Opening your windows is a lovely way to let in fresh air, but if you do not also wish to let little bugs enter your home, you must rely on your window screen. Most windows come with screens. In newer replacement windows, screens are typically built into the window assembly. With older windows, screens were sometimes sold separately and mounted into the window frame after the fact. Because of the great variety in window screens and how they operate, homeowners often have questions about screens for their Michigan homes. Here are five of those questions — and the answers you’ve been searching for.
1. Can You Replace Screens Without Replacing Your Windows?
If your windows are relatively new and the screens have been damaged by pets, debris, or a storm, then you can likely get new screens without having to replace the windows. Contact your window replacement company; they can look up the model of your windows and order new replacement screens for you. In some cases, screen damage may be covered under warranty.
If you have old wooden windows and the screens have become loose or torn, your best bet is probably to replace the entire window. Even if you have new screens made, they may not fit snugly into the window frame if the window frame is beginning to rot or warp.
2. Are There Screens That Don’t Obstruct Your View?
Many Michigan home owners hate that screens create an obstruction in their view of a beautiful landscape. Renewal by Andersen has just the solution for this common problem. TruScrene Insect Screens are made to be virtually invisible. They offer 50% more clarity than traditional window screens, allowing you to enjoy the view of gorgeous flowers and trees. However, they are just as effective at trapping bugs as traditional window screens, so your home will remain fly-free.
3. Can You Put Screens In Casement Windows?
In a double-hung window, the screen slides up and down in the frame in the same manner as the glass window pane. This leaves some people wondering how a screen can possibly be integrated with a casement window. There are screens for casement windows; they just work differently. Casement window screens do not open and close; they just mount to the inside of the window. You can easily remove the window screen for cleaning.
4. How Do You Clean Window Screens?
Cleaning screens is not as difficult as you might think. First, remove the screens and place them on the ground. Then, prepare a mixture of one part ammonia and two parts water. Hose each screen down with plain water, and then spray the screens with your ammonia solution. This will loosen and remove any dust and caked-on insects. Rinse off the ammonia solution with clean water, and let the screens air dry.
5. Will Window Screens Keep Your Child From Falling Out a Window?
No, a screen is not adequate protection to keep a child from falling through the window. Screen material is delicate and may rip against your child’s weight. To protect your child, only open the window a crack, and lock it in place. Replace old windows that no longer lock safely.
If you have any additional questions about screens for your Michigan home, contact Renewal by Andersen. We offer free, in-home consultations and replacement windows with a top-notch warranty.