Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best material to use for window screens?

The best window screen material is dependent on the use and function of the screen. Some materials offer improved toughness for pets. Others offer better sun control without sacrificing airflow.

Read our guide on: How to Choose the Right Window Screen Material

Do window and door screens come in standard sizes?

Short answer: no. Every opening is different, but we custom-make all our door and window screens to perfectly fit your needs. Our professionally trained technicians are experts at measuring, manufacturing, and installing screens to fit your home.

How long do screens last? How do I know I need to replace my window or door screens?

Windows screens can grow brittle and rusty over time. Screens typically last 8-10 years, depending on sun damage, usage, and exposure. When your screens begin to fade, rip, or no longer fit snugly within the frame, it may be time to replace them.

Wore out or damaged screens reduce the integrity of your windows and the curb appeal of your property. 

If your screens wear out sooner than expected, consider Sun Control screens to help prolong their use.

Can you buy window screens already made? Do you ship screens or other products?

We do not ship our products. Since screens are often large and bulky, we cannot guarantee the safe delivery of products.

Screenmobile is America’s largest mobile screen service, with locations all over the country. We make our screens on-site.

Find a Screenmobile near you.

How does mobile screen service work?

We provide our customers with a simple and stress-free experience, from the initial service call to the completion of the project. First, you fill in a “Free Estimate” request. Then our service pros will meet you at the project site. Our vehicles are custom outfitted with everything we need to measure, make and install products right there on site. We have a wide selection of sun control products designed to transform your home into a beautiful and bug-free space.

Your website shows that there is not a location that services my area. What do I do?

Unfortunately, we do not yet have a location near you. But, we are always looking to expand and grow our team. So, if you are interested in starting a Screenmobile franchise, please reach out to our Franchise Development team. 

Also, try checking with your local glass shop or hardware store for screening recommendations.

I have some oversized doors. Do you have screens to fit?

Absolutely! We provide a selection of custom-sized screen doors as well as color options.

Screenmobile is a market leader in large format screen doors. Whether utilized in commercial applications such as restaurants, offices, or homes, your local Screenmobile can assist you in selecting the best large format screen and installation application. Learn more about the various large format screen possibilities.

What type of screen is best for pets?

There are various solutions for protecting your screens from pets. 

Our most popular “pet screen” is more durable than standard screens, but there are also pet guards, pet doors, stainless steel mesh, and other possibilities to withstand claws, teeth, and other strains placed on screens by pets, making them ideal for replacement window screens and screen doors. 

Call us today to find out which application is perfect for you!

Can no-see-ums get through screens? How do you keep no-see-ums from coming through screens?

Unfortunately, no-see-ums can get through particular screens. However, we have a denser weave cloth that can assist keep even the smallest insects out of your home.

No-see-ums can pass through a standard 16-mesh screen, thus choosing a screen with a high mesh number will result in smaller holes that keep insects out. Also, because no-see-ums are little and poor fliers, ceiling and window fans at high speeds can be employed to keep them out of tight spaces.

Can you screen in french/double doors? Is there a screen for French doors?

Yes! French/Double door screens are easy to install on both in-swing and out-swing French doors. Retractable screens are often the best option. When not in use, the retractable screen is stowed in a compact housing, making it nearly inconspicuous and out of the way.

Do you have any products that can help me use my porch in the winter?

Without a doubt.

From transparent acrylic detachable panels to converting a screen porch into a sunroom to roll-up PVC and lightweight sliding memory vinyl panels, we’ve seen it all and have the solution.

To learn more, take a look at our Porch and Patio Winterization choices!

Can motorized screens link with smart home automation?

Yes, Somfy’s “My Link” system (the motorization system) is compatible with smart home technologies like Amazon Alexa and IFTTT. You may also install smart sensors that will automatically lower or raise your screens to keep your home at the ideal temperature. If you already have a smart home system and are wondering if motorized blinds and shades will work with it, Somfy has connection options for most major home automation systems.

Which is better solar screens or window tinting?

Screens are much more effective at reducing heat than window tinting. Window tinting is applied directly to the glass, which still allows the glass to heat up and transfer that heat into your home. Screens go on the outside of the windows, shading the glass, and ultimately reducing the amount of heat entering your home.

What is the best way to wash my screens?

Start by removing the screens from the opening and lay them on a flat surface (a driveway, lawn, or patio works great). Use soapy water and a soft rag to gently clean both sides of the screen, including the frame. Be careful to avoid putting too much pressure on the fabric, since this can cause the screen to loosen and sag. Rinse both sides and repeat as needed. Let air dry before re-installing.

Read our guide on: How to Clean Window Screens

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