High Quality vs. Low Quality Window Screens: What Differentiates Them?

Written by AnonymousApril 13, 2011

Discussing the Differences Between Low and High Quality Window Screens

Window screens help block heat and sun, and keep insects and animals from entering the home. A high quality window screen performs these basic functions, in addition to having superior strength and durability. A low quality window screen may perform some basic functions, but rarely is it durable and strong enough to stand the test of time. Fortunately, you can avoid low quality window screens by examining material, color, and design.

Material

High quality window screens are made of aluminum, fiberglass, or similar materials, or less common materials such as stainless steel. Low quality windows screens may use cheaper materials such as polyester or a combination high quality and low quality materials.

The type of frame material used is another marker of quality. Metal or wood frames are higher quality than plastic. Many low quality screen frames use plastic or hybrid materials to cut costs.

Color

Charcoal, black, and brown are the most common screen colors. They block heat and sun, which keeps the room at a comfortable temperature during summer. Silver is a popular color for insect screens, but it doesn’t offer the same sun- and heat-blocking ability as darker colors. Low quality screens are lighter and some are even green.

Design

A high quality screen doesn’t ripple in the wind. It’s designed to withstand high winds, and it won’t stretch when pushed. A low quality screen ripples in the wind, it stretches easily when pressed on, and can sustain damages such as holes and tears.

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