Window Screens

Black sun screen panels with almond frame.

The type of window screens you have on your home can greatly affect the price of window cleaning.  The screens shown here are called sun screens or solar screens.  They are mounted to the window with special clips, sometime they are screwed directly to the frame.  The main function of this type of screen is to block out the suns rays and keep the home cooler.  They also keep insects out as well.  The screen mesh is much heavier than insect screen mesh.  Sun screen mesh comes in various colors and grades.  Most sun screens typically block out 70 to 95 percent of the sun rays and can substantially reduce your summer electric bill.

Beige sun screen panels installed.

Sun screens take much longer to remove, clean and reinstall, especially if they are screwed directly to frame.  Most windows have 1 or 2 screen panels.  This window has 2 sun screen panels.  Some windows can have as many as 3 or 4 panels.

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Close up of sun screen screwed directly to the window frame.

This is a sun screen that has been screwed directly to the frame.  This increases the amount of time it takes to remove and reinstall the screen.  It’s also imperative that when screens are removed for cleaning to make sure that they go back on the same window they were removed from and in the same direction, otherwise the holes won’t line up.

Sun screen patio slider door.

Pictured here is a patio slider sun screen door with a stationary panel to the right of it.

Brown sun screens on picture windows.

You will also find sun screens on windows that don’t open, “picture windows”.  Again, their main purpose is to reduce the amount sun entering the home.

Slider window with bug screen.

Bug screens or standard window screens are made of a lighter mesh and are much easier to remove and clean than sun screens.  Their primary purpose is to keep the bugs out.  In this picture the screen is located on the left.  Bug screens are usually on the side of a the window that opens, also known as the vent.  If the bug screen covers the whole window than that window usually has the option to open on the left or right side.

A small slider bathroom window with a bug screen.

Bug screens are usually held in place with springs that secure the screen frame into a channel.  In this picture the screen is also located on the left side of the window.  Note the small black squares.  These are pull tabs to help you remove the screen.  The springs are located on the opposite side of the pull tab.  Most bug screens can be removed from either the inside or out however some must absolutely be removed from the inside otherwise you will damage the frame.

Have you had trouble removing and reinstalling window screens?  Did the previous window cleaners damage your frames?

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