Just as summer calls us to lemonade on the porch, open screen doors and windows, and the smells of a cookout, it also calls hundreds of nasty insects. Insects can be a real pain to deal with, buzzing and crawling into your house and onto your food, your pets, and your family. Thankfully, a good window screens or door screens can be an effective method to keep those nasty bugs out. In fact, window screening has been credited in the eradication of parasitic diseases in the 1950s. Even more, a well designed retractable screen door can add in not only fresh air and sunlight, but also a touch of elegance and beauty to any room.
Door screen materials have definitely been much improved from a century or so ago, where horse hair was used to create barriers from invading bugs. Starting in the 1920s, textile looms were modified to weave strands of metal, and galvanized steel screens became much more common in homesteads. Galvanized steel worked well as window and door screens for several years, but since steel tends to rust over time, a new metal eventually took over for galvanized steel -- aluminum.
Aluminum Window Screening
Today's aluminum screening is a very rugged, metal mesh of aluminum wire. To make this aluminum “fabric”, a large aluminum rod, 3/8-inch in diameter, is drawn out to create a long, extremely thin wire, around 0.011 millimeters thick. The manufacturer then carefully winds this wire onto specialized bobbin. They then load this bobbin of aluminum wire into a loom modified for metal wire, and gets the machine started to weave aluminum fabric. Once the machine is done weaving the aluminum fabric, it is given a clear coat finish for protection and added shine.
You can also get window and door screens made from bronze wire that is composed of 90 percent copper and 10 percent zinc. this option is usually more expensive than aluminum, but is does not corrode as easily as aluminum does. This is very useful in coastal areas, where the sea air tends to wear out aluminum screening more quickly. When newly installed, bronze screening will have a bright golden shine. The bronze will eventually take on a beautiful turquoise verdigris patina, further enhancing the beauty of the screen door or screen window
Fiberglass Window Screening
Vinyl-coated fiberglass, the newest and most popular screen fabric material, will not rust, corrode, or stain, and can even stretch, but it does tear more easily than aluminum screens will. A spokesperson at Phifer Wire Products, one of the country’s largest screen manufacturers, explains the fabrication process: “We start with raw spun-glass filament and apply a vinyl (PVC) coating, producing remarkably strong single strands that are typically 0.011 mil for window screening and 0.013 mil for pool enclosures, patio rooms, and some door screening.” This type of screening is available in a multitude of colors, and can be easily made for projects such as retractable door screens, porch screens and coverings, or any unusually shaped openings that require a window screen.
One of the newest developments in the past decade in fiberglass and vinyl screens are Solar or “sun” screens. This screen material is also made from fiberglass coated in vinyl. The tightly woven solar screening material can help save a house a lot of energy when installed, because it works to help block heat buildup inside a house, which in turn helps to lower your air conditioning needs, and your energy bill. Due to the thick material, you may lose some of the light that a screen can afford -- some can reduce lighting by up to 30 percent. This also helps to keep your carpets and furniture from looking faded and old, due to sunlight exposure. In fact, you can even get window and door screens that block a staggering 90 percent of sunlight, if desired. During the day, solar screens look nearly opaque when looking from the outside in, but still offer good visibility when looking from the inside out.
Pet-Resistant Door Screens
If you have pets who have a knack for destroying you window or door screens, you may consider looking into special screens designed specifically with your pet in mind. Pet-resistant screens are made from a heavy duty polyester, which is coated in vinyl. This screen material is heavier and much stronger than normal screening, which is perfect to help keep your door and window screens safe from pet's claws.
Whether made from aluminum, bronze, or plastic, a good door screen, patio screen covering, or retractable screen door will help keep you and your family cool in the summertime, add natural sunlight to a room (or block it to keep heat out), and will protect you from those nasty buzzing baddies and crawling creepers that always seem to put a damper on your day. For those in the Los Angeles area, Peninsula Mobile Screens can show you the perfect options for your screen door, screen window to complement any room in your house for a very competitive price.