Frequently Asked Questions about Fly Screen Doors
What is a fly screen door?
A fly screen door is a protective covering for a single or double door, that allows you to leave the door itself open, allowing fresh air into your home or business premises, whilst keeping out flies, wasps and other insects. Fly screens usually consist of a mesh, whose weave is wide enough to allow air-flow circulate, but tight enough to prevent certain insects from passing through. Mesh can be held within a rectangular frame - like a hinged or sliding door, or it can hang in strips or panels from a headrail allowing the user to walk through the screen. Our most popular system is the roller fly screen for single or double doors, where the mesh is housed on a roll within a spring loaded cassette and is only deployed when the door is open. An alternative to mesh, is a chain screen which consists of lengths of chain hanging from an aluminium headrail.
What types of insects do fly screen doors keep out?
Whilst flies are irritating and quite unhygeinic, fly screens also have the advantage of keeping out other insects, depending on the mesh chosen.
We offer a choice of mesh types our door screens, including:
- Standard Mesh: Keeps out flies, wasps, hornets, bees, mosquitos and larger creepy crawlies.
- Midge Mesh: Keeps out the above, but also midgies which are found in some areas for the UK such as the Scottish Highlands.
- Pollen Mesh: An extremely fine guage mesh, which in addition to providing a barrier to all types of insects also acts as a protective filter against pollens which cause allergies such as hayfever.
- Pet Mesh: Pet screens aren't actually designed or intended to keep pets inside. As with standard mesh, the purpose is to let fresh air in through your door opening but keep the insects at bay. Howeverk, the mesh is a tough, hard-wearing mesh which is more claw-resistent and ideal for installation where you would be concerned about the durability of standard mesh. This mesh isn't indestructable, but will stand up to a great deal more punishment from your energetic furry or feathered friend than a standard mesh would.
What can you put on my screen door so you don't walk through it?
One of the benefits of our range of fly screen doors is that they are very discrete. The open weave of the mesh often means that when positioned against an opening with daylight in the background, the mesh can seem more or less invisible. In much the same way that people can accidentally walk into the glass panels or patio doors, the same can happen with fly screen doors. The last thing that you want once you have installed your new fly screen door is for it to become ripped or damaged in this way.
You may have seen that a common safety initiative is to apply what are known as ‘manifestations’ (window safety stickers) to large expanses of glass such as patio doors and glass curtain walling. These are plain or graphic markers applied to the glass to catch the eye of anyone walking towards it, therefore preventing a collision.
We are sometimes asked if there is anything similar that can be applied to door fly screens. In terms of these ‘safety stickers’ for glass, you will find that those applied by ‘static’, and adhesive vinyl won’t stick to the mesh screen door material. Instead, a magnetic manifestation is your best option. These ‘screen door savers’ are available to buy online in a wide variety of decorative designs to suit your taste and any home decor or theme.
How do you attach a fly screen to a door?
There are a wide variety of different types of fly screen doors. They are all installed using different methods. Mesh or chain curtains are installed by screwing a headrail into place above the door, letting the mesh panels or chain strands hang down. Roller screens have a 4-sided frame consisting of a cassette containing the mesh, a top and a bottom guide rail and a side profile. Each element of this frame normally needs to be screwed into recess sizes, top and bottom. Hinged fly screen doors are simply attached by hinges to the recess side. The hinges are often screwed in place and then the door panel is hung onto these hinges and is ready to go.
Do fly screens stop airflow?
Fly screens are effective in preventing insects from entering a space without preventing airflow. In order to maintain a healthy environment in the house during hot weather, a consistent flow of clean air is essential.
Do magnetic screens really work?
Yes, magnetic screens can be quite effective in keeping pesky bugs and insects out of your home while still allowing fresh air to flow in. They work by using magnets to create a secure seal around the perimeter of the screen and between the mesh panels, preventing bugs from finding their way inside.
Can you cut magnetic screen door?
If you need to adjust the size of a magnetic screen door to fit your specific doorway, then yes, you can definitely cut it to size by following the instructions provided. Just be sure to measure your doorway carefully and use a sharp pair of scissors or a utility knife to make clean cuts along the edges of the screen.
How do magnetic mesh screen doors work?
Magnetic mesh screen doors are designed to use magnets to hold two separate pieces of mesh together along the middle of the doorway, creating a barrier that insects can't penetrate while still allowing air to flow through. The magnets are strategically placed to ensure a tight, secure fit that keeps the bugs out.
What is the purpose of a door screen?
The primary purpose of a door screen is to provide ventilation and airflow into your home while still keeping insects and other unwanted critters outside. This can help you save money on air conditioning costs while still enjoying fresh air and natural light inside your home. Additionally, some types of door screens can also provide an additional layer of privacy, depending on the design.
How do you maintain a screen door?
To maintain a screen door, it's important to clean it regularly to remove any dust or debris that might accumulate on the mesh. You can use a soft brush or cloth to gently scrub the screen and then rinse it with water. It's also a good idea to lubricate any moving parts, such as the hinges or tracks, to keep the door running smoothly. If you notice any damage to the screen, be sure to repair it as soon as possible to prevent insects from getting in.
Types of Fly Screen Doors
Roller Fly Screens for Single and Double Doors
Roller screens for single doors and double doors are our favourite solution. They are made to your measurements in our factory and will cover anything from a single door up to a double or french door. They are available with your choice of mesh, from the list above and with either white, brown or anthracite grey hardware to suit the most popular colours of windows and doors. The beauty of a roller screen, in our opinion, is that they are so discrete. When not in use, the mesh itself retracts and rolls onto a spring-loaded tube within a slimline cassette at the side of the door, or at each side in the case of double door systems. To deploy the screen, the screen is pulled out from the side using handles and it is held in position using magnetic strips on the opposite side of the door. To keep the screen more securely locked into position, you can select optional bolts and keepers. Insects are mostly a seasonal problem, and the great thing about a roller screen is that for the months of the year where it is not required for insect protection, the screen simply hides away in the cassette. It doesn't have to be taken down or stowed away.
Hinged Fly Screen Doors
Those of you who have visited the USA will be familiar with the concept of a traditional hinged fly screen door. We offer these as self-assembly kits on a rapid next day dispatch. So they are great for those who want their screen in a hurry and are comfortable with DIY. The screens themselves are available in white and anthracite grey, with a choice of mesh type. We offer superb optional accessories such as cat flaps, which allow your feline friend to exit the door even when your fly screen is closed, and also sub-frames. Hinged fly screens are cost-effective and simple to use. You may wish to store the screen away out of season but they are weather-proof and durable enough to be left in situ.
Sliding Screen Doors
Another popular product for patio doors, or for door configurations with a fixed panel next to an opening door. Sliding screen doors can be installed with or without a bottom rail for barrier-free access. These screens are also available with a choice of mesh and they are sent as self-assembly kits. Rapid delivery for those who are keen and competent DIY'ers.
Mesh Panel Doors
One of our biggest sellers due to their cost-effective and walk through nature. We have a range of mesh panel doors for every budget, ranging from very low-cost screens ideal for taking on holiday up to our more premium COMFORT mesh screens which are more durable and long-lasting with aluminium headrails and weighted panels. This type of screen is only available in one type of mesh and they are a self-assembly product, available with a rapid next day dispatch service.
Chain Link Fly Screens
Another incredibly popular product and probably our most durable - the chain fly screen consists of an aluminium headrail and lengths of chain, hung 77 lengths per metre of head-rail. The chain itself is available in different colours - the most popular being silver, followed by bronze-brown, gunmetal grey and black. Brighter and more striking screens are available in red, blue and green. For those of you looking for something even more decorative, we have a number of cheerful stock patterns - SUN, ART and FISH. Chain screens are available either as a standard size of 900mm x 2100mm which is available with next day dispatch. We can also offer custom sizes - either ready-made (take out of the box and hang it!) or self-assembly (we send you the headrail cut to size and sufficient chain to make a screen to your sizes). As mentioned, a key benefit of the chain screen is its durability - they can be used for years to come, and also the walk-through nature of the screen.
We also offer a full range of screens for windows, along with fly screen mesh per metre. You can view our full range of window and door fly screens, by following the link