Home maintenance in Los Angeles, particularly in the Spring, means replacing worn or damaged window screens when the weather turns warm. As it is now oficially Spring and windows are staying open for most days and many nights, the time is at hand.
Tears and holes in window screens let in bugs and vermin while leaving something to be desired from an aesthetic point of view. For those of you in the market for new or replacement window screens, here are some comparisons that will help you pick the best type of screen for your home.
Vinyl Coated Fiberglass Window Screens
Vinyl coated fiberglass is the traditional window screen material. It’s lightweight, flexible, and inexpensive, which makes it the preferred window screen material for people all over the country. However, there are some disadvantages of vinyl coated fiberglass. For example, fiberglass window screens are charcoal gray in color, which can affect the light emitted from the outdoors. They’re also easily damaged by UV rays, which means they don’t last very long in Southern California.
Aluminum Window Screens
Aluminum window screens are stronger than fiberglass, but are just as lightweight. As a bonus, aluminum is lighter in color than fiberglass, so for a property owner, aluminum screens seem to let it more light. Aluminum screens also last longer than fiberglass, because–unlike fiberglass–they don’t fall apart in the endless California sunshine.
Pet Window Screens
Pet proof insect screening is tear and puncture-resistant to prevent damage by dogs and cats. Ideal for use in high-traffic areas, the screen installs like regular insect screening and is excellent for use in patio/porch enclosures and windows and doors. Check out our blog, Dog Doors & Pet Screens for more information about pet screens or watch this video:
Solar Window Screens
If you’ve ever set foot in a Starbucks on a hot summer afternoon, you’ve probably seen a solar screen. Solar screens are designed like window shades, and are made from a mesh material that blocks most direct sunlight. They’re best placed in rooms with a western and southern exposure, because they help with interior temperature control and provide shade on hot, bright days. To learn more about how solar screens reflect light check out this video:
ClearView Window Screens
ClearView retractable screens are high-quality, American-made, light-colored screens. They’re perfect for homes with a view because they can be easily pulled back for better visibility. The smooth rolling action of ClearView window screens makes them easy to operate and particularly useful in doorways. You can learn more about ClearView products in the video below:
Security Window Screens and Security Screen Doors
Security screens are virtually indestructible. They can’t be cut, torn, beaten or blasted through. Living in the big city, security screens are pretty much everything you would want in a window screen, because they’re basically burglar proof, riot proof and child proof. If you’ve ever been tempted to install bars on your windows and doors, security screens are an effective alternative. They’re more attractive than bars and just as strong. Check out our blog, Guarda Steel Security Window Screens & Doors – Attractive & Indestructible for more information about security screens or watch this video:
Tashman Sells Quality Window Screens & Screen Doors
Window screens and screen doors have been our speciality since opening our doors in 1961. Whether you want to install new, custom-made screens or replace old screens, we carry any screen type you could possibly want and if we don’t have it in stock, we’ll order it.
For more information regarding custom or replacement window screens and screen doors, stop by Tashman Home Center (7769 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90046) or give us a call at (323) 498-2417 to set up an appointment. We have an experienced and knowledgable staff and we’d be delighted to learn what you’re looking to accomplish and how we might be of assistance in helping you select replacement window screens for your home’s maintenance here in in Los Angeles.