3 Considerations When Installing Insect Screens


Insects are a nuisance although they are also an essential part of the environment as they are a key part of the food chain and very efficient at removing waste products from the planet, including dead animals and plants. 

However, appreciating their significance doesn’t mean you want the insects in your home, especially if they are pests like flies and mosquitoes that carry disease. That’s why most homeowners look to invest in insect screens that keep the pests outside of your home. 

However, before you rush to get screens for all your windows and doors, there are three important considerations to be aware of.

  • Quality Is Important 

You can invest in flyscreen doors and windows, or you can choose the basic versions at a fraction of the price. While the cheaper versions are attractive to your wallet, they are not the best choice for the long term.

High-quality insect screens will last significantly longer than cheaper versions, making them better value for money. It is also worth noting that the higher-quality screens are generally built with a finer mesh, helping to ensure insects can’t get into your home. 

  • Type Of Screen

You may not have thought of it before but there is actually an array of insect screens on the market. You need to be aware of the different types to ensure you invest in the right one for your needs. 

Screens can be attached by magnets to your window, they can be fitted to allow them to slide, or even adopt an almost permanent approach. 

It is worth noting that screens reduce the amount of light that enters your home. The difference is minimal but noticeable. This should be considered when choosing your screen as there may be times you are comfortable removing the screen and need to be able to do so easily. 

It can help to look at the different types of screen available at showrooms or in friend’s houses. This will help to ensure you make the right decision on the first attempt. 

  • The Fit

Every window is different. Your insect screens need to fit on the opposite side to how the window opens and they need to fit the space available. That can mean having larger screens or having them custom-made to ensure the entire window is covered.

The same applies if your window is an unusual shape. In this instance, you will almost certainly need a custom insect screen. Getting the fit right is important to ensure the insects can’t squeeze around the sides. 

Don’t forget that you need to check and seal up any gaps around doors and windows. You also need to consider the gap under your entry doors. Fitting a brush to the bottom of your door can help to prevent insects from crawling in at night. 

If you are dealing with an unusual design or are not sure of the best way to attach your screens to your windows and doors, get the professionals to help. They can handle everything from measuring to fitting, all you have to do is choose the insect screens. 

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