Warmer weather is here, and opening your windows is one of the best ways to welcome spring into your home. While you welcome the fresh air inside, 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 contribute to light, ventilation and overall style. There are three primary features you should look for whether you’re searching for replacement window screens or just adding insect screens before summer:
Ventilation – Insect screens are nice because they let you enjoy a breeze or fresh air while decreasing the infiltration of pesky flies, mosquitos and other bugs into your home. Ask about the size of the replacement window screen’s mesh and look for screens that let in as much air as possible without sacrificing protection from insects.
Transparency – Traditional window screens are durable and functional, but they are easier to see as you look out your windows. In today’s world, you can find screens that are less noticeable from both inside and outside your home, letting in more light and improving 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 most common 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 maximize their view by hiding the screen when the window is closed.2
Since dirt and dust will unavoidably build up on your window screens, you’ll also want to ask about the ease of removing 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 choices could vary based on your location. To see the details and differences among screens, ask questions or discover which insect screen is best for your home, stop by the Pella of St. Paul showroom or call 651-213-9049.
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.