Retractable window screens are a dream solution for keeping insects out, if your windows are not the sliding kind. Having windows that open outwards presents a multitude of problems where insect control is concerned but retractable window screens not only solve the critter quandary, they do it discreetly and neatly!
The product itself has been around for decades yet many people are still unaware of it. You can fix retractable window screens to casement, hopper, double hung, and sliding and bi-fold windows. In most cases, you can even do the work yourself with a set square, a spirit level, a tape measure, a drill and drill bits. Depending on the style of your windows, you might attach the frames to the actual window frame or to the inside of the sill wall.
One of the greatest benefits of retractable window screens is that you can roll them up and out of the way when you want maximum breeze flow-through, or when you need to pass things through the window or open and close the windows themselves. During seasons when insects are not a major problem, keeping the screens stored away in their frames means they do not attract dust when not in use, unlike regular fixed screens.
With retractable window screens, you can allow up to 20 per cent more sunlight and ventilation to enter the house when they are rolled out of use. Even though screens do not block your view beyond your windows, retractable ones allow your view to be 100 per cent unhindered whenever you choose.
The housing for retractable window screens is plastic coated, available in a range of decorator colors and not at all unattractive. When the screens are retracted, they are held in place either by magnets, or in some models, with snap clips. The tension required for the screen to fit securely across the opening is provided by a spring mechanism located in the housing. The screens themselves are manufactured out of plastic coated fiberglass, which is strong and robust.
Retractable window screens are a simple yet logical bug control solution. Even if your windows are the sliding type, it makes perfect sense to use a product that is so versatile. The element of choice is a wonderful thing.