Uncovering 7 Common Mistakes Consumers Make When Buying Retractable Insect Screens

confused DIYAlthough retractable insect screens have been around for several decades in the USA they’re relatively new here in Australia. One of the reasons for their popularity is that they have certain advantages over their non-retractable cousins. If you’ve been researching retractable screens and are looking to buy them for your home, then it will pay you to avoid these 7 common mistakes. Let’s take a closer look.

Insufficient research

If consumers fail to do their research they’ll not be aware of the options available to them and indeed the problems that might arise if they end up purchasing the wrong type of screening for their home. Therefore the first lesson is that before you consider buying, do your homework first and learn everything there is to know about them.

Buying Screens not fit for purpose

This goes hand in hand with mistake number 1 as windows and doors come in many different sizes, variations, and configurations. The trouble is, so too do retractable screens, so make sure you purchase a screen fit for purpose rather than buying it because it’s cheap.


There are many DIY retractable screens on the market that you yourself have to put together to install. The problem is that if you don’t correctly interpret both the cutting and the assembly information exactly, it can easily render your purchase useless. In other words, you have to know what you’re doing. Of course you can avoid this problem altogether by purchasing manufactured screens that are ready to fit.

Have the unwavering belief that they’re easy to install

Not only are retractable screens tricky to assemble yourself, but installing them is no easy task either. It might look like a breeze but unless you know what you’re doing, you could be throwing good money down the drain. Instead get total peace-of-mind and call in the professionals.

Assuming that any screen will do.

As stated earlier, different retractable insect screens are made for different doors and windows and the trick is buying the right screens that are suitable for your particular doors and windows. To avoid this problem you might want to get a pro to come round, take a look and give you a quote based on your specific needs.

Not thinking about after care

Although retractable screens are relatively low maintenance, that doesn’t mean that they’re ‘NO‘ maintenance. On the contrary, screens and screen tracks need to be kept free from debris, and depending upon the climate, the mesh may need to be entirely replaced from time to time. Do keep this in mind, especially, if you want to make the most from your investment.

Buying it for the wrong reasons

The point to remember is that retractable insect screens in general don’t offer security. They’re not meant to be used as blinds or wind breaks and this means that other than keeping insects out, they will have limitations on their use, so make sure that you’re purchasing them for the right reasons.

So there you have it. 7 common mistakes you might want to avoid.

If you’d like more information on retractable insect screening for your home or business or would like a no obligation quote, then contact Down Under Insect Screens and Security. We’ve been supplying and fitting insect screens and security doors for many years and have the skills and the expertise to carry out a great job. To get in touch dial 07 3807 3355 and talk to our friendly team about how we can help you.

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