Window screens are a humble but essential part of any home. Their primary purpose is to allow fresh air to flow through open windows while keeping out unwanted guests like insects, leaves, and debris. When selecting window screens, there are several factors to consider beyond just basic functionality. Taking the time to weigh your particular needs will ensure you find the right screens for your home.

Types of window screens

With so many window styles and configurations found in modern homes, it’s no surprise that homeowners have a wide array of window screen choices as well. From basic flat screens to innovative magnetic designs, there are window screen types to match nearly any functional and aesthetic need. The right pick will depend on priorities like durability, visibility, ease of use, and budget. Exploring the various options allows you to find window screens that check all the boxes for your particular windows.

Flat Screens

Flat window screens are the most common and economical option. They consist of mesh material stretched across a simple wood or metal frame. These basic screens allow plenty of fresh airflow and visibility to the outdoors.

Flat screen frame OKNOPLAST


The biggest pros of flat screens are their affordability and easy installation and removal for cleaning or seasonal storage. The downside is their lack of aesthetic appeal and susceptibility to rips, dents, or other damage over time. Flat-screen material choices include lightweight fiberglass, sturdy aluminum, and other metal meshes in varying degrees of visibility and durability to suit your needs.

Retractable Screens

As the name suggests, retractable window screens can be pulled out when needed and retracted neatly out of sight when not in use. Some styles roll up, while others fold up accordion-style. The prime benefit of retractable screens is convenience – you can easily control air flow and keep insects out only when desired. They also work with a variety of window styles. The trade-off is a higher price point, and many require professional installation.

Patio Doors OKNOPLAST with mosquito net

Magnetic Screens

One of the newer window options, magnetic screens, use powerful magnets along the entire frame edge to create an airtight seal against the window opening. No more fussing with sliding track channels or adjustable loops. Magnetic screens couldn’t be easier to install – just press the magnetic edges onto the window frame. They’re also simple to remove. However, the magnetic strips make them more costly, and they may not be an ideal choice for oversized windows.

Half vs. Full Screens

Half screens are very popular among homeowners, as they balance ventilation and unobstructed views. These screens cover the bottom half of the window and can be easily lifted up and locked in place when you want to open the top sash. We find that the majority of people prefer half screens because they don’t obstruct the crystal-clear view provided by high-quality glass. This allows you to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors without compromising on the aesthetics of your windows.

Usually, they come equipped with a handle at the bottom, which allows you to effortlessly lift the screen up and down as needed. When you want to open the top sash, simply lift the screen to the top of the window and lock it in place using the built-in locking mechanism. Another benefit of half screens is their easy maintenance.

OKNOPLAST screens detail


On the other hand, full screens are an excellent option for those who enjoy opening both the top and bottom sashes simultaneously to create a refreshing cross breeze throughout their home. Full screens cover the entire window, allowing you to take full advantage of the ventilation benefits. We often recommend full screens to those living in areas with mild climates and wanting to maximize the fresh air flowing through their home. They allow you to open your windows wide without worrying about insects or debris entering your living space.


Balcony doors screen OKNOPLAST

Pleated window screens to keep the insects out

OKNOPLAST’s pleated window screens provide a clever solution that retracts nearly out of sight when not in use for the ultimate, versatile insect protection. Rather than a flat mesh panel, these screens are constructed from crisp aluminum pleats that extend accordion-style.

Mounted along the window frame, the pleated screens can slide along tracks to be bunched up as compactly as desired. This lets you let in just the right amount of airflow and natural light. Keep the screen fully extended for maximum buggy blockage, or retract it partway to find the perfect ventilation level.

The pleated design makes these screens incredibly simple to operate daily with just a quick slide motion. When retracted fully, they lay flat against the window for a clean, unobtrusive look that preserves your viewing angle.

Yet the aluminum pleating provides superior durability and strength compared to traditional mesh screens. You’ll enjoy easy insect defense for seasons to come without compromising on aesthetics or functionality.

Whether seeking protection for large sliding doors, casement windows, or other openings, OKNOPLAST’s pleated screens offer unmatched versatility and comfort. The ability to control light and airflow with just a slide makes this innovative design a winning choice for bug-free living.

Windows screens – good investment?

Quality window screens are invaluable in enhancing indoor comfort and livability, from basic flat screens to innovative pleated designs. They unlock the simple pleasure of enjoying fresh airflow without conceding to pesky insects or sacrificing visibility.

Whether seeking defense from bugs, privacy, or protection from outdoor debris, incorporating the right window screens is an investment in elevated living quality and day-to-day comfort at home. For discerning homeowners, OKNOPLAST’s pleated screens deliver that ideal mix of ventilation, visibility, and operational ease in one refined product.

We invite you to read more articles on our blog to find inspiration for new windows and corresponding accessories. Schedule a personal consultation with one of our trusted partners to learn more about OKNOPLAST’s solutions for modern homes.


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