How To Pick The Right Insect Screen For Your Windows And Doors

retractable insect screenYou’d be forgiven for thinking that choosing the right insect screens for your windows and doors is a simple process, but the truth is that with so many different options available, it isn’t always that easy. So what exactly are they?

In essence insects screens are mesh-like panels that are designed to be attached either to the inside or outside of your windows or doors to keep insects such as flies, wasps, moths, and mosquitoes out of your home. Insect screens can be fixed, semi-fixed, or retractable depending upon your needs and requirements. With this in mind, let’s take a closer look at what type of screens are suitable for various types of window or door.

Standard-fixed variety

This is arguably the most common form of insect screen and comes in a wide variety of sizes, so getting the right window measurements is key. They are usually made with aluminium frames but can also be made in timber to match wooden windows. However both generally come with fibre-glass mesh infills as it’s strong and durable. These type of frames are usually held in place with movable turn buttons and suit small to large sliding windows and are also good for double-hung windows.

Porthole fixed

Constructed in the same way as standard fixed screens the only difference is that they have a porthole access contained within the mesh infill. These are perfect for awning windows and small to large casement windows.

Slider screens

This type of screen is made specifically for sliding doors and is moveable or semi-fixed. The screen sits on the door sill with rollers and slide backwards and forwards independent of the doors. This means that when it’s a lovely sunny day, you can open your sliding doors and still have total insect protection inside your home.


Retractable screens

This type of screen is best used on larger window and door openings only. The screens can be installed so that they retract from either a horizontal or vertical position and can either be controlled by a series of pulleys (as you would venetian blinds) or remotely (as you would a garage door). Obviously the remote versions will be more expensive, but they can also add value to your home if you’re looking to sell in the future. If you don’t particularly like the sight of insect screens then retractable screens might be the answer because when retracted they disappear totally into the housing unit keeping them out of sight.


Drop screens

Drop screens are less commonly used but are perfect for those who see a constant stream of traffic through entry points such as door openings. They suit most types of doors and windows,but one thing to remember is that when the screen is retracted it renders it ineffective.


Magnetic screens

These are relatively new to the market  and consist of a magnetic strip frame with fibre-glass mesh infill. As the name suggests they attach to the outside or inside of your window frame using the power of magnetism. Initially they’re cheaper to buy than most other types of insect screening, but they do have to be replaced every six months to ensure the screen retains it’s magnetic properties. These are suitable for all types of windows including slider, double hung, casement and awning, but are not suitable for doors.

If you need any further advice on how to pick the right insect screen for your windows and doors the you can always contact the experts at Down Under Screens and Security. We’ve been successfully fitting insect screens and security doors for many years and have the experience to advise you of the best course of action. For a free, no-obligation quote, contact us directly on 07 38070 3355. Our friendly team are standing by to help.

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