Custom-Made Flyscreens: Everything You Need to Know

Forget those flimsy magnetic fly screens that never stick to your window or door frame properly. Custom-made flyscreens are the only permanent solution to the permanent problem of keeping pests out and letting fresh air into your home. The Flyscreen Supreme range has screens for every type of window or door out there, including sliding doors.

In this article, we’ll look at each of the different fly screen applications offered by House of Supreme. You’ll also learn how to go about requesting a quote on fly screens for your home. Let’s start with some general information about our fly screens.

Custom-Made, Locally Manufactured & Designed to Last

Each fly screen is custom-built using the measurements taken by the salesperson overseeing your order. As a result, your screens will fit your openings perfectly, leaving no gaps for pests or insects to sneak in. And all our fly screens are manufactured at our flyscreen factory in North Riding, Johannesburg.

The frame of the fly screen is made from a high-grade aluminium extrusion which is powder-coated for added durability. There are five standard colours available; white, grey, bronze, charcoal and black. Of course, you can have your frames powder-coated any colour you like, but custom colours incur an additional fee.

The powders used on our fly screen frames are Qualicoat Class 1 approved and carry the Qualicoat Seaside mark. This is just a fancy way of saying that the coating gives the aluminium the ability to withstand the dampest, most corrosive environments. Our fly screens are designed to last, even in properties on the coast.

Insect Mesh vs Pet Mesh

The insect mesh we use on all our flyscreens is made from woven fibreglass threads which are PVC coated. The coating protects the fibreglass strands from corrosion and UV-ray damage. As you would expect, the mesh is fine enough to stop all types of flying insects such as flies, mosquitos, moths from getting in.

Able to resist clawing and scratching, Pet Mesh is a thick, stronger mesh that can be used on our sash-type, solid sliders and solid-hinged flyscreens. It’s made from PVC coated stainless steel. Yet, it’s still fine enough to keep the insects out and your furry companion in.

How much do flyscreens cost?

It’s hard to answer this question because it all depends on the size of your openings and the type of fly screen you need. As you’ll learn later in this article, we have four different types of flyscreens. Each has been designed to work with different window types.

And although there are standard window types and sizes, the actual size of your opening may be affected by the plastering. Or, in the case of bathrooms or kitchens, by the tiles used to line the recess. This is why it’s essential that one of our salespeople visits the property to take measurements before the order is put into production.

If you’d like to get an idea of the cost of flyscreens for your home, you can send us some rough measurements for a budgetary quote. Make a note of the width and height of your window or door in millimetres and we’ll give you an estimate. You could also take a few pictures with your phone and send those to us along with your measurements.

Where are flyscreens used?

Flyscreens are purely functional window treatments. Although we have designed our screens to blend in with your windows so they’re aesthetically pleasing, too. By keeping pests out while letting fresh air in, flyscreens are used in lots of different settings – some you probably haven’t thought about.

Flyscreens in the Home

They are popular with homeowners who want to keep their windows open in summer without being bothered by flies, mosquitos and other pests. You might not know this, but the mesh can trap some pollen and dust particles. If you suffer from allergies, installing fly screens may aid in relieving your symptoms.

Restaurants & Food Producers

Aside from being an irritation, some pests like flies, also carry disease. In commercial kitchens, where food scraps are irresistible to germ-carrying flies, fly screens can assist is meeting strict health regulations. Even larger producers such as abattoirs rely on flyscreens to reduce the risk of contamination caused by pests.

Luxury Game Lodges & Hotels

For both local and international guests, getting up close and personal with the wildlife at a luxury private game lodge or hotel is what dream holidays are all about. In the evening though, being eaten alive by mosquitoes is not part of the dream. Keeping all your windows and doors closed is not an option either.

Our custom-made flyscreens have been installed in a number of well-known lodges including Madikwe Private Game Reserve and Singita in the Kruger Park. To keep some of the larger inquisitive animals out of guest rooms, we use Pet Mesh instead of Insect Mesh. It’s more resistant to clawing and scratching so even the most determined baboon won’t get in.

Can flyscreens be used to keep pets indoors or wildlife outdoors?

Yes, but only if fitted with the Pet Mesh we mentioned above. This mesh is thicker than our insect mesh so your cat or dog won’t be able to shred a hole in the screen. It’s also strong enough to keep wild animals such as monkeys and baboons out.

It can’t, however, be used in our roller screen flyscreens because it’s stiffer and cannot be rolled up inside a tube. Also, for the screen to be effective, it needs to be fixed to the frame, and that will not work with the roller screen design.


Types of Flyscreen Applications

At House of Supreme, we manufacture four different types of fly screens; roller screens, sash-type screens, solid sliders, and solid-hinged screens. All our custom-made flyscreens can be retro-fitted to existing openings of any materials; wood, steel, or aluminium. Choosing the right screen for your windows or doors will depend largely on how they open. After all, the most important thing is that you still have access to your door or window handle.

 

Roller Screens for Windows & Doors

As the name suggests, these screens roll down across your openings when you need them, and away into a tube when you don’t. They are neat and attractive and can be made for both windows and doors. The frames are installed directly on the existing door frame or retractable doors or even onto your security gates.

Depending on the design of your window, the screen can roll horizontally (up and down) or vertically (left to right). For door screens, the tube must be installed horizontally – you wouldn’t want to roll the screen up and down every time you wanted to walk through your door. The tube protrudes by 45 mm and the screen slides along tracks that stand 25 mm proud on either side of the window or door.

Custom-Made Flyscreen - Roller Screen

 

 

Custom-made Flyscreen - Sash-Type Screen
Sash-Type Screens for Windows

Sash screens are only suitable for windows. They were designed to be installed on steel windows but can be installed on wood and aluminium.

The screen consists of two panels, one fixed and one that slides out of the way giving you access to your window handle. The screen can be installed in such a way that the moveable screen slides either horizontally or vertically.

The insect mesh is stretched across both panels, creating a tight seal on top of your windows. Sash screens can be fitted with pet mesh and used to stop your cat or dog wandering off through the open window.

Solid Hinged Screens for Windows and Doors

As the name suggests, these screens are made of a solid-frame with mesh stretched across it. The rigid aluminium frame gives it extra strength and is available in either light or medium weight. Solid Hinged door screens will have one or two mid-rails for added stability.

The screen attaches to your window or door with bullet hinges, which allows it to swing open, giving you access to the handle. You need at least 33 mm of frame width on the side where the hinges go.

When it closes, a magnetic lock secures the screen to the frame. This ensures a proper seal that keeps insects from entering your space. The outer frame of the screen stands out from the existing frame by 25 mm.

Custom-made Flyscreen - Solid Hinged Window Screen

Solid Slider Screens for Windows and Doors

Solid Slider screens can be installed either on the inside or outside of an existing frame. Like the solid hinged screens, they consist of an aluminium frame or panel, with mesh stretched across it.

The screen comes complete with headrails and bottom tracks and runs on patio rollers in the bottom track. To let fresh air into the room, slide the screen across your open window or sliding door. Brush pile is used to close any gaps between the screen and the frame, creating an effective seal that keeps out insects and dust.


Measuring Your Windows & Doors for Flyscreens

To get an idea of the cost of custom-made flyscreens for your windows or doors, you can send us some basic measurements. Along with a picture or two of your openings, a sales rep will determine the right type of screen and work out a Budgetary Quote.

These are the measurements we’ll need from you:

    • Width in millimetres
    • Height in millimetres

That’s all we need to give you a rough estimate. If you decide to proceed with an order, the rep will come out and take final measurements. These will be used to produce a final quote and once you’ve paid your deposit, your order will be manufactured.

Lead Times for Custom-Made Flyscreens

It takes three to four weeks on average, from the time you pay your deposit, to the time your flyscreens are installed. Once your order enters production, we’ll update you on the progress of your order. An installation date will be scheduled when the flyscreens are complete.

Flyscreen Gallery

Can’t make it to our fly screen showroom at our Head Office in North Riding, Johannesburg? You can always visit our online Gallery. Choose ‘Flyscreens” from the option at the top of the page and you’ll see all the different flyscreen applications mentioned in this article.

Caring for Your Flyscreens

Regular cleaning and maintenance will keep your custom-made flyscreens in top condition for many years. Your biggest concern will be the dust that accumulates in the fine mesh. Not only will it affect the appearance of your screens, but it may also soak up water which can lead to mould.

As with most window treatments, regular, gentle dusting with a soft cloth is sufficient. If you want to give your flyscreens a proper spring-clean, you’ll find our recommended procedure in our blog, The Importance of Keeping Flyscreens Clean.

Are custom-made flyscreens worth the investment? Absolutely! If you want to make the most of the incredible SA weather, then flyscreens will make sure you never have to choose between sleeping in a hot, stuffy room or being bugged by bugs.

Send your sizes to info@houseofsupreme.co.za to get a Budgetary Quote on Flyscreens. For more information or to request a consultation with a representative, complete our Contact Form.