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Types and Advantages of Window Screens

Whether you want to keep bugs out of your home or maintain some privacy, window screens are an easy way to increase comfort without taking away from the house’s curb appeal. If you’re interested in adding screens to your windows, it’s important to understand the different types that are available, as well as the advantages of using them. Here, we have all the information you need to help you choose the best screens for house windows.

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Types of Window Screens

There are several types of screens you can choose from. Let’s look at some of the most popular options.


Aluminum window screens are among the most common because they’re lightweight, strong, and resistant to corrosion and rust. In addition, an aluminum window screen is a low maintenance option that comes in a variety of colors. However, keep in mind that aluminum screens can be susceptible to dents and scratches, and are also more expensive than other types.


Fiberglass screens are a popular choice among commercial and residential property owners because they’re affordable and lightweight. These screens are also versatile—coming in a variety of designs and colors—and largely resistant to dents, brittleness, decay, and UV ray degradation.


You may love your pet, but you probably don’t love the idea of replacing screens regularly because your fur baby has gotten too aggressive and torn them to shreds. To combat this, you can choose heavy-duty pet screens made to withstand the scratches and bites of an enthusiastic pet while still looking good in your windows.


Although polyester screens are a little bit more expensive than other types, they’re also more durable, so the extra cost may not actually put a dent in your budget in the long run since you won’t be replacing them as often.

Polyester is a good choice if you live in a cold climate because moisture doesn’t accumulate on them, so they won’t get damaged during freezing temperatures.


Commonly used in front doors, privacy screens can be placed in windows in parts of the home you don’t want exposed to the outside world, such as your bedroom. Although they are thick enough to allow privacy, air still freely flows through them, so you’re no less comfortable.


Retractable screens for house windows can be placed in any window of your home, though they’re particularly popular for use as screen doors. These screens can be pulled down and secured in place when you want to use them, and then fully retract when you’re done. As a result, you can choose how to use these products depending on the weather.


Also known as sunscreens, solar window screens are great for homes in warm climates because they absorb excess heat so you can reduce the cost of running your AC unit. While these screens are great for cooling down rooms exposed to a lot of direct sunlight, if you’re a houseplant enthusiast, you may want to avoid them since they significantly reduce natural light.

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Advantages of Window Screens

If you’re not sure if you should get screens for your house windows, here are the advantages you should keep in mind.

Energy Efficiency

Installing screens to your windows is an easy way to increase the energy efficiency of your home. Since they’re effective for cooling air without bugs flying in, screens can reduce the amount of time you use your air conditioner, thus lowering your energy bills.


During cold months, a window screen can help add additional insulation to your home so warm air does not leak out. Also, they can be a good complement for windows that have been sealed, which further ensures your home is warm and cozy in the winter.

Dirt Protection

Screens for house windows are effective at keeping dirt and debris out. Although you do have to clean screens periodically to remove buildup, they can still save you time on constantly wiping windows clean.

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