Insect Screens For Windows

What is an insect screen for a window?

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

These days insect screens can come in different shapes and sizes from premium rollaway retractable screens, pleated screens, framed aluminium or fibreglass and magnetic screens.

We will try and outline a few of the differences between the options for insect screens for your windows 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 retractable window screen are incredible assets in any home. The pleated window screen stylish investment.

Alternatively, if function and price is the only motivator and you are prepared to put up with a little inconvenience or awkwardness then there are cheap options like the magnetic or basic frames window screens.

Pull Down Retractable Screens

Undoubtedly the most practical addition to any home window.

When you are spending money on a quality asset for your home that you will use regularly. Check flimsiness, warranty, ongoing support and avoid plastic componentry, magnets and latches.

For the best of the best, take a look at the Serene Window Screen. It is world renowned and we haven’t found anything better in 22 years of insect screen experience.

Serene window screen by Phantom Screens.
Brio insect screen for a window.

Pleated Window Screens

An elegant and stylish alternative to screening a window.

The Brio pleated screen is typically used to screen doorways and large openings. It is a stylish but a tad costly approach to windows. Take a look at the information we have on pleated screens for doors. If interested, let us know, and we will work with you to fit this innovative insect screen into your windows.

Framed Aluminium or Fibreglass 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 at your local hardware store.

Aluminium or fibreglass fly screens for windows.
Magnetic insect screen for windows.

Magnetic Fly Screens

Good price and effective.

Magnetic screens for flies and insects are a very popular midrange insect screen for windows and smaller openings. They come in different colours and although they are not the best looking when fitted, they do a great job in keeping the insects out is stuck on properly.

When not in use,  they can be put away in storage somewhere. Magnetics are DIY friendly but if you would like us to supply and install then book a home survey.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How much do insect screens for windows cost?

If you are sick of buying cans of fly spray and looking for something cheap and cheerful just to keep the insects out then you can get some fly screen mesh and frame from the local hardware store. This will probably cost you less than one-two hundred dollars. It is the DIY fly screen option but this could be all that is needed to get the job done.

The retractable Serene Screens for windows start at around $300 per window (fully fitted). Larger windows, alternative mesh or premium colours increase the price with the large 3m screens probably setting you back between $600-700. Bear in mind they are installed by screen fitting experts so you can rest assured they’ll look great and do their job perfectly for many years to come. 

If you can organise some measurements (and even a photo), fill out the enquiry form and we can send you a quote back pretty quickly.

Are windows with 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 windows with 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. 

How are insect screens for windows measured?

It is a common mistake to measure the whole window even if only part of the window opens. Nearly all insect screens fitted to windows are only installed over the opening part.  If you are supplying a measurement for a quick quote, then this will dramatically effect the price given if not done correctly.

A photo is an excellent way for us to advise where and how to measure the window and what your options are. 

For diagrams on how to measure the opening, see the measuring information on the Serene Window Screen page here.

Because every screen is made by hand to the exact measurement then it is critical that one of our team measures the opening prior to the order being processed. However we can provide you with an immediate quote based off of your measurements if preferred. 

How do fly screens stop mosquitos?

It is all in the mesh! With decades of experience we have worked out that the hole in the mesh can’t be too small as it begins to block the fresh air. After all, this is the reason for having the window open! However the hole needs to be small enough to prevent all the pesky NZ insects entering your home.

Mosquitos are easy to to stop but New Zealand have various equally annoying but smaller bugs that need to be kept out.

Unless you are needing your window screen to block the sun, light or privacy, our default mesh will keep those pesky insects out of your home. 

While the term “fly screens” is usually used in 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.

BUT mesh quality varies and we have been asked to rip out and replace non-Phantom window screens and broken insect mesh.

If not looked after, the mesh is the component of the screen that is most likely to need replacing but fortunately it is relatively cheap and easy to do so.