Now that you have made up your mind that screens are a better solution for your home than roller shutters, half of the work is done. The other half is selecting the right screen. That requires some expert guidance. Allow us to help you in five easy steps.
Step 1: a new construction or a renovation?
Newly built houses often need screens to achieve the required energy performance. Indeed, architects will usually endeavour to get as much free light and warmth into your house. The obvious way to do that is through large windows.
However, this entails a risk of the house overheating. You can solve this by installing screens. An investment, for sure, but one that will quickly pay off as your home will remain pleasantly cool inside during Summer. Depending on whether it’s a newly built house or a renovation, different systems can be used. Each of them has its own benefits and drawbacks.
Step 2: the perforations
The fabric of screens has tiny perforations. The size of these perforations determines the fabric’s degree of transparency and, thus, how much light and heat will get through the fabric.
The size of the perforations is usually expressed as the degree of openness. A fabric with a 1% degree of openness lets less light and warmth through than a fabric with a 5% degree of openness.
Your choice depends on how restricted or unrestricted you want the view to the outside and to the inside to be, and on how much light and warmth you want to let into your home.
Step 3: the tubes
Default screen tubes are made of steel. Wilms offers two other possibilities, aluminium and carbon. As these are lighter than steel, the fabric is tauter.
Our tubes also have an improved fabric fastening which avoids horizontal roll marks. Wilms’ screens of 4 meters or more always come with a carbon tube. For smaller screens, aluminium is optional.
Step 4: operating your screens
It is no longer needed to operate screens manually. There are many ways to automate screen operation. There is the classic electronic system where you operate the screen via a wall-mounted switch or you can use an app on your smartphone or tablet. You can also have your screens operated based on light or heat sensors. This helps you optimize the indoor climate of your home, taking into account the weather.
Step 5: choosing the colour
Depending on the type, screens are positioned on the outside or on the inside of your home. In both cases, everyone will see them. Hence, the importance of choosing the right colour.
For surface-mounted screens, our advice is that you choose a screen colour which matches the colour of the exterior joinery of your home’s windows and doors. Most screens that we install do, indeed, have the same RAL colour as the exterior joinery. For built-on screens, which are visible indoors, the colour is usually aligned with the colour of the wall paint or wall paper.
The colour of the screen also plays a role in the extent to which people can see through the screen. With a dark screen colour, it’s easier to look outside. In the evening, however, when the lights in the house are on, people outside can better look inside if the screens are dark-coloured.