Roaches, spiders, mosquitoes and flies are unwelcome guests in any home. Not only are they unsightly, but some insects post health risks as well. In many parts of the U.S., mosquitoes can carry West Nile virus, and when they invade your living space, there's no such thing as a good night's sleep.
Although screen entryways are as stylish and unique as the homeowners who install them, let's be honest - the whole point of a screen door is to keep bugs out. So when you invest in a high-quality aluminum screen door, you'll want to pay extra attention to certain features that keep bugs outside where they belong.
Here's our checklist of what to look for in a bug screen door:
- Tightly-woven bug mesh. The most obvious screen door feature keeping bugs at bay is the screen itself. Most screens easily repel larger insects like bees, flies and beetles, but tiny "no-see-ums" can still get through. A screen with a dense weave can keep the smallest bugs out while still allowing plenty of fresh air to flow.
- Wool pile lined Z-bar. Bugs can creep in through even the smallest cracks, so it's important to ensure there are no gaps around the edges of your screen door when it's closed. For pre-hung doors, a Z-bar lined with wool pile creates a tight seal that bugs can't penetrate. Bonus: The door closes with a whisper instead of a bang.
- Adjustable bug sweep. Another place to watch out for gaps is at the threshold. Threshold gaps are unsightly by themselves, and ensuring a tight fit gives your entryway a more finished look. But also, a big gap is as good as hanging a sign out on the door that says, "Bugs welcome!" Kick bugs to the curb with a door sweep that adjusts to create a tight seal.
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