Window screens are a great addition to the home, especially during the summertime when you want to allow a lovely stream of air to flow through your house, but you want to make sure that the bugs and even birds stay outside. But choosing your window screen can often be tricky, and it can be hard to know which material to go for and what to look for. Here’s a brief overview of the different types of window screens to help you decide.
Window screen materials
Once upon a time, window screens were woven from horse hair, but fortunately things have progressed and nowadays we have a few different options to choose from. The most commonly used materials for the screen are aluminium and vinyl-coated fibreglass, however aluminium is used more as it’s cheaper. Aluminium screens generally come in black, grey, and aluminium colours, and it’s a very affordable option, plus it’s extremely strong. Vinyl-coated fibreglass doesn’t rust or stain like aluminium, however it’s slightly weaker and can tear more easily than aluminium.
You can also choose from “speciality” screens, such as solar screening, pet-resistant screens and different coloured screens. Solar screens are generally made from vinyl-coated fibreglass because the tightly-woven fabric helps to block a lot of sunlight and heat from the sun, preventing the indoors from heating up and reducing cooling costs. Solar screens look opaque from the outside but they do block the amount of light that comes in, however this is great for protecting furniture and keeping your home cool. You can also find bronze, brass, stainless-steel and copper screen wire that’s more expensive than aluminium but it looks more aesthetically pleasing and can blend better with your home. Vinyl-coated polyester screens are a great option if you have pets as they’re seven times stronger than other screens that will stretch rather than snap.
As well as the type of window screen mesh or wire, you also need to think about the framing. It’s a good idea to work with your local carpenter when installing your window screens to ensure that the framework for the window screen is sized up and installed correctly, and that the aesthetic matches the rest of your home. Window screens can look great if fitted properly, so it’s worthwhile to work with a professional carpenter.