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Insect & Fly 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 Window 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.

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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.

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

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 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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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.  

Quality Magnetic Fly Screen NZ

Quality Magnetic fly screens, are suitable for indoor and outdoor use. Phantoms customisation mean, our magnetic insect screens can be installed directly on the window frame or surrounding wall.

A magnetic fly screen is flexible and easy to use. They let fresh air in, while keeping the bugs out! They are simply removed, by peeling back a corner too open and close the window, or to pass objects through.

Albeit, that these screens are lower in price, comparably to the serene screen. They still keep customers all over New Zealand happy during the warmer months. Without risking quality on the product. And it is all about quality for Phantom!

Our recommendation is to use these for windows you are less likely to open and close regularly. These could be, windows that are above the kitchen stove, for ventilation while cooking. Windows in the toilet area – to keep the fresh air flowing all day long.

Every screen handmade by Phantom are measured to fit your exact window, powder coated to last the test of time and installed – All by the professionals! So you don’t have to lift a finger, or swat away the insects!

To find out whether this product is best for you – Contact us via our enquiry page today for further assistance, or to book a measurement. We are always happy to help!