House windows come in different shapes and sizes.
Installing a sunscreen on your windows can be a tricky task. You need to measure your windows accurately first and make sure the screen fits.
A solar screen that doesn’t fit right or an improperly installed one will get damaged pretty fast.
If you select the right type of solar screen mounting hardware for your window, you can save yourself a lot of money.
Clean the Windows First!
Before you install a solar screen, it’s important to clean the windows thoroughly. The surface needs to be smooth and clean to allow the sunscreen to adhere properly. Use cleaning wipes, rubbing alcohol or a soapy cloth to clean the windows and window frame.
What Can You Use to Mount Solar Screens?
These are used most frequently to install solar screens. It’s better to use metal clips instead of plastic ones as they’re more durable. They will come with hex-head screws which will be drilled into the window through the clip.
Advantages of Using Casement Clips
Disadvantages of Using Casement Clips
3M Dual Lock
This is a double-sided tape of sorts used to mount sunscreens on to windows. Most sunscreens will now come with a 3M dual lock. They function like Velcro and can be separated and reunited as many times as you like.
Advantages of Using 3M Dual Lock
Disadvantages of Using 3M Dual Lock
These are curved metal springs that can secure a solar screen from one side. There are two types of leaf springs: tension type and slide in leaf springs. Leaf springs aren’t used commonly to install sunscreens nowadays.
Advantages of Using Leaf Springs
Disadvantages of Using Leaf Springs
These are metallic clips used to secure solar screens in place on windows of brick homes.
Advantages of Using Brick Clips
Disadvantages of Using Brick Clips
Mounting a sunscreen properly on a window surface requires precision. There are many types of mounting hardware to choose from depending on your window. Commonly used ones are casement clips, 3M dual lock and brick clips.