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At AffordableWindowScreens.com, we classify Window Screens as screens used to protect against insects, as well as provide ventilation.
The most common materials used for insect screening material are aluminum, fiberglass, and in some cases PVC (for solar insect screens). Fiberglass is flexible, economical and easy to install. It will not crease, dent or unravel. Fiberglass mesh is also more opaque than aluminum mesh, allowing for greater visibility.
One key difference between types of Window Screen material is the MESH SIZE. You'll see dimensions like 18×16 mesh (standard); or other sizes like 18×14 (good for pool, patio & porch insect screening) and 20×20 (no-see-um screens). So for an 18x16 mesh, this means that within one square inch, there are 18 horizontal fibers and 16 vertical fibers.
All orders for window screens are custom made to your specifications.
Fiberglass is the most common type of window screen; and Phifer's Fiberglass is woven from glass yarn and coated with a protective vinyl to ensure lasting beauty, color and flexibility. It is produced under the most exacting conditions to meet extremely rigid specifications. There are a number of different types of Fiberglass window screen products that you can choose from to ensure the best result for your intended use.
Aluminum Window Screen is strong and durable screening that resists rust and will not sag. A protective finish prevents corrosion and strengthens the weave.
Solar Insect Screens offer the ultimate in insect protection while at the same time blocking up to 65% of the sun’s heat and glare. This screen also improves daytime privacy while offering excellent outward visibility. Solar insect screening works whether the windows are open or closed.
Regular Fiberglass Insect Screens offer about 30% shading; where as Phifer® Solar Insect Screens block up to 65% of the sun's hot rays.
For an overall look at the different properties of window screens and the different factors that might affect your purchase decision, see the chart below:
Solar Screens are an easily installable, exterior full-window screens that:
At AffordableWindowScreens.com, we use Phifer SunTex® screen material. SunTex is a unique woven mesh that can block 80-90% of the sun’s hot rays before they enter your windows. SunTex is ideal for use as a shading fabric on windows, doors and porches and offers good ventilation. This heavy-duty fabric made of strong vinyl-coated polyester is resistant to pet damage. Developed originally for use in outdoor furniture, SunTex is mildew and fade resistant and needs only an occasional cleaning with mild soap and water.
Depending upon the grade of solar screen installed, a solar screen can block up to 90 percent of the sun's heat instead of letting it through to the window glass. The image below represents the type of blockage that a solar screen will provide.
This depends on what you would like to accomplish. The table below outlines the benefits and characteristics of the different choices of Solar Screen Material.
There are rebate programs from federal, state, city and local governments as well as private programs available. View our interactive rebate map to see what programs are available in your area.
Hey Jason,I have my screens and they are great! Fit was perfect and they are made better than the builders screens.Thanks for a good job and I have already recommended your company to neighbors.DaveTega Cay, SC