Insect Screens: Types, Guides & Cost

In New England, summer comes with many advantages, including warm weather, increased daylight, and more. However, summer also brings pesky insects. Without a set of good insect screens, they can ruin a relaxing evening.

If you need new insect screens, the experts at IUS present the following guide to help you choose the right one for you.

As one of Lutron’s Diamond Elite Dealers for four years and counting, IUS is New England’s premier window treatment vendor. We specialize in motorized shades and smart home integration.

Keep reading to find out more about the different types of insect screens and the unique features of each.

The most obvious benefit of installing insect screens is to keep bugs out. A stray mosquito is not only a nuisance, but it can also be dangerous. Some insects carry viruses such as the West Nile or Zika.

Beyond keeping potentially infected insects out, bug screens are perfect for anyone looking to take advantage of cool summer nights. You can use an insect screen to protect yourself in your home while you enjoy the fresh air.

Retractable solar screens can also block UV rays from entering your home. This is ideal in the summer months when you wish to keep the house cool.

Solar screens are helpful in the winter as sunlight reflects off snow and into your home. Furthermore, they can protect your windows from snow and ice buildup.

Finally, insect screens can enhance privacy. Stainless steel and aluminum screens, for example, are easy to see out of but not in.

benefits of installing insect screens

Things to Consider for Installing Insect Screens

You should choose your screen based on utility, technology, screen mesh, etc. For larger spaces, motorized screens are recommended, as you won’t have to struggle to put up a large screen manually.

These are some of the most popular window insect screens on the market.

Depending on the window, door, or patio you plan to cover, you may find a ready-to-use screen. This will depend on the size and shape of the area you want to cover. Otherwise, you can easily contact a company to create a custom bug screen at a higher price.

You can also choose between retractable or fixed screens, such as:

  • Flat mesh: This screen consists of a singular panel you can slide along a hidden track.
  • Pleated: Pleated screens fold and unfold as the window, door, etc., closes and opens. Thus, you protect the screen when the framework closes and utilize it when the framework opens.
  • Paneled: These are adjustable window screens made up of several panels that slide to close off an area. You should consider paneled screening for patios and doors.

Manual screens require you to work to pull your screen back and forth. Though this may be okay for a small window, large spaces make this task a struggle. Thus, motorized insect screens are ideal for anyone looking to cover a door, patio, or large gap.

If you have a smart home, you should also consider equipping your whole house with motorized screens, as you can easily control them from your phone.

Motorized screens also allow you to effortlessly enclose large spaces without a fight. They are perfect for the elderly as well since there is no strength required to open and close these screens – all you need is to touch a button.

When buying bug screens, you should consider privacy and the environment. For example, if you live in a neighborhood with lots of natural space, you are sure to get insects in the house without an added layer of protection.

Insect screens are also a great option for anyone looking to maintain privacy in their home or office. A UV ray-blocking tint provides this added benefit.

How Much Do Fly Screens Cost?

The cost of a fly screen depends on its size, mesh material, motorization, the complexity of installation, etc. There is no easy answer to how much an insect screen will cost, but you can always give us a call to discuss your project and budget!

Need More Help with Your Window Insect Screen?

The friendly team at IUS is always happy to discuss your needs. With over 18 years of experience installing window treatments for residential and commercial spaces alike, we can provide you with professional advice.

Give us a call at (781) 767-4022. We serve Boston, MA, Newport, RI, and many other New England communities.

Bob Doolin

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