Common Window (insect) Screen Problems.
The primary function of a screen is to keep insects out of your home. For this reason, window screens are also sometimes called insect or fly screens.
They are now more common, not just for windows, but doors and porches as well.
Your window screens are likely something you don’t think about too often in your home…until there is a problem or they require repair.
Windows and screens are quite durable and can take normal wear and tear but most homeowners will run into some type of window screen problem eventually.
The most common window screen problems:
Holes in Screens
Holes in the screens can be the most noticeable problem.
While holes in your window screen don’t increase security concerns, they can let bugs and other debris in while you have your windows open and ventilated.
Particles that make it through the hole in your screen can clog your HVAC system and decrease the quality of air cycling through your home.
Worn Out Screens
Just like your windows and most appliances/fixtures in your house, screens can start to show wear and tear over the years.
From brutal winter ice and harsh summer storms, your screens can start to wear thin, develop holes, or sag.
Broken or Bent Frames
The most noticeable problem with window screens is when the frames get bent or broken.
Functional and Decorative Window Screens
It is excellent for use on windows, doors, and porches. Sun shading is made of strong, extremely durable, vinyl-coated polyester fabric. It needs only occasional cleaning with mild soap and water.
Movable/Removable Window Screen
Retractable Window Screen: Retractable screens typically look and act like window shades, except they function as insect screens.
They can be made invisible at the homeowner’s whim. They will fit almost window opening and type.
Sliding Window Screen: Sliding screens are the standard for movable screens. Less versatile, but also less complicated than a retractable screen, they fit most homeowners’ needs.
They can slide horizontally or vertically. They can have exterior or interior mounts and can fit any window opening.
Hinged Window Screen: A hinged screen doesn’t offer some of the advantages of retractable and sliding screens, but it has its place.
It still offers easy cleaning access and fire exit, and a high quality screen will protect your window from vandalism and storm debris.