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19 Simms Street
San Rafael, CA 94901
(415) 854-4985

Serving all of Marin County including San Rafael, Novato, Mill Valley, San Anselmo, Larkspur, Corte Madera, Tiburon, Sausalito, Fairfax and Ross.

Services include screen applications, motorized shade screens, wood and retractable screen doors. Brands include Roll-Away, SeeVue, PollenTec, Phifer...
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You are the customer. If your goal is to choose a screen & shades company that will deliver high customer satisfaction and quality, you’ll feel confident in choosing a Diamond Certified screen & shades installer. Each has been rated Highest in Quality in the most accurate ratings process anywhere. And you’re always backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. Here’s why the Diamond Certified ratings and certification process will help you find a top-rated screen & shades company and is unparalleled in its accuracy, rigor and usefulness:

1) Accuracy: All research is performed by live telephone interviews that verify only real customers are surveyed, so you'll never be fooled by fake reviews.

2) Statistical Reliability: A large random sample of past customers is surveyed on an ongoing basis so the research results you see truly reflect a Diamond Certified company’s top-rated status.

3) Full Disclosure: By clicking the name of a company above you'll see the exact rating results in charts and read verbatim survey responses as well as researched articles on each qualified company.

4) Guaranteed: Your purchase is backed up with mediation and the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee, so you can choose with confidence.

Click on the name of a Diamond Certified company above to read ratings results, researched articles and verbatim customer survey responses to help you make an informed decision.

More than 200,000 customers of local companies have been interviewed in live telephone calls, and only companies that score Highest in Quality in customer satisfaction–a 90+ on a 100 scale–as well as pass all of the credential-based ratings earn Diamond Certified. By requiring such a high score to qualify, the Diamond Certified program eliminates mediocre and poorly performing companies. Read detailed information about the ratings and certification process.

How to Choose
The Process of Buying New Window Screens and Shades in San Francisco

Windows make in the comfort and appearance of your home, and window accessories and additions such as screens and shades can make a huge difference in how your windows look and function....

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Windows make in the comfort and appearance of your home, and window accessories and additions such as screens and shades can make a huge difference in how your windows look and function.

San Francisco screens and shades stores in the Tenderloin, the Excelsior District, and Bernal Heights and beyond can help you with a number of services related to screens and shades for windows, glass doors and more. This includes new window screens, rescreening services, various types of window screens to match your needs and home's appearance, window shades to block sun and provide energy savings, and various shades that provide style and substance for your home.

Read on to learn more about your options when it comes to new window shades and screens. Then, find out about hiring a local San Francisco screens and shades provider that can sell and install the new shades and screens you need.

You Have Many Options for Window Screens in San Francisco
Types of window screens available in Pacific Heights, North Beach, Excelsior District and the Sunset District and the rest of San Francisco include vinyl coated fiberglass, aluminum screening, solar screens, bronze screens and copper screening, pet-resistant or pet screens, small insect or no-see-em screens and privacy screening. Each has a different application and a different look.

Below you'll find a description of common types of screens.

  • Fiberglass screen is the standard window screen available. It is flexible, cheap and easy to find. It doesn't unravel, dent, wrinkle or crease, so it makes sense that it's the most popular type of window and sliding door screening. However, it may sag or stretch out if pushed or if an object is leaned up against it.
  • Aluminum screens (also known as wire screening) is very strong and durable. It is rust-resistant and doesn't sag with age. However, aluminum screening can dent or crease if it is hit, pushed or is on contact for a long time with a heavy object.
  • No-see-em screens (also known as no-see-um screen) is a screen that is made of fiberglass mesh. The mesh weave is very fine to keep out small insects and no-see-ems such as gnats, small flies, sand flies, fleas and other tiny insects. This is a popular choice for porches and beach homes where tiny insects thrive.
  • Heavy-duty screens are usually made of fiberglass and are commonly used in sun rooms, screened-in porches, patios and pool enclosures. This type of window screen has larger openings and is stronger. This allows it to be used in large windows, doors, and screened panels.
  • Privacy screens are made of heavy mesh screen (usually fiberglass) that includes a plastic or laminate layer surrounding the screen threads. This type of screen is harder to see through, but still allows light to pass through. It is popular in pool enclosures and patio screens where privacy is wanted.
  • Copper screen and bronze screening is made of an amalgamation of copper and zinc. This type of window and screened door screen is more expensive than fiberglass screening or aluminum screen, and it has a distinctive gold finish that develops a patina over time. Copper screening is very strong and adds a rich layer to windows and screen doors.
  • Retractable window screens are those that roll up or roll out of the way when they aren't needed. These are popular choices on screen doors, patio doors, pool enclosures and other ares with high traffic that may benefit from the option to remove screens when in use and add screens when they're not being used.

San Francisco Window Shade Stores Sell a Variety of Window Shade Options
When faced with buying new window shades, you may be overwhelmed by the different types of shades available to you in Sunset District, Richmond District and Mission District and throughout San Francisco.

  • Blinds are window shades that can have strips of aluminum, plastic or wood that can be raised and lowered. The slats can be tilted up or down when the blinds have been lowered to let in light or to keep it out, and to provide privacy.
  • Roman shades are usually made of cloth. They are built to fold like an accordion as they are raised, and they smooth out to a flat or nearly flat surface when they are lowered. Most are controlled by a cord, but some are motorized shades.
  • Roller shades are like Roman shades, but they can roll completely out of the way to leave an unobstructed view through the windows. These roll up shades are also known as Swedish shades.
  • Vertical blinds are known for being durable, providing good light control, blocking unwanted sun rays and being easy to maintain. They are often made of vinyl, wood or fabric and hang down vertically. Vertical blinds are popular choices for patio doors or large windows.
  • Honeycomb shades, also known as cellular shades, have two layers of fabric that fold in opposite directions. Honeycomb window shades provide insulation and keep rooms warmer or cooler, depending on the time of year. Honeycomb and cellular shades can be light blocking or light filtering, depending on the customer's needs. Some even come with the ability to raise and lower them from the top and bottom, so you can leave the top or the bottom of the window open. This creates privacy if needed.
  • Sleeping shades, room darkening shades and lined window shades have an extra layer of light blocking fabric. These are useful for bedrooms and other rooms where occupants may want complete or extra darkness. They also provide insulation during cold winter months or from hot sun rays during the summer.
  • Draperies are often added to windows to serve as shades or to complement shades. Draperies hang from the sides and can usually be pulled across the window to provide shade and privacy.
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Know What You Want
What to Ask Yourself Before Talking with Local Window Screens and Shades Dealers

You're more likely to get exactly what you want from your new window screens and shades if you take a few minutes to think about your needs and wants before calling San Francisco screen companies or shade installers....

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You're more likely to get exactly what you want from your new window screens and shades if you take a few minutes to think about your needs and wants before calling San Francisco screen companies or shade installers.

Think about the products you need, the look and special features you want, your budget and other details of your purchase before calling local stores in Nob Hill, North Beach, the Sunset District, SOMA and the Bayview District and near you. That way, you'll know how to answer their questions, which questions you need to ask, and will be better able to avoid making rash or impulse decisions that aren't best for your long-term goals.

Ask yourself the following questions and write down the answers. Then, use this information to compile a file of samples and photos of products and materials you'd like to see in person.
 

  1. Do I want to work with a Diamond Certified company that is rated best in quality and backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee?
  2. Do I need new screens, new shades, or both?
  3. Where do I need these new shades and screens? (Home, business, commercial building, etc.)
  4. What do I like and dislike about my current window shades and screens?
  5. Are there any special features I'd like to look into?
  6. Do I have requests for colors, materials, features, styles, accessories or other details that I'll need to share with the San Francisco shades and screens dealers that I interview?
  7. What is my budget?
  8. Do I need a screen installer or window shade installer to put up my new shades and screens, or will I do that myself?
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What to Ask on the Phone
Interviewing San Francisco Window Screens and Shades Companies

Your introspection will reward you with a list of needs and requests that should make it easier to refine your search for the right screen and shade store for you. Now, it's time to call local companies and showrooms and find out what they have available that fits your needs.

These initial phone calls are your chance to discover the difference in services, products, quality, pricing, standards and abilities of the screen and shade stores in Bernal Heights, Bayview, Richmond District and Nob Hill or near you....

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Your introspection will reward you with a list of needs and requests that should make it easier to refine your search for the right screen and shade store for you. Now, it's time to call local companies and showrooms and find out what they have available that fits your needs.

These initial phone calls are your chance to discover the difference in services, products, quality, pricing, standards and abilities of the screen and shade stores in Bernal Heights, Bayview, Richmond District and Nob Hill or near you.

You'll want to spend a few minutes talking with each store representative and ask each of them if they can provide what you need. You should also be able to ascertain from these calls how the stores deal with customers and whether they can meet your expectations for customer service and personal attention.

Have a list of questions ready that you want to ask each of the customer service representatives that you talk with. Then write down their answers so that you can winnow out the stores and showrooms that can't give you what you need.

  1. Has your company earned and maintained a Diamond Certified rating?
  2. What kinds of screens and/or window shades do you carry?
  3. Do you only have certain brands, makes and models, or can you special order or create custom products to meet my needs?
  4. How many products like those I'm searching for have you sold and/or installed in the past year?
  5. Do you provide on-site estimates?
  6. Will you travel to Chinatown, Diamond Heights, Duboce Triangle, Hunters Point, the Mission District, Twin Peaks, Western Addition, Bayview District or a smaller town, or is that too far outside of your normal business area?
  7. Do you charge for estimates?
  8. Will you apply estimate fees toward my final invoice if I buy new shades and screens from you?
  9. Do you have a showroom? If not, how can I see all of the options open tome?
  10. Do you offer installation of products you sell?
  11. Do you or your employees provide the installation services, or do you hire subcontractors or third parties to provide installation?
  12. Do you offer product warranties and service guarantees on all of your products?
  13. How long have you been in business?
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What to Ask in Person
Questions to Ask In Person at San Francisco Window Shades and Screens Stores

Your phone interviews and your self-reflection list will give you a great place to start when it's time to visit local San Francisco screens and shades showrooms and stores, or when you have the service representatives come to your home to provide an estimate.

This step is important because it gives you in-person information about the company, their representatives, the products they provide, and the service you can expect from them....

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Your phone interviews and your self-reflection list will give you a great place to start when it's time to visit local San Francisco screens and shades showrooms and stores, or when you have the service representatives come to your home to provide an estimate.

This step is important because it gives you in-person information about the company, their representatives, the products they provide, and the service you can expect from them.

Again, it's smart to have a written list of questions to refer to when interviewing San Francisco shades and screens companies in Sunset District, Richmond District and Mission District and beyond. This will keep you on track so you get the answers you most need, and it can ensure that you're giving each company a chance to answer the same questions.

Here are some sample questions that may help you formulate a list of your own that's tailored to your specific job.

  1. What type of window screens, window shades and other products do you recommend for my home based on my needs and specifications?
  2. Do you recommend certain name brands or products? Why?
  3. Will you or a staff member measure my windows to make sure the screens and/or shades I  order fit correctly?
  4. How long will it take from the time I order my new shades and screens until they're completely installed?
  5. Can I purchase and take home my shades and screens on the same day, or will I need to order the products I want?
  6. Can you install my purchases for me?
  7. Can you give me a list of recent clients who purchased similar products and services to what I'm considering to stand as references?
  8. Will you guarantee your products and installation?
  9. If I have questions or problems in the future, will you be the one to help me?
  10. Is there anything you need from me to make this process go more smoothly?
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What to Ask References
Get More Information About Screens and Shades Purchases from Other Consumers

You'll find that it’s best to choose among Diamond Certified screens and shades stores because all certified companies have passed an in-depth ratings process that most other companies can’t pass. If you want quality from screens and shades stores in San Francisco that serve customers in your area and throughout the greater Bay Area, you'll have confidence choosing a Diamond Certified company....

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You'll find that it’s best to choose among Diamond Certified screens and shades stores because all certified companies have passed an in-depth ratings process that most other companies can’t pass. If you want quality from screens and shades stores in San Francisco that serve customers in your area and throughout the greater Bay Area, you'll have confidence choosing a Diamond Certified company.

Diamond Certified reports are available online for all certified companies. They're accompanied by real reviews collected during live telephone interviews of actual customers.

If you can’t find Diamond Certified screens and shades stores within reach, you’ll have to do some research on your own. If you do, it’s wise to call some references provided by your screens and shades stores. Keep in mind, though, that references provided to you by screen companies and window shades installers are not equal in value to the large random sample of customers surveyed during the Diamond Certified ratings process.

That’s because references given to customers from companies are cherry-picked instead of randomly selected from all their customers. So the contractors will likely give you a few customers to call that they know are satisfied.

If you do call references on your own, specifically ask for a list of the 10 most recent customers of San Francisco screens and shades companies in the Tenderloin, the Excelsior District, and Bernal Heights or the area where you're searching. You may also want to specifically request the names and contact information for clients who purchased similar products or services to those that you're considering. This will help  increase the odds that you receive the names of references that can give you useful information rather than information for only those customers the store knows were satisfied.

Then, use these questions and some of your own to learn more about the companies you're considering.

  1. Were you happy with the products you bought from this San Francisco window shades and screens company?
  2. What did they do for you? (New screens, new window shades, screen replacement or rescreening windows, blackout shade installation, home or business shades or screens, etc.)
  3. Did this window screens and shades dealer have the products you wanted to buy in stock? Or did you have to place a special order?
  4. If you needed custom screens or shades, or if you placed a special order, did it arrive in a timely manner and as promised?
  5. Did someone from the company come to measure your windows to make sure your new screens and shades would fit correctly? If so, did the products match the sizes needed?
  6. Did you have this company install the products you ordered from them? How did that go?
  7. Were the sales staff, installers and others you dealt with courteous and responsive to your needs?
  8. Did the San Francisco screen and shade supplier work with you to meet your budget?
  9. If you live in a smaller town or Barbary Coast, Golden Gate Park, Haight-Ashbury, Laurel Heights, Outer Richmond, Telegraph Hill, Sea Cliff, Potrero Flats, the Presidio, did the company come out to your home or charge extra for traveling?
  10. What did you like best about working with this window screens and shades store?
  11. Is there anything that didn't go as expected or that I should be aware of when I'm deciding whether to hire this company or buy window shades or new screens from them?
  12. Have you recommended this company to friends, family or other business professionals?
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Review Your Options
Find and Hire Good Screens and Shades Stores in San Francisco
The Diamond Certified symbol has been awarded to companies that scored Highest in Quality in an accurate ratings process.

You've done the legwork. Now, you should have a single screens and shades company (or a very short list of the best ones in San Francisco near you) that is worthy of your business.

Before making a final decision on the best screens and shades stores in San Francisco for you, think about the following questions and make sure you're making the right choice....

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You've done the legwork. Now, you should have a single screens and shades company (or a very short list of the best ones in San Francisco near you) that is worthy of your business.

Before making a final decision on the best screens and shades stores in San Francisco for you, think about the following questions and make sure you're making the right choice.

  1. Is there a screen and shade store in San Francisco, whether in Pacific Heights, North Beach, Excelsior District and the Sunset District or your area, that can met your needs in terms of style, color, material, brand, and budget?
  2. Were the San Francisco shades and screens company representatives knowledgeable about the best type of window shades or screens for your home or business and your specific needs?
  3. Can they explain why they recommend certain products and brands for you?(This may include retractable screens, pet screens, invisible screens, blackout shades, fixed shades, blinds, standard curtains, etc.)
  4. Is the screen and shades company sensitive to your budget? Can they offer various products, materials, brands and other solutions to meet your resources?
  5. Do they offer installation if that's a service you need? Do they provide installation services in-house, or will they subcontract with another company or leave it up to you to get an installer for your new window screens and shades?
  6. Do the stores and showrooms you're considering offer warranties and guaranties on the products and installation services they provide?
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How to Work With
Make the Best Decision on Your New Window Screens and Shades

The best way to get what you need from San Francisco screens and shades companies is to have a clear idea of your needs and expectations before you purchase new window screens or shades, and before you commit to one company. The steps below will help you get ready to make a decision on the best local window shades and window screens provider for you....

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The best way to get what you need from San Francisco screens and shades companies is to have a clear idea of your needs and expectations before you purchase new window screens or shades, and before you commit to one company. The steps below will help you get ready to make a decision on the best local window shades and window screens provider for you.

If you need a window rescreened or a simple shade, you may not need to do much research. However, if you are buying all new screens for your home or purchasing many new window shades, it is in your best interest to learn about your options and the difference between the various types of screens and shades available in Nob Hill, North Beach, the Sunset District, SOMA and the Bayview District, Noe Valley, Rincon Hill, Glen Park, the Castro, Cow Hollow, Eureka Valley, Japantown, Inner Sunset District, Potrero Hill and your area of San Francisco.

Once you know what you're looking for and which materials, products and looks will be best for your needs, you'll be ready to talk with customer service representatives at San Francisco window shades and screen stores.

You'll also want to consider whether you'll need installation help. If it's a few screens that you can snap in yourself or new draperies or shades that will be replacing ones you currently have up, you may be able to do the installation or hanging yourself. However, rescreening, new shades with complicated installations, full-house screens, new screen doors and second-story screens may require the help of a skilled installer.

If you need installation services for your new screens and shades, remember to ask who will be doing the installation work. If it's the company you're hiring, check again that they're qualified and insured. If they hire a third party to install the new shades and screens, get licensing and insurance information as if you're dealing with any new contractor. This will protect you, any employees in your home, and your property against liability for injury and damages.

Knowing the size and scope of your job, whether you'll need installation services and other help, and your budget will give you better boundaries for dealing with local screen and shade companies. This means you'll likely get exactly what you want without overpaying or being talked into more than what you need.

What to Do Once You've Found a Good Window Accessories Dealer
When you're satisfied that you've found the best San Francisco window screens and shades provider, you'll want to finalize the agreement and purchase the items you need. Some window shades and screens stores in Bernal Heights, Bayview, Richmond District and Nob Hill and beyond will have the items in stock, while others will require you to place an order. Some may come to your home to measure the windows in question and provide an in-home estimate for products and services.

If you don't purchase and take home your new window accessories on the same day, you should get a written contract that proves your purchase, special order, or upcoming service.

As with any legal document, both you and your San Francisco screens and shades company should sign this document. It should outline your rights and responsibilities, and those of the company. Never sign a blank or incomplete estimate, or a contract with terms that you don't agree with.

Help the New Screens and Shades Installation Go Smoothly
If you're having your new window screens and shades installed, there are a few things you can do to make the work go more smoothly and ease the whole process. While the installers should be skilled and have the ability to work around most any situation, you can be a good customer and help influence a better end result by paying attention to the following:

Keep children and pets away from the installation area. For everyone's safety, keep pets and all people not directly involved with the work away from the site of the new screens and shades installation. This will help the work go faster and will prevent accidents, damages or other problems that can occur with interruptions and unsafe behavior on the installation site.

Move unneeded items away from the work space. Whether you are installing your new screens and window shades or having professionals do it, you'll want to clear the space around the windows that are getting new screens and shades. Take down and move window boxes, potted plants, decorations, items in front of the windows, and other movable objects to prevent accidents or injuries. This will vary depending on where the work is taking place and whether the installers need access to the inside and outside or both. You may want to ask your installers about this if you have questions.

Provide storage space if needed. For large jobs, the screens and shades companies may need you to store the new shades and screens and the installation materials for a few days before or during the work. Ask your company representative if you'll need to make space for materials and, if so, how much room and for how long.

Make room for work trucks. Installation work, especially for new screens and shades on large homes or commercial buildings may require the shades and screens installation company to drive large work trucks or park large vehicles on the premises. These vehicles may require larger parking spaces or more clearance than passenger vehicles. Talk with your San Francisco awning service and ask them if you'll need to make room for their installation vehicles. In some cases, such as very tall buildings or very tight working conditions, the screens and shades installers may want to walk through your home or the work site with you to identify and solve clearance issues before the day of the service.

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Be a Good Customer
Simple Steps to Becoming a Good Screens and Shades Store Customer?

You're practically guaranteed to find a good company from which to purchase your new window screens and shades if you follow the advice above.

So you might be surprised to learn that there are some things you can do to make the process go even more smoothly.

The following tips can help you be a better customer, which in turn can get you even better service from San Francisco, including Sunset District, Richmond District and Mission District and other areas....

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You're practically guaranteed to find a good company from which to purchase your new window screens and shades if you follow the advice above.

So you might be surprised to learn that there are some things you can do to make the process go even more smoothly.

The following tips can help you be a better customer, which in turn can get you even better service from San Francisco, including Sunset District, Richmond District and Mission District and other areas.

  • Be clear and upfront about your needs and expectations for your new screens and shades and the customer service you'll be receiving.
  • Bring samples, examples, photos and swatches that you like or that represent your idea of the space to help ease the selection and purchasing process.
  • Make your home or business available to the screens and shades personnel so they can take measurements and gather other information they need to help you select the right shades for you.
  • Most problems with local screens and shades stores occur because of a breakdown in communication. By being clear about your expectations and theirs, you can avoid most conflicts. So before you hire a screens and shades company in San Francisco, restate your expectations and goals, and reiterate to the screens and shades stores representative your understanding of the agreement.
  • Once you begin the process by ordering new window screens or shades, ask your customer service representative if you should call regularly to check on the progress or if he or she will call you with updates.
  • Be sure your service representative has a phone number where they can reach you at all times while they’re working with your new screens and shades purchase and installation. The new widow screens and shades purchase and installation will move along more smoothly if they can reach you for any necessary updates, questions or authorizations.
  • When your window screens and coverings company contacts you, return calls promptly.
  • Pay for your new window screens and shades promptly.
     

Taking these steps can help you have more positive interactions with the San Francisco screens and shades dealers and installers you've chosen. It proves that you are easy to work with, straight forward and honest, and it helps you better connect with your screen service.

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Check the Work
Have Your Shades and Screens Installer Show You the Completed Work

Once the work is finished, you will receive an invoice from your screens and shades company. Good invoices will include the following:...

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Once the work is finished, you will receive an invoice from your screens and shades company. Good invoices will include the following:

  • The screens and shades store name, physical address and business phone number.
  • An itemized list of all new screens and window shades purchased.
  • A complete list of all installation work and other services performed.
  • The total cost for the screens and shades, including an itemized amount charged for labor and an explanation of any special order costs or additional fees.
  • A written explanation of warranties and guarantees provided by the product manufacturers and the screens and shades store you worked with.

Once you've had a chance to look over the invoice, ask your company representative to walk through the job with you and show you all of the newly-installed shades and screens. Have them show you how any motorized shades or screens work, and how to lower and raise the shades most effectively. Ask if there are any special care instructions or any other information you need to know about your purchase.

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Written Warranties
Solid Guarantees to Protect Your Purchase

You've invested a lot of time, energy and money into buying the right window screens and window shades for your home or business. But all that could be for naught if you don't also get warranties on the new products and guarantees on the installation services.

Luckily, good San Francisco shades and screens companies in the Tenderloin, the Excelsior District, and Bernal Heights and beyond stand behind the products they sell and their installation work....

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You've invested a lot of time, energy and money into buying the right window screens and window shades for your home or business. But all that could be for naught if you don't also get warranties on the new products and guarantees on the installation services.

Luckily, good San Francisco shades and screens companies in the Tenderloin, the Excelsior District, and Bernal Heights and beyond stand behind the products they sell and their installation work.

However, it's important to ask about and understand guarantees and warranties before you make a decision on a shades store and specific window treatments and screens. Then, ask for written proof of those promises.

What should be included in written warranties?

  • The San Francisco screens and shades store's name, physical address and contact information.
  • A specific description of what the warranty covers, including whether the store or installation contractor will repair or replace any faulty materials or workmanship.
  • Any exclusions must be explicitly stated.
  • What you need to do in the event of a problem and what you need to do in order to redeem the warranty.
  • How long the warranty is valid.
  • Whether the warranty expires on a specific day or is prorated.
  • If the warranty coverage is transferable.
  • Any actions on your part that may invalidate the warranty or guarantee on your new screens and shades.
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Top 10 Requests
Popular Types of Screens, Shades and Related Services in San Francisco

Window screens and shades from stores in Pacific Heights, North Beach, Excelsior District and the Sunset District and the surrounding areas come in many different styles and brands.

While almost anything you want for your new window coverings or window screens can be found or custom made, the following are some of the more popular requests made of local window shades and screen companies....

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Window screens and shades from stores in Pacific Heights, North Beach, Excelsior District and the Sunset District and the surrounding areas come in many different styles and brands.

While almost anything you want for your new window coverings or window screens can be found or custom made, the following are some of the more popular requests made of local window shades and screen companies.

Vertical Blinds
Vertical blinds are made of vertically-hanging slats made of fabric, plastic, wood or composite materials. Vertical blinds can be opened so that light comes through the slats, closed so that light is blocked, or completely opened (usually pulled to the side) to allow a full view through the window or glass doors it's installed over.

Pet Screens
Pet resistant screens are stronger window and door screens that stand up to pets in the home. Most pet screens are made of vinyl coated polyester that is resistant to tears, rips, stretching and other damage that pets can cause. Window screen companies in Nob Hill, North Beach, the Sunset District, SOMA and the Bayview District and beyond can install pet proof or pet resistant screens to protect your window and door screens.

Replacement Screens / Rescreening
Rescreening, also known as replacement screens, is the act of replacing old screens with new screens. Homeowners may choose to replace old screens with the same type of screen, or they can choose pet resistant screens, invisible screens, privacy screens, or other types of screening that fits their needs.

New Window Coverings
Window coverings include drapes, curtains, shades, venetian blinds, interior shutters and other types of window treatments. Window coverings can add style, color, decoration and function to windows.

Privacy Screens in San Francisco
Privacy screens are made of heavy-duty screen material with plastic laminate between the mesh to protect against the elements and create some privacy. Light can still come through and the plastic laminate isn't completely opaque, but it does block direct sight for patios, porches, and rooms that back up against common areas or public places.

New Invisible Screens
Great views shouldn't be marred by screens. Invisible screens solve this problem. Invisible screens may be retractable screens that fold or roll against or into the door jamb. These keep out pests and insects while giving homeowners the option to roll up the screen for an unobstructed view. Invisible screens may also be made of very thin aluminum or other material that offers protection against pests with less vision obstruction than normal window screens.

Solar Screens / Sun Screens
Solar screens and sun screens are special window screens that block heat, UV rays and glare from the sun. Solar screen can keep down cooling costs, prevent furniture and flooring from fading, and reduces energy costs. Sun screens can also provide some degree of privacy during daytime because the thicker screen material acts like sunglasses for your windows, blocking light and diminishing visibility into the home.

New Window Blinds
Window blinds are popular solutions to keep light out of rooms, regulate how much light comes in during daytime, and provide privacy. Window blinds include venetian blinds, wood blinds, cellular blinds, blackout shades, roller shades/roller blinds, plantation blinds (also called plantation shutters), mini-blinds, roll-up blinds, horizontal blinds and vertical blinds.

Plantation Shutters
Popular for their airy, summery feel and ability to block light and peeping eyes, plantation shutters are wood or faux wood interior shutters that have open louvres that can be flipped open or closed. This flexibility lets in light, shuts out light, and creates privacy with a decorative and distinctive flair.

Curtains
Curtains are the most popular way to block light, create privacy and add style and décor to homes and businesses. Curtains can be made of almost any material and offer a lot of flexibility.

Popular Brands and Manufacturers of Screens and Window Shades
These are only some of the brands of window shades and screens available to consumers in San Francisco. Local dealers sell many brands by multiple manufacturers, including these:

  • Hunter Douglas
  • Smith & Noble
  • Graber Blinds and Shades
  • Levolor Blinds and Window Shades
  • Bali Window Shades
  • Screen Tight Screens
  • New York Screens
  • Phifer Window Screens
  • Arlo Blinds
  • Keystone Fabrics
  • ClearView Retractable Screens
  • UltraView Invisible Fiberglass Screens
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If Things Go Wrong
New Window Shades and Screens Backed By the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee

All Diamond Certified companies are backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee.

If the screen replacement or window shades company you’ve hired is Diamond Certified and you can’t resolve the issue by talking with the owner, contact the mediation department at info@diamondcertified.org or call 800-738-1138....

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All Diamond Certified companies are backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee.

If the screen replacement or window shades company you’ve hired is Diamond Certified and you can’t resolve the issue by talking with the owner, contact the mediation department at info@diamondcertified.org or call 800-738-1138.

There's a good chance you can help you and your window screening company come to a mutually-beneficial agreement that satisfies your original contract and meets your needs.

Reducing Conflict with San Francisco Screens and Shades Stores
Choosing a good company with a good reputation for taking care of customers and providing quality materials and installation services is your best move for getting the good service and new window screens and shades that you desire.

But even the best companies  in Bernal Heights, Bayview, Richmond District and Nob Hill and beyond can slip up, and small disagreements can blossom between even good customers and their carefully-chosen shades and screens companies.

If you do face a disagreement or misunderstanding, you should know what to do so that you're able to easily and quickly address the problem. This is your best chance for getting the work back on track and your new window shades and screens installed.

Here are some tips to help you along on the road to conflict resolution:

  • Don't wait for the problem to get worse before you address the issue with your screening and shades company. Meet in person with the company owner or your representative as soon as you have a complaint or concern.
  • Review your contract, invoice or other documentation and see if the resolution or answer to your question is already in writing.
  • You don't have to pay for the work or materials if they don't meet your original specifications or your approval. It's your right to ask for and expect exactly what was promised to you.
  • File serious grievances regarding unsafe behavior or dangerous or illegal activities with the Contractors State License Board.
  • Contact your state attorney general if you are considering pressing charges for serious infractions or to recover major losses.
  • Fire the company as a last resort. Releasing the screens and shades provider from your employ can result in project delays and costly breach of contract lawsuits.
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Glossary of Terms
Terms Associated with Window Screens, Shades and Related Services

aluminum screens
Aluminum screens is very strong and durable. It is rust-resistant and doesn't sag with age. However, aluminum screening can dent or crease if it is hit, pushed or is on contact for a long time with a heavy object.

Also known as: wire screening, aluminum window screen, metal window screen, wire screens...

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aluminum screens
Aluminum screens is very strong and durable. It is rust-resistant and doesn't sag with age. However, aluminum screening can dent or crease if it is hit, pushed or is on contact for a long time with a heavy object.

Also known as: wire screening, aluminum window screen, metal window screen, wire screens

copper screen
Copper screening is made of an amalgamation of copper and zinc. This type of window and screened door screen is more expensive than fiberglass screening or aluminum screen, and it has a distinctive gold finish that develops a patina over time. Copper screening is very strong and adds a rich layer to windows and screen doors.

Also known as: copper screening, metal screening, bronze screen, gold window screens

curtains
Material that hangs in a window or door as a decoration or shade to keep out sunlight and provide privacy.

Also known as: drapery, drapes, custom curtains

door window coverings
Window treatments including blinds, shades, curtains, and drapes that cover a partial or full glass door providing privacy and sun protection.

Also known as: patio door window treatments, front door window coverings, door window treatments, sliding door curtains, door window shades

drapes
Window treatments that hang in windows that serve as a decoration, sun shade or sun screen. Drapes can be lose and movable like curtains or can act more like blinds.

Also known as: drapery, draperies, custom drapes, curtains

fiberglass screen
Fiberglass screen is the standard window screen available. It is flexible, cheap and easy to find. It doesn't unravel, dent, wrinkle or crease, so it makes sense that it's the most popular type of window and sliding door screening. However, it may sag or stretch out if pushed or if an object is leaned up against it.

Also known as: standard window screen, window screening, patio door screening, fiberglass screen door screen

heavy-duty screens
Heavy-duty screens are usually made of fiberglass and are commonly used in sun rooms, screened-in porches, patios and pool enclosures. This type of window screen has larger openings and is stronger. This allows it to be used in large windows, doors, and screened panels.

Also known as: strong screens, fiberglass screen, large window screens, patio screens, porch screening, pool screens, pool enclosure screening

honeycomb window shades
Honeycomb shades, also known as cellular shades, have two layers of fabric that fold in opposite directions. Honeycomb window shades provide insulation and keep rooms warmer or cooler, depending on the time of year. Honeycomb and cellular shades can be light blocking or light filtering, depending on the customer's needs. Some even come with the ability to raise and lower them from the top and bottom, so you can leave the top or the bottom of the window open. This creates privacy if needed.

Also known as:  cellular shades

invisible screens
Great views shouldn't be marred by screens. Invisible screens solve this problem. Invisible screens may be retractable screens that fold or roll against or into the door jamb. These keep out pests and insects while giving homeowners the option to roll up the screen for an unobstructed view. Invisible screens may also be made of very thin aluminum or other material that offers protection against pests with less vision obstruction than normal window screens.

Also known as: metal screens, aluminum screens, invisible window screens, see-through window screens

mobile screen replacement services
Companies that travel to customer homes or businesses to replace screens are known as mobile screen replacement services. These services bring with them everything they need to replace broken, damaged or missing screens and provide rescreening services for windows, screen doors, screened-in porches and other screened surfaces.

Also known as: on-location screen replacement, on-site rescreening, mobile rescreening, mobile window screen repair

motorized screens
Motorized screens are retractable screens that pull back and adjust with motorized controls. Motorized screens can be used on windows, screen doors, screened-in porches, retractable screens and more. Motorized screens are convenient, and eliminate external controls that can get in the way or look cluttery.

Also known as: electric screens, retractable screens, motorized retractable screens

motorized window shades
Window shades that move and are controlled by motorized or automatic controls. These can be useful in windows that are too high to easily reach. Motorized window shades eliminate the need for cords, wands and other controls. This can make them safer for children and pets. Motorized window shades and motorized window coverings can be controlled by a central control panel, and may even be put on a timer to open, close and adjust to fit your schedule and to protect furniture and flooring from harsh sunlight. These motorized shades can also save on heating and cooling expenses by adjusting during the day to keep out or let in sun depending on the temperature.

Also known as: motorized curtains, motorized shades, motorized miniblinds, electric window shades, electric blinds, motorized blinds

pet screens
Pet resistant screens are stronger window and door screens that stand up to pets in the home. Most pet screens are made of vinyl coated polyester that is resistant to tears, rips, stretching and other damage that pets can cause.

Also known as: pet resistant screens, pet screening, coated pet screen, pet proof screens

plantation shutters
Popular for their airy, summery feel and ability to block light and peeping eyes, plantation shutters are wood or faux wood interior shutters that have open louvres that can be flipped open or closed. This flexibility lets in light, shuts out light, and creates privacy with a decorative and distinctive flair.

Also known as: inside shutters, wood shutters, window shutters, inside window shutters, louvered shutters, plantation interior shutters

privacy screens
Privacy screens are window screens and door screens made of heavy-duty screen material with plastic laminate between the mesh to protect against the elements and create some privacy. Light can still come through and the plastic laminate isn't completely opaque, but it does block direct sight for patios, porches, and rooms that back up against common areas or public places.

Also known as: pool screens, privacy screening, fiberglass screens

roller shades
Roller shades are like Roman shades, but they can roll completely out of the way to leave an unobstructed view through the windows.

Also known as: roll up shades, Swedish shades, roll up window shades, roller window shades

retractable window screens
Retractable window screens are those that roll up or roll out of the way when they aren't needed. These are popular choices on screen doors, patio doors, pool enclosures and other ares with high traffic that may benefit from the option to remove screens when in use and add screens when they're not being used.

Also known as: roll up window screens, roll away window screens, automatic window screens

Roman shades
Roman shades are usually made of cloth. They are built to fold like an accordion as they are raised, and they smooth out to a flat or nearly flat surface when they are lowered. Most are controlled by a cord, but some are motorized shades.

Also known as: accordion shades

rescreen
Rescreening services are those that replace, repair or provide screens for windows or screen doors that have broken, missing or damaged screens. Rescreening is an affordable alternative to replacing the complete screen unit.

Also known as: rescreening, screen replacement, rescreening services

replacement screens
Screens on windows and doors that are damaged or missing need to be replaced. Replacement screens can either be in the form of the screens alone (sometimes referred to as “rescreening”) or  replacing the entire window screen or door screen unit.

Also known as: new window screens, damaged window screen replacement, old screen replacement

sleeping window shades
Sleeping shades, room darkening shades and lined window shades have an extra layer of light blocking fabric. These are useful for bedrooms and other rooms where occupants may want complete or extra darkness. They also provide insulation during cold winter months or from hot sun rays during the summer.

Also known as: lined window shades, room darkening shades, blackout shades

small insect screens
No-see-em screens (also known as no-see-um screen) is a screen that is made of fiberglass mesh. The mesh weave is very fine to keep out small insects and no-see-ems such as gnats, small flies, sand flies, fleas and other tiny insects. This is a popular choice for porches and beach homes where tiny insects thrive.

Also known as: tiny insect screens, no-see-em screens, o-see-um screen

solar screens
Solar screens and sun screens are special window screens that block heat, UV rays and glare from the sun. Solar screen can keep down cooling costs, prevent furniture and flooring from fading, and reduces energy costs. Sun screens can also provide some degree of privacy during daytime because the thicker screen material acts like sunglasses for your windows, blocking light and diminishing visibility into the home.

Also known as: sun screens, UV solar screens, solar screening, window solar screens

vertical blinds
Vertical blinds are made of vertically-hanging slats made of fabric, plastic, wood or composite materials. Vertical blinds can be opened so that light comes through the slats, closed so that light is blocked, or completely opened (usually pulled to the side) to allow a full view through the window or glass doors it's installed over.

Also known as: hanging blinds, cloth blinds, vertically hanging blinds, wood vertical blinds, slat blinds

window blinds

Window blinds are window coverings, usually in the form of slatted plastic, metal or wood, that provide privacy and keep out unwanted sunlight. Blinds can be raised or lowered, and the individual slats can be opened or closed to let in light when wanted.

Also known as: Venetian blinds, plantation shutters, vinyl blinds, metal blinds, decorative blinds

window coverings
Window coverings include drapes, curtains, shades, venetian blinds, interior shutters and other types of window treatments. Window coverings can add style, color, decoration and function to windows.

Also known as: window shades, window drapes, window blinds, interior window shades

window screens
Window screens are screens that fit in a window in front of or behind the glass. When the glass is raised or opened, the screen keeps out insects, large dander and dust items, and other debris while letting in fresh air.

Also known as: screens, metal screens, pet screens, invisible screens, replacement screens, solar screens

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Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions About New Window Shades and Screens

Q: Why choose Diamond Certified screens and shades stores?...

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Q: Why choose Diamond Certified screens and shades stores?
A: Diamond Certified helps you choose a screens and shades stores with confidence by offering a list of top-rated local companies who have passed the country’s most in-depth rating process. Only screens and shades stores rated Highest in Quality earn the prestigious Diamond Certified award. Most companies can’t pass the ratings. American Ratings Corporation also monitors every Diamond Certified company with ongoing research and ratings. And your purchase is backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. So you’ll feel confident choosing a Diamond Certified screens and shades stores.

Q: Why should I get screens for my home or businesses?
A: Screens keep out insects and debris, and they can add a measure of protection against UV rays, sun and heat and even provide some privacy. New screens can make your home look put together and can be a positive addition, especially in the Bay Area, where the weather is often temperate enough year-round to leave windows open. Specialty screens such as sun shades that block UV rays and heat, pet resistant screens that stand up to abuse from pets and small children, privacy screens that can add some visual protection for pool areas, and small insect screens that keep out even tiny gnats and no-see-ums are all available to improve comfort and function.

Q: What are the benefits of rescreening instead of buying new window screens?
A: Rescreening can be much less expensive than buying all new window screens. Good screening contractors can match new screens to existing window screens for a continuous look throughout your home. Rescreening can add a clean, fresh look to your windows without the additional cost of purchasing window screen frames. Additionally, it can be budget-saver for customers with older windows for which new screen frames may not be available or may need to be custom-built at a high price.

Q: How do I measure my windows or doors for new window screens, door screens or solar screens?
A: Most window screen and companies will provide meaurement services for their clients to ensure that the screens fit perfectly. If you measure your own screens, remember to measure twice to avoid mistakes. Window screens are smaller than the window, so you can't rely on a window measurement for your new screens or replacement screens. When measuring for screens, measure the existing screen from the top of the screen frame to the bottom of the screen frame. Measure to the nearest 1/16th of an inch.

Q: How do I measure my windows or glass plate doors for new window shades?
A: That depends on the type of shades you're getting. If the shades you want fit inside the window jambs, you'll need to measure from inside to inside. If they overlap the window, you'll want to measure past the window frames. Talk with your window shade provider about the best way to measure for the shades you're ordering, or ask them to do the measuring for you. Remember: measure twice, order once. Careful measurements are well worth the time it takes to measure twice.

Q: What are the differences between available window screen colors?
A: Most window screens and door screens vary from grey to black. That includes fiberglass screens, aluminum screens and other types of screen material. If you are replacing some screens or only rescreening some windows, you'll want to be sure to get new screens that match the color of your existing screens. While screens are mostly invisible and meant to blend in, it can be very obvious if you have some screens that are grey and others that are black. You may want to show your window screen company your old screen or a sample of a screen that is currently installed so that they can match your new screens with your old ones by providing new screens made of the same material and color. If you are getting all new screens, the choice in material is up to you. Choose the material that works best for your needs and that comes in a color that complements your home. Dark screens will provide the best visibility.

Q: What are the differences in window screen materials?
A: Types of window screens available include vinyl coated fiberglass, aluminum screening, solar screens, bronze screens and copper screening, pet-resistant or pet screens, small insect or no-see-em screens and privacy screening. Each has a different application and a different look. Fiberglass screen is the standard window screen available. It is flexible, cheap and easy to find. It doesn't unravel, dent, wrinkle or crease, so it makes sense that it's the most popular type of window and sliding door screening. However, it may sag or stretch out if pushed or if an object is leaned up against it. Aluminum screens (also known as wire screening) is very strong and durable. It is rust-resistant and doesn't sag with age. However, aluminum screening can dent or crease if it is hit, pushed or is on contact for a long time with a heavy object. No-see-em screens (also known as no-see-um screen) is a screen that is made of fiberglass mesh. The mesh weave is very fine to keep out small insects and no-see-ems such as gnats, small flies, sand flies, fleas and other tiny insects. This is a popular choice for porches and beach homes where tiny insects thrive. Heavy-duty screens are usually made of fiberglass and are commonly used in sun rooms, screened-in porches, patios and pool enclosures. This type of window screen has larger openings and is stronger. This allows it to be used in large windows, doors, and screened panels. Privacy screens are those that are made of heavy mesh screen (usually fiberglass) that includes a plastic or laminate layer surrounding the screen threads. This type of screen is harder to see through, but still allows light to pass through. It is popular in pool enclosures and patio screens where privacy is wanted. Copper screen and bronze screening is made of an amalgamation of copper and zinc. This type of screen is more expensive and has a distinctive gold finish that develops a patina over time. Copper screening is very strong and adds a rich layer to windows and screen doors.

Q: Can sun screens look like regular insect screens?
A: Sun screens come in a variety of colors and weights. Some sun screens can look like regular window screens and insect screens. Other sun screens are heavier and darker than traditional window screens. The type of screen you'll choose depends on your needs, the strength of the sun you want to block, and on which windows you want to install sun screening.

Q: What are window sun screens?
A: Window sun screening (also known as solar screens or solar screening) is a type of window screen that's specially made to block the rays and heat of the sun. Depending on the type of sun screen, you can expect to have up to 90 percent less heat hitting your windows. Sun screens for windows are mounted in metal frames and placed outside the window glass. This reflects harmful rays and heat, keeping homes cooler and protecting furniture, flooring and other items from UV rays which can cause bleaching. It also makes homes more energy efficient and reduces the need for air conditioning or other interior cooling. Sun screens are also available for sliding doors and glass doors, and for skylights and other home openings where sun and unwanted heat and UV rays can enter.

Q: What are my choices for new home window shades?
A: Blinds are window shades that can have strips of aluminum, plastic or wood that can be raised and lowered. The slats can be tilted up or down when the blinds have been lowered to let in light or to keep it out, and to provide privacy.

Roman shades are usually made of cloth. They are built to fold like an accordion as they are raised, and they smooth out to a flat or nearly flat surface when they are lowered. Most are controlled by a cord, but some are motorized shades.

Roller shades are like Roman shades, but they can roll completely out of the way to leave an unobstructed view through the windows. These roll up shades are also known as Swedish shades.

Vertical blinds are known for being durable, providing good light control, blocking unwanted sun rays and being easy to maintain. They are often made of vinyl, wood or fabric and hang down vertically. Vertical blinds are popular choices for patio doors or large windows.

Honeycomb shades, also known as cellular shades, have two layers of fabric that fold in opposite directions. Honeycomb window shades provide insulation and keep rooms warmer or cooler, depending on the time of year. Honeycomb and cellular shades can be light blocking or light filtering, depending on the customer's needs. Some even come with the ability to raise and lower them from the top and bottom, so you can leave the top or the bottom of the window open. This creates privacy if needed.

Sleeping shades, room darkening shades and lined window shades have an extra layer of light blocking fabric. These are useful for bedrooms and other rooms where occupants may want complete or extra darkness. They also provide insulation during cold winter months or from hot sun rays during the summer.

Draperies are often added to windows to serve as shades or to complement shades. Draperies hang from the sides and can usually be pulled across the window to provide shade and privacy.

Talk with your window shade store or company about your needs and ask for their advice on the best window shades for your home or business.

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Consumer Agencies
Agencies with More Information

Window Coverings Association of America (WCAA) (www.wcaamembers.org/)
Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA) (www.wcmanet.org)
California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) (www.dca.ca.gov)

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Window Coverings Association of America (WCAA) (www.wcaamembers.org/)
Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA) (www.wcmanet.org)
California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) (www.dca.ca.gov)

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