So you have decided to banish those annoying bugs once and for all! These days you have a choice of great screen systems, which offer a range of benefits to accommodate your home and lifestyle. To help you out with questions you may have, we enlisted the help of a 10+ year expert in insect screens, Liam from HomePlus West Auckland.
What is the most common question asked by your customers?
“Can they be removed?” is usually the first question says Liam. Being able to access the window for cleaning and removal for winter storage is a very important consideration. Liam only offers insect screen systems that can be easily removed or retracted into a cassette for this reason.
Will they be an eyesore or stick out on my windows?
“Many customers don’t realise how unobtrusive modern insect screens are” says Liam. They are usually pleasantly surprised at how they blend into the homes joinery, particularly if they are finished in a matching powder coat colour.
What is the cost and what is the most durable screen?
“The cost depends on the system you choose” explains Liam, “along with the size you need and other variable factors”. Many customer have set ideas on the values offered by some of the systems, for example thinking that the magnetic screens are cheap and cheerful. But new technology and improvements in the products means that magnetic screens are now a good quality option.
What system would best suit my home?
“Often the area of the home influences which screen system is best suited for the situation and the customer’s personal preference of course” Liam says.
Some common examples of this are –
- Ranch slider doors - sliding screen doors are best for large sliding doors as they run parallel with the door track, rather than opening or closing (on a hinge), into the deck or home interior. Modern retractable screens are also popular as they offer advantages such as semi translucent mesh, slim line storage cassettes and no centre rails to block views etc.
- Windows – retractable insect screens are very popular as they are an attractive, high quality system, which is easy to use and rolls away into a discrete cassette for storage. For hard to reach places, such as kitchen and bathroom windows, a sliding insect screen is best.
- Entry doors – hinged screen doors are the most popular as they are the easiest to use in conjunction with entry doors. Retractable screens are also very popular particularly for their modern slim line finish.
For more help on what best suits your home and lifestyle, you can click here for more details or call your local HomePlus expert for advice on 0800 466 375.
Liam Clarke has been manufacturing and installing security and insect screens for over 10 years. His expertise is often called on for training other dealers and input in product development of new systems.