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Solar Screens
These guidelines apply to solar screens that are installed on the exterior glass surfaces of the windows and doors of the house.(1)(2) The objective of these guidelines is to minimize the visual impact that solar screens have on the exterior appearance and aesthetics of the homes in Heron Lakes Estates.
Size Solar screen size shall be limited to basically cover the area of the existing glass panel windows or doors that are being screened plus no more than an additional 1 inch beyond the outer boundary of the frame of the glass panel. Solar screens shall be located in a way that does not introduce non-uniformity of appearance. If exterior solar screens are installed, the preferred application is to have all of the windows covered with screens to create uniformity of appearance. (3)(4) Standard solar screen fabric, frame, and hardware colors of white, brown, gray, or black are acceptable as long as they are in harmony with the primary and trim colors of the house brick, siding, stucco, and roof shingles. Any other screen color shall be in submitted for approval prior to purchasing or installing. (5) Overall shapes of solar screens shall match the shapes of the glass panels being screened. Exterior solar screens that are installed on windows larger than 10 square feet in area shall have frames with grids that match or are similar to the window pane grid pattern of the windows that they cover. (6) Solar screens shall be made of high-quality, weather-resistant, industryaccepted, non-reflective standard materials. Frames, grids, and hardware shall be made of aluminum or other corrosion-resistant materials. Solar screen frames shall be integral with the window or door framing to which they are applied. Solar screen hardware shall be in harmony with the architectural character of the door or window. Solar screens in public view shall be maintained in good condition. Poorly maintained solar screens that the Association considers to be an eyesore must be replaced or restored to good condition.(7) For solar screens that require ACC approval, the submittal shall include a manufacturer’s data sheet and a sample of the screen fabric material.(8) Any of the fixed panel solar screens manufactured by Phifer that are shown in the attached catalog are pre-approved by the ACC.(9)



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Samples Preapproved Screens

Notes: (1) Solar screens, also called solar shades or sun screens, typically consist of fabric material that are installed over the glass surface of exterior windows and doors of the house whose function is to reduce the amount of sunlight entering the house in order to reduce solar heat gain, to reduce interior color fading from ultraviolet rays, and to cut down or eliminate sun glare. Solar screens can also add privacy from unwanted viewers peering into the home without the homeowners losing their view of the outdoors.

Solar Screens HLEOA Architectural Guideline #AG12-D1

October 16, 2010 Page 1

have no frayed or torn edges. The final judgment of whether the solar screens are in good condition or are an eyesore shall rest solely with the ACC. no missing bars from the grid. (6) Grids are decorative partition bars that span both vertically and horizontally across the window and that are arranged in a uniformly spaced gridwork within the exterior perimeter frame of the solar screen. (7) Good condition means that the solar screens shall hang straight. to avoid the appearance of large solid monotone-colored screens. the windows panes on exterior doors or the sidelights located immediately at either side of the doors may be omitted. refer to ACC Guideline #AG13. but in this case a sense of balance to the overall appearance shall be maintained when locating these windows. The grid bars are also sometimes called mullions or muntins. However. For example. and curtains. However. and exception may be a single or pair of unscreened windows that provides focus to a particular part of the house (e. in order to avoid the monotony in appearance of a large single colored wall. Grids are required on large windows to help prevent sagging of the screen material. Windows or doors with decorative glass (e. The judgment of whether it is acceptable to omit a window or door from being covered or not will be made on a case-by-case basis for each house and the final judgment shall rest solely with the ACC. The final judgment of whether windows are considered to be prominent or not shall rest solely with the ACC. particularly those having no grids.(2) Internal retractable solar screens that are mounted on the interior windows of the house are considered to be categorized as window coverings. Solar Screens HLEOA Architectural Guideline #AG12-D1 October 16. some exceptions to this general rule are allowed. and color not significantly faded. For guidelines pertaining to window coverings. (4) Exterior front entry doors shall not be covered with solar screens. all windows that are prominent in size and location on that side of the house and that are similarly framed are generally required to be covered. (5) Dark gray or black screens are acceptable as long as the solar screens also have grids and the dark color is considered to be in harmony with the primary and trim colors on the house. decorative garden windows that require sunlight. beveled glass on front entry doors and their sidelights. Generally. Dark colored solar screens are generally not considered to be in harmony on houses having light primary and trim colors with many large windows. (8) Refer to ACC Guideline #AGSR for ACC submittal requirements. and arched windows above the main entry door having a decorative chandelier behind it that is exposed to view). for each side of the house that has any solar screens applied. (3) Generally.g. have no holes large enough to be seen from the street or golf course. Windows that are specially unique from all of the other windows on the house may also be omitted (e. including shutters. decorative glass block bathroom windows) are generally not required to be covered. blinds. is to preferred for appearance sake to have all windows covered if exterior solar screens are used. This also offers the benefit of obtaining privacy on all sides of the house. windows within a narrow recessed shaded main entryway. and houses having prominent locations in the neighborhood that are exposed to heavy street traffic will be more scrutinized by the ACC than others. All types of motorized exterior-mounted retractable solar shades must have ACC approval prior to installing. tall narrow windows at the side of an entry door. and to be in harmony with the underlying window framing.g. to make them appear more like standard windows. Solar screen colors that closely match the primary color of the house are discouraged. although the primary function of solar screens dictates that they be placed on the windows facing the sun (east. 2010 Page 2 . even if they are prominent. (9) Any exterior fixed solar screens not meeting these guidelines must have ACC approval prior to installing.g. the appearance of those sides of the house exposed to public view will be most scrutinized by the ACC. like a front entryway). no missing pieces. and west sides of the house). south.