Friday, July 06, 2012
The front of our house faces the west. In the summers, the heat is BRUTAL. I literally had black out shades in all the rooms, and in Bishop's room, I had two thick blankets pinned up with tacks to keep the heat out even more. You could go up and touch the blankets mid-afternoon and they would feel so hot.
Since we got our plantation shutters a few months ago I don't want to cover up how beautiful they are. I also don't want the sun to destroy the wood.
I'd heard about solar screens and a good friend of mine has them. She is the only one in town here that I know. I called the person she used, but they were not the best at returning calls and getting back to me in a timely manner. After not getting back to me, and me having to call them back over and over, I decided to just not go with them. But I still wanted the screens and summer was getting close.
You know that junk mail you get that has all the ads and stuff? Well, I found out about another guy who does solar screens through that. I called him and he came to the house later that day. He didn't have to explain much since I'd already been "educated" by the previous guy and I liked what I heard. He even gave me the option to do "grids" and I didn't even know you could do that. I think the screens look better with the grids. He was great at doing what he said he'd do and he called and kept me in the loop. We even got a discount for putting a sign in our yard. :)
Now that we've had them for a couple of months, I wish we had gotten them sooner. The definitely keep the house cooler even though we keep the thermostat at a higher temp. Another plus, is how dark the house gets, which if you know me, I love that because the boys nap better. And for bedtime, their rooms are dark even though it's still bright outside.
I love our solar screens!