Choosing the best window mesh

We have recently grown accustomed to the idea of incorporating the humble mesh screen for windows into our design aesthetic. Some homes showcase them as the essential feature they are whilst other homeowners do their best to successfully blend it into the background. Whatever the case may be, choosing the best mesh screen option for your home isn’t an easy choice to make. There are numerous environmental factors to keep in mind such as location, climate, and insects prone to the locality. One must also take their own personal preferences with regards to children, pet, privacy and usage of the mechanism into consideration. The window mesh is commonly referred to as a fly screen, however this is an umbrella term as it simply refers to a mesh material which is designed to cover door and window openings. It does not include in its broad term all the different materials, designs and colours which are available for the consumer to purchase. These mesh screens are commonly installed with the ultimate purpose of keeping debris, insects and smaller critters at bay when doors and windows are left open or ajar. Before installing a screen, it is important to know exactly what you wish to achieve with its installation, whether it be for a single purpose or multi- purpose. To help you along with your decision making, we have highlighted the various materials and styles that fly screens are available in below:

Materials

Upon first glance many people assume and understandably so that all mesh screens are the same or similar in materials and fabrication. This however is not the case and could not be any further from the truth. The screens are manufactured and available in various materials with each material offering their own distinctive benefits for any situation or site. The differences between the materials used often determine other aspects of the screen such as its size, durability and hardiness.

1. Aluminium: The highly durable properties enable aluminium it to withstand the force and pressure of the most adverse of weather conditions. If you expect your screen to be subjected to vigorous movement and contact on a daily basis, it would be advisable to opt for a heavy duty aluminium option to prevent and denting from occurring.
2. Stainless steel: This is the material of choice when it comes to security features of the home. Often utilized for security gates and burglar bars, stainless stain fly screens have now gained momentum. If you are looking to keep both insects and intruders out, this is the option for you.
3. Fibreglass: This is the most popular choice of mesh screen in and around the country. The fibreglass is PVC coated which protects it from staining, corrosion or rust. Fibreglass mesh has a nylon appearance however it is prone to easy tearing and stretching.

Fly screen design

There are three main design options which are popular amongst homeowners and are available for installation. They are :

1. Pleated mesh screens: As the name suggests, pleated fly screen retract as folds which are stacked on top of each other. Pleated screens do not require a spring loaded mechanism and therefore have less tension as opposed to other options. The lack of tension means that minimal strength/ force would be needed to open or close the screens, making it a suitable choice for homes with younger kids or older individuals. Pleated screens have a minimalistic appearance which blends effortlessly into window and door frames.
2. Retractable mesh screens: These screens constitute of a roll of mesh which function in the same manner that a roller blind would. It can be fitted either vertically or horizontally depending on your preference and comfort. Roller tracks on both ends allow the screen to unroll and extend itself forming a protective barrier in front of the open window. When the screen is retracted, it rolls itself into a housing which will be situated above the window.
3. Hinged mesh screens: This type of screen is commonly used for doors. Hinges on a door frame enable it to carry out its swinging motion. In a similar manner hinged screens are made to fit onto the side of the framework and swing open or shut when required.

The weave

Weave in terms of fly screens ultimately refers to the number of strands which creates the tiny spacing within the mesh. If the weave is “tight”, the spaces are smaller and the likelihood of insects entering through the mesh is greatly reduced. The downside to a tight weave is that it may hinder your view due to the closely situated strands.
With numerous possibilities and combinations available it is not difficult to see why a lot of thought should go into choosing the correct mesh screens for your windows/ doors. Contact us on 031 000 8626 and let us help you in finding your Flyscreen Solution!

This is why fly screens are a great investment for your home!

With summer already upon us, we can expect an influx of insects and critters that we would prefer stay out of the home. Summers are notoriously hot in South Africa and we spend most of our days trying to cool down. One such way and very popular among people, is of course keeping doors and windows open until late into the evening. Although an excellent way of cooling down the home and allowing fresh air in, it is also an open invitation for those tiny unwanted guests. Insects are a great nuisance especially in irritable weather conditions, however their presence in your home should not be ignored or taken lightly. Insects are the main carrier of vector borne diseases around the world. In such an instance, the insect would act as the ‘vector’ as it has the ability to transfer a disease from an animal host to a human one. Mosquitos and ticks are insects which are commonly found in our homes and yards. These two insects are responsible for diseases such as Malaria and Lyme disease respectively. Fortunately there is a simple and cost effective solution to avoid putting you and your family at risk.

Fly screens are an affordable way to ensure the pesky critters stay out. Fly screen Solutions offer the best screen solutions for your home that are perfectly suited for our African climate. After conducting years of research and development, we now have the perfect product for you. With six types of screens available, you will be able to select the best options for your home or secure your entire home ranging from fly screen windows, doors and patio areas. Screens can be either fixed or retractable depending on the style you require. The modest fly screen has long being a staple in many European homes, but now it is gaining momentum and popularity in South Africa as it is proving to be a necessity. If you are uncertain as to whether this is the pest solution for you, perhaps the benefits listed below will help you make a decision.

1. Keeping out insects and animals: Aside from insects such as flies, mosquitos, ticks and fleas, fly screens also prevent larger creatures from entering and taking refuge in your home. Monkeys, snakes and frogs often gain entrance via open doors and windows. These creatures also carry a host of diseases and a single bite from either can cause serious illness or potentially be fatal. During the summer months, South Africans can expect an influx of snakes and rodents. It is best to be prepared rather than faced with an unwanted situation.
2. An additional layer of security: Fly screens provide an extra security layer for your home. Some screens are also available in a more security directed variation of the basic insect screen. The net structure and frame will make it difficult for intruders to tamper with and for them to gain quick access to other entry points.
3. Letting in fresh air and natural light: Fly screens increase the ventilation in your homes, allowing pollutants and toxins to escape through an open path due to the perforated nature of mesh. The constant airflow creates a much more pleasant living experience especially during the warmer months without you having to worry about insects finding their way in. Having minimal to no airflow, keeps stale and stagnant air in the living space. This can be dangerous as such conditions support the growth and breeding of bacteria, increasing the presence of contaminants and having a negative effect of your health. Poorly ventilated and high moisture areas are optimal conditions for mould to thrive which can result in respiratory conditions. These screens also allow much more natural light to into your house or a particular room. In comparison to your traditional windows and doors, screens allow more light to penetrate due to its mesh like and transparent structure. Having natural light shine in gives the illusion or a much bigger living space and will also reduce energy usage as switching on your lights wouldn’t be required throughout the day.
4. Cost effective living: We all know that having air conditioning can really run up your electricity bill during the blistering African summer. Fly screens are the perfect solution to regulate the temperature within your house as it provides natural ventilation and fresh air. South Africans are also at the mercy of unpredictable load shedding schedules and you don’t want to be caught off guard at the hottest hour. Having the screens means that you can keep cool even when the electricity is down.
5. Stylish living: Fly screens provide an element of style to your home. The mesh screen maintains the view compared to having windows with burglar bars that would normally block the view.

Fly screens are advantageous to every home and would be a great investment. Contact us today and speak to one of experienced consultants!