Generally speaking you’d be forgiven for thinking that an insect screens is a modern invention but let’s face it, ever since the beginning of time man (and indeed woman) has been plagued by insects and they’ve been the bane of our lives ever since. So it probably comes as no surprise that insect screens are in fact centuries old. That said, they haven’t always been made of fibreglass or other synthetic materials. Let’s take a closer look.
Cloth or silk
Ever since the invention of window frames there has been some type of cloth screening. Admittedly in the very early days, they were very crude and kept everything out including the light and the air, but they worked. It was however the ancient Chinese that first used expensive silk. Often decorated with intricate designs they were placed on the windows of well-to-do dignitaries and merchants to show off their status. Later on silk gave way to lace and eventually cheesecloth as it was long lasting and cheaper to produce (screens for the masses if you like) although it acted more like an insulator and those houses who had them tended to swelter during the hot summer months, when you needed them most.
Stone and Wood
You probably wouldn’t immediately think of stone or wood as being the best material for keeping out insects and flies, but they were used extensively from the Ancient Roman times right through to the Middle ages. Partly as decoration, but mainly to keep insects, noise and smells out, they were also seen throughout Asia and the Middle East, often with intricate fretwork. Over time coloured glass was added to the fretwork and these became the very first stained glass windows.
By the time of the Industrial Revolution Wire production became both plentiful and affordable. As such by the 1840’s fine strands of wire were being woven into mesh for insect screens which were then interspersed with horse hair. They became so successful that the resulting screens went on to be supplied right up until the early1900’s, being shipped all over the world.
Nowadays we have a wide variety of choice on offer. Modern mesh is made from fibreglass, aluminium, or copper/zinc alloy and is lightweight, durable and weather proof. Speciality screens can also be provided for decorative interest, or as an anti bite-proof material for cats and dogs, or indeed for sun control. High intensity screens help to keep those inside cooler by blocking out 80-90% of the UV spectrum.
If you want to find out more about how modern day insect screens can help you, then contact Down Under Insect and Security Screens. With over 20 years experience in the industry we know a thing or two about fly and security screening. So give us a call on 07 3807 3355 and let us give you a competitive quote today.