Choosing the Right Window Screens

Homeowners spend a lot of time purchasing the perfect windows for their homes, so why not go the extra mile and pick the right window screen too? Screens provide the finishing touch to a home’s window needs, but not all screens are the same. Choosing the right one takes time and a bit of research, but the finishing touch will make the outside and inside of the home look perfect.

How to Choose the Right Screen

Not all screens are alike. A homeowner needs to figure out what they are looking for in a window treatment and screens. Some people merely want decoration while others desire usability.  If a window is merely for embellishment, a decorative screen will suffice. For a homeowner who plans to let a lot of the outside in, an adjustable screen might be the best option. For homeowners in the New England area, winters are harsh and double screens might be preferred. Does the homeowner have a cat that spends a lot of time sunbathing by the window seal? Then a tough screen material might be needed. All of these issues add to the process of figuring out the best option for a home.

Types of Screens

Most homeowners are not aware that window screens come in several different varieties. Standard screens are found on most homes and are made of aluminum, copper, or some other lightweight metal. These screens allow for easy installation and often cost less. A pet screen will fit the needs of Fido or Fluffy, being built of sturdy vinyl-coated polyester, ensuring that the pet doesn’t suddenly end up outside rather than on the window seal. Fiberglass screens are sold in several varieties and are flexible and lightweight, and are often used in mobile homes or modular homes due to their inexpensive cost. However, fiberglass is also sold in a sturdier type for regular home use. Adjustable window screens are built for various size windows and adjust vertically or sideways. They are perfect for double-paned windows, designed to insulate homes in cold areas such as Massachusetts, Rhode Island and southern New Hampshire.  Often these screens rise from the bottom, but the upper screen remains stationary.

Whichever design a homeowner chooses, the homeowner should be sure to call United Home Experts. The company serves the areas of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and southern New Hampshire, and its contractors will be happy to discuss screen options and to give a cost estimate.

Author: Emilio Bonilla

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  1. Oscar O'Malley
    Oscar O'Malley says:

    Thank you for explaining the different types of window screens! My wife and I are moving into our first home, and consequently need one of everything. When you described how flexible and lightweight fiberglass screens are, I realized these will be a great git for my home!

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