April 11, 2017 |

Do You Know The Different Types of Window Screens?

There’s an age-old problem. Just when it starts getting nice enough to open your windows and doors, the bugs come out. Leaving your windows open without window screens is like inviting armies of insects into your home. Fortunately, your options for window screens have come a long way since they were weaving horse hair for their window screens a century ago. As a result, these days, you can not only pick from different kinds of screens, like retractable screens, you can also pick out what your window screen is made of.

On this page, you’ll learn not only the different modern types of window screen material, but the history behind the progress of window screen technology.

Galvanized Steel Window Screens

After textile looms were modified in the 1920s, galvanized steel was used for window screens in homes. For decades, it was the best material for protecting homes from insects. However, steel wire will rust over time, which gave rise to non-rusting alternatives.

Aluminum Screen Material

You'll find Aluminum one of the more common materials used in window screens. If you're choosing Aluminum it's a little more expensive than other modern screen materials, but it will never rust. Aluminum window screens are light, and effective. If you’re purchasing window screens, you should see if you prefer aluminum.

Vinyl-Coated Fiberglass

Vinyl-coated fiberglass window screens are popular because they’re fairly inexpensive, and your screens won’t corrode, rust or stain. However, your fiberglass screens will stretch and tear easier than other alternatives like Aluminum. Vinyl-coated fiberglass screens come in several colors. Sun screens, or solar screens are generally made from vinyl-coated fiberglass as well.

Bronze, Copper, Stainless-Steel and Brass Screen Materials

Having your window screens in these types of materials is a bit of a luxury. aterial that is 90 percent copper, ten percent zinc is more expensive than cheaper options like aluminum, however it is more durable and unique. For a higher premium, you can buy copper, brass, or stainless steel window screen materials. Bronze is the least expensive of these screen materials. Copper and stainless come in next, and brass is the most expensive.

When your bronze screen is new, you’ll get a beautiful golden shine. If your window screens are made from copper, bronze, or brass, they will tarnish over time, ultimately taking on a verdigris patina. Stainless steel, while also being the strongest material, will stay shiny and silver.

If you’re using copper, bronze or brass for your window screens, do not install them in aluminum screen-door frames. When your aluminum screen-door frame touches these metals, it will begin to corrode.

Specialty Screen Materials

There are several specialty materials available for your screens. Pet-Resistant screen fabric will resist your pet’s scratches and tears, and stay secure for longer. Additionally, you can use solar screen materials, which are very thick and good for blocking out light and heat. These types of screens are excellent for windows on the east and west side of your house. While these window screens are good at blocking out sunlight and heat, you can still easily see through easily.


There are a lot of options when it comes to choosing your window screen material. If you’ve got questions, or are looking to have quality screens installed, Peninsula Mobile Screens is here to help. Call (310) 736-9094 to see what we can do for you!


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