Wednesday, November 11, 2020

How to Choose Custom Window Screens for Your Home

When shopping for new window screens for your home, it’s not a one-size-fits-all scenario. In fact, it’s common to have different types of screens for each room of your home. Your living room, for instance, is considered a high-traffic area when pets, children, and house guests are factored in. The screen you need for this room differs for your bedroom or home office. So, how do you know which type is suitable for each room? We’ll run down five of the most important areas of any home with important factors to take into consideration. No matter which window screens you choose, they’ll need to be customed ordered to fit the specific dimensions of your window openings.

1. Living Room

Since your living room is one of the most frequented areas of home, you’ll need custom window screens that are suitable for high traffic. Fiberglass is an excellent option for the living room, as it offers the flexibility you need when pets or children come into play. When pushed on, this screen material is very forgiving and will bounce back into place. Aluminum screens will show marks when pushed in, which will be noticeable. However, you may find you want better visibility from your screens, in which case UltraVue window screens are ideal.

If pets are your primary concern, there are screens specifically designed to be pet-resistant. They’re made of PVC-coated polyester yarn that has over 400 pounds of breaking strength, so even your cats or larger dogs won’t be able to claw through and ruin your new screens.

2. Bedrooms

For bedrooms, darkness is an important factor that helps keep the rooms cool. If your bedrooms receive a large degree of sunlight during the day, custom solar insect window screens are ideal. Not only do they block 65% sunlight, but they also prevent insects from making their way into your home. These are especially great for coastal homes that battle flies and mosquitos during the warmer months.

Since bedrooms are low traffic, you may instead want aluminum window screens. These can last up to 30 years undisturbed, whereas fiberglass typically lasts 10 to 12 years.


3. Kitchen

You may use your kitchen windows to keep an eye on your pets, children, or both while out in the backyard or the pool. In this case, custom UltraVue window screens are a must-have! They offer 25% more optical clarity and air flow, so you can clearly see what is going on in your yard. They also provide wonderful insect protection, keeping flies, spiders, wasps, bees, and more insects out of your kitchen.

4. Office

As another low traffic room of your home, your office space is a good location for custom aluminum window screens. These are totally insect resistant, unlike fiberglass which is easily consumed by grasshopper and other pests. It’ll help cut down on the heat of the room, helping you to feel more comfortable when spending time in the office.

5. Porch or Deck

For your porch or deck, there are several options that may best suit your needs. For larger windows, you’ll need the right size screens to fit the openings. If you don’t have an insect problem, consider custom fiberglass patio and porch screen panels. These do well in all climates, including coastal regions. However, if you do find bugs to be a concern, stick with aluminum. Note that aluminum is not corrosion resistant!

Maybe your problem is more so related to smaller insects like gnats or mosquitos. In this case, there is a type of screen called no-see-um. This window screen material features very small mesh openings that prevent the tiniest insects from getting inside your porch or deck area. Even gnats will be blocked!  


These are just a few examples of how to determine which type of custom window screens each room requires. Every homeowner’s needs are different, and you may have circumstances unlike those mentioned above. Before outfitting your entire home, take the time to figure out what each room needs. Ask yourself questions regarding screen lifespan, room traffic, pet concerns, sunlight issues, and the like. Once you have an idea of the type of window screen you need for every room, your search will become quite simple!