See Just How Much EZ Snap Can Lower The Temperature In Your Home

See Just How Much EZ Snap Can Lower The Temperature In Your Home

How much of a difference will EZ Snap make?

It’s a common question that we get. People want to know that a product will deliver if they are going to spend their hard earned money on it.

So, if you ever wondered what kind of temperature difference EZ Snap exterior shade screen can make then you’ll want to read this.

It’s already well known that the best way to cut down on heat is to use exterior shade.

The reason why it’s such an effective method at reducing solar heat gain is because it stops the heat from entering the house.

It’s why window blinds and drapes are not effective at keeping a house cool. They are on the wrong side of the glass.

Windows are typically the source for up to 48% of the heat build up inside a home, and blinds can only knock down a fraction of that.

That’s because when your shade is on the inside of the glass, then the heat has already gotten inside the house and you are fighting a losing battle.

The key is to stop the solar heat from ever getting inside the house in the first place, and that is what exterior shade provides.

EZ Snap exterior shades can stop up to 90% of solar heat, which means you will get a more comfortable space and a lower energy bill.

As for what kind of difference that means in temperature, here are some customer reviews of our shades that show what our shade kits can do.

Window Shade Temperature Difference

James wrote to us because he was ready to install another AC unit before finding EZ Snap.

“I have been searching for years for an inexpensive way to cool my upstairs.

I was almost ready to put in a second HVAC system when I stumbled upon EZ Snap. The windows face west and they get pummeled by the sun.

I just installed these and with my thermal imaging camera there is a 23 degree difference between the window with the solar shade and the one without.

I could not even believe it. I went back every hour to check and it was still the same readings!

The install was super easy and it actually looks decent. I was worried they would look like covers over the windows but they appear more like thick window screens.

Hopefully they hold up long term, but for the price you really can’t beat it! Thank you so much!”

We also get a lot of people who call to tell us about their hot skylights.

The difference that one skylight with a lot of sun exposure can make to a room is astounding.

We’ve heard from customers who tell us they’ve abandoned entire rooms because of how unbearable they can get from a hot skylight.

With EZ Snap skylight shades, you can get your house back.

Skylight Shade Temperature Difference

Here’s a customer review from Bob G. that shows the temperature difference EZ Snap made in their kitchen:

“Our kitchen has a number of southern facing windows plus skylights. When the outside temperature got more than 90 degrees – the kitchen would get into the high 80’s.

We ordered enough for two skylights and four windows with the EZ Snap system. Shipping was super fast and the packaging was well done.

The system was super simple to install. The install took about two hours, including going up and down on the roof.

After we installed, the temperature in the kitchen stayed in the 70’s even as it got to 90 degrees outside. Take a look at the picture – you can see the outside temp is 93 degrees, while it is a cool 76 degrees inside.”

With that kind of temperature swing, EZ Snap shades end paying for themselves through lower energy costs.

Follow this link if you would like more information about our line of shade products.

The Ultimate Guide For Skirting Your Tiny House

The Ultimate Guide For Skirting Your Tiny House

The movement for living small is rapidly growing.

As more people are moving into tiny homes to live year round, those living in colder climates are finding they have their own unique challenges that come with living in the cold.

One of the biggest issues they face is keeping their house safe during freezing temperatures.

The tanks and pipes for these homes are usually under the carriage and they are susceptible to freezing if the temperature gets low enough.

Because water expands as it freezes, if the pipes freeze they could burst.

Repairs are expensive and a hassle, and it also means going without water until everything is fixed.

The best way to protect your tiny home from freezing is to put a skirt on the base of it.

A skirt is a material that wraps around the base of the home, sealing off the undercarriage.

By enclosing the area under the home, it keeps the cold air out and allows you to warm up the enclosed air.

That’s basically all skirting is, a way to close off the undercarriage of your tiny house so you can keep it warm enough to prevent it from freezing.

As for what material to use, because the tiny house market is such a custom industry there is a lot of different information out there and it can be hard to know what to pick.

There is an idea that you need to use a material with a high R-value to be able to effectively skirt your home. This is not necessarily true.

While it certainly doesn’t hurt, you don’t need a material with a high R-value because you don’t need the undercarriage to be as a warm as your house. 

All you need is to keep it warm enough to stop your pipes from freezing.

A nice bonus from using skirting is that your floors will stay warmer. Most of the cold in a tiny home is coming up through the floor, so having a warmer undercarriage means reducing your heating costs and staying more comfortable.

If you have decided that you want to skirt your tiny home, the next decision to make is what materials to use.

Chances are if you live in a tiny house you are a seasoned DIYer, and there are no shortage of do it yourself options.

Rigid Foam Insulation

Using rigid foam insulation boards is one of the most popular choices for skirting a tiny house.

It’s inexpensive, easy to cut and easy to install.

The biggest problem with foam insulation is that the panels are so lightweight that they can easily blow off unless you build extra reinforcement.

This is typically done by building a frame and then attaching the panels to it.

If you care about aesthetics you’ll also need to put in some extra work because the insulation panels can be an eyesore on their own.

It’s the type of project that is a lot of work up front, but if you are planning to spend years in one spot then you can just leave it up and not have to worry about it.

If you foresee yourself moving at any point in the near future, however, it would most likely mean leaving your frame and insulation behind as it would be too big and heavy to bring with you.

Plywood

Buying and cutting large sheets of plywood is another common option for skirting.

It’s durable, fairly inexpensive and is available everywhere.

Because plywood is heavy, it also doesn’t necessarily need a frame built for it.

There also isn’t a lot of skill or tools required so it can be done by pretty much anyone.

A lot of home improvement stores will even cut your plywood for free provided the cuts are straight and simple. 

But like with the foam board, plywood can be unsightly as well.

Large panels of bare plywood that are leaning against your tiny home is not the look most people want.

To make it look seamless to your home, this too would require a frame to attach it to and paint and trim to make it look natural.

And because plywood is extremely heavy, it would only make sense to use if you never planned on moving.

The other thing to consider is that many tiny homes move as you walk through them, and if you have plywood mounted on the outside it can scratch and damage the exterior.

Hay Bales

For a lower cost option, a lot of people recommend using hay bales.

They are cheap, abundant and they work very well as insulation material.

However, hay bales have two very large drawbacks.

First, they are a fire hazard.

Hay is extremely flammable and it doesn’t take much to set it ablaze.

Second, hay also attracts vermin.

Using it could mean inviting a mouse infestation and all the issues that come with that.

Hay may be extremely inexpensive, but it’s not worth putting your safety at risk.

Snow

By far the cheapest skirting material you could use is snow.

It’s totally free, and by piling and packing snow around the base of the house it acts as an effective insulator.

But it only works if you have enough snow all winter long.

If the temperature hits freezing but there’s no snow on the ground, you are going to be in trouble and without a lot of options.

It’s the kind of solution that works well when everything is the best case scenario, but as we all know life rarely operates like that.

You don’t want to find yourself having to build a makeshift skirting in the freezing cold in the dead of winter.

The money you save by using snow might not be worth the stress and hassle that comes with it.

Vinyl

The best value for price and performance is using vinyl as your skirting.

Vinyl skirting for your tiny home makes the most sense because of how lightweight and versatile it is.

It’s easy to customize to fit your house and terrain, and if you ever plan on moving spots you can roll it up and take it with you.

There are a lot of varieties of skirting available, and it can be hard to know what is the best choice for your tiny house.

EZ Snap makes the process of buying vinyl skirting easy.

All you have to do is measure the length and height of your tiny home’s undercarriage and order the appropriate kit from their website.

Installing EZ Snap is straightforward and can be done in as little as a day.

Not every home and situation is the same, and it’s important to do as much research as you can before choosing a skirting for your tiny house.

What works for one person may not necessarily work for you.

Skirting is what will protect your home from freezing, so think of it as a long term investment that is worth your time and money.

Don’t Replace Your Old Windows With Low-E Glass (Here’s What You Can Do Instead)

Don’t Replace Your Old Windows With Low-E Glass (Here’s What You Can Do Instead)

Imagine losing $1000 from your income every single year.

For most American households, that’s roughly how much it will cost to heat and cool their home for the year.

That adds up, especially when every dollar counts.

It’s no surprise that people are looking for ways to save on energy costs.

Typically, windows are the worst energy culprits on any given house.

Heat gain and heat loss through windows account for between 25%-30% of a home’s energy use for heating and cooling.

If a window has failing seals, it will perform even worse.

Even the type of the window frame can affect energy performance.

If the window frame is made from a material that is a poor insulator, such as aluminum, it can create what’s known as a thermal bridge and conduct heat from inside the house to outside. 

One inefficient window can lose as much heat as 10 to 20 times what an insulated wall would lose.

Even if your window is new and well sealed, it could still be the cause for a lot of energy use in your home.

Solar energy is still able to pass through glass, so even an insulated window can heat up a room quickly if it gets a lot of sun.

In the dead heat of summer, having even just one window or skylight that gets a lot of sun exposure can mean the AC is running all day just to cool the room off.

So What Can Be Done?

The most common recommendation to make old windows more energy efficient is to replace them entirely with new, low-e windows.

Low-e windows are windows that have been treated with a film that reflects solar heat while still letting natural light pass through.

With less solar heat entering the home, the AC no longer has to work as hard to keep the house cool.

The less energy the AC uses, the more savings there are for the homeowner.

Is replacing old windows with new ones worth the cost?

There will be energy savings from replacing old windows with new, low-e glass windows but it comes with a substantial upfront cost.

The National Association of Realtors estimates the cost of replacing every window in a 2,450 square foot house to be around $19,000.

For a household trying to save money in energy bills, that’s a very large investment with a slow return.

What are some more cost effective alternatives to replacing an old window?

The most important thing to do with old windows is stop any exchange of air between the inside and outside of your house.

For drafty windows, using a product like rope caulk to seal up any holes can make a major improvement.

Plastic film insulation is another popular and effective solution for sealing up older windows.

Both options are inexpensive and simple enough for anyone to apply.

For windows that get a lot of sun exposure, a quick and easy way to make them more energy efficient is to mount exterior shade mesh on them (also called shade screen or solar screen/mesh/fabric).

There are a lot of different kinds of shade mesh available, but they all work by the same principle.

It’s a mesh fabric, and like low-e glass, it works by blocking solar heat and light, while still letting natural light through.

Unlike low-e glass, which is a film that’s been applied to the glass, solar mesh is installed on the exterior of the window.

Applying the shade screen to the outside of a window is key for it’s ability to keep a room cool.

If it’s applied to the inside of a window it will still work but not nearly as well.

If it’s mounted on the inside the screen will still provide shade from the sun, but the energy savings will be significantly less because the heat will be trapped inside the house.

If you are considering shade screens for your home and don’t know which one to choose, the easiest and best option is EZ Snap.

They sell do-it-yourself kits that let you mount and cut your mesh to your window, no matter it’s size or shape.

EZ Snap is also a fraction of the cost of what you would pay to buy and install new windows.

You save on the price of the product, and because you are able to install it yourself, you save on labor as well.

EZ Snap shade screen is also better at blocking solar heat than low-e glass.

The effectiveness of heat blocking applications for windows is measured by the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC).

The SHGC is the amount of solar radiation (heat) that transmits through a window.

It’s measured between 0 and 1, and the less solar heat that transmits through a window, the lower a window’s SHGC number is going to be.

There are a lot of low-e glass makes and models, but the range of SHGC for most of them from varies between 0.60 – 0.25. 

Shade mesh from EZ Snap has a SHGC of .18.

Something else to consider is that low-e windows are known to damage turf and siding.

In the right conditions, the solar heat that they reflect can focus into a hot spot creating a magnifying glass effect that melts anything in its path.

The problem is becoming so rampant with the rising popularity of low-e windows that one scientist is calling them, “the next asbestos.”

If you or your neighbor has a low-e window that is damaging property, EZ Snap is also the ideal solution.

Rather than replace the entire window, installing EZ Snap window shade over the problem window provides a fast and effective fix.

The solar heat is reflected off of the mesh before it ever reaches the window, preventing any chance of a hot spot forming.

The result is 100 percent effective and can be installed in as little as an afternoon.

An added benefit to an exterior shade product like EZ Snap is that it’s also removable. So, when the winter months come you can take it off and benefit from the natural heating you get with the sun.

It’s like getting free heat in the winter.

No matter which window option you choose to make your home more energy efficient, it’s important to do your research before making a final decision. 

You want to make sure that you are going to be getting the maximum return for your investment.

Replacing your windows might be worth the cost, or it might make more sense to invest in solutions that are able to make your existing windows more energy efficient.

 

Is Your Artificial Grass Melting? The Cause And The Solution

Is Your Artificial Grass Melting? The Cause And The Solution

Is your artificial turf burning or melting?

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.

Fake grass will begin to melt at around 175 degrees Fahrenheit. We recently had a customer write to us to say that his turf was melting due to a low-e window. He took a reading of the hot spot that was destroying his lawn and it was over 190 degrees.

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.

Low E Window Reflection Melting Astro Turf

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.

Inside View Black EZ Snap Shade Screens

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.

EZ Snap Featured In ‘How To Winterize Your RV’ Ebook

EZ Snap Featured In ‘How To Winterize Your RV’ Ebook

We’re excited to announce that EZ Snap has been profiled in a new eBook called ‘How To Winterize Your RV: The Essential Guide For Winter Living & Winter Storage’.

This is a comprehensive guide that answers all of your questions about what you need to do to make sure your RV is fully protected for winter.

This book is a great resource for anyone who owns an RV, and there are 3 different ways you can get a copy.

It’s available on Amazon for purchase, or, you can get a free copy on the book’s homepage in exchange for a share on Facebook.

What EZ Snap has done is also make this book available for free. Follow this link to download it at the bottom of our RV Skirting page.

Now you can enjoy a worry free winter year after year!

EZ Snap RV Skirting Featured On Keep Your Daydream

EZ Snap RV Skirting Featured On Keep Your Daydream

Here at EZ Snap we’re big fans of Marc and Tricia from Keep Your Daydream.

They’re a family of five that travel across North America in their RV and chronicle their adventures in videos and blog posts.

Recently, they did a great video full of helpful tips and products for winter camping in an RV and they featured EZ Snap RV Skirting as one of their essential items!

Watch the video to see the big difference EZ Snap RV Skirting made in the temperature underneath their RV.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=2sORrlTH2hM

Why You Don’t Need An R-Value For RV Skirting

Why You Don’t Need An R-Value For RV Skirting

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/.

Congratulations To Our Latest ‘Win Your Purchase’ Contest Winner

Congratulations To Our Latest ‘Win Your Purchase’ Contest Winner

We’re thrilled to announce the latest winners of our ‘Win Your Purchase’ contest.

Congratulations to Paul and Lynn Barzler!

Here’s their winning review:

“They made an incredible difference.”

“Impressed with how much sun and heat they block because they are mounted on the exterior of the coach.
(We’ve had bigger RVs with interior sunscreen shades which were not nearly as effective.)”

“Definitely, EZ Shades were one of the best purchases for my RV made this year.”

A huge thank you to everyone who participated!

If you didn’t win this time, don’t worry. Your entry will be automatically included in our next ‘Win Your Purchase’ contest!

EZ Snap Coupons, Promo Codes, Discounts and Deals

EZ Snap Coupons, Promo Codes, Discounts and Deals

Looking for EZ Snap™ Coupons, Discounts & Deals?

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.

Blinds And Shades For Arched Or Curved Windows

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

EZ Snap Profiled On IdeaConnection

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

 

Click here to view article:
“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

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. 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.

The New And Improved EZ Snap Adhesive Stud Is Here

The 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.

Prevent Bird Strikes By Using Exterior Shades

Prevent Bird Strikes By Using Exterior Shades

It’s estimated that every home in America kills about 2 birds every year due to window collisions.

Currently, up to one billion birds die from hitting windows in just the US alone.

It’s a massive problem across the country.

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

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.

However, anything designed to scare birds usually is only effective for a limited amount of time. Birds become accustomed to these deterrents once they realize that they are not a threat.

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.

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.

Learn more about EZ Snap products here.

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.