Screen Frames and Mesh

VIEWS (left) | Standard Screen Mesh (Right)

 

An often overlooked selection in the window buying process, the right screen can make a big difference when it comes to insect protection, durability, and of course, what a view looks like.

 

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FlexScreen

This barely visible frame is almost completely hidden by the screen track, and its innovative, flexible construction makes it effortless to remove or install.

  • Durable: FlexScreen frames are made from dent and break resistant high performance steel, with a tough powder coating that resists scratching.
  • Easy to Use: FlexScreen springs into an opening, making storing, installing and removing the screens easy.
  • Elegant: Without a bulky screen frame, FlexScreen disappears into the screen box of the window so there’s less to get in way of the view. Plus, since FlexScreen’s edges are hidden, there’s no need to worry about matching a frame color to the window. Combine with VIEWS mesh for the clearest view. 

 

Other Screen Options

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Extruded Aluminum Frame

Superior in strength to Roll Form frames, extruded aluminum frames are tough, sturdy and easy to remove and install, with hidden metal corners that won’t become brittle over time as exposed plastic corners can.
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Aluminum Roll Form Frame

Aluminum Roll Form screens are a lightweight, value option available for certain windows only. Ideal for smaller window openings. 
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VIEWs Mesh

Upgrade to Virtually Invisible Screens, for a brighter view, 25% better airflow, and maximum protection against small insects.

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Fiberglass Mesh

A popular choice for its durability, fiberglass is flexible and does not crease, dent, or unravel.

 

 

Should You Choose Half Screens or Full Screens?

Here are some things to consider when finding the best fit for your new windows

 

 

Airflow


 

Half Screen

Half screens only cover one half at a time – sliding up or staying down. So either the top is open, or the bottom is open at once, limited airflow. Most half screens aren’t designed to slide up to cover the top half completely, so in that instance, there will be gaps for bugs. Unless you’re okay with a gap, then go ahead and let it flow.

Full Screen

Full screens allow the top and bottom sash to be open at the same time. These screens allow maximum airflow through the window while still protecting from bugs. Air escapes out of the top opening. Fresh air comes in through the bottom. This is the way double-hung’s provide the best ventilation.

 

 

Natural Sunlight


 

Half Screen

Half screens will let in more natural sunlight because it only covers half of the window. This feature also allows for a more unobstructed view from the half of the window not covered. However, many will not notice a difference as the screen only blocks a tiny amount.

Full Screen

Full screens cover the entire window, slightly shading the sunlight coming in and your view out. But, again, many believe the benefits of ventilation outweigh this element.

 

 

Keeping Pests Out


 

Half Screen

Half screens closed improperly will leave gaps. Gaps allow pests to enter the home when the window is open.

Full Screen

Full screens are a fool-proof option to prevent pests from entering the home. Full screens stay in place. No sliding the screen up and down = no entryway for pests. No wide-open gaps from ventilating the top sash.

 

 

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Made your Decision?

There is no one-solution-fits-all for when it comes to screens and it's just one decision to make in the window buying process. Size, window type, grid-style, interior color, and exterior color are all things to consider. Harvey has tons of customization options.