Pet Screens: What You Should Know

Cat Sitting In front of Pet Screen

While pet screens double as insect screens, only one will stop your pets getting out. If you plan to pet-proof your windows, you’ll need to understand what makes pet mesh and pet screens different from insect screens. Keep reading to learn more.

What is Pet Mesh?Pet Mesh Stainless Steel PVC Coated

All the screens in our Flyscreen Supreme range (apart from the roller screens) are available in pet mesh. We recommend pet mesh to clients who want to stop their pet from leaving the house but keep their windows open.

Compared to flyscreen mesh, pet mesh is robust and resists clawing and scratching. Insect mesh is no match for a determined dog or cat who wants to get out.

Our pet mesh consists of woven strands of stainless steel. Polyvinyl Chloride, also known as PVC, coats each strand. This synthetic plastic polymer coats the mesh and protects it from the elements. It extends the lifespan of the mesh and improves its durability.

The mesh is finely woven so it stops flies, mosquitos and other pests from getting into your home. And it won’t construct your view. The soft, grey colour of the PVC coating is the least noticeable compared to other colours.

Insect Mesh Fibreglass PVC CoatedWhat is Insect Mesh?

Made from woven strands of fibreglass, insect mesh, is more pliable than pet mesh. It keeps insects out, but it’s not strong enough to resist regular scratching or pawing. Our insect mesh is also PVC coated to protect the mesh from the elements and improve longevity.





The Different Types of Pet Screens

Pet mesh is available with these applications:

Sash Screen Pet Screen

A sash screen consists of two panels: one fixed and another that slides up and down. The pet-mesh stretches taut across both panels. Together with the frame, they create a seal in front of the opening.

Sash screens are only suitable for windows, not doors. And while they’re best for steel windows, you can install them on wooden and aluminium windows. The sash-screen operates either up and down or left to right. How the screen opens depends on the location of the window handle.

Sash Screen Pet Screen

Solid Hinged Pet Screen

Solid-Hinged Pet Screen

In this application, we stretch the mesh across a rigid aluminium frame. Bullet hinges fix one side of the screen to your window or door allowing the screen door to swing into the room. When it closes, a magnetic lock secures the screen to your window frame.

This application is suitable for both doors and windows. Extra mid-rails give extra stability to the frames of solid-hinged door screens.


Solid-Slider Pet Screen

To make a solid slider pet screen, we stretch the pet mesh over an aluminium frame. But, like a sliding glass door, it runs on patio rollers in a track fixed to the floor. The design is suitable for both doors and windows.

Solid Slider Screen

What about retractable pet screens?

You might wonder why we don’t make a roller screen with pet mesh. The answer lies in the design of the retractable screen.

For the mesh to roll up inside the cassette, it has to be pliable – which insect mesh is, but pet mesh is not. The sliding tracks on either side of the cassette guide the mesh it as it rolls up into the cassette. The mesh isn’t fixed to the tracks, so if you push against the mesh with your hand, it will gape at the sides.

If that happens, the mesh isn’t broken, as the tracks will straighten out the mesh as you roll the screen up. But it does mean that your cat or dog can create a gap between the screen and the tracks and slip out.

For a pet screen to be effective, it must form an impenetrable barrier between your pet and the outside. That’s why only applications where a solid frame holds the mesh in place will work as a pet screen.

What material do you use for pet screen frames?

All our pet and insect screens have a frame made from high-grade aluminium. We source our aluminium extrusions from local suppliers wherever possible. And we make each screen on-site at our factory in North Riding, Johannesburg.

DIY or Installation?

You can either install your pet screens yourself or get our team of trained installers to do it for you. You don’t need andy special tools, so the decision comes down to your abilities and available time. We’ll give you all the screws and pieces you’ll need, along with easy-to-follow instructions.

Which pets are pet screens most suitable for?

Our pet screens keep cats, dogs and even birds indoors. They’re rigid enough to stop small monkeys from sneaking in through an open window. Other pets such as snakes, spiders and large lizards won’t compromise the rigid mesh either.

Measuring Windows for ScreensHow do I order a Pet Screen?

Send an email with rough measurements of your openings to All our screens are custom-made, so we’ll use this information to give you a Budgetary Quote,

If possible, snap a picture of your openings with your phone and attach these to your email.  If you decide to proceed, one of our reps will come out to take final measurements and work out a final quote for you.

If you have a lot of windows and doors, you might prefer to schedule an appointment with a salesman. They’ll come out to your home, show the various applications and take proper measurements for a quote.

How long before my Pet Screen are ready for installation?

The average lead time for a pet screen is 3 – 4 weeks. But this can be shorter or longer, depending on our production schedule. Remember, we make each screen according to the specific measurements of each opening. And we design our pet screens to integrate with your existing windows. The result is a permanent solution that will serve you better than a flimsy magnetic screen.

Serious about keeping your pets safe but don’t want to give up the benefits of letting fresh air into your home? A custom-made pet screen is your best option. Sturdy, scratch-resistant and elegant, our pet screens are an investment. Ready to get a quote? Visit our Contact Us page to find the details of your nearest branch.