FAQs

Below are some of the most, “Frequently Asked Questions,” Solar Innovations, Inc. receives  If you do not find your answer, please feel free to contact a representative.

General Questions pertaining to Solar Innovations, Inc.

1 .) What makes Solar So Special?

2.) Does Solar Innovations, Inc. offer installation services? What type of installation services do I need for my job?

3.) Does Solar offer site visits for field measures during the quoting process? Can I meet with someone directly?

4.) What projects can I go to visit? Are there pictures available of a similar project?

5.) How much do Solar Innovations, Inc.’s structures cost? Can I receive a budgetary number?

6.) Does Solar Innovations, Inc. offer standard colors, sizes, and/or pricing?

7.) How can we lower the cost?

8.) What are the Solar Innovations, Inc. standard lead times?

9.) What is the Solar Innovations, Inc. Warranty? Where can I get a copy of the warranty?

10.) What samples are available?

11.) What Decorative Options does Solar Offer?

12.) What trade shows does Solar Innovations, Inc. attend?

13.) Is shipping included in my quote?

14.) Is Solar Innovations, Inc. “Cradle to Cradle”?

General Questions pertaining to Doors and Windows

15.) What hardware selections are available for my products?

16.) What is the recommended maintenance of your operable door or window?

General Questions pertaining to Structures

17.) Why do I have condensation or water build up?

18.) What is the recommended maintenance of your structures?

Questions pertaining to Greenhouses

19.) Where should I locate my Greenhouse?

20.) What type of glass should I choose?

21.) Will I need utilities?

23.) What greenhouse accessories do I need?

23.) What is the best environment for plant life in a greenhouse?


About Solar Innovations

 

1.)   WHAT MAKES SOLAR SO SPECIAL?

Besides the fact that Solar has successfully provided custom glass structures, skylights, windows, and doors since 1994, our customer service and professional staff are second to none.  Look at what some of our past customers have had to say about us (on our testimonials page).  If that is not enough, view our successful history in our product gallery. Finally, our list of industry awards – ranging from county, to state, to national level – speak for themselves.  View our gallery of awards by clicking here.

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2 .) DOES SOLAR INNOVATIONS, INC. OFFER INSTALLATION SERVICES?  WHAT TYPE OF INSTALLATION SERVICES DO I NEED FOR MY JOB?

Solar Innovations, Inc. offers installation services on nearly every project. Visit our How to Buy: Installation Services page for more information.

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3.) DOES SOLAR OFFER SITE VISITS FOR FIELD MEASURES DURING THE QUOTING PROCESS? CAN I MEET WITH SOMEONE DIRECTLY?

Solar Innovations, Inc. offers several different purchasing options including pricing for field measures through one of our distribution channels.  If you think you would like a site visit or a field measure, please mention it to your Solar Innovations, Inc representative and they will work that into your pricing package and project schedule.  If you are working with a general contractor in addition to Solar Innovations, Inc., a field measure by your construction professional should be adequate.

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4.) WHAT PROJECTS CAN I GO TO VISIT? ARE THERE PICTURES AVAILABLE OF A SIMILAR PRODUCT?

In the Project Gallery, customers can sort projects to provide a selection of the features they currently prefer including color, application, and structure type, or the current location for ideas in their own state.  If after reviewing the gallery you would still like to visit a Solar project, we will work with you to provide a project reference you can visit.  These locations are generally commercial facilities that are open to the public; however, on occasions Solar can request a residential project be available.

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5.) HOW MUCH DO SOLAR STRUCTURES COST? CAN  I JUST GET A BUDGET NUMBER?

Each structure is unique and is manufactured to fit an individual customer’s needs. Solar does offer standard structures with set pricing, modified standards with an additional cost that feature a custom touch, and custom structures to fit any desire or need. With each option, there will be an difference in price and lead times.

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6.) DOES SOLAR INNOVATIONS, INC. OFFER STANDARD COLORS, SIZES, AND/OR PRICING?

Solar Innovations, Inc. does offer a wide variety of standard paint finishes as well as two anodized finishes.  Because we are a custom shop, you are not limited by standard sizing; however, Solar has recently launched a line of STANDARD FOLDING GLASS WALLS that helps to control costs while providing some options.  Please visit standard folding glass wall page our page for a quote.

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7.) HOW CAN WE LOWER THE COST?

Working with the Solar team to ensure your exact needs, both functionally and aesthetically, are met will help you to control the costs of your project.  It is important to note that depending upon your budget, Solar can work with you to value engineer your project into your price range.

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8.)  WHAT ARE THE SOLAR INNOVATIONS, INC. STANDARD LEAD TIMES?

Lead times will vary based on current workload, material lead time, and team availability.  Please, ask your Solar Innovations, Inc. Representative for more specific lead times.

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9.) WHAT IS THE SOLAR WARRANTY?  WHERE CAN I GET A COPY OF THE WARRANTY?

Click here to view the Solar Innovations, Inc. door and window warranty

Click here to view the Solar Innovations, Inc. structure warranty.

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10.) WHAT SAMPLES ARE AVAILABLE?     

Solar offers a wide variety of samples including glass, frame finish, and corner samples.  Often times, Solar can provide a working corner sample for your convenience.  For all glass, corner, and working samples, Solar requests that in an effort to keep our samples out of the landfill, and be both financially and ecologically responsible, samples be returned to our corporate office for reuse and recycling.  Please also note: all provided samples are CONSIDERED PROPRIETARY PROPERTY OF SOLAR INNOVATIONS, INC.  IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY IN RECEIVING THIS SAMPLE, TO ENSURE DISCRETION IS UTILIZED TO PREVENT MISUSE OR COLLUSION WITH REGARD TO THE DESIGN OF THIS SAMPLE.  SHOULD YOU FAIL TO COMPLY; SOLAR INNOVATIONS, INC. WILL SEEK ANY AND ALL LEGAL REMEDIES.  COPYRIGHT AND TRADEMARK LAWS APPLY.

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11.) WHAT DECORATIVE OPTIONS DOES SOLAR OFFER?

Solar Innovations, Inc. offers one of the most extensive lines of decorative elements in the industry today.  We are constantly updating our available options to include more modern elements and unique traditional adornment. Please visit our decorative elements page for more information.

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12.) WHAT TRADESHOWS DOES SOLAR INNOVATIONS, INC. ATTEND?

Please click here to view our upcoming trade show schedule!

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13.)   IS SHIPPING INCLUDED WITH MY QUOTE?

No, it is not calculated into your quote total, but an estimated costs is provided with your quote. The two lines above the total call out the prices for shipping and crating.

14.)   IS SOLAR INNOVATION, INC. “CRADLE TO CRADLE”?

No,  Solar is not “cradle to cradle” because this program is based around raw material manufacturers and not finished goods manufacturers.

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Doors and Windows

 

15.)   WHAT HARDWARE SELECTIONS ARE AVAILABLE FOR MY PRODUCTS?

At the top of each product page, there is a link to the appropriate hardware for that product.  Although many custom options exist and Solar can accommodate the hardware from many suppliers, these product specific hardware pages will provide you with our standard hardware selections for review.  If you do not see something you like, contact your Solar Innovations, Inc. representative to discuss additional options.

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16.)   WHAT IS THE RECOMMENDED MAINTENANCE OF SOLAR’S OPERABLE DOORS AND WINDOWS?

  • Twice a year, clean the frame and glass with non abrasive glass cleaner. For glazing other than glass, consult manufacturer on how to maintain — glass cleaners can damage some surfaces.
  • Once a year, inspect all gaskets; look for separation and tightness of seals.
  • Once a year, inspect all sealant joints; look for separation and tightness of seals.
  • Once a year, inspect intersections against adjacent structures for movement. Verify sealants and flashings have a complete seal.
  • Use only GE Silpruf sealant of matching color to replace failed sealant beads.
  • Consult Solar Innovations® for any touch up paints required.
  • Consult Solar Innovations® about any abnormalities that may be noticed.
  • Clean all tracks of debris each time they are opened.
  • Note any rough spots during operation. Damaged tracks must be straightened or filed smooth immediately.
  • Silicone spray should be applied to hardware yearly to insure smooth operation.
  • Note any irregular wearing of hardware (including hinges, trolleys, and wheels) and replace if the worn part is affecting product performance.

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General Structures

 

17.)   WHY DO I HAVE CONDENSATION OR WATER BUILD UP?

Click here for an article with helpful information.

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18.)   WHAT IS THE RECOMMENDED MAINTENANCE OF YOUR STRUCTURES?

  • Twice a year, clean aluminum frame and glass with non abrasive glass cleaner. For glazing other than glass, consult manufacturer — glass cleaners can damage some surfaces.
  • Once a year, inspect all gaskets; look for separation and tightness of seals.
  • Once a year, inspect all sealant joints; look for separation and tightness of seals.
  • Once a year, inspect intersections against adjacent structures for movement. Verify sealants and flashings have a complete seal.
  • Use only GE Silpruf sealant of matching color to replace failed sealant beads.
  • Consult Solar Innovations® for any touch up paints required.
  • Consult Solar Innovations® about any abnormalities that may be noticed.
  • LIMIT walking on sloped glazing; walk directly on vertical glazing bar caps instead.
  • Remember that glass is a reduced friction surface, and walking on it can be hazardous, particularly when glass is wet or coated in pollen. Safety equipment should be worn, and only experienced glaziers should attempt to walk on glass slopes.

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Greenhouses

 

19.)   WHERE SHOULD I LOCATE MY GREENHOUSE?

The greenhouse should be located where it gets adequate exposure to the sun. A greenhouse should get a minimum of six hours a day for most plants to bloom.  A greenhouse can be attached to your home or it can be a freestanding unit. An attached greenhouse is certainly more convenient, as you can avoid inclement weather when necessary. This type of greenhouse may also be less expensive to build and provide easier access to utilities such as water, electricity, and the heating/cooling source. Another item to consider in areas where outdoor temperatures vary widely is the glass area exposed to outdoor temperatures and the heating and cooling costs to keep the greenhouse temperate. Detached greenhouses allow for more flexibility with regard to size, shape, and exposure to the sun.

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20.)   WHAT TYPE OF GLASS SHOULD I CHOOSE?

Choosing the right type of glass is almost as important as choosing the right structure. Since glass comprises the majority of your structure, it is as important as the accessories. In many situations, the roof glass is chosen to be different than the wall glass. A tinted or more reflective glass is often used in the roof. This helps improve heat retention during cool months and limits heat gain during warm months. Clear glass is often used in walls to allow for a better view from inside and outside the structure. Consult with your Solar Innovations, Inc. design specialist who will help you decide on the right glass for your structure based on its location, design, and purpose.

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21.) WILL I NEED UTILITIES?

More than likely, yes.  Most structures require a minimum of heating and cooling.  Electric is required if you want to use an automated ridge vent.  If you ever plan on using the structure past 5:00pm on winter nights you will need power for lighting and outlets to plug in floor lamps or lights on a Christmas tree. Inside a greenhouse you will need water for the plants.  A hose hook up and an automatic humidifier will both require a water line.

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22.) WHAT GREENHOUSE ACCESSORIES DO I NEED?

The purpose and location of your structure determines which accessories are best suited for it. When you discuss your project with our design staff, they will work with you to determine which accessories you need. Solar Innovations® offers a full line of greenhouse accessories including heater, coolers, ridge vents, and  circulation fans, various bench types, plant hangers, watering, humidifying, and control systems . Combining the right accessories, glass and structure is the key to creating a perfect environment. Solar Innovations, Inc.  is committed to this mission.

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23.) WHAT IS THE BEST ENVIRONMENT FOR PLANT-LIFE IN A GREENHOUSE?

The best environment for your plant will be based on the species of plant you are growing.  An orchid greenhouse needs a vastly different interior climate than a vegetable greenhouse. In general, a residential greenhouse should have its own heating system or a separate zone from the home heating system. Likewise, a commercial greenhouse or research greenhouse should not share the same heating system as the rest of the building. The fuel can be gas, oil, or electricity. Forced air heat is acceptable for a greenhouse, but perimeter baseboard, hot water heat is preferable because it is more uniform throughout the greenhouse and provides a more constant temperature.

Optimum night temperature in a greenhouse is 55 to 60 degrees.

Shades are recommended for low light plants, retractable shades are preferred for maximum benefit.

A humidifier may be required  for plants that need high amounts of humidity

An evaporative cooler may be beneficial for growing  most plants Without an evaporative cooler, the temperatures can easily soar over a hundred degrees in the dead of summer.

Air circulation is important, and many types of fans are available to move the air and circulate the temperatures in a greenhouse.

It is important to vent hot air from the greenhouse., a motorized roof vent system with its own thermostat is preferable. Operable windows in the walls of the greenhouse will allow outside air to circulate and replace the warm air that is escaping from the roof vents. The operable windows speed up the chimney-like flow of air. Screens keep the insects from the greenhouse environment.

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