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Flyscreen FAQ

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What are the flyscreens made from?
All of our screens are made from strong extruded alumimium in white or brown finish and have industry standard, high quality fibreglass mesh.
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Do the screens block the light? Are they visible from inside or outside the house ?
These are the questions most frequently asked by homeowners. From the outside, no one will notice unless you choose to have a closer weave special mesh, e.g. solar screen mesh (see below). Our industry-standard 18 x 16 grade mesh is almost invisible against the light and from the inside you will barely notice the screens are in place . There is very little loss of light. It is possible to obtain white or other pale coloured mesh but we never use it. Curiously the darker the mesh the less you notice it against the light .
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I want to reduce the glare of the sun as well as keeping out flying insects, can you help?
Yes certainly , we have a 17 x 12 grade polyester mesh that can be used in 'framed' models only. It is called 'Suntex', and not only will it keep out most flying insects and reduce glare but also, when used on external screens, it will dramatically reduce solar heat gain. Tests have shown up to a 70% reduction!
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Will your screens keep out very tiny flying insects, for example mosquitoes?
The standard 18 x 16 grade mesh will keep out most types of flying insects including mosquitoes, the common housefly, moths, wasps, bees and other much smaller creatures. Most flying insects will not push their way through small holes. However if you have a particular problem at certain times of year with very small insects which swarm and sometimes push through mesh, like midges, corn flies or thrips, we recommend you consider one of our alternative types of mesh e.g. 20 x 20 or 20 x 30 solar screen mesh.

Now available in selected models. See Pollen Screens

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What do the numbers on mesh grades mean?
The numbers represent the number of strands for a given area in relation to the material strand thickness and produce what is called an 'openness factor'. For example, the industry standard 18 x 16 grade mesh has an openness factor of approx. 66%. In plain language, the higher the combined number, the smaller the openings, but the strand thickness of the material used can also increase its visibility and reduce the openness factor, e.g. in our polyester mesh called Suntex or Pet mesh, which is only 17 x 12 grade but has much thicker strands and has an openness factor of only 30%, so please keep this in mind.

Such mesh is more noticeable and will reduce the light & air-flow , but on the plus side, solar screen mesh offers greater privacy from outside observers ( if you prefer this ), prevents solar heat gain in the summer and saves energy loss in the winter.

It will also filter out U.V. light, to prevent fading of carpets and furniture. Small labelled samples can be sent on request.

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Are your DIY Kits easy to make and fit?
Yes and very satisfying too! Detailed, easy to follow instructions come with every kit and everything you need to do the job is included. We think you will be proud of your completed project and hope you will let us know ! If you also give us permission to use your remarks on our website, we would be very pleased.

N.B Not all model screens are available as DIY kits, please consult specific product pages for info.

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Are any special tools required for making Diy kits or fitting made-to-measure screens?
No, even a very average DIY enthusiast will own all the basic tools required. Any specialist tools or aids, e.g. a mesh spline tool or drilling templates for fixing hinges to doors, are included in DIY kits . The most you may need to purchase would be a special size drill bit or a sharp new hacksaw blade. Depending on your chosen model or fixing method, you may also need a specialist item from our accessories & spares list, but we will advise you if this is the case.
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Can screens be easily removed for cleaning or for winter storage?
Panel screens can be very easily removed and cleaned in a strong detergent solution, rinsed and air dried. The mesh will not shrink or rot and the powder coated aluminium frames are easily wiped over with a clean cloth. Roller type screens are best simply cleaned in position with a vacuum & soft brush attachment.
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Can screens be installed on the outside of buildings?
Yes, all screen types are weatherproof, but keep in mind possible damage if located in a situation prone to high winds. Extra fastenings may be required, especially to hinged door screens; we can supply these, please enquire or see our accessories & spares list. We recommend that you remove hinged door screens to storage during the winter months if possible.
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On Patio or French doors, how do you cope with handles that protrude beyond the existing frame and which would pierce the mesh on flyscreens when closed?
This is a commonly encountered problem. The solution is usually to be found in choosing the correct screen for the job.
  • you may be able to set the frame into the reveal away from the offending handles, e.g. the 'Eazy' sliding model,
  • or you could possibly fix to the face of an inner wall,
  • create / build a sub-frame and fix to the face of this, e.g. with hinged screens or sliding screens.
  • best solution would be roller screens which can be reveal or face fixed even where handles protrude because when the existing door/s are closed the mesh is retracted in the roller cassette/s (and vice versa) see Genius, Unika and Mirage models side mounted, single or double.
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If the mesh is damaged, can it be easily replaced?
Yes no problem, but you will find the standard mesh is very strong in normal everyday use and with reasonable care it will last for many years. If pierced and only slightly damaged, you will discover that due to the woven and welded nature of the mesh, it does not easily run or split further. However, if badly damaged it is quite easy to replace and fit the standard mesh at low cost, see our accessories & spares list.
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We have pets, can they damage the mesh?
It very much depends on the nature of you pet.
Kittens, for example, will just love to climb the mesh, with obvious resulting damage, and dogs may claw at flyscreen doors. Choose a special tough pet-proof mesh, like 'Suntex'/'Pet Mesh' made from polyester in hinged or sliding flyscreens and selected roller screen models, but many customers with pets have been quite satisfied with the standard fiberglass mesh in screens
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On hinged windows with rod and peg stays, how do you close any type of flyscreen when the windows are open and the stays are in the way
There are a number of ways to overcome this type of problem. The answers below may also apply to protruding handles when the existing windows are closed: -
  • fit telescopic windows stays ( you can usually also retain the existing stays for security )
  • choose a model designed to accommodate a protruding handle or stay, e.g. Omega
  • choose a model, e.g. Unika, Genius or Mirage roller type screen, where the mesh retracts into the cassette when the existing windows are closed, so a protruding handle is no longer a problem to have the window partially open on rod and peg stays, either add a telescopic stay or simply drill an extra hole in the tip of the existing stay rod .
  • choose a model which can be installed into the reveal, sufficiently away from the existing window handles and stays, e.g. a sliding screen or roller type
  • make a simple wooden sub-frame and paint to match your window colour, or ask us for an aluminium sub-frame in matching colour to your flyscreen for reveal fitting
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We have a UPVC door and the handle sticks out a long way, how do we fit a flyscreen?
Firstly, consider the model flyscreen you would prefer. If a hinged door screen, you may have to make a sub-frame deep enough to clear the handle. We may be able to make one for you in matching aluminium, please enquire.

On the model Nova hinged door there is a clearance of 20mm from frame to mesh. If you choose a horizontal roller screen, see models Genius, Unika or Mirage, this type of screen will usually overcome the problem because when the existing door is closed the mesh is in the cassette and vice versa. Please note, you may need to fit a hook and chain to your existing door to prevent it suddenly slamming shut and damaging the mesh on a roller screen. Another alternative is to consider a strip-curtain screen or an aluminium chain-link screen. The latter can be made in almost any colour, stripe or pattern you like. See our chain screen options.

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What type of screens are best for use in conservatories?
For windows, we recommend roller screens, face fixed, see model Unika. For roof lights / vents, see our special kit on model T10 page, or ask us to make one to your required size. Existing roof blinds can usually be adjusted to stop short of the flyscreen panel and, if required, your screens can also be made with solar screen mesh.

Any problem on roof vents with winding / opening mechanisms can be solved by either replacing with electric openers, by the insertion of a special two-part ring into the mesh, which allows the mechanism to pass through the mesh or by simply cutting a hole or cross slits into the mesh.

For doorways, the favourite choice is the Unika, Genius or Mirage, side mounted, roller screen (in single or double cassette version depending on size of doorway. Another popular choice for ease of use, maximum airflow and attractiveness is the anodised aluminium chain-link screen available in a wide range of colours and designs, see our chain-link options. Depending on the design of the conservatory, it may also be possible to use a sliding door screen but generally this model is only suitable if the conservatory doorway is more like a Patio door

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Are there any other types of mesh for really robust use?
There is no such thing as an indestructible flyscreen mesh, but if preferred we can supply 18 x 16 grade aluminium mesh in black finish or 'brite-kote' ( tradename ) silver finish, copper 18 x 14 grade in bronze finish or even stainless steel in 18 x 14 grade mesh. These alternatives are only available in made-to-measure framed screens . It must be borne in mind however that metal mesh can be broken and leaves a very sharp edge when this happens. Metal mesh also has a higher cost and is more difficult to fit, therefore the screens will cost more. Price by quotation. We have found in practice the polyester mesh 'Suntex'/'Pet Mesh' 17 x 12 grade to be a very good mesh for strength and durability. It adds around 15 % to the cost of screens. On some models, e.g. the commercial fire door screen, it is also possible to fit a very heavy-duty aluminium grille over the mesh to protect it .
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Finally, never asked, but.. a possible question :- "We have found some flyscreens which are cheaper, why do some of your screens cost more?"
We don't just sell flyscreens, we offer solutions and satisfactions, we use the very best quality materials, pay great attention to detail and give an excellent service. See some of our many testimonials. You may also find what look like identical screens, some even may be the same 'brand name' but what more can we say... you tend to get what you pay for!

If you see an advertisement with a nice glossy picture and a price of say 9.99, or even 29.99 Ask yourself " what kind of screen will I receive for this amount ? " The truth is often a sheet of mesh, to try to cut neatly with scissors yourself, a sheet of instructions (often very poor) and some Velcro stickers !

We do also offer some specified economy products but we only sell items that do the job well and please the customer. Returns and complaints are just too expensive !

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