermostat control to just above the point of freezing. When the temperature dips down close to the freezing point, the heaters come on and blow warm air around the entire area underneath the RV. This is a very safe and efficient heat source, as it is only using energy when needed. Be sure to see the heaters we recommend on the EZ Snap RV skirting product page at https://ezsnapdirect.com/products/rv-skirting/.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 hot 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. It’s a fast, cheap and easy skylight cover.
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 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.
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 take 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.
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 or artificial turf.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We have just added a new color to our exterior shading line of products. We now offer our shading mesh in either Black, Beige (tan), and White. Available to order securely online in Shade Mesh Kits or Mesh Only (by the foot).
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 .
EZ 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.
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.
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. The Instant RV Skirting zippers that are featured near the end of the video has now been discontinued and replaced by either a sewn in zipper for the fifth-wheel enclosure area or you can use the EZ Snap RV Skirting Gecko Velcro . This Velcro is specially designed to stay stuck stick to the RV skirting through all types of weather conditions.
EZ 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.
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.
Grip and peel off the plastic part of the stud using pliers (needle nose are ideal).
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.
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.
Continue to apply the citrus oil cleaner until the adhesive is completely gone.
Cleaner area to remove any citrus oil reside using a 50/50 mixture of water and isopropyl alcohol before installing another adhesive stud.
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.
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 Melted Vinyl Siding from window reflections?
BEST SOLUTION FOR MELTED VINYL SIDING: 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.
If 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.
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.
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.
SHGC 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.
The 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 (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.
• 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)
By simply installing exterior window shades on your boat or yacht, you are getting three great benefits the moment they are installed.
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.
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.
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.
Even 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.
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.
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.
Let’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.
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.
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…
If you’ve ever experienced a bird window collision you know it’s heartbreaking, and such widespread bird loss impacts our environment.
Birds are one of the most important players in our ecosystem. They help keep the pest population under control, they act as nature’s clean-up crew, they disperse seeds and much more.
Reducing the amount of birds hitting windows would not only mean protecting birds from harm, but also conserving our environment.
The White-throated Sparrow is one of the most commonly reported victims of window collisions. Photo by Cephas.
The reason birds fly into windows is because they don’t recognize glass as a solid surface. Birds will hit windows at full speed either because they can’t see the glass, or they believe the reflections they see in them are real and will fly towards them.
Unfortunately, most of the time window strikes happen without anyone realizing it. Either no one is in the room, or it’s too quiet of a sound for anyone to realize what happened. If the bird isn’t killed outright from the collision, they typically suffer broken wings or legs, making them easy prey for predators or scavengers.
For the person with a window that has had bird strikes, there are a lot of bird crash prevention products available.
One of the most popular is reflective tape. It’s designed to be a visual and auditory deterrent, with light reflecting off of it and the tape making a noise by twisting in the wind.
The other most common types of bird deterrents are decals and tapes.
There are a lot of varieties of these on the market, but they all work in the same basic way. They stick onto windows and as long as they are spaced correctly, birds will be no longer perceive the glass as a clear passage.
These options are usually inexpensive and can be applied fairly quickly.
However, window decals and bird silhouettes only reduce the chance of a collision, and all will obstruct your view.
There is another easy and inexpensive solution, and this one won’t block your view.
View looking through EZ Snap Shade Screen.
EZ Snap Window Shades are ideal for preventing bird window strikes. EZ Snap Window Shades are a sun blocking screen that once installed, eliminate the reflectively of the glass completely.
Birds perceive the EZ Snap Shade as a solid object and won’t fly into it.
Also, because EZ Snap uses an optical grade mesh, you will still be able to see out of it and keep your view.
The kits are easy to install and can be hung in as little time as an afternoon.
We recently had a customer write to us to say that he was having a problem with bird strikes at his house and decided to try EZ Snap.
He said, “I wondered if installing the EZ Snap Screens on those windows might help prevent bird strikes on the glass. I can say now that it was an easy solution to a heart wrenching problem. We have not had any bird fatalities since I installed the screening this spring. The screens still allow plenty of daylight into the building and, of course, it allows unobstructed views to the outdoors. Easy to install and it performs as advertised.” Follow this link to read the full review from L. Stephenson.
What to do if you have a bird strike your window and you find it stunned or injured:
Watch the bird carefully before getting close. It may be able to recover quickly and fly off right away.If the bird is conscious and sitting in a safe area, it may not need to be moved while it recovers.
If the bird is unconscious, gently pick it up and examine it for injuries.
If the bird is severely hurt, it will need immediate attention from a bird rescue organization.
If the bird is just stunned, gently place it in a cardboard box with sufficient air holes.
Once the bird is safe in the box, take it to somewhere warm and quiet.
Check on the bird regularly, but never open the box when you do. If the bird has recovered you don’t want it flying out indoors where it might get hurt again.
If it sounds like the bird is active, take the box outside and open it there.
Step away and see if the bird flies away.
If it doesn’t, close the box and bring it back inside.
If it’s been two hours and the bird still has not recovered, take it to the closest wild animal rehabilitation centre where it can get the proper care that it needs.