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Materials Used to Make Retractable Patio Screens You may be looking for a time when the weather will be good for you to open the windows and doors of your home. However, when you open the doors and windows, you may have to deal with the menace of flies. One of the easy ways in which you can keep flies out from your home is by installing patio screens. Over the years, the design and functionality of patio screens have changed. The earliest patio screens were made of horse hair. The 1920s saw an improvement in the screens as they were then made from galvanized steel. The patio screens protected the doors and windows of homes for decades. However, since steel is prone to rusting, it was only a matter of time before the screens were transitioned to be made from aluminum. Today, the most common materials used to make patio screens are aluminum and vinyl-coated fiberglass. The most common screens that homeowners go for are vinyl-coated ones since they are cheaper than aluminum ones. Save for the price, aluminum screens and vinyl-coated ones have nearly the same characteristics when used in making screens. Sometimes, historical preferences play a role in the homeowners’ choice of patio screens. For example, if you live in an areas where vinyl-coated patio screens are common, you may find that they are easily available at stores than aluminum ones.
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How Fiberglass Screens are Made Majority of retractable patios in the country are made from vinyl-coated fiberglass. The material is popular because it does not stain, rust or corrode.
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The process of making fiberglass is not a complicated process. The process begins by application of vinyl (PVC) on a spun-glass filament. When this process is over, the result will be strands that are of various diameters. Depending on the diameter of the strands, the fiberglass can be used for window screening, patio rooms, pool enclosures and some door screening. You can buy different-colored screens, including aqua marine, silver gray and dark gray. Apart from the popular 18 x 16 mesh, home owners can also buy 18 x 14 fiberglass for porches, pool enclosures and the like. If you want to stop tiny insects such as no-see-ums, you can even by a 20×20 mesh. The mesh will stop the insects without restricting breezes or cutting down on light transmission. If you have heard about the solar or “sun” screen, it is also made of vinyl-coated fiberglass. The screen can be used for both door and window screen, as well as porch, patio and pool enclosures. When you install this tightly woven material, you will be surprised at how much energy it can help you save. Today, some patio solar screens have the ability to block heat from getting in your home.