If you have a cat or a dog, you are aware of the damage they can cause a window or door screen. Children, as well, can do substantial damage. Insects, aging and weather conditions will and do erode away at the integrity of the window screen. Replacement or repair become a necessity over time. At this point, whether you decide to hire a professional or install the screen on your own, you have to look at the market, and what it screen types are best suited for your home.
Basic Types of Window Screens
The screen stretching across the window frame may be composed of several materials. Your home may feature a screen composed of any of the following material:
- Metal wire
Choosing the right one for your home will depend upon your budget, the current condition of your window frame, the build of your windows, the style of your home and, of course, the climate.
Two Common Types: Aluminum and Fiberglass
The two basic and most common types of window screens are aluminum and fiberglass. Both have advantages and weaknesses. Aluminum frames get dints and scratches, while determined cats can destroy a fiberglass screen with relative ease. When choosing a window screen replacement, it is important to keep in mind these and the above stated factors entering into your decision to prefer one to the other.
Fiberglass Window Screens: This type of screen is available in several grades ranging from fine to heavy duty. The finer type is best for an area where fine particles of dust and small insects would be capable of penetrating either medium or large size mesh. The standard size features a medium mesh. It is the least expensive and the most commonly employed by American homeowners. The final grade addresses issues of heavy storms and large windows. If you need a durable window screen, choose the heavy duty type – more expensive but it may prove to be essentially and cost-effective.
Aluminum Window Screens: Aluminum screening has its own supporters. They note the material possesses three highly desirable characteristics. It is
- Resistant to rust
- corrosive resistant – making it ideal for sea coasts residence and cottages
While there are so-called “pet-screens” and copper based frames and screen, the more commonly available and used types are these.
Window Screen Replacement
If you have a window and intend to open it, you need a window screen. Screens do what their name implies – they screen materials and beings from entering your home. Like your windows, they may be durable and exhibit longevity, but eventually require repair or replacement. When it comes to a window screen replacement, be sure to discuss the pros and cons of the potential screen types – referencing your climate and weather conditions, before you hire a service or decide to install new ones on your own.
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