What Type of Window Screen Do I Need For My Project?

Posted by Metro Screenworks on Mar 9th 2022

What Type of Window Screen Do I Need For My Project?

What Type of Window Screen Do I Need For My Project?

When you’re about to get started on a DIY window screen, screen door, porch enclosure, or other home improvement project, you may just assume that you should use traditional fiberglass screen. However, there are many other types of window screen material available. Keep reading to learn about how to choose the best type of window screen mesh for your project.

How to Choose the Right Type of Window Screen Mesh

Choosing the right type of screen can make or break a project. You don’t have to be a screen expert to correctly choose the screen material for your project. Here are some ways to think about the type of screen that could best serve your needs.

The Type of Project

The project that you are working on can help you determine the type of screen you need. For example, the mesh type that you may use to rescreen your bedroom window may be different from the one that you use to create screen panels for your porch enclosure. Window screen mesh can generally be put on a spectrum with visibility on one end and durability on the other – meaning those that offer more visibility may offer less strength against high traffic areas or weather elements. Even if visibility and durability aren’t your primary concerns, our benefits of specialty mesh are important to consider depending on your project.

  • Window screens - Those screens that provide the most visibility are the most popular
  • Screen doors - Mesh types that are more durable, generally offer more longevity, especially if it’s in a high-traffic area or you have pets or children
  • Porch enclosures - More durable screen mesh that can withstand the weather and other elements is recommended but it can depend on what you would like to experience with your porch.

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What You Need Your Screen To Do For You

Fiberglass window screen will provide insect protection but specialty window screen mesh types can offer that and more. Metro Screenworks specializes in providing screens that can offer more value. Mesh types that we have include:

  • Solar protection
  • Allergen filtering
  • Durability against pets
  • Better aesthetics
  • No-see-um protection
  • And more

Though buying a window screen material that can provide more benefits may cost a little more than traditional fiberglass screening material, the return on investment is well worth it.


Budget is another factor that can help you decide which window screen type will work best for your DIY home improvement project. Thankfully, when you shop with Metro Screenworks, you can also enjoy affordable prices as well as the benefits of shopping with Affirm. Learn more about how Affirm makes it easy to buy the materials you need for your home improvement projects when you shop our site.

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Final Product

Ultimately, the type of screen that you need for your project is up to you: you know what you want the final product to look like and how you want it to look and perform. However, if you aren’t sure what you need, check out our window screen material buying guide and/or you can always contact us. Our window screen and screen door experts would love to help you find the screen products that will help you make your house into the home you have always dreamed of.

Learn more about our products when you visit Metro Screenworks.com