Do Fly Screens block the Light?

Not really. There are some very tightly woven screens that do block some light, but most are barely noticeable. The whole point of a flyscreen is to let air and light in while keeping insects out.

As flyscreens do not block light they do not block UV, so do not rely on them to protect form sunburn.

 Do Fly Screens keep out all insects?

Pretty much all insects are kept out by a flyscreen Very tight screens are sometime used for fruit-flys, but this is not a big problem.

Why use a retractable fly screen?

Insects are not a problem all year around. You can roll away flyscreens when not in use, which is more than half the year. The retractable screen is conveniently with the window for when it is needed next summer.

What are the types of retractable insect screen?

Screens can slide to one side of the window, or roll away above the window. These re sometime part of the windows’ original design, sometime designed latter to a window that was installed at an earlier date.

There are also magnetic screens that simply attach to the metal frame of the window. When not used they are stored elsewhere. This is convenient unless you are prone to losing the screen.

What is cleaning like?

Quite easy; flyscreens are easier to clean than windows. Detachable screens can be cleaned with soapy water. Many screens can simply be vacuumed with a soft attachment. If cleaning is gently there is hardly ever an issue.

Are Pets an Issue?

Younger pets, like kittens, can be an issue. If you are worried you can purchase tougher screens designed to be pet proof. Or you can spray citrus juice or a commercial animal repellent on a surface to deter animals. Google the animal in question and use what is appropriate.

Are there tougher types of flyscreen?

Yea, though nothing is indestructible. The type of screen used on security doors is very tough. Its only disadvantage is that, being rigid, it cannot be made retractable.

It is also possible to fit a metal grill over a flyscreen. This is much more secure and animals tend not to climb it. Again, it cannot be easily removed.




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Luna Deco – Roller Blinds Perth

Luna Deco – Wallpaper, Roller Blinds & Interior Design Perth

Luna Deco Guest Post

There is a balance between making a bold statement and overpowering a room. If your room has windows then any decoration should be aimed at making the windows part of the room, and not simply a functional item that happens to be there.

Roller Blinds (or curtains for that matter) control the amount of light you want coming into a room. At the same time they also determine the amount of privacy. Separating these requires some pre planning. A translucent material will allow most of the light, and give almost complete privacy when drawn closed. A more solid material will either give complete privacy and complete light blockage when closed, or give maximum light and little privacy when opened. Mixing two types of material, in two different layers, allows several options depending on what is needed at the time. The same principle has been used with curtains for many generations; light material to let in some sunshine with heavy drapes that can be drawn at night.

Decorating the room’s window, as well as making it functional, is very much at the heart of the matter at our Perth Roller Blind Store. Modern ideas allow for countless options, as long as the blind either matches or contrasts with the rest of the room. Given the choice of blinds and the effect they have upon a room it makes a lot of sense to alter the room to fit the design of the blind.

Light is one of the most important factors in any room. Whether we are conscious of it or not our eyes are automatically drawn to the brightest part of a room. Ever notice how different some rooms look and feel in natural sunshine from the window compared to electric light in the middle of the room? This is a good reason to get the window decorations right, and to never have bare light-bulbs that draw our eyes to harsh light.

Consider giving your room a ‘psychological cleaning’; this means looking at what is essential and what is redundant. A sparser room tends to be better (unless you want creative chaos in a man-cave or art-room), and essential items can be stored under beds or other places, or beds folded into seating, if necessary. Think of how a blind or full wall decoration should work for you, and move the room around this idea. If in doubt use light, neutral colours. Anything is fine as long as it works with the main decoration. If your window or wall decoration has a theme, then the rest of the room can follow it. But remember, the room still has to work if your decorative blind is in the concealed/up position.

Part of the attraction in what we supply at our Perth Roller blinds store is the ability to go between two different look when a blind is opened or shut. Design a room so it works with a blind’s design, but can also work on its own merits when the blind is drawn.