Exterior Screens FAQ


Why are Exterior Screens installed on the outside of the windows?

Exterior Screens are installed on the outside of windows so that they can stop the sun’s heat and glare before it reaches the glass. Unlike interior window treatments that offer only shade and privacy, Exterior Screens  are a proactive defense against solar heat gain as well.

What is the screen made of?

Our Screens are produced using Phifer’s vinyl-coated polyester fabric which is specifically engineered for exterior applications.

Fabrics are available in 5%, 10% and 45% openness and a variety of colors.

Phifer fabrics are very durable and look great. They effectively provide excellent protection from the sun’s heat and glare, wind and insects.

How large can the Habitat Screens™ be made?

The maximum dimensions for Habitat Screens are 19’2 wide and 14’ tall.

Can you see through the screen?

Yes. This is what makes Retractable Screens  so practical and appealing. Because the screen material is available in a variety of weave densities, you can block the heat and glare of the sun’s rays, without sacrificing your view.

During the day, Exterior Screens offer excellent privacy, and at night, others looking in can only see silhouettes.

What color of screen material is easiest to see through?

Dark colors absorb most of the sun’s light and glare, and light colors reflect light back to your eyes; therefore, dark colors are easiest to see through.

Can Exterior Screens be used on porches?

Yes. Exterior Screens are the ideal solution for creating shade, privacy and insect protection for patios, gazebos, and decks.

How do retractable screens protect me from insects?

The unique edge retention system uses a zipper system that keeps the screen in a track and greatly reduces the number of insects entering your home or patio while the screen is in the down position.

What happens if Habitat Screens™ are left in the down position in high winds?

When retractable screens are in the fully projected (downward) position, Talius’ unique edge retention system allows Talius Habitat ScreensTM to withstand winds up to 100 mph depending on the size and mounting conditions of the Exterior Screen unit. This is an estimation of wind loads only.

Talius has performed internationally recognized testing in a controlled environment to determine these estimates.

As Nature does not act in this same controlled way performance may vary. In areas susceptible to high winds, We strongly recommends the use of a wind sensor to protect the integrity of the Exterior Screen.

high-lift door inc does not recommend that you operate your Screens in windy conditions.

During windy conditions, downward operation of retractable screens is hampered due to the resistance and friction created by the wind pushing against the screen fabric.

Upward operation can be performed even in windy conditions

What’s your return policy?

Return any of our products–no questions asked–within 15 days of purchase.

Do you ship oversees and to P.O. boxes?

No, we are not shipping outside of Canada, but anywhere that accepts packages in Canada, No Problem!

Do you have customer service?

Of course! Our friendly and knowledgeable customer services reps are available to answer your questions Mon-Fri 8-5pm. Emergency Service is 24H