What’s keeping you from opening your windows to enjoy pleasant temperatures and let fresh air into your home? For most people, it’s a lack of functional bug screens. When bug screens are ripped, torn, bent or missing altogether, opening your windows can allow a host of unpleasant creatures to enter your home, from the common fly to the more terrifying wasp, or even a disoriented bird. Bug screens bring many benefits to your home: They keep pests out while allowing the breeze in, they can add shade to your home to reduce the glare and cut down on the solar heat gain in your home and they can add a polished look to your home. If you’re considering adding screens to your home, or repairing existing screens, here’s what you need to know.
If your home is missing bug screens, you might be looking into adding screens to your windows so you can reap the benefits and open up your home to fresh air on beautiful days. Unfortunately, adding screens to your home isn’t as simple as a trip to the home improvement store, especially if you have large or specially shaped windows. You’ll find that windows don’t come in a standard size, and therefore, neither do window screens. If you’re ready to add bug screens to your home, you very likely will need to seek out custom screen services. Ideally, you will have your windows measured for screens made specifically sized to fit your home’s windows.
Replacing bug screens
If your home has bug screens but they are ripped or bent, repairing bug screens might seem like the obvious solution. Screen repair isn’t ideal, however. Adding a patch to window screens can look unsightly, and bugs can find ways in around any gaps or flaws in patch jobs. Some people will undertake the task of removing screen mesh from the frames and fitting new mesh in. This isn’t advisable either; fresh mesh on an old screen frame can cause problems with screen tension; the fresh mesh will add pressure on the screen frame, causing it to bend out of shape. Re-meshed screens that become warped might not fit back into your window frames, and they allow bugs and other pests to gain entry to your home because they don’t fit snugly into the window.
If you are ready to enjoy the benefits of new or repaired bug screens, call A to Z Window Screens to schedule a consultation today! We custom-build bug screens to fit our customers’ windows. And on top of a customized fit for your window screens, we offer options including screen material, color and finished so that you can further customize your window to fit the look of your home and your own personal screen needs.