How to Choose Window Screen Material Based on Needs


Did you know there are several different types of window screen material that you can use in your home or other space? While fiberglass is a very popular and versatile option, there are other screen materials that are used for specific purposes like insect prevention, glare and heat reduction, and rust resistance. When shopping for screen material for existing window screens or ones you plan to build for the first time, you may not feel sure as to which type to choose. There are many different factors that go into choosing screen material. What is great for one room may not be the case for another. You may need a specific type of screen to use in your company office that isn’t needed in your home. To make your buying decision easier, we’ve rounded up the most significant characteristics of different kinds of window screen material. Use this as a quick reference guide during your shopping process.

Fiberglass Screen

As one of the most popular types of window screen, fiberglass is beloved by contractors and homeowners because it’s durable, inexpensive, and offered in different styles.

1.      Standard Fiberglass Screen

·         Ideal for indoor or outdoor use

·         Useful in high traffic areas (living rooms)

·         Economical and flexible

·         More durable than aluminum; easily forgives when pressed

·         Vulnerable to insects like grasshoppers

·         Can last about 10 to 12 years on average

·         Offered in several colors

2.      Fiberglass Patio & Pool Screen

·         Best for outdoor use

·         Provide extra strength to withstand the elements

·         Increased diameter for larger openings on porches, patios, sun rooms, and more

·         Offered in several colors

Solar Screen

Solar screen is designed to reduce the glare and heat from the sun, resulting in a cooler and more comfortable home. Solar screens are designed to provide defense against insects while prioritizing solar protection.

·         Useful in indoor and outdoor applications

·         Ideal for kitchens, patios, porches, and gazebos

·         Prevents small insects from entry (mosquitos, gnats, no-see-ums, etc.)

·         Offering shading up to 65%

·         Great daytime privacy

·         May be too dark for some homeowners

·         Available in several colors

Aluminum Screen

Aluminum window screen is another popular choice that homeowners choose over fiberglass. It has several benefits that fiberglass does not, though it isn’t without a few cons. Most aluminum screen features a protective finish to work against corrosion and strengthen the screen weave.

·         Great for indoor or outdoor use

·         Ideal for low traffic areas (master bedrooms, home offices, etc.)

·         Rust and corrosion resistant

·         Less durable than fiberglass; easily dents when pressed

·         Resistant to insects like grasshoppers

·         Can last upwards of 30 years

·         Offered in a range of colors

Pet-Resistant Screen

If you struggle with hyper or anxious pets tearing up your window screens, pet-resistant screen is exactly what you need. Designed to stand up against the biggest dogs, this screen has over 400 lbs. of breaking strength!

·         Great for indoor or outdoor use

·         Useful when installed on decks, patios, porches, and more

·         Strength derived from PVC coated polyester yarn

·         Available in a range of colors

Copper Bronze Screen

This premium type of window screen material is comprised of 90% copper and 10% zinc. While aluminum screen may be resistant to rust, it is not your best option if you own a coastal home or live near a lake or river.

·         Mainly for outdoor use, but can be installed indoors

·         Ideal for coastal homes

·         Best installed on porches, patios, and in pool areas

·         Durable and reliable

·         Rust and corrosion resistant

·         Over time, oxidizes to a patina

·         No color options


Tiny-Insect Mesh

This is a very fine fiberglass screen type that is more like a mesh. The openings are incredibly small to effectively keep the smallest of insects out of your home or other location.

·         Perfect for indoor and outdoor use

·         Ideal for coastal or inland homes

·         Insect prevention is the primary purpose

·         Recommended for high traffic areas (porches, patios, living rooms, etc.)

·         Offers a degree of daytime privacy

·         One color option


With such a variety of window screen material options, you can easily find the right types for each room in your home. Maybe a few rooms need solar screen to reduce heat, while others are perfect for aluminum screen. To make the best decision before purchasing, step into each room you plan to screen and consider its needs. Then, you can purpose the screen material you need most and reap the many benefits of your new window screens!

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