Warmer weather is nearing, and opening your windows is one of the best ways to usher in spring into your home. While you welcome the fresh air in, your window’s insect screens1 play an important role in helping to keep bugs outside. But that’s not all window screens do for your home. They also provide light, ventilation and overall style. There are three key features you should look for whether you’re searching for replacement window screens or just improving your insect screens before summer:
Ventilation – Insect screens allow you to enjoy a breeze or fresh air while minimizing infiltration of pesky flies, mosquitos and other bugs into your home. Ask about the size of the replacement window screen’s mesh and ask for screens that let in as much air as possible without compromising protection from insects.
Transparency – Traditional window screens are durable and functional, but they are easier to recognize as you look out your windows. Nowadays, you can find screens that are less noticeable from both inside and outside your home, letting in more light and upgrading your view and curb appeal.
Style – Flat screens come standard with virtually all windows, and they can be found in a number of materials and weaves. Fiberglass is the regular material for replacement window screens because it doesn’t rust, corrode or stain, although aluminum screens are less likely to tear. Pella® Rolscreen® Retractable Screens are a great selection for homeowners who want to get the most from their view by hiding the screen when the window is shut.2
Since dirt and dust will inevitably build up on your window screens, you’ll also want to check about the ease of pulling out and cleaning your insect screens. Whether you’re searching for replacement window screens or doing a full window replacement in your home, your insect screen preferences might vary based on your location. To see the details and differences among screens, ask questions or see which insect screen is perfect for your home, stop by the Pella of South Portland showroom or call 207-517-2331.
1 Warning: Use caution when children or pets are around open windows and doors. Screens are not designed to retain children or pets.
2 An optional upgrade on Architect Series and Designer Series casement windows and sliding patio doors and Pella 350 Series sliding patio doors.