byWelton Hong( May 22 , 2019 )
Whether it’s a simple tear or an old, worn down frame, it’s important to know when it’s time for your window screens replacement. Read on to help learn the signs a window screen replacement is needed.
Signs That It's Time for a Window Screens Replacement
The type of frame, mesh and environment you live in will all play a part in determining the lifespan of your window screen. It’s important to know the specific material of your screens' mesh (vinyl coated – also called pet mesh, aluminum and fiberglass) as the material's durability will play a part in how long your screens last.
A standard screen that is primarily in the shade, remains dry, and is occasionally cleaned, should last around 10 to 15 years before it begins to break down and you need a window screens replacement. With more regular cleaning, you can add 5 to 10 years to your window screen's lifespan.
Inspect the screen for any holes and tears. If the screen’s mesh is starting to look especially shiny, this may mean that the screen is old and that you need a window screens replacement. If there’s a significant tear in the mesh that cannot be repaired quickly, you may want to consider replacing the entire screen.
Window Screens Replacement Costs
A window screens replacement is a fairly low budget project. Depending on the size and type of window, homeowners usually spend between $30 to $100 on a window screens replacement, not including installation. For custom windows with unique shapes and sizes, a window screens replacement may cost more.
Energy Efficient Window Screens Replacement
Overall, window screens increase your home's energy efficiency, especially in summer, when they act as a natural source of ventilation to keep your home cool.
Especially if you live in a sunny, hot climate, you may also want to consider solar/sunscreens for their window screens replacement. Solar screens can block 80 - 90% of the unwanted glare and heat from the sun, keeping your home shadier and cooler. They can also provide more privacy during the day; while homeowners will still be able to look outside with an unhindered view, solar screens will block outsiders from looking inside. Solar/sunscreens provide especially effective privacy at night, preventing outsiders from being able to clearly see inside when your lights are on inside.
Summary: Window Screens Replacement to Save Money
Keeping your screens in good shape and knowing when it's time for a window screens replacement will help improve your comfort levels as well as your home’s appearance. Additionally, if you manage your window screens replacement correctly, and invest in energy efficient screens, you can reduce your home’s energy bills.