Screens for Patio

Warmer temperatures in New England mean it’s the perfect time of year for your family to enjoy some fresh air on the patio. However, without an insect screen, a calm summer’s evening can easily turn into an itchy nightmare.

So, which screen for the patio is best? IUS will discuss each in this guide to help you choose the best screen for your patio.

Patio screens provide the following benefits:

  • Insect repellant
    If you live in a natural area, insect meshes are ideal for keeping bugs out of your patio and house. Screens provide an extra protective barrier so insects cannot get through any small cracks.
  • Privacy
    Though patio screens are easy to look out of, their tint provides an added barrier to increased privacy.
  • Energy-efficiency
    Solar meshes have a tint that helps block UV rays from entering your house during hot summer days and snowy winters. You can also leave your patio open on cooler nights, saving you money on your AC bill.

Different Types of Screens for Patios

There are two popular types of screens for patios: a retractable screen and a fixed screen. Keep reading to learn more about the differences between the two.

What is a Retractable Screen?

Retractable patio screens allow you to adjust them as you desire. They are typically paneled and provide the option to use your screen when you need it and collapse it when you don’t.

Some retractable screens for patios are motorized. Motorized patio screens offer a unique opportunity for you to adjust your screen without any effort. You can even control it from your smartphone!

retractable screen for patio


  • You can use the screen seasonally.
  • You can connect two porch spaces or separate them as you wish.
  • Motorized screens can be controlled with your phone or at the touch of a button.
  • For the elderly, motorized retractable screens are ideal because they require no effort to move.
  • You don’t need to build walls for your patio, which can make your space appear larger when the retractable screen is down.
  • Motorized retractable screens are customizable to your decor and needs.
  • Some screen systems include wind and sun sensors that automatically activate them.


  • Retractable screens are more expensive.

What is a Fixed Screen?

Fixed patio screens do not move. They still work by enclosing your patio space and keeping insects out.


  • Fixed screens for patios are cheaper to install and maintain.
  • A fixed screen allows you to sit outside comfortably and avoid insect bites.
  • Fixed screens provide added privacy.


  • You have to leave your fixed screen up all year.
  • Though you can remove some fixed screens, it is a major hassle to take them off and reinstall them when it gets warmer. You can easily damage them during this process.
fixed screen for patio

How Much Do Fixed and Retractable Patio Screens Cost?

Retractable patio screens are more expensive than fixed screens. However, the convenience is worth the cost.

Fixed patio screens can cost anywhere from $800 to $5,000. The price depends on the type of mesh, panel designs, color choices, space covered, etc. Investing in the cheapest option will likely require more repairs and not look attractive.

While motorized screens can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $9,000. The price depends on the same features as fixed screens, as well as sensors, smart home compatibility, etc.

Need More Help for Retractable Screen?

Are you looking for a high-quality screen for your patio? Call the IUS window treatment experts at (781) 767-4022 for a quote. We have over 18 years of experience installing window treatments in Boston, MA, Newport, RI, and surrounding New England communities.

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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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