Having flies, midges, and mosquitoes in your home isn’t only irritating and tiresome, when they land on your food they can also cause a health hazard. For this reason fly screens are the perfect solution for keeping insects such as flies, wasps, sandflies, mosquitoes, and spiders at bay. With this in mind, here are are some useful facts about fly screens that you might need to know.
3 types of screen
There are in essence three types of fly screen and these are;
Retractable – These can be erected almost anywhere including doors, windows and patios and can be retracted back when not needed. This can either be done remotely using a control unit or by a series of pulleys (like a blind). They’re designed to be discreet when retracted and can add value to a property.
Sliding -fixed – These are made specifically for sliding doors and are designed to be part of the door itself.
Hinged – This type of screen fits onto one side of the window or door usually via a hinged framework. They can be opened or closed just like shutters and are ideal for smaller windows and apertures. They are also cheaper than the retractable kind.
3 types of mesh
The mesh is the most important part of a fly screen and although it comes in a variety of different sizes there are in fact 3 types. These are;
Polyester/polypropylene – This is the most common (and usually the cheapest) form of mesh and is easily cleaned using soap and water. It’s normally pet proof as it has a strong resistance to cat clawing. It fits pretty much every type of fly screen and is ideal for residential houses.
Stainless steel – if you’re in need of strengthened secure mesh then stainless steel is the answer. It’s ideal for security doors for businesses and can be powder coated to give it a wide variety of colours.
Aluminium – Aluminium is an alternative to stainless steel and doesn’t tend to rust so it’s long lasting.
Larger scale fly screens can also be used in the form of an entire patio enclosure. They’re a great idea if you spend a lot of time outdoors and it enables you to relax, eat, drink, and entertain during the warm summer months without being plagued by hoards of flies, mosquitoes, and wasps.
To DIY or not?
You can of course buy self installing fly screens but they can be difficult to fit and you also have to make sure that you measure the exact window/door size and purchase the right type for your property. Alternatively there are plenty of companies that will measure up, supply, and fit a wide variety of retractable, hinged, and sliding fly screens so you don’t have to worry.
If you’re looking to install fly screens, a patio enclosure or would like to find out further information or to discuss your options, then give Down Under Screens and Security a call. We’ve been in the industry for many years and have fitted countless screens, security doors, and patio enclosures to a multitude of properties and businesses. Contact us today on 07 3807 3355 and speak to our friendly team.