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Frequently asked questions about screen installer

How often should I replace my window screens?

If you’ve just had new screens installed, you may wonder how long they will last until the next installation. A variety of factors affect a screen’s potential longevity. If the screen seems well-built it may last longer. Aluminum screens tend to last longer than fiberglass. But fiberglass is easier to install. If a screen is not exposed to water, or allowed to remain damp over time, it could have a longer life before a new screen must be installed. If you live in an area with damp, sea air or extreme weather conditions you may have to install new screens more frequently than those who live in temperate regions.

Generally, screens should last from 10-15 years with regular maintenance. In fact, regular maintenance can add years to your screen’s life. To add time between screen replacements, wipe the frames every three to six months, keep the track free of dirt, and regularly inspect the mesh for holes or tears. If you hire window cleaners, ask them to inspect the screens before they replace them. If you take the time to maintain your screens, you can take more time between having replacement screens installed.

Should I hire a pro for screen door installation?

Screndoors allow fresh air into the house, while keeping dust and pests at bay. They protect the front door, and can add an element of charm to your front porch. There are many kinds of screen doors, each with its own set of steps for a successful installation. There are classic wooden doors with the screen inserts, vinyl screen doors, retractable screen doors, and sliding screen doors. When it’s time to have a new screen door installed, the typical homeowner may be tempted to take the task on as a DIY project.

If you decide to haul a screen door from the store yourself, and do the installation there are several factors to keep in mind. Figure out how much time you have to devote to the project in order to get it done. Check to see if you have the proper tools for the job. Make sure you understand the installation instructions. A contractor can get the job done quickly, efficiently, and correctly the first time. Hiring a pro for your installation may well save you time and money down the line if you are not familiar with screen door installation.

How much does it cost to install window screens?

When it comes to estimating the cost to install window screens there are lots of variables to take into consideration. You’ll need to factor in the cost of the window screens themselves. Higher priced screens tend to be more durable, and they often come with extended warranties. The labor cost for having window screens installed will vary according to your locale, the season, the availability of contractors, and the difficulty of the installation. If you have a simple, straightforward project the screen installation cost may be lower than if you have a house with complex configurations such as non-rectangular shapes or tricky corners).

The labor cost for window screen installation should include site set up and preparation, job completion, trash removal and work area cleanup. The cost may be quoted by the hour, by the job, or by the size of the screen installation. You can often save money by having a contractor install several screens in the same service visit. To get an accurate estimate for the cost of your window installation project, have a pro come to your home. They can provide a detailed, written estimate.

What are standard window screen sizes?

Generally speaking, the standard sizes for prefabricated mesh screens are 18” x 14”, 18” x 18”, and 20” x 20”. However, depending on the manufacturer, you can choose from hundreds of pre-cut sizes. There are also many types of screens to choose from. The screen’s mesh can be made of fiberglass, aluminum, or premium metals. You might choose to install screens that offer sun protection, or window screens that can stand up to the antics of lively children or dogs. There are also a variety of types of frames for window screens. It is important that you match the correct window screen type to its corresponding frame.

While standard, pre-cut window screen sizes will work for many homes, there are plenty of instances in which custom screen sizes are required. Certain kinds of pop-out windows, and casement windows could call for customer screen sizes. It may make sense to consult a window screen installation professional for advice when shopping for new screens. Tips from a pro may save you time, money, and headaches down the road.

What is the purpose of window screens?

Having window screens installed allows homeowners to keep their windows open to enjoy fresh air, and to allow the air to flow freely, while keeping insects and birds outside. There are screens that offer sun protection, and there are screens that are built to withstand lively kids and pets. Today, most homeowners have screens installed in their windows. However, window screens are a fairly new invention. The first patent for a window screen was filed in 1868. Some experts suggest that cheesecloth and woven horse hair were used for window screens before galvanized steel, aluminum and fiberglass.

While it may be easy to take window screens for granted, they are actually quite important. Before people started installing screens in their windows, disease-carrying pests such as mosquitoes, flies, and squirrels could get into homes. Screens protect our health. Having screens installed improves the comfort of our homes.

What is the difference between a storm door and a screen door?

People sometimes use the terms “storm door” and “screen door” interchangeably. In fact, there is a difference between storm and screen doors. There are different reasons homeowners may choose to have a screen door or storm door installed. A screen door is simply a door with a screen. The frame can be wood, vinyl, or a variety of other material. Screen doors are relatively simple. Homeowners have screen doors installed in order to allow air to flow freely from the outside. Storm doors generally feature a locking handle or latch. Storm doors offer added security for a home. Storm doors protect the primary frontdoor from the elements which cuts down on maintenance.

Having a screen door installed is a relatively simple way to enjoy fresh air inside your home while keeping the bugs out. If you want the benefits of both a storm door and a screen door, you can buy doors with interchangeable glass and screen inserts. A screen or storm door installation might be a worthwhile investment in the comfort and beauty of your home.

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