Every time I’ve walked into our new kitchen during the late afternoon / early evening with its west facing windows, I think to myself “it’s time to make sun screens.” Well, I finally got around to it so now the sun doesn’t blind us and we have improved energy efficiency, which is important in sunny and hot Texas.
Standard fiberglass insect screen is made from vinyl-coated fiberglass threads in charcoal and silver gray. It won’t crease like aluminum screening, but it’s more opaque. It’s also more flexible and, therefore, easier to install in an aluminum frame with a spline or in one of the proprietary screen-framing systems.
Source: How to Choose an Insect Screen
There are better ways to stay dry on your screened porch during a rain shower than donning a raincoat. Shield your screened porch with a protective barrier against incoming rain. Innovative solutions incorporate moisture-repellent outdoor fabrics, specialty windows and custom-designed systems to help keep your screened porch and furnishings dry during a rainstorm.
Window screens are absolute necessities in the summer. They allow us to enjoy the summer breeze without having to worry about bugs and other unwanted critters. Unfortunately, we often forget to clean them and they build up with grime, dirt and dust. Luckily, we’ve got an easy way to clean your screens in just a few simple steps.
Hello AT, Even though it’s hard to believe that spring is actually coming, I was hoping to get some advice with respect to window screens. I am lucky (or unlucky) enough to have very large windows – 76″ inches wide (and double that in height). I am on the parlor floor of my building, so I can’t leave the window open without a screen for bug reasons (and also because I have a very fresh-air-loving pooch)… (Note: Include a pic of your problem and your question gets posted first. Email questions and pics with QUESTIONS in subject line to:editor(at)apartmenttherapy(dot)com)Link To All Good Questions
On a recent Weather Channel segment, Danny demonstrated retractable screens that piqued viewer’s interest. Questions for more information have been pouring in. The screens used in the segment are product of Phantom Screens. We contacted Phantom Screens for more information on their products, and they had the following to say:
Window screening was once characterized by bug barriers that were woven from horse hair. Modification in the textile looms replaced horse hair with galvanized screening; however, steel had limitations due to rusting. Steel gave way to non rusting alternatives such as aluminum and fiberglass. Today, these are the most common materials in the market. The two make good window screening options, however, it helps to know the difference between aluminum and fiberglass window screens so that you can make the right choice based on the application.
The traditional method of screening a porch has pretty much remained the same for a hundred years. That’s unfortunate, because it’s a flawed system. Small tacks or staples are used to attach the screening to the porch posts and railings. Then, narrow wood battens are nailed up to conceal all of the seams and fasteners.