If you’ve shopped with Metro Screenworks, you will have probably seen the variety of window screen material we offer. If you’re new to the world of screens or simply working on your first DIY project, you may be asking “which screen is best?” To learn more about choosing the right type of screens, read our blog “What Type of Screen Do I Need For My Project?” or our “Window Screen Buyer Guide.” Today, however, we are going to be discussing tiny mesh also called “no-see-um screen” and how it can provide additional benefits for all of your screen projects.
Tiny Screen: 101
Tiny screen, also called “no-see-um screen,” is made to keep no-see-ums, gnats, small biting flies, sand flies, and other small bugs that can sometimes crawl through regular fiberglass screens. Tiny screen has smaller openings and is defined as 20 x 20 screen, meaning there are 20 strands across and horizontally per inch. There are also other screen sizes – we also offer a 20 x 17 tiny mesh super screen which has slightly bigger holes: it provides protection against no-see-ums as well as increased durability (3x stronger than fiberglass). Standard screen will have more and larger openings which means smaller bugs can come through the window screen or screen door.
What Are No-See-Ums?
No-see-ums are bugs that are nearly invisible to the naked eye. No-see-ums can be gnats or any small bugs, but technically speaking no-see-ums are tiny, blood-sucking, biting flies. Though small bugs can be found anywhere in the U.S., no-see-ums most commonly live along the Texas Gulf Coast, in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and the San Francisco Bay.
Why Do You Need Tiny Mesh?
Tiny mesh offers protection against these microscopic nuisances. Tiny mesh can also provide other benefits such as solar protection and durability depending on the type of screen that you buy. For example, many of the solar screens we offer have tiny mesh qualities because the weave of the mesh is tighter than standard screen – meaning sun and insect protection. Metro Screenworks offers tiny mesh in our pre-framed window screens and sliding screen doors, as well as in bulk screen rolls that make achieving your DIY screen projects easy.
Where Should I Install Tiny Mesh?
No-see-um screen can be installed anywhere! It can be installed in your home’s window screens, sliding screen doors, porch screen panels, and anywhere you need screens in your residence. Tiny mesh doesn’t just provide benefits for your home. Install it in your rental property, business building, restaurant, and any other place that would benefit from protection against no-see-ums.
How Do I Install Tiny Mesh?
Install no-see-um screens like you would any other screen utilizing standard spline and window screen tools. Rescreening your home or business with tiny mesh is as easy as popping out the original screen and reinstalling tiny mesh in its place. To learn more about replacing the screen in your window screens and sliding screen doors, visit our Window Screen FAQ page, as well as our Measuring FAQ page. We can also provide the help you need when you contact our customer service.
Are you ready to learn more or to buy tiny mesh for your home? Shop Metro Screenworks to learn more about the possibilities for your home. We offer payment options through Affirm — so never have to worry about paying for the home improvement projects. Learn about the possibilities when you shop our store online. You can also request a sample before you buy or visit the Metro Screenworks showroom in Highlands Ranch, Colorado – where we offer free order pick-up but ship nationally for your convenience.