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Insect & Fly Screens For Doors

What is an insect screen for a door?

An insect screen for a door is like a mosquito net for a door opening. It is sometimes known as a bug screen or fly screen for doors. Essentially it is insect mesh full of holes that are big enough to allow the breeze through but small enough to stop insects, mosquitos, flies, bees and wasps. In fact, all flying insects, pollen and even spiders are prevented. The mesh is spread over the opening of the door through a variety of means to keep the bugs and insects out. This provides you with a healthy living or working environment. 

These days insect screens for doors can come in different shapes and sizes, from retractable pleated screens, rollaway retractable screens, framed aluminium or fibreglass, security doors or even hanging chains.

We will try and outline a few of the differences between the options for insect screens on doors but if you have any questions about your home, please don’t hesitate in contacting us for more information.

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All the options are functionally good and better than using chemical insect sprays or putting up with insects in your home. If style, quality and durability are important, then the pleated door screen or rollaway door screen are worth the investment. They really are assets in any home.

Alternatively, if function is the motivator and you are prepared for a little inconvenience or awkwardness to save dollars, then options such as the basic framed sliders or hinged doors might work.

If security is paramount then expect compromising a little on airflow, style and view but this maybe irrelevant.

Pleated Door Screens

Architecturally designed elegance meets quality and functionality.

A high-end product that will be a centrepiece in your indoor-outdoor living environment. When looking for the best, you can’t go past a Brio pleated screen. Brio seems to be superior to any rival in terms of look, feel and capabilities so that is why it is our choice. Our customers who have these door screens fitted understand why.

Brio Pleated Door screen by Phantom Screens

Rollaway Door Screens

The original, elegant and stylish door screen.

For smaller single doors, the rollaway screen is hard to beat in terms of cost for quality. Larger openings require the mesh to be zipped in making an exceptional product but adding to the price. There are various mesh options and the door latch mechanism is nicely designed and a pleasure to use.

Framed Aluminium or Fibreglass Door Screens

Certainly better than cans of fly spray.

You can’t beat bang for buck with the old style boxed frame bug screens. Phantom Screens doesn’t supply or install these because we like to focus around long term assets and quality products but you should be able to find something similar at your local hardware store.

Aluminium or fibreglass fly screens for doors.
Stainless steel mesh security door screen.

Security Doors

When security is paramount.

Security doors for insects (and other intruders) are a good way to get both boxes ticked with one product. We recommend paying a little more for a stainless steel mesh that looks a bit like an insect screen for a door instead of the ugly diamond grille. What you loose in style and elegance you gain with peace of mind. Phantom Screens can help measure, price and fit security doors so contact us if interested.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Postless Corner Door Screens

We get a lot of special requests for different types of doors that need screening from flies or insects. In some cases the architect will consider a screen during the planning phase and we can then recess the door screen and tracks into the wall and joinery during the build. However, more often than not, its extra work for the architect and we come in after the build has finished and the home owners realise that they need door screens to make the most of their home.

While door screens are common, one of the less common requests are for doors on post-less corners but do they look great!

Post-less corners are designed for outlook and airflow but at the project pictured below, the owners of the home had been shutting the doors to keep the insects out. Completely defeating the purpose of having the architecturally designed openness. 

Note the 45 degree cuts on the tracks. I watched one of our senior installers go back to the saw three times for each side to get it exactly right 😊

What are Retractable Solar Screens?

Phantom Screens has a premium range of solar screens that can also keep the annoying bugs out of your home while protecting you from the elements.

Screening the direct sun can keeps you cool in summer but the screen also keeps you warm in winter.

Our experts know the best solution for your home and our products are higher in quality, look better and last longer than other options.

The best part is when the screen is not in use, it retracts out of the way and you wouldn’t even know it is there as it is seamlessly matched to your decor.

Contact Phantom screens for more information and enjoy year round comfort in your home.

What is a Retractable Fly Screen?

A retractable screen is a screen that rolls away onto a roller (sometimes pleats or folds away) when not in use. 

Phantom Screens are New Zealand’s original and leading provider in retractable screens.

Take control of the climate, insects or your privacy with our elegant and premium retractable screen products. Our experts know the best solution for your home and our products are higher in quality, look better and last longer than other options.

The best part is when the screen is not in use, it retracts out of the way and you wouldn’t even know it is there as it is seamlessly matched to your decor.

Contact Phantom screens for a free measure and quote and love your living environment more with this premium accessory.

What are “Pull Down” Insect Screens?

Phantom Screens beautifully designed pull down insect screen will let the breeze in but keep the insects out.

Pull down insect screens retract out of way when not needed. It is the name given to a screen that rolls away on a horizontal bar at the top of the opening. So to pull down the screen is the action required to close the screen.

Enjoy the best of the outdoors (fresh air, the view, sounds of nature) without letting the flies, bees, wasps and mosquitos in. Phantom screen products are an extraordinary accessory for your home and lifestyle.

Do you do Privacy Screens?

The mesh selection determines the level of privacy from a screen. If privacy is the goal then a mesh that is more closed can be used to make the screen less visible.

Being less visible means the mesh is more closed so airflow is reduced. Unless privacy or shade  is not a priority then we always suggest an open insect mesh for greatest airflow.

However, the mesh can be used as a privacy layer of the neighbours.

There is always some visibility unless blackout as a mesh option is selected.

The neighbours or neighbourhood don’t need to follow your home life. You shouldn’t give up on the best of the outdoors either.

Our experts know the best solution for your home and our products are higher in quality, look better and last longer than other options.

The best part is when the screen is not in use, it retracts out of the way and you wouldn’t even know it is there as it is seamlessly matched to your decor.

What is a Pleated Screen?

A pleated screen is a term used to describe a insect mesh that folds away back on itself when retracted instead of rolling away.

Pleated screens by Brio are the premium option we use that concertinas (or pleats) away out of sight.

Unlike other screen options the Brio pleated screen does not feature a cassette with a spring-tensioned mechanism. Instead it uses pleats, which conveniently stack back when you put the screen away.

It has the ability to screen 3.2 metres high and 9 metres wide with a double screen that meets in the middle.

Screen is the perfect option for screening a wide range of architectural openings such as bi-folding panels, French doors, windows and sliding panels.

What is a High Visibility Fly Screen?

A high visibility insect screen allows for the outside to be easily visible. It is ideal when a view needs to be preserved. While it is easy to see through it must also be closed enough to prevent insects from coming into the home. The image below saves your home from being a landing ground for insects without compromising the great New Zealand landscape.

The image below is an example of our rollaway screen. All Phantom Screens have a selection of mesh options for you to choose from. Contact us today to book a measure with us!

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Insect screens for Stacker Doors

A Stacker Door has two or more panels that slide in the same direction, stacking behind a fixed panel. Sometimes, they can have windows incorporated into the non-sliding panel of the door.

In some cases, a Stacker Door can be part of a post-less corner, where two sliding doors meet in the middle, without a post. Stacker doors can also be recessed, or have panes combined to stack away from each other.

When we fit a fly screen to a stacker door, we nearly always mount the screen on the opposite side to where the doors stack. For example, if the doors stack to the outside, then we mount the screen on the inside of the door. And vice versa.

Doing this allows us to clear the handle on the door. And in most cases, fit the screen so it pulls out and meets with the door, at the point it is opened to a stop. The alternative is to screen the whole door so the fly screen is across the entire space, even if the door is only partially opened.

The most commonly used screen for larger openings is the Brio-pleated screen. But in saying that, our legacy screen can also be fitted to this style of door. Again, this will depend on the width and how well the handle will clear the original door handle.

This concept is a little difficult to explain, but we can take you through the best suited option when a measurement is done at your property. 

Fly Screens on Bifold Doors

Bi-folds doors stack away but unlike a stacker door they fold away. They fold out of the way to one or both sides similar to a hinged and French door.

A Bi-fold door set can also include a free-swinging hinged door that opens without disturbing the other panels for quick and easy access.

We can install a fly screen the bifold on the inside of where the doors fold outwards. For more information on your particular circumstance. Feel free to send us some photos or enquire so we can work with you onsite.

French Door Insect Screens

A french door are two swinging doors that meet at the middle. We are often asked if insect screens can be fitted to French doors and the answer is Yes.

The insect screen is mounted on the inside of the door, on the opposite side of the direction the doors swing.

We would typically always do this with a single insect screen that pulls across from one side but it is possible to have screens that meet in the middle.

In most cases the screen is mounted on the side of the door that is used most. This allows the other door to remain closed and the fly screen to be pulled across the opened door only to meet with the edge of the door that remains closed.

When we visit onsite we can take you through the options and advise of the best approach or work to your preferences.


What is your warranty on the screens?

We are known for the best warranty in the industry. This is possible because we only use the highest quality products and materials available.

We keep your details for reference but it is wise to keep a copy of your purchase for suture reference to make things quick and easy should any issue arise.

We stand by our products so even if accidents happen, we will look after you. Repairs and maintenance are part of the service. We have been here for over twenty years and plan to be here for many more so just let us know if you ever have an issue.

The warranty document is available on our resources page or downloadable on the below link.

How much does a screen cost?

Phantom screens are custom made to measure. In most cases the price of the screen is determined by its size.

If you are eager to get a price based on your own measurements, then it is important to make sure you take the correct measurements. You can find measuring guides on our resources page that indicate how to measure openings (not any fixed panels).

We will need to visit and confirm the measurements to make sure we have what is required for the best possible outcome for your home.

Our “Quick Guide & Next Steps” document can be downloaded below here, it offers a bit of a guide for a few different sized screens to give you an idea. It is important to note that Phantom Screens does not cater for the “cheapest” screen. We only work with and deliver the best available products so we always advise to check sample or display products closely and ask about warranties and how the screens are fitted.


Can I fit them myself? DIY Friendly?

Our screens are always fitted by Phantom-trained experts, so you don’t have to worry about learning the technicalities of the installation. The price of your screens always includes the cost of installation unless otherwise specified. Our aim is that the whole process will feel like nothing more than a gentle breeze before and after we visit.

If you are interested in becoming a Phantom screens installer in your area then please contact us.

When will my screen be installed?

At Phantom we endeavour to have your screen ordered, powder coated (to your desired colour), assembled and installed within a four to eight weeks from the approval of the quote. Some products are made in our factory in Australia and that can add a couple of weeks to the process if transport isn’t effective at the time.

At times we have experienced supply and “pandemic” issues that has unfortunately prolonged timeframes. We are forever making improvements to prevent this from happening.

Also expect some delay to the above timeframe during peak seasons when demand can quadruple overnight.

Can I choose the the colour of the screen?

Yes! The aluminium components of the screen be finished in any of the Dulux powder-coating colour range. If unknown, we can use the colour sample booklet to select or match a colour with you when onsite.

We’ll also work with you on any custom finishes or bespoke colours to make sure your screens are carefully integrated with your décor.

Are good quality insect screens worth it?

Yes, yes & yes! While we maybe a little biased, but without even considering the huge saving of annoyance from flies and mosquitoes you would receive by not having quality mosquito screens.

Consider the cost of ten years worth of cans of fly spray. Now consider the cooling cost by keeping your house shut-up. Then there is the fly poo on paint work being cleaned or repainted.

Get them, you won’t regret ’em and when choosing, buy nice or buy twice. 

How do fly screens stop mosquitos?

It is all in the MESH!

Decades of experience have meant Phantom had time to work out that the spaces in the mesh can’t be too small, or it begins to block fresh air. After all, this is the reason for having the window open! However, the gaps need to be small enough to prevent all the pesky NZ insects entering your home.

Mosquitos are easy to stop. But, in New Zealand we have various smaller and equally annoying bugs that need to be kept out.

Unless you intend to block the sun, light or provide privacy, our default mesh will keep those pesky insects out of your home. 

While the term “fly screens” is usually used to describe the insect mesh, it typically refers to mesh that can block a whole host of insects, big and small.

Does the mesh break or need to be replaced?

Of the screens we have been installing throughout New Zealand for more than 22 years, we typically are only going back to replace (sometimes only clean) meshes after 17-18 years. Meaning that structurally our screens are still in good tact, and only the mesh itself is need of small repairs.

BUT mesh quality varies and we have been asked to rip out and replace non-Phantom window screens and broken insect mesh – Because our clients have found that their screens haven’t lasted as long as our mesh in the screens we supply.

If not looked after, the mesh is the component of the screen that is most likely to need replacing. Our experts will whip out the mesh and replace it with a brand new mesh. Because replacing an entire screen and frame can be costly this type of repair is relatively cheap.

The process for having this done is just as easy as buying a new screen for your home. Follow our enquire page and fill out the prompts selecting repair instead on on-site measure. How easy is that! 

Do we offer Pet Proof Screens?

Yes! Phantom Screens in the USA, considered that not all homes have the same needs. Because of this, we designed a “pet proof screen”, this means the mesh component of the screen is reinforced. Hooray! All of our screens are fit to measure. Meaning we are happy to discuss a screen, with the appropriate pet mesh.

If a zip track model, of our outdoor or indoor screen is chosen. The pet mesh, can then be fitted inside the Cocha screen, and a Rollaway door screen. Because both screens are pulled tight, into the bottom tracks. Our furry counterparts will find it difficult to damage.

NOTE: This does not mean that consistent force, will not eventually cause wear and tear.

Are there other screen options?

The flat meshed screen can be easily replaced. This is a decent alternative for a small saving. It is advised, that this may not stand the test of time, because the screen will need an entire replacement if it is scored.

A pleated door screen is stronger, because it is fabricated with a fibreglass mesh. These pleats make it easily visible for your pets to visually see, meaning the likelihood of unforeseen damage is lower.

Can I have an animal flap installed?

Phantom Screens are unable to offer this at the moment. Our belief is that it risks the integrity and life of your product, and a quality assurance is our priority.

Our Experience

After a seamless installation, a clients well-loved farm dog, ran full pelt into a pleated screen. He bounced off graciously, with no long-term issue to the screen.

Whether you need our maintenance handbook, a friendly chat, to book a repairman or a measurement. We are ALWAYS willing to provide you with support. Contact us today!

How are the insect screens fitted?

By Whom?

Our screens are always fitted by Phantom-trained experts, so you don’t have to worry about learning the technicalities of the installation. Unless, you have a background in construction and believe you can fit these yourself. 

Is this included in the quote price?

The price of your screens always includes the cost of installation, unless otherwise specified. Once you accept our quote the initial 40% deposit, and 60% final payment are the only payments you will make on your screens. It is imperative to us that you are happy with your screen, and that you understand how to use and maintain its quality before completing the final transaction.

Our Ethics

The goal on all installations is to make it look like the existing joinery, to blend in beautifully with your indoor or outdoor decor. Again,  discretion is always key when it comes to selecting a screen with Phantom.