Window Screens: Screening the Possibilities

January 02, 2010

Window screens have come a long way from their rag tag ancestors that were quick to snag, run and sag while obstructing views in the process. But luckily, window manufacturers have gotten wise with windows, as they have modernized window screens to keep up with homeowner demands for low visibility and high protection from pests.

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Window screens are now offered in a more flexible fiberglass material. It's not only cost effective and easy to install, but fiberglass window screens resist creases, dents and unraveling. Aluminum wired screens are still available, as aluminum is still a strong, durable screen material that resists rust and sagging. The aluminum normally has a protective finish to prevent corrosion.

What normally makes a window screen more low profile is the diameter of the wire used in the screen mesh. Normal window screens offer a diameter of .011, while screens with a lower profile are normally .008 in diameter. With the smaller diameter of the screening material, the openings should be reduced as well, so a tighter weave is necessary, which normally results in a higher quality product.

In marsh or beach areas, consider investing in a tighter weave in a window screen that can keep out the infamous no-see-ums and gnats that tend to invisibly patrol these areas. These miniature pests can be a major annoyance and make indoor/outdoor spaces uninhabitable during warm weather if a screen is not used.

Window screens allow homeowners to enjoy ventilation and breezes while keeping the pests out. It's well worth investing in quality window screens to make the most of the protection they offer while keeping their visibility to a minimum.

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