The In’s and Out’s Of Window Screen Mesh

No-see-um-screeniing-meshMany houses in Australia are fitted with window screening to prevent disease carrying insects such as flies and of course mosquitoes from entering the home. While we may not pay attention to the mesh used in the screening, it becomes a vital part of the process. If for example the holes are too big then insects such as sand flies can enter your property at will and wreak havoc on any unsuspecting individual. Conversely, if the mesh is too fine and flimsy then it might not be strong enough and as a result can easily bend or tear. With this in mind we thought that it would be a good idea to take a quick look at the varying types of screen meshing available.

Standard fibreglass meshing

This is by far the most commonly used mesh because it’s both economical to manufacture and easy to install. Normally available in charcoal and silver grey colouring it shouldn’t crease up, dent, or unravel. It’s also good for keeping out everything but the tiniest of insects as the mesh size is 18mm x 16mm.

Aluminium mesh screening

As you might imagine aluminium meshing is stronger than standard fibreglass meshing but is also more expensive. Ideal for security doors it often comes in black and charcoal. It’s generally coated so it won’t rust or sag and the standard mesh sizing is again 18mm x 16mm.

Patio, pool and porch screening

This is a heavy-duty fibreglass screen made specifically for areas where a wide expanse of mesh is needed in place such as patios, porches, and pools. It comes in charcoal and silver although it’s thought the charcoal provides better visibility when looking out. The mesh size is slightly reduced and is usually 18mm x 14mm.

No-see-um insect screening

This is a fine mesh that’s been produced to keep out small insects such as sand flies, midges, and gnats that are most common in low lying or marshy areas. It can also be manufactured in a heavy-duty format ideal for pool enclosures but it’s relatively expensive when compared to other types of meshing. Usually only coming in charcoal colour it carries a 20mm x 20mm mesh diameter.

Bronze/copper screening

Bronze copper screening is as you’d imagine quite expensive, but what it does offer is a far superior quality and strength when compared to other types. It’s usually made up of 90% copper and 10% zinc and when new carries that distinctive copper colouring. However after a year or two the bright gold sheen oxidises, protecting the screen from corrosion. It’s normally produced in an 18mm x14mm mesh size.

If you’re considering insect screening and would like to seek advice about which type of meshing you should buy then contact Down Under Insect Screens and Security;. We’ve been in the industry for many years and have the experience to see that you get the right screening for your needs. Call us today on 07 3807 3355 and speak to our friendly team.


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