Screens on windows and doors on a house can do wonders. They can let in natural light, help maintain privacy and security, act as a barrier from outside elements, create airflow, and much more. There are types of window screens you can pick from, and each option helps add value and curb appeal to your home or business. Take a look at some of the most popular window screen options available today.

Different Types of Window Screens Explained

Fiberglass Window Screens

Fiberglass is one of the most common types of window screens and is commonly used in homes and commercial properties. Some key features of fiberglass are that it doesn’t corrode, stain, or rust. On the other hand, it is a bit less durable compared to aluminum, and it can stretch over time and tear more easily than aluminum.

There are plenty of styles and sizing options you can choose from with this material though. Most fiberglass screen mesh is small enough to keep bugs out and let the breeze and natural light in. There are smaller options available, but these aren’t as efficient for allowing wind through the home.

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Aluminum Window Screens

Aluminum screening is a thin metal mesh. Although it looks great and is more durable than fiberglass, it can bend easily and is susceptible to dents. It’s also a bit more expensive than fiberglass, but the appearance and options available are the real allure of this material.

If you decide to go with aluminum screens, you’ll have the option to pick from a multitude of colors in various sizes. They are guaranteed to last longer and look just as nice as, if not better than fiberglass. 

Solar Window Screens

Solar or “sun” screens are commonly found on patios, pool decks, porches, or in some cases, on the side of a house in warmer climates. The main purpose of these screens is to block out the heat of the sun, absorb any excess heat, keep air conditioning costs down, allow for privacy, and help keep furniture from fading.

These factors are great, however, they reduce the amount of natural light by 30-40%. Solar screens are a great option if you live in a warmer climate or if the sun is stronger near your home. 

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Privacy and Security Window Screens

You may mistake security screens from aluminum screens because of how similar they look. Security screens are much thicker and stronger though and can withstand significant impacts if needed. The screens are virtually pry-proof and are also very easy to clean. Many styles, sizes, and varieties are available depending on who supplies them in your area.

These types of window screens are the perfect option to protect the front door of your home or commercial property. If security and privacy are important to you, consider paying the extra money to go this route.

Specialty Window Screens

Other types of screens used are pet resistant and retractable screens. Retractable screens are like shades; you pull them down when you need to use them and back up when you don’t. They are made to fit any size window and can be “clicked” into place when ready to use.

Pet resistant screens are quite durable and are made from heavy-duty, vinyl-coated polyester. These screens ideal for large dog owners and are typically sold as a “do it yourself” project.

When you’re ready for your next window and screen replacement, give the professionals at Glass West a call to see what we have to offer and get your free quote!