In many apartments, condos, and houses, window screens are not included in the windows. Although you may still be able to open the windows to enjoy the breeze, without a window screen you are likely to be bothered by bugs and other airborne dirt invading your home. In situations where screening is not currently installed, an adjustable window screen is the ideal method of protecting your home while the window is open.
How Does an Adjustable Window Screen Work?
An adjustable screen, which is sometimes called an adjustable window screen ventilator, is held in place by your double-hung window and window frame. The ventilating screen can be used with any window frame material, including vinyl, wood, or aluminum. It is essentially a pressure fit and the screen frame can be adjusted to fit the exact width of the opening.
There are no nails or hardware involved in the installation. You simply need to open the window, slide the screen in and extend it to the width necessary. Once the screen width is extended to fit snugly in the opening, the window is lowered to hold the screen in place. An aluminum or wooden frame is commonly seen on this lightweight product
Because windows are different sizes, adjustable screens are available that open to different widths. Be sure you know the width of your window before you buy one of these screens. These screens are also available in differing heights, allowing you to open up the windows from a small space to a large opening.
Anyone can install the screens – as long as you can reach the window, you should be able to easily put in an adjustable window screen.
Cost and Benefits
You can find many basic home window screens that are extremely affordable – ranging in price from around $5 to $20 each. However, prices can go higher based on the construction and design of the screen. Screen quality (such as coated types versus uncoated types), framing material, and the overall sturdiness of the screen will determine the cost. Expect to pay more for a screen that is larger and made with better durability in mind.
The main benefit of an adjustable window screen is the ease of installation. Because they are not permanently installed and require no hardware, putting in these screens is simple and fast. If a double-hung window can be opened, an adjustable window screen ventilator can be installed.
Many also appreciate that they can take these screens with them. If they are moving from one rental unit to another, these lightweight products can be taken along and used in their new home or apartment, making them an excellent investment.
The screen height and adjustable length is the main restriction on these screens. You need to be sure that you have purchased a model that will extend to the width of your window. Otherwise it will not produce a tight fit. Always measure your window ahead of time and opt for a screen with the proper width.
The quality of construction is an important factor in how long these screens will last.. Some of the less expensive models may be too flimsy. Also, some wooden framed models may need to be painted. Besides investing in the right size, it’s also important that you invest in a quality brand.
For a flexible solution to unscreened double-hung windows that is simple to install and entirely portable, try an adjustable window screen. You will be able to enjoy a fresh breeze with the protection of a fitted window screen.