It used to be that the only thing you wanted out of a window screen was keeping the bugs out. Today’s window screens do so much more to keep your home healthy and safe.
Are you building a new home or looking to replace your window screens? Read this guide to the latest innovations to help you with choosing window screens that match your needs and home style.
1. What’s The Weather Like?
Have you ever heard of solar window screens? It may sound crazy, but window screens have been developed to actually block the sun’s rays by up to 90%. The reduction in heat transfer to your windows equals lower energy bills.
Do you live in an area that is prone to high winds from tornadoes or hurricanes? There’s a window screen for that!
Coated polyester window screens are strong to withstand high winds and even the occasional golf ball. In colder climates, screens for windows with this type of mesh material resist moisture build-up that results in freezing that damages traditional screens.
2. Safety in Strength
Aside from Mother Nature, a strong screen material can be a deterrent for home break-ins.
Security screens are made of stainless steel mesh. They come in fixed, key lock, and easy interior open styles. This type of window screen also works well for child safety and homes with pets.
They are the toughest screens but do not impede airflow or visibility. Security screens come in many colors for the frame and mesh. They are easily fitted to even the most complex window styles.
When comparing screen costs, keep safety in mind. A window screen that offers protection for accidental falls or makes it difficult to enter your home is worth it.
3. The Pests
So, the main purpose of a window screen is still to get airflow and keep the pests out. If you have very old screens, you may have noticed that very small insects like gnats are still able to get in.
Today’s window screens offer tighter mesh material that keeps out the smallest of insects without compromising visibility from within the home. This is done by using thinner material that is weaved closely.
Talk to your window screen provider about all of the color options for frames and mesh. A grey mesh will offer the best visibility from insect screens.
4. Preserve the View
Have a great view that you worry about blocking? There are no worries with retractable screens.
Rather than traditional fixed screens, choose screens that slide back when not in use. They come in many frame colors and grain styles to suit a wide variety of home styles. Retractable screens can be installed for both windows and doors.
Choosing Window Screens and More
Maybe you never put a lot of thought into what you expect when choosing window screens before. Hopefully, you have much more to think about as far as your window screen options.
In addition to the advancements in strength, energy-efficiency, and protection from dive-bombing critters, installing new screens can add a fresh and clean look to your home.
If you’ve enjoyed this article and found it informative, check our blog often for more on advancements in products that make home life a little more enjoyable.