Pictured: Home with ClearShield security screens
The humble fly screen has long been a staple of many South Australian households. Starting with the obvious, their ability to block out flies, there are a number of benefits that fly screens can provide to any household, which makes them both a popular and necessary choice for any modern home.
Keeping out insects
Related to the obvious purpose of keeping out flies, fly screens can also keep all unwanted pests where they belong – outside the home. This is particularly important in the warmer months when mosquitoes, flies, and other household pests and insects are particularly rampant.
Adding additional security
There are security focused variations on the basic fly screen that are constructed from strong materials designed to stop unwanted access and entry to your home. Their strong net structure and frames can provide welcome protection from home burglary attacks, as they’re quite difficult to tamper with.
Keeping children safe
Fly screens are perfect for stopping children from entering areas that they should not be inside, for example the front or back garden without supervision. A much better option than having to close all doors and create somewhat of a fortress, fly screens are an excellent solution for managing access and keeping children safe and within sight at home.
Maintaining some privacy
Many fly screens provide an element of privacy, as the traditional black mesh construction makes it difficult for someone outside to see inside, particularly from a distance. Conversely, those inside can still see outdoors with ease. This potentially minor, but important, point is an additional benefit of having a fly screen installed.
Decorative fly screens can provide an impactful additional to your home’s entrance while hiding a fully functioning fly screen. For example, a wrought iron decorative screen can add additional curbside appeal and value to your home. There are also a number of modern options such as aluminium and wood designs too, so matching the decor and style of your home should not be a problem.
By utilising fly screens throughout the home, a natural flow of air can be enabled. This natural ventilation can help keep an entire home cool during the warmer months without the need to constantly run expensive air conditioning systems to regulate indoor temperatures. This can amount to significant energy savings, which is beneficial for both the household budget and environment.
In addition to the natural air conditioning effect as a result of better circulation, fly screens are also able to block out direct sunlight, which minimises the build up of heat inside the home. The added benefit of blocking direct sunlight is that it can prevent damage to furniture and floors that is usually caused by UV rays.
Introducing natural light
When compared to traditional doors and windows, fly screens allow significantly larger amounts of natural light to flow into a room or home. The sheer nature of the somewhat transparent surface of a fly screen allows natural brightness to enter a room where it would otherwise be blocked by a solid door. This can add the perception of space, and also has additional energy saving benefits as the overall use of electric lights may be reduced as a result.
Allow in fresh air
Due to their perforated mesh construction, fly screens provide a barrier without stopping the flow of air. This increased air circulation and ventilation provides a regular supply of clean air to a home, crucial for good health. Stale or stagnant air in blocked or closed off areas can allow for the breeding of bacteria, and also stops the flow of pollutants and contaminants, thereby trapping them in one space. This results in a higher concentration of airborne contaminants, which can have adverse effects on health. Further to this, a lack of ventilation can create an environment that is prone to mould, bringing with it the risk of bacterial and respiratory infections. With sufficient circulation and ventilation, your family will feel more alert, healthier, and happier.
Maintaining the view
A solid door blocks any chance of a view or outlook, thereby creating an enclosed feeling in any home, whether there is a scenic view or not. With the use of mesh fly screens, most of the traditional benefits of a solid door are maintained, with the additional benefit of an element of transparency. This allows for a potential outlook to be maintained.
Fly screens have a large number of benefits for any home with practical health and safety implications. The days of industrial looking, boring fly screens are long gone, with a variety of options available in different styles and colours to suit any décor or design. The addition of fly screens to all doors and windows throughout your home is therefore a worthwhile investment that will provide an eternal return.
What we can do for you
Aluminium Plus can create fly screens that are made to measure, depending on your budget and needs. Pictured below are the 4 mesh types we use ranging from our more economical fibreglass flywire to our exclusive ClearShield stainless steel security screens. If your home doesn't have flyscreens we can manufacture and fit them to your existing windows. Aluminium Plus can also re-screen your existing flyscreens if your budget doesn't stretch to getting new ones.
For more information phone us now on 8285 1000 to chat with our sales team about what would be right for you.
Original flyscreen article published on SP Screens Australia