All widow screens provide the benefit of letting the air in while keeping insects out. But there are different types of window screens that provide those advantages.
So when you’re looking into getting one or more window screens, you have some options to choose from. The three primary options include adjustable, retractable, and security window screens. Let’s consider each.
Adjustable window screens are available in many different sizes which means they can fit a variety of window types including vinyl-double-hung windows, wooden framed windows, and windows with metal frames. They are lightweight and made of either aluminum or fiberglass.
While the screen height is fixed, you can expand the width of the screen. You simply position the screen in place and expand the screen sides until they fit tightly into the window’s framing. Then you bring the window down to the top of the screen. This means adjustable screens can be installed quickly without any special tools. If you want to close the window for the evening, you simply remove the screen and shut the window.
When considering buying an adjustable screen, be sure you have measured the width of the window it will be used in. Then buy a screen that expands to the appropriate size.
Retractable window screens are built to retract, or slide into a housing so they can’t be seen. When you need the screening, you simply slide it out of the housing and cover the window opening. When you no longer need the screen, you slide it back into the housing. Most retractable window screen slide vertically, but some can be found that slide horizontally.
Some retractable window screens come equipped with special slider bars. By pressing on the slider bars, you can pull the screen up or down.
A homeowner that wants to diversify interior lighting will appreciate the advantages associated with the installation of one or more retractable window screens. If more lighting in the home is desired, these screens can be instantly retracted. In contrast, when extra lighting from the sun is not desired, the screens can be swiftly moved back into their protective position.
Also, because retractable window screens can be quickly moved out of sight, they can allow you an immediate and clear view of the outdoors. It also means that if you have decorative windows, the screens can be moved out of the way quickly if you want to show the windows off.
This type of window screen will cost more than the adjustable type.
Security window screens offer an alternative to homeowners that want to increase home security but keep the air flow and pest control benefits of regular window screens.
The mesh for these type screens is usually manufactured out of coated heavy gauge aluminum or steel. This means they are more resistant to an intruder trying to push them to gain entry into your home. They also are resistant to someone trying to cut them or throwing a small object such as a rock against them.
This type of window screen should be permanently mounted to assure security. However, they should be hinged on one side and latched on the other so they can be more easily opened in case of an emergency such as fire.
There are also specialty security screens in which wires that can detect intrusion are woven into the mesh. These are then connected to an alarm system. These are typically provided by security companies rather than window screen manufacturers.
Security window screens typically costs more than either adjustable or retractable.
Questions to Ask
Here are some questions to consider when thinking about which type of window screen you want.
How much do I want to spend? (Highest cost = security screens; Lowest cost = adjustable screens)
Is the visual appeal of my windows very important to me? (If it is, you may want to spend for retractable)
Is security my primary concern? (If it is, you may want to spend the extra money for security screens.)