April 24, 2019

Pleated Retractable Mesh Insect Screen

A revolution is coming. Traditional fiberglass sliding and roll-up insect screens are dead. Now is the time for a new type of mesh screen. This screen is the pleated retractable screen. Pleated screens are popular in Europe and are making waves across the UAE. They are being installed in an increasing number of villas in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Al Ain. And for good reason.

A pleated screen is a completely new and modern redesign of the old mesh panel fly and insect screen we see in many villas. We all know these old style screens simply do not last. Kids put their hands through them, people accidently walk through them and pets simply destroy them with their claws. Unfortunately when they are damaged, they are often difficult to repair to a like new condition. We also see the rubber spline of the screen simply wearing out in the heat or when exposed to direct sun and this causes the mesh to become separated from the edge of the frame. These are some of the reasons why the pleated screen is becoming so popular across the Middle East.

·        Sliding screen doors

·        fly screen mesh

The pleated screen is designed with no mechanical parts. If you have experience with the commonly found roll-up screen you will know the mechanical system often breaks, along with the edges of the screen working their way out of the guide rails. With the pleated system you manually slide the screen in place and it is secured with a magnet. That’s it. Nothing fancy and nothing to go wrong with the design. They are also easy to repair if they do get damaged. We can slide the old mesh out and slide a new replacement mesh screen in. A new mesh costs about half the price of the original screen system. The frame is constructed from a powder coated aluminium frame meaning it won’t rust and often comes with a generous warranty period. A five year warranty is typical with these screen frames. Additionally, as the frame is powder coated, it can be custom colour matched to your existing frame colours.

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The other innovation currently becoming available in the UAE is the trackless pleated screen. These screens use a unique design feature to remove the bottom rail system. This allows the trackless screen to be fitted to doors with a low, or no bottom track. They are perfect for French doors and hinged doors that have a flat threshold. A unobtrusive 5mm high guide is placed along the floor which provides a track for the feet of the trackless screen. The screens can also be joined together to so they can cover wide openings of up to 5m. Wide opening have traditionally been difficult and expensive to cover with a mesh screen. Some companies offer roll out screens but these can be prone to failure in our environment. The trackless system however, now allows doors such as wide bi-folds to have a simple, cost effective insect barrier across the full opening.

If you would like to discuss your screen requirements and view examples of these modern insect screens please contact www.flyscreens.ae who are a market leader in Dubai for their pleated screens, safety screens and of course the new trackless screens.