What are Flexible Flyscreens?

The flyscreen was a great invention and has helped millions of Australians enjoy the fresh air in their homes without the nuisance of all the insects that invite themselves in whenever they are given the opportunity.

Still, there has always been something less than perfect about standard rigid flyscreens.

They say you can’t reinvent the wheel, but there have certainly been improvements made to wheels over the years. The same is true of flyscreens. For a modern improvement on the iconic Aussie flyscreen, look into flexible flyscreens.

Flexible Flyscreens?

As the name implies, flexible flyscreens are flexible. How flexible are they? Imagine a flyscreen without its rigid aluminium frame and you get the idea. Instead of having a frame, flexible flyscreens are “framed” in either velcro or a magnetic ribbon.

There are a lot of advantages to such a system:

  • Made-to-measure flexible flyscreens create a tight seal, even around out-of-square windows and oddly shaped openings, such as caravan windows.
  • Flexible flyscreens are easy to remove, giving you quick access to your windows when you want to open or shut them.
  • They can be rolled up and stored when not needed and re-installed in no time at all.
  • Flexible flyscreens are ideal in many situations where normal flyscreens just don’t work:
  • Hinged at the top, awning windows swing outwards, making indoors the only possible place to hang flyscreens. It’s not likely you’ll make the best use of your awning windows if you have to remove a rigid flyscreen every time you want to open or shut them, but with a flexible flyscreen, all you have to do is peel back an edge, open the window, and fix the flyscreen in place again.
  • You can hang rigid flyscreens outside of casement windows, but that creates problems when you want to clean or remove them.
  • Hopper windows open inwards. You can install flyscreens outdoors for these, but this creates the same problem you have with casement windows and you may not want to leave them permanently in place. Install flexible flyscreens and you can install or remove them in seconds.
  • Another disadvantage to standard flyscreens is that when hung outside the window, they aren’t very attractive. If you have timber framed windows, you really don’t want to hide them behind flyscreens. If you install flexible flyscreens, you don’t have to.
There is still a place for rigid flyscreens in the home.

A flyscreen sliding door, for example, is ideal for your sliding glass door. However, if you use a little “flexible” thinking, you’ll probably find that flexible flyscreens are perfect for dozens of other applications. Custom made to order, you can install them yourself or get a quote for supply and installation.

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