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It is common for suburban and rural Americans to make good use of patio screen mesh, patio bug screens, flat spline for window screens, and more. The general ideas for a screen is to allow air and light to get through, along with sound, but not allow larger airborne objects to get through. In most cases, porch netting and window screens are set up so that annoying or harmful insects such as mosquitoes, hornets, wasps, and flies cannot get through and harass people or pets, or contaminate food. Flat spline is the tough material used to seal mesh and screens onto windows, and a homeowner may find such flat spline at their local hardware store and install it on their windows with a little know-how. Flat spline might get damaged or worn out over time, and that might compromise the window. So, new flat spline can be put in.

The Windows and Doors

Many Americans own or rent property that includes metal or plastic screens over the windows or on a backyard screen door. This mesh is installed for a good reason: keeping out insects and other wildlife, and even people in some cases. As mentioned earlier, screens are useful because they’re low-maintenance and lightweight, and they allow air, light, and sound to pass through with ease while larger objects are blocked since the holes are too small. In most cases, this is done so that a person can open their windows or back door to allow pleasant breezes and scents to get into the house without also allowing unwanted wildlife. A homeowner would be upset if a few wasps invited themselves into the house as well and harassed everyone. Screens, whether made of tough metal or simple plastic, are built with this job in mind and have holes too fine for even mosquitoes to easily get through. And birds and other animals will certainly be blocked with impunity. These screens let a person enjoy nature without getting stung by it.

Window screens may also act as a modest line of defense against burglary, primarily metal screens. A determined and prepared burglar may have the means to break through the screen, though, so a homeowner concerned about break-ins should have other security measures in place too such as blinds to hide the room’s contents, security cameras, and having a tough new window frame that’s difficult to break into. All of that, combined with a tough wire mesh, may help deter criminals and intruders. If the mesh is damaged, such as if holes are torn into it or the flat spline is peeling and coming off, the homeowner may either hire contractors to fix it or visit a hardware store to buy new screens, flat spline, glue, and anything else that they might need for the job. With a little instruction, such as looking up the directions online, the homeowner can install new screens, flat spline, and more without too much trouble.

Protect the Porch

Meshes and screens may exist on a larger scale, too. They’re useful not only over windows and doors, but they can encase an entire back porch or wooden deck, too. That, or a general picnic area big enough for several people. Such mesh nets are typically set up like a tent, involving poles and rods (they may be flexible) and draping mesh to block all insects from getting through them. Such meshes can be set up right over a wooden deck or a picnic table area and taken back down as needed to keep harmful and annoying insects away. And as with screens and meshes placed over windows and doors, the owner should take good care of this material and inspect it regularly for any tears, frayed material, or any other faults that might compromise it. Insects or even birds might get through large rips and holes in the mesh. If rips or damage is found, the owner may repair it with sewing equipment or anything else on hand to seal that gap. If the damage is serious and the mesh tent is old, the owner may simply discard it and find a new one that’s in perfect condition for future use.


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April 2024