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Window Screens: What to Know

Enhance your living experience by creating a fresh, open-air environment.

One of the easiest ways to enjoy a breezy, bug-free summer is to have window screens installed throughout your home. Home window screens not only impact a room’s natural light and ventilation, they also enhance your living experience by creating a fresh, open-air environment. Screens are a great way to ensure clean home design and high energy efficiency, as natural air flow means less AC costs for your home.

Here, we’ve rounded up the four best window screens that will have you enjoying the sounds, sights and smells of summer in no time.

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Retractable Screen
Retractable screens create a cleaner, more polished look from the interior and exterior by eliminating the need for traditional or stationary screens. With more light streaming into the space than a window with a full screen, your home will be flooded with natural light and natural air flow without having to worry about bugs. The best part is that no seasonal screen storage is required, as the Integrated Rolscreen retracts back into the frame of the window when the window is closed.

Retractable window screens can be installed on Pella Architect Series Reserve Double- and Single-Hung windows. While they cannot be added to an existing window, they are super easy to use. Simply unlock the window and raise the sash, and the screen appears! When you close the window, the screen retracts back into the sill.

The screen is attached to the sash with magnets. If you choose to open the window and not have the screen, simply tilt the sash, like you do for cleaning, and the screen disengages and retracts back into the sill (or head on the top sash).

We especially think the Integrated Rolscreen works wonderfully for all styles of window screens. If you are looking for the crispest, clearest view available, this screen is the one for you.

Conventional Fiberglass Screen
If you’re looking for a true, 24/7 screen, fiberglass screens are durable, functional and flexible, making them a great fit for both windows and patio doors. This style of window screen also comes as a standard option on Pella Vinyl and Fiberglass windows and patio doors.

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From left to right: Conventional, InView and VividView screens

InView Screen
When you compare this type of screen to conventional models, the InView Screen provides a clearer view. And, because it is more transparent than conventional fiberglass, it enhance the home’s appearance. Available on all Pella 350 Series products, this screen operates the same as a conventional screen, but because of the way it is made, it allows in 14% more light than conventional fiberglass screens and is 8% more open, creating an improved airflow.

VividView Screen
This high-transparency screen is practically invisible, so you’ll have a seamless transition from indoors to outdoors. Compared to conventional and InView screens, VividView allows in 29% more light and is 21% more open.

Wondering where to buy window screens? Find an authorized retailer near you online today.

This article was written by

Kolbie Creger, Social Media Specialist

An Instagram enthusiast and tiny house fanatic, Kolbie is a member of the Pella Marketing team, focused on social media and brand strategy. In true Iowa fashion, her free time varies by season. You can find her in the gym coaching high school basketball throughout the winter, attempting to roller blade through downtown Des Moines in the spring, and sipping iced coffee on the back of a boat every other chance she gets.

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