When it comes to replacing windows in our homes or installing them in new constructions, there are numerous factors to consider.
From the style and material of the windows to their energy efficiency and security features, every detail plays a crucial role in our overall comfort and satisfaction. One such element that often raises questions is window screens.
Do new windows come with screens, or is it an additional accessory that needs to be purchased separately?
You can usually find screens with windows depending on the company you buy them from. Mosquitoes are effectively controlled by screens on windows, in my opinion.
Almost all windows come equipped with insect screens. However, not all replacement insect screens are identical. If you are looking for window insect screens, you should consider the following factors:
- What is the ease of removing and cleaning the insect screens?
- What are the strength and durability of the insect screens?
- How big is the mesh? Can it accommodate smaller insects?
- What is the impact of the window insect screens on your view?
The process of replacing windows involves many factors to consider. Make sure to consider insect screens when you are considering replacement windows.
Even though this might seem like a small question, it is more important than one might think.
Investing in new windows will bring decades of enjoyment to your home, and these small details will make all the difference. Although it seems obvious, not all window companies include screens with their windows.
Why Screens Are So Important
You need window screens for your windows. It is essential to keep them in place so that home air can flow freely without allowing insects to enter.
In addition to that, they keep dust and dirt from getting inside after flying onto the windows. There is also evidence that window screens reduce heat transfer.
Moreover, when they work effectively, screens can also deflect rainwater. Ask your seller if your window screens are included as a rule of thumb.
The process of laying bricks back in the day included leaving space for a window or building a frame using wood to support the bricks above. Window installation was only possible after the paint had dried, and the window was painted.
In today’s world, however, construction windows are installed in structures when they are being built. There are three main components involved here:
As a result of construction, window studs were exposed. This is where the nail fins go on construction windows. This is also when weatherproofing and other barriers are installed.
It is time for the sill to be installed and for the construction window to be installed. Then, along with the trim, install the flashings (top, sides, and bottoms).
It is important to remember that before you install your window, you must make or install the sill. When you are done installing the window, you won’t be able to access the base.
If you make your sill from concrete, wood, or marble or install the one you bought with the house, you will still have the same problem.
Almost all new construction windows include a nailing fin to secure them. Flashings for windows are installed in the same fin as that of the window.
It goes under the flashing if you’re installing any barriers or making it weather resistant (which is highly recommended).
Do New Construction Windows Come With Sills and Screens?
When you buy a new construction window, you may or may not receive a screen with it. The seller’s discretion is solely applicable here. Sills, on the other hand, are almost always purchased separately.
Our discussion here will focus on the details of installing window screens and sills with new construction windows.
There is a good chance that new construction windows will come with screens. A DIYer’s favorite, Home Depot, offers screens with nearly every window unless specifically requested.
In some cases, you may be able to opt out of the cost of that screen from your purchase. They cost around $100 on average, but higher-end screens can cost as much as $250 to $400.
Regardless of the labor cost, you shouldn’t be concerned since you’re installing it yourself.
Do New Construction Windows Come With Sills?
Although most suppliers offer screens with new construction windows, they cannot say the same about window sills. A sill is generally more expensive and is often made separately to match your house’s style rather than your window’s design.
It is best to hire a contractor to install your window if it is not marble, wood, or some other material – especially for windows on the ground floor. It is because concrete window sills are cost-effective and can give you a large variety of options.
In most cases, you can find a window sill made out of concrete for somewhere around $2. If you decide to make the sill more elaborate, it will cost between $20 and $50 per sill. One bag of concrete mix can make 3 to 4 sills.
You have to keep in mind that not all suppliers will include a sill or a screen with the purchase of their windows. In some instances, you’ll need to purchase them separately, although you’re more likely to find a window screen included than a sill.
Several new construction firms will supply plastic (UPVC) sills, particularly in the UK. If it is important to you, you should contact them and inquire exactly what they provide (or do not).
Replacement Windows vs New Construction Windows
As we mentioned above, you will have to work on your existing window if you want to replace it with a new construction window. You will have to remove everything if you buy a construction window.
You can leave the window frame and trim in place if they are similar in size, but we recommend installing the whole thing if you’ve bought it all.
However, if you only purchased the window and received a screen along with it, you can leave the interior and exterior window frames, flashing, and trim as they are.
While it is much faster and less expensive, it may leave existing problems unattended. Changing the window is easy because the old one needs to be unscrewed, and the new one needs to be screwed back on.
If your window frame does not support a screen (which is highly unlikely), you may have to take the long way around.
Ensure the window you replace is slightly snug rather than a perfect fit. As a result of being exposed to the environment, the window will shrink.
It is the opposite in rainy areas; the windows expand. As a result, it is also recommended that you replace the frame.
Can You Replace Screens Without Replacing Your Windows?
You might be able to replace your windows without having to replace your screens if your windows are relatively new and pets, debris, or a storm have damaged your screens.
You can have your window replacement company look up the model of your windows and order replacement screens. It is possible for a warranty to cover screen damage in some cases.
A replacement window may be your best option if the screens of your old wooden windows have become loose or torn.
Screens may no longer fit snugly into rotted or warped window frames, even if they are newly made.
You should use a window screen if you do not want little bugs to enter your home and fresh air when you open your windows. Almost all windows are equipped with screens.
Many newer replacement windows include screens as part of their assembly. Sometimes, screens were sold separately and mounted afterwards onto older windows.