Fly screens: for simple and subtle protection

Fly screens: for simple and subtle protection
Fly screens, which are also known as window screens, are the perfect solution for homes in areas where insects are a problem for homeowners. Fly screens are constructed from a subtle mesh of either fibreglass or metal wire pulled tight across a wooden, metal or synthetic frame. The mesh provides a physical barrier against debris, insects, dust and dirt, and other living creatures like birds, from entering the home.

Fly screens are designed to limit any detraction from the design and aesthetic of a room and a quality fly screen product will be both inconspicuous and highly functional. They should allow fresh air to flow into a room and allow views to the outside garden or living area to remain unhindered.

Some common materials used in the construction of fly screens are aluminium, which is available in charcoal and black colours, and fibreglass, which is available in charcoal and light grey. Fibreglass has the advantage of being the cheaper option between the two, but is less subtle than aluminium as it is a darker material and can detract from views.

A less typical material used in fly screens is bronze, which is more expensive, but more durable than materials like fibreglass and aluminium and is also less susceptible to denting than aluminium. Bronze fly screens are initially gold in colour, but gradually fade to a dark and subtle charcoal over the first year of use. Bronze is also a useful material to use for fly screens in homes along coastal regions because it is naturally more resistant to corrosion than materials like aluminium.

Fly screens are also available with useful additions, such as sunlight and heat control mechanisms.  Denser screens can shield homes from harsh sunlight and control the flow of heat from the inside to the outside of the home, which also saves energy. Some fly screens are also designed to roll into compact and neat pockets for seasons when homeowners no longer need them, such as in winter months. Finally, temporary screens are also an option if homeowners want to completely remove screening material from their windows and doors when they please.