Types of Window Screen Material
Many people ask "What is best, Fiberglass Insect Screen or Aluminum Window Screen?"
Fiberglass Phiferglass window screen is the most common standard original equipment on modern windows. Phiferglass is constructed of vinyl-coated fiberglass yarns. Phiferglass is strong, long lasting and is not easily damaged, which makes it virtually "carefree screening." It is also a very forgiving material, it springs back into its original shape when pushed on and is easy to work with for the typical homeowner.
Two weaves are available in the Phiferglass window screen. 18/16 weave is the standard window, door and porch insect window screening and is used on all of our "assembled" window screens. Phiferglass 18/14 weave is a heavier material suitable for larger outdoor enclosures such as swimming pool enclosures.
Aluminum window screen is an ideal replacement for applications that already have aluminum window screens. Some people select Aluminum insect screen as it is perceived to be a stronger screen simply because it is made of metal. It is true that aluminum should withstand 'weather' conditions for many, many years without fading or streaking. One consideration you might want to consider is that aluminum insect screen is not very forgiving. If aluminum insect screen is dented or creased, it stays that way. You may want to consider the environment in terms of the potential for people or pet activity.
Aluminum insect window screen is very challenging for the typical Do-It-Yourselfer and care must be taken not to bend and crease during installation.
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