It’s that time of year when the insects are starting to come out in force and for many people this means thinking about fly screen protection. The trouble is that there’s a lot of mixed information surrounding fly screens and for this reason people often get confused and end up making the wrong purchase. With this in mind, we’ve used this post to put together answers to five of the top FAQ’s people are asking. So without further ado let’s take a closer look.
FAQ 1 – Do they block out the light?
This is one of the most frequently asked questions that we come across and it’s understandable why many people would think that this was the case. In actual fact unless you choose to have a close weave solar screen mesh then there will be little or no light loss at all. In fact from our experience, once screens are fitted then from the inside you barely notice their presence at all.
FAQ 2 – Will my screens keep out every insect?
Standard 18 x16 grade mesh is designed to keep out most insects including mosquitoes, wasps, flies, bees and moths. In fact the majority of flying insects won’t try and squeeze themselves through small gaps. However if you do have an issue with tiny insects such as midges, fruit flies, or thrifts then you might want to opt for a smaller 20 x 20 or 20 x 30 mesh.
FAQ 3 – What about cleaning – Do they need to be removed?
For maximum efficiency screens do need to be cleaned regularly so that they remain free from dirt, dust, and insect debris. For this reason panel type screens are designed to be easily removed, cleaned in a standard solution of detergent and warm water, then rinsed off and air dried. The mesh is designed not to corrode or shrink, so this type of cleaning is ideal. The powder coated frames can then be easily wiped over using a damp cloth. Alternatively roller type screens are best cleaned ‘in situ’ using a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment .
FAQ 4 – What about Pets – Can they damage the screen mesh?
Although relatively tough, standard fibreglass mesh isn’t designed to be pet proof per se. However that really depends on what your pet is like. Kittens for example are known for their climbing prowess and often like to shimmy up screening, whereas older cats might not do this. In addition some dogs may paw at the screen whereas other dogs don’t. If you are concerned that your animal might ruin your fly screen then it is possible to purchase pet-friendly screening which has been specially toughened.
FAQ 5 – Are there more robust meshes available?
There’s no such thing as a totally indestructible fly screen, however you can purchase screen mesh made from other materials such as copper and even stainless steel. These however are usually more difficult to fit and are more expensive to purchase. If it’s protection you’re after then you might want to install an aluminium grill over a standard fly screen as this is easily achieved.
To find out more about fly screens or if you’re interested in a quote contact Down Under Screens and Security. We’ve been in the industry for many years and have the skills and the experience to fit the screening you need. Give us a call on 07 3807 3355 today.