Did you know that a woman invented the modern screen door? Her name was Hannah Harger, from Iowa, and she invented the screen door in 1887. More than likely she was just trying to keep bugs out of her home, and away from her fresh-baked pies.
Nowadays, you can see screen doors and windows on homes and offices all across America, and in fact all around the world. Not only do they keep bugs and birds out of your home, but they are often decorative and can actually enhance the look and resale value of your home.
There are basically two types of screen door materials currently being used: aluminum, and wood. When talking about aluminum screen doors, there are currently two types of construction: roll-formed, and extruded. The different varieties serve different purposes decoratively, and there is also a difference in price.
Roll-formed screen doors are the least expensive because they are made by shaping rolls of aluminum into square tubes. These inexpensive tubes are used to create the frame. Extruded aluminum frames are more expensive to make, but they are also stronger, and can generally be repaired more easily if they ever break.
Wood-framed doors, which are the most expensive, are often custom-made or made in limited production runs. What was once the standard in screen doors, has become a luxury version that is purchased by people who want and can afford the most expensive and unique doors.
Any of the doors mentioned will keep the bugs out, and let clean air in if kept in good repair, but as with anything else, you get what you pay for, so going for the least expensive doors possible is not usually the best solution. Instead, choose a door that will last, and is not frail or flimsy, and you will be happy with your selection for years to come.
Screen window frames are manufactured much the same way as screen doors but are also available in plastic or polycarbonate versions. The mesh screens, also known as bug screens, or insect screens, in both screen windows and doors, are made out of wire mesh, aluminum, fiberglass, nylon, polyester, or other synthetic fibers.
There are currently high-tech versions of screening materials that are made of fiberglass that can screen out the sun providing over 75% of UV protection, as well as mesh screens that are so fine they can filter out pollen and allergens. Ask your installer about all the options available to you before deciding what's best for your unique situation.
Did you know that mesh screens that look silver are telling you they need to be replaced? Rescreening is a quick and easy job for an experienced window and door expert.