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Guide to Buying Window Screens
Commonly called insect screen or wire mesh, a window screen, is designed as a cover to the window’s opening without blocking fresh air. It prevents insects and other unwanted critters find their way into the home through the windows. Although initially designed for this purpose, it has since evolved to include many other functions, including condensed water collection, window decoration, and as solar screens. Window screens are also replaced during winter by storm windows. However, the availability of hybrid windows consisting of both glass storm windows and sliding screens has since reduced such seasonal replacements.
Types of screens based on fabric material
Window screens can be differentiated by the fabric material used for making the mesh. Many specialty products are being marketed nowadays, but window and vinyl-coated fiberglass window screens are still the most common. They have different properties, as well as prices, and also have their respective pros and cons.
Vinyl-coated fiberglass screening is the most popular in the market due to its practicality. It is resistant to rust and stains. It is not prone to dents when pushed or hit, but it tears easily when stretched too much. Although available in charcoal and light grey colors, its opaqueness can be detracting and somewhat obstructive to better window visibility from the exterior, which makes it not the best option if the home’s architectural appeal is of considerable importance.
Aluminum window screening is also a popular choice. It is made of rugged, aluminum mesh that is durable and more resistant to stretching and tearing compared to the former. This also makes it more expensive. In this type of screening, the mesh is coated with a protective material in gray, black, or clear. Clear protective coating allows it to show aluminum’s natural metallic color.
The earliest types of window screens made use of galvanized steel for making the mesh. As we know, it has since been replaced by other types for its being highly prone to corrosion or rusting. Nonetheless, steel window screens are still being sold as specialty products.
Talking of specialty window screening, bronze, brass, and copper are also used as mesh materials. They are less common and more expensive than the rest, but are preferred for their high aesthetic appeal. Brand new screens have reddish yellow luster and will turn blue-green over time. This unique reaction also protects the mesh wire from weathering. So, these specialty windows offer both long-lasting durability and elegant antique look.
Different screening designs
Small-insect screening is different from standard screening as they are specially designed with fine mesh for blocking entry of insects tinier than mosquitoes and houseflies like fruit flies and no-see-ums. Not just tiny and annoying, no-see-ums are also notorious for painful bites. Effective as it is against these insects, finer mesh also lets less light and air in than the standard mesh.
Solar screening features very fine mesh and let in only very little light. It is a great way of keeping your home a lot cooler on sunny days. Visibility from the outside is minimal, but you can see quite clearly from the inside.
While the former screening designs make use of fine mesh to serve their purpose, pet screening puts rather more weight on the fabric material’s durability and elasticity. This is to lessen the chance of pets breaking the wires and passing through the opening. Additionally, this can also be very helpful in keeping small children from going out through the window.
In terms of wire strength, security screens are on the top. The mesh consists of a heavier gauge wire with larger weave openings. This kind of screens is especially designed to provide more resistance against burglars and other criminals and keep the people inside safe. That is if doors and other areas of the home are also well-secured. While it helps in restraining outsiders from breaking in, it is not effective against small insects and animals, but you can back it up with fine mesh screens if needed.
Tips for window screen shoppers
Determine first whether you’re buying for a screen repair or replacement project. It is not necessary to buy a replacement when damages are minor and repairable.
Some broken wires can easily be folded back and glued to each other using a compatible adhesive. For relatively bigger or several small holes, you can buy a patch that can be glued over the holes. Remember that the patch you buy should match the color, size, and the material of the damaged window screen.
Screen with holes that are too large to be repaired should be replaced. Same is true if the holes are made by small children or pets for better security.
If replacement is inevitable, choose whether you want to replace the entire screen or just the mesh. The first one is the easier option, but you have to make sure that the new frame is of the same type and size with the original.
If you choose to replace just the screening mesh and reuse the frame, make sure to buy spline with the correct diameter. Easy-to-follow instructions on how to replace the mesh can be searched online.
Choosing the color of the screen depends on whether visibility or style is more important to you. Darker mesh wires reduce glare and make for greater visibility from the inside and out. Lighter mesh wires, on the other hand, may look better with your window.
Top Window Screen Brands
Established in 1903, Andersen Corporation is an international company that manufactures windows and doors and is one of the largest in North America. They market many brands, including the top-selling Andersen Windows and Doors. Popular product categories include replacement window screens, intelligent window systems, and patio doors. They are known for their innovative window system designs and for their nature conservation efforts.
Larson is an American company that has been designing and manufacturing high-quality windows and doors for over 60 years. They are known for storm doors and windows, specialty doors, and retractable window screens, among others. As an industry leader, they take pride of their relentless innovation and second-to-none customer service.
Since 1925, Pella Corporation has been fusing technology, craftsmanship, and aesthetics in order to develop windows and doors that will make every home as beautiful as the owner want it to be. Each product is purposefully designed, which means that it comes with helpful features to make day-to-day life easier. Pella has received the Energy Star award from the US Environmental Protection Agency in recognition of their commitment to energy-efficient and sustainable production.