Different Types of Screens for Your Enclosure

Different Types of Screens for Your Enclosure

Screen enclosures serve many different purposes, such as blocking out the sun, keeping pests and insects out, maintaining extra privacy, or keeping pets and kids safe. Many people don’t know this, but depending on the purpose of your screen enclosure, you can choose different types of screens.   

You may want to have a screen enclosure installed over your pool, patio, sunroom, or even the porch. You can choose between several types of screens that are made from different materials and have different purposes, lifespans, and costs. Here are 7 common types of screens used for screen enclosures:  

  1. Phifer 18/14 Screen 

The 18/14 screen by the American company Phifer is one of the most common screens used in the country. The numbers 18/14 describe the density of the fiberglass mesh, meaning that each square inch of the mesh is 18 rectangles wide by 14 rectangles tall. The mesh is quite dense but still allows you to see through it and has a lifespan of approximately 8 years.  

      2. Artisan Wire Screen 

Artisan wire is another commonly used screen type. It is a much cheaper alternative to Phifer and has a lifespan of approximately 3 or 4 years. Therefore, artisan Wire is a good option if you only want a screen for a short time and don’t want to spend too much on it.   

      3. No See Um Screen 

A no see um screen is a 20/20 fiberglass screen used to keep out small insects like no see ums, flies, gnats, and mosquitoes. The screen has a very dense mesh so that the rectangles in the mesh are tiny and prevent any insects from crossing through. The no see um screen has a lifespan of approximately 8 years. 

      4. Polyester Screen  

A Polyester screen will be a good choice if you’re planning for the long run. If you want your screen enclosure to be a permanent part of your home and want a screen that will last for up to 10 years, then Polyester is the way to go. A Polyester screen is also tear-proof, does not fade quickly, and resists insects, algae, and mildew.   

       5. Fiberglass Screen  

Fiberglass mesh screens are generally heavy-duty and can be used for many purposes. They are great for pool enclosures, patio enclosures, and sunroom enclosures. Like the Phifer 18/14, there are different mesh density options in fiberglass screens, and they last for 8 to 10 years if properly looked after. 

       6. Solar Screen 

A solar screen is another type of fiberglass screen specially designed to block up to 75% of the sun’s rays. This is a great option for people living in sunny Florida as it can get extremely hot in the summer. A solar screen can help you reduce your energy costs and keep your furniture and other belongings safe from the harsh sun. A good quality solar screen has a lifespan of 20 to 30 years. 

       7. Florida Glass Screen 

Florida glass screen is like 18/14 fiberglass, but it comes with added benefits. The dense mesh has an additional plastic laminate attached to it. The laminate comes in a smoky haze so that you cannot see in or out through the screen. This is very helpful for privacy and would be a good choice for someone who wants a pool enclosure and doesn’t want the neighbors to be able to see them. The laminate also ensures that dirt, leaves, grass clippings, and other debris do not come through the screen.  

Palm Beach Aluminum – The Best Place for Getting a Screen Enclosure Installed 

If you have been thinking of getting a screen enclosure installed, get in touch with Palm Beach Aluminum today for the very best professional screen installation services. Our installers have years of experience and have worked for many families and businesses in Palm Beach and Martin County.  

We offer custom screen enclosures and pool enclosures to our customers. We also offer several other products and services, including custom concrete slabs, custom paver decks, footers, glass enclosures for porches, sunroom additions, and patio enclosures.  

Contact us on our website or call us at (561)770-9774. You can even get a free quote from our website to help you make the best decision for your screen enclosure needs.