What Are the Best Screen for Bugs?

Bugs are a real nuisance. These persistent and noisy critters can make us uncomfortable, intruding on our personal space when we least expect them. Thankfully, bug screen windows allow us to invite fresh air into our homes without having to deal with uninvited guests.

Bug screen technology has advanced by leaps and bounds. There are more options than ever to protect you and your home from intrusive insects. Here we’ll go over the available options, helping you decide which bug screen is the best for your needs.

Bug screens are available in a range of different styles, materials, and weaves. From metal to fiberglass, these screens are excellent at keeping tiny insects out of your home while still allowing you to enjoy direct sunlight and a refreshing breeze.

Each type of bug screen has different strengths and weaknesses. We’ll explain how you can use these screens effectively in different contexts and environments.

Keep in mind that the tightness of a screen’s weave will determine what the screen can keep out. While tighter weaves prevent more insects from entering your home, they can also negatively impact visibility by blocking more light.

Metal Wire Insect Mesh

A popular choice among homeowners, metal wire insect mesh is an effective solution to pesky insect intruders and one of the most commonly used materials for bug screen windows. These fine mesh screens allow for outward visibility and are weather resistant. They are often installed on windows and screen doors.


  • Constructed of durable metal
  • Thin metal strands block insects
  • Composed of bronze, copper, stainless steel, or aluminum screening
  • Anti-microbial
  • Long-lasting
  • Keeps insects at bay


  • Metal strands can change color over time with weathering
  • Must be replaced when torn
  • Not easily removed
  • Rigid and susceptible to denting
  • Can obscure visibility
  • More expensive

Fiberglass Insect Mesh

Compared with metal insect mesh, fiberglass bug screen windows are flexible and can be installed on more than just windows and doors. Fiberglass insect mesh is ideal for window screening, patios, doors, and pet screens. This material is resistant to damage from accidental impacts and is unaffected by rain or snow.


  • Tightly woven fiberglass strands
  • Durable
  • Flexible
  • Resistant to wrinkles and denting
  • Easily replaced and repaired
  • Comes in either black or gray
  • Provides excellent visibility
  • Inexpensive


  • Can stretch or tear from serious impact
  • Can deform under excessive heat

Privacy Screens

Rather than being defined by their material, privacy screens are screens that allow air and sunlight to pass through them while blocking insects and preventing other people from being able to see inside your home. These bug screen windows typically possess a thicker weave and are often laminated in polyester to decrease indoor visibility and increase durability.

roll up bug screen


  • Durable
  • Polyester-coated stainless steel
  • Resistant to weathering
  • Blocks insects
  • Increased privacy
  • Long-lasting


  • Expensive
  • Decreases outdoor visibility
  • Requires professional installation


There’s no better way to secure your home from these unwanted guests than by installing bug screen windows. By filtering out even the tiniest insects, these protective barriers ensure your personal comfort while still allowing you to enjoy your view of the great outdoors.

To get the most effective use out of your bug screens, it is best to consult with a professional to determine what options are ideal for your home. Give IUS a call today at (781) 767-4022 to secure your home from insect invaders.

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Bob Doolin

A leader in smart home technology, specializing in motorized window treatments, lighting controls, and automation solutions. Over 20 years of industry expertise.

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