How can you make sure you get a good night’s sleep, without annoying mosquitoes and flies disturbing your well-earned rest?
You could burn mosquito coils, but the smell they give off could very well keep you awake...
So you’ve decided to get practical screens, but perhaps you don’t know exactly how to install them.
So – do you just forget it? Or do you read this quick guide by your friends at Grifo Flex, who explain how to install roll up insect screens?
Why do sliding screens provide such excellent protection against insects?
Sliding insect screens are made with aluminum frames and fiberglass screen mesh, and provide easy vertical movement (recommended for regular windows) and horizontal movement (recommended for French windows). These models have proven to be practical and easy to use devices for the protection of verandas, balconies, etc., even in areas with limited space (they are in fact available with one or two panels).
Roll up insect screens have two tracks, one placed horizontally at the top and one at the bottom, while the frame rolls up vertically: the thin but sturdy installation set up works well for windows that are tall and not too wide, and also allows you to remove them in winter and put them back in place in summer.
Sliding screens are available in a variety of colors (black, grey and others) as well as in the choices of extruded aluminum, plasticized steel sheet and extruded PVC profiles, and like the varieties of Grifo Flex insect screens: study the room where you want to put them and choose the model that’s best for you!
A Practical Guide for Installing Sliding Insect Screens
To install your sliding insect screen, you will need wood strips compatible with the size of the window opening, nails, wood glue, a metal screen mesh, and wooden dowels.
First of all you need to make the edges of the frame with the wood strips, which will end up containing the insect screen, and to cut the screen in order separate it into two parts (so as to obtain two layers, one to be mounted over the other to ensure the sliding opening).
Repeat the operation with the wood to create another frame to be impressed over the first one using the glue.
Glue the double mortise track onto the interior windowsill and let the glue dry for at least one day. To make the tracks so they can slide, just insert a frame for each interlocking connection.
At this point most of the work necessary for mounting a roll up screen is done; however, the top and bottom side of the tracks must be fastened to make sure that the frame can’t end up on the outside.
Use a type of glue suitable for wood to glue the wooden dowels to the end of each track: in this way you should have effectively fastened the mesh.
If the screen mesh that you purchased is larger than what you need (for example because the measurements you made were incorrect), mark the edge with a pencil and cut away the excess part.
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