Window screens, also known as insect screens, are a crucial component of any window replacement. In today’s post, Renewal by Andersen® of Portland shares some key facts about window screens.
A Quick History of Window Screens
The earliest known reference to window screens appears in an 1823 issue of American Farmer, which mentions “woven wire for window screens.” The first known patent for a window screen was filed on July 7, 1868, by Bayley and McCluskey. By the early 1900s, window screens were widely in use, primarily for preventing flies and mosquitoes from getting indoors. Insect screens are also a good safety investment for people with allergies to bees and other insects.
The earliest window screens used woven horsehair, which was replaced by galvanized steel in the 1920s. Later window screens were manufactured using aluminum or woven fiberglass. Despite the different designs and materials, the purpose remains the same: to prevent insect entry through replacement windows without compromising a clear view of the outdoors and ventilation.
Renewal by Andersen TruScene® High Transparency Insect Screens
Renewal by Andersen’s TruScene® high transparency insect screens are built with a specially designed stainless steel mesh, which is stronger than fiberglass. The micro-fine stainless steel mesh is one-third the diameter of typical insect screen wire, which provides 50% more clarity and allows more fresh air and sunlight to enter your living space, while offering better protection against insects.
All Renewal by Andersen operable replacement windows come with TruScene insect screens with matching finishes. Casement and awning windows have additional pine-, oak-, or maple-veneered frame options.
Renewal by Andersen of Portland serves homeowners in and around Salem, Lake Oswego, and Portland, Oregon. To learn more about TruScene or our other options for replacement windows, call us today at (503) 419-3960 or fill out our contact form for a free in-home consultation.