Types of Window Screens based on Window Styles

There are many types of window screens on the market today. Based on the type window you have in and around your home, it is always good to review the many options you have to enjoy the outside breeze by opening your windows during the Spring and Fall months. Window screens are used for many different reasons. One of the most popular is to just let the fresh air in while keeping the bugs out. However, there are many that use solar window screens to reduce UV rays from direct sunlight. Those who live in hotter, more humid climates use mosquito window screens to block both the heat, misquitos, and other insects. The lattest favorite are one of the toughest window screens on the market that allow the biggest dogs to the sharpest claw cats to scratch but not damage the very durable pet window screens. So, no matter the need, there is a window screen that will fit your need!

Window styles are important in relation to which type of window screen would look the best. There are many choices you must make before getting into style. From the thickness of the actual aluminum frame (5/16", 3/8", 7/16") to frame color (white, bronze, tan, mill/silver). Below is a list of the many type of window styles, their description, and the recommended type of window screen mesh to choose. It is important to note that the following is only a recommendation and that most available mesh will work with any type of window style. It all comes down to your taste and needs.

Awning Window Screens: Hinged at the top, awning windows open outward to let in air from the left or right and the bottom. They can be installed above, below or alongside a stationary or operating window.

Bay or Bow Window Screens: These type windows give you more interior space, as they protrude out from the exterior of the siding of the house. They are a combination of windows often with a stationary window in the middle flanked by either double-hung windows or casements. BELOW: Traditional Bay Window (L), Bow Window (R)

Casement Window Screens: These hinged windows operate by a turn of a crank in an operating mechanism. They can be hinged on the left or the right to open outward. If your casement window opens outward (toward the outside of your home), you will need to measure for the window screen on the inside part of the window frame (the part that sits inside of your home). If your casement window opens inward (toward the inside of your home), you will need to measure for the casement window screen on the outside part of the window frame (the part of the frame that sits on the outside part of your home). On either casement window application, make sure you have enough flat surface all the way around the window frame for at least a 5/16" wide frame to sit on and be fastened to.

Single Hung Window Screens: This type of window has two sashes but only the bottom part of the window operates while the top part remains stationary. Window screens are super simple with single-hung windows. The most popular is the standard fiberglass single hung window screen. Custom made within 1/16", single hung window screens are also the most economical.

Double-Hung Window Screens: This type of window has two sashes that slide vertically up and down in the frame. Each sash can open wide from either the top or the bottom, but they remain inside the frame so they don't protrude out to the exterior or interior of the house. If you purchase a window screen, you must purchase a double-hung window screen. Charcoal fiberglass window screens are, by far, in the highest demand. All double-hung window screens come with a vertical or horizontal center cross bar due to the height is usually over 50" on double-hung windows.

Slider or Sliding Window Screens: Gliding along a track, sliding windows (Single or Double) have at least one operating window that slides horizontally over or past another window. Slider or sliding windows are most often used in contemporary or modern style homes. If you need a slider window screen, we suggest going with the most popular charcoal fiberglass window screen. BELOW: Single sliding window (L), Double Sliding Window (R)

Picture Window Screens: This variety is an extra-large stationary window that lets in the maximum amount of light and views of the outdoors. Because most picture windows are installed to capture an outside view, most do not use a window screen with this application.

Transom Window Screens: This narrow window can be either operating to let in air or non-operating (stationary) and mounted above a door or window to let in more light. Some transom windows that actually open only one way can have window screens while other do not since they open out. Most people call a transom window that kind that do not open out while calling the ones that do open out either awning (open from the bottom) or hopper (open from the top) windows. The most popular transom window screen is the brite/silver aluminum wire screen that will last a long time. If you want to block the bright sun early morning or late in the day, some choose the charcoal aluminum screen mesh.

Stationary Window Screens: Very similar to a picture window, stationary windows do not open, but they can be customized in nearly any angle or shape you desire. They are often found in contemporary or more modern style homes in conjunction with operating windows. Depending on your style, the grey or charcoal fiberglass is the most popular mesh type for stationary window screens.

Basement Window Screens: These short and wide windows that are mounted on the top of the wall in basements to let natural light in do not come with window screens since they are rarely opened. However, if you have a basement window that is opened on a consistent basis to allow air to circulate, you can order a window screen that is fitted inside the home. Since most basement windows open out, your only option is to install the screen on the inside using "L" brackets.

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