Window Screens

Articles on the Different Types and Quality of Window Screens, Advantages and Disadvantages, Costs, Maintenance Tips, and More.

All about Window Screens

August 22, 2011
Window Screens

Window screens improve comfort. They let you open your windows to let fresh air into your home, while keeping pesky bugs and insects from entering. 

Window screens may be made of metal wire, fiberglass wire, or synthetic fiber mesh and are stretched in a frame of wood or metal and placed over a window opening. Their primary purpose is to prevent bugs, birds, other animals, and air-borne debris from entering your home, while permitting fresh air flow. Most houses the U.S. have screens on all exterior windows. Screens are especially important in areas that have large mosquito or other flying pest populations.

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Solar Window Screens

According to a recent study by the U.S. Department of Energy, shading a home’s windows and doors is the best way to prevent heat from building up inside the structure. Placing solar window screens on exterior windows and doors is the most effective home treatment to counter these effects.

By placing solar screens on exposed exterior windows and doors, homeowners can reduce interior temperatures by as much as 20 degrees.  Now that’s cool!

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Solar Window Screens

Solar window screens can help lower your home energy bills. They’re added to the exterior of your home windows, much like a regular window screen. They significantly reduce the amount of exterior heat that can be transferred through your windows from the outside, without blocking views from inside the home.

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Looking at the Different Types of Window Screens

Window screens are also called insect screens. They’re used to cover the opening of a window. Their main purpose is to protect against insects and flying debris. However, some also protect against harmful rays, unwanted light, and even inclement weather.

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Examining Window Screens: Advantages and Disadvantages

Window screens can be made of aluminum, fiberglass, metal wire, nylon, or polyester. Less common materials include galvanized steel, brass, copper, and stainless steel. Some screens are stretched in a wood or metal frame, while others roll into a pocket when not in use.

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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.

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