What To Look For In Window Screens

| 25 July 2016

Back in the day, window screens were made of horsehair. We’ve come along way since using Mr. Ed’s mane to keep insects out of our homes. Nowadays window screens come in a variety of colours and materials. With all these options on the market, how do you know which one to choose?

What To Look For In Window Screens

Here’s what to look for when selecting a window screen:

Fibreglass and aluminum

These two are the most popular materials used for window screens today. Both fibreglass and aluminum are durable, rust-resistant and affordable. Bronze wire screening is also available and it is made up of 90 per cent copper and 10 per cent zinc. This type of screen is more costly though. So, if you’re looking for a durable option at a reasonable price stick with fibreglass or aluminum window screens.

Retractable screens

These are screens that roll back into their shade for those days when you need a fully opened window. A retractable screen is spring-loaded, which means it retracts into the window’s head when you don’t need it and slides down when you do. It locks in place when it’s down so you don’t have to worry about the screen blowing in the wind. The goal of a window screen is to keep insects out. If you live in a rural area that is very buggy, you will probably not care for this option. Retractable screens work better in places where insects aren’t a problem.

Pet-resistant options

With pets around, it’s probably safe to say that they’ll find a way to ruin your window screens. No matter how high your windows are, your cat will get up there and go to town on the screen. To avoid a shredded screen caused by cat or dog claws, look for vinyl-coated polyester materials. These screens are heavier than most products available and your pet’s claws don’t stand a chance against them.

Solar blocking screens

These are screens that come with UV protection, sort of like sunscreen. However, solar blocking screens are more expensive and not particularly necessary for all homes. If you’re worried about your furniture getting wrecked by the sun’s rays, you may find it easier to move it out of the sun than to spend extra money on solar-blocking window screens.

Find the highest quality product

If you’re looking to get a new window screen, you’ll want to find something that lasts. That means going with a product made from a quality material. One of the best types of window screens is teflon, a strong, durable material that can withstand strong Canadian climates and takes minimum maintenance to last for decades.

If you’re looking for window screens or to upgrade your existing windows, contact us today. Landmark Home Solutions can equip your home with gorgeous new windows at an affordable price.

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