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Before You Buy: Your Guide to Window Screens



Before You Buy: Your Guid

Before You Buy: Your Guide to Window Screens

September 12, 2019

Aren’t windows great? You can see out of them, you can open them for more fresh airflow, and they let in that sweet, sweet natural light all hours of the day. Although that can be annoying if you’re trying to keep your house cool. Especially during those in-between moments where it’s hot enough to be annoying, but cool enough to not make you want to turn on the air conditioning. What’s the solution? Window screens! But what’s the right mesh for you? Just check out our guide below.

Insect Mesh

Insect Mesh

No one wants to invite termites, wasps, and other nasty bugs into their home for a bug parade or insect rave party. While all window screens will block out insects, depending on the mesh weave, some also offer other side benefits. An insect mesh is typically a more basic screening although it will also block out around 50% of sunlight. This is the best choice if you’ve had insect problems, or just want a basic screen to keep out some sunlight. It’s also one of the best for air-flow as most insect screening solutions aren’t very dense.

Solar Mesh

Solar Mesh

Sun is great until it’s cooking you inside your home like an Easy-Bake Oven. The best solution is to get some window screens with a solar mesh. These are specially designed to block out up to 75% of the heat and glare. By installing these you can also protect your curtains, furniture, rugs, and carpets from fading. While not super dense, these can still give you a little privacy as well.

Privacy Mesh

Privacy Mesh

Being able to control privacy in your home is important, even more so if you have little kids or live in an area where there are many angles for people to see into your home. The last thing you want to wake up to is a peeping tom or tina staring back at you from binoculars as you change in the morning. Solution? A privacy mesh for screening your windows. These solutions are very dense and have the added bonus of blocking out around 90% of UV rays.

Screens are typically easy to install, but it helps if you know what type of window you have. Common types are single or double-hung, casement, awning, sliding, and tilt and turn windows. While it can be challenging to find some of the less common ones on our aforementioned list, Phantom Screens Okanagan has a window screen available for each, and all types of mesh listed above.

Contact our sales department to find the best window screens for your home: 250.762.7592.

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