The History of Screens

Isn’t it nice that we can sit in our screened in porch and enjoy a cup of coffee during the morning without bees, wasps and critters bothering us? Screens are an unsung hero. To those reading this, we’ve always had them, so we don’t appreciate them as much as we should. It wasn’t too long ago that windows and doors didn’t have screening on them. The windows were either open or closed, which affected the view, ventilation, and the lack of insect, animal, and debris control.

The first wire screens were recorded in 1825 as “woven wire” screens. From that point on, “woven wire window” screens caught on. In the 1840’s Gilbert and Bennett Manufacturing invented wire mesh window screens. The first patent for screens was in 1868 by Bayley and McCluskey to be used on railcars to provide ventilation while protecting passengers from the dust and sparks of the running train. Window screens then evolved into preventing insects from entering residential homes through windows, which, over time, reduced the number of parasitic diseases in the United States. Most operable windows in the USA and Canada have window screens on them nowadays.

It has been less than 100 years since the window screen came into existence. Since then, we have SuperScreens which prevent tearing, punctures and mildew growth. We also have screens that provide UV protection, screens that display an image like a painting, bug free screens that keep out even the teeny tiny No-see-ums, and motorized screens. Our porches and lanai’s have screening so sunny days can be enjoyed without animals and insects invading our space. It also helps to keep children and pets inside the enclosed space, providing a safety feature. Our doors have screens on them now too. Front doors, back doors, sliding glass doors and even garage doors all are now available with various types of screens.

If you are looking for a superior screening company, please contact East Coast Electric Screening at flascreens.com or give us a call at 561-746-2622

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Spring Clean Your Window Screens

It’s that time of year again! Now that warmer weather is here, we are all on the spring cleaning war path! It is a great time to focus on your window and door screens. Let’s get them all scrubbed up and clean for the upcoming summer season.

  1. You will want to remove the screen from the frame. Carefully lie the screen down on a large blanket or towel that you don’t mind getting dirty.
  1. Using the extension attachments, run a vacuum over the screen to rid it of dust and loose dirt.
  1. Fill a bucket with a quarter of a cup of all-purpose soap and about a half-gallon of warm water.
  1. Standing the screen up, you may need someone to help you with this, wash both sides with the soap mixture.
  1. Spray the screen off with a hose. Make sure that it is on a low pressure setting. High power settings might make tear the screen away from the spline and create a saggy, loose screen that needs repaired.
  1. Dry your screens with a clean, dry towel and then set them out to air dry.
  1. Once the screens are dry, you can replace them into the frame.
  1. As you are cleaning each screen, inspect each one for tears, holes and check to see if it has come loose from the frame. Insects, pollen and debris can enter your home through these unsightly tears.

Maintaining the integrity of the screen is important to its lifespan. By occasionally taking a vacuum attachment and getting the dirt and gunk off, then your next spring cleaning will be simple.

*Note: while your screens are off of the windows, that is a great time to wash the outside of the windows as well!

 East Coast Electric Screening is the expert and go-to for screen replacement. Their SuperScreens are amazing and have a long lifespan. They are tear resistant, mildew resistant, fire retardant, and puncture resistant. All of which bode well here in Florida.

Contact us at East Coast Electric Screening by either visiting our website at www.eastcoastelectricscreening.com or call us at 888-41SCREEN.

Why a Retractable Power Screen is Right For You

At East Coast Electric Screenings, our number one goal is to keep your home protected from bugs and pests, while making it as airy and open as possible.

If you’re building a new home or office, then you’ve come to the right place. Our certified installers are trained to ensure your satisfaction. And the best part is that our screens are virtually indestructible. No more flimsy and fragile screens that pop out with the least bit of pressure.

When one of our screens is pushed in, it gives in to the pressure being applied to it. When that pressure is released, however, the screen will return to a taut position.

What we offer:

  • Garage doors
  • Patios, decks, verandas and lanais
  • Roman archways
  • Windows
  • French doors

Superscreen

We use Superscreen, a product with many unique benefits. It is puncture, mildew and fire resistant. It also outlasts traditional fiberglass screens, and comes with a 10-year-limited-warranty.

The advantages of electric retractable power screens

They’re designed to maximize your living space and to bring the outside, in.

Each retractable power screen is custom fitted so that it discreetly blends into your patio, garage door, veranda or balcony. All you need is a remote to open or close them. It’s that simple.

When winter comes around, you’ll be able to feel that cool Florida breeze in your home without letting in the creepy crawlies. How does it work? Motorized electric screens can be closed to allow a breeze throughout the house—but there will be a thin barrier in place to protect your home against unwelcome visitors.

During the day, the screens can be closed to reduce the amount of heat and sunlight.

If you’re looking for a nice, breezy place to call home, without the fear of bugs, give us a call at (561)-746-2622. www.eastcoastelectricscreening.com. We serve Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River Counties.

Screening for Privacy

When we’re home alone with the window screens up, house exposed for all to see, we often do not consider expectations of privacy. We hear about parents being hesitant to let their kids stay home alone, but we often do not hear about how the adult feels. A national survey from Wakefield Research found that nearly 74 percent of business travelers say their stay-behind spouse has raised concerns about being left home alone.

If you’re not fond of being the only one home in your humble abode, rest assured there are thousands of solutions to make you feel more at ease. One excellent rule of thumb is to always lock your doors and always, always double check that you did in fact lock them. Heck, even triple check the locks. It never hurts to be safe and a little overly cautious.

Another good idea and excellent safety plan is getting to know your neighbors. If you’re lucky enough to find a neighborhood full of charming and friendly people, it’s not a bad idea to take advantage and check in with them while the rest of your family is away. A neighborhood watch program is also ideal. According to FBI reports, areas with an active Neighborhood Watch program are 43 percent less likely to experience criminal activity.

Electric window screens offer privacy and are a great way to keep cool air in and bugs and heat out. They’re great for South Florida and even better when we’re more aware of privacy within our own home. After all, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

At East Coast Electric Screening, LLC, we cover a lot of ground in Southwest Florida. We serve Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River Counties. Give us a call today at (561)-746-2622.

Are Motorized Screens the Best Choice?

It’s the digital age, which means boring old windows are getting an update. Move over curtains and draperies, motorized screens that run on tracks, are the hottest items out there.

And there are so many reasons why

Namely, convenience. Some people think that, architecturally, a lot of windows on a home’s exterior walls looks real nice. But what happens when you want to clean them? Talk about a hassle, right? With motorized window screens, you don’t have to physically touch the window at all. With the press of a button, you can move the screen up or down. It really is that simple. You won’t have to spend hours cleaning your windows again.

Save on energy. Hot air can throw your air conditioner into a tailspin. That’s because hot temperatures makes the unit work twice as hard—but not with motorized window screens. By covering them up, your AC actually runs less. A sensor can be installed, too, that tells the shades to close when the sun is at its brightest peak, keeping your home cool and saving you money.

 Appearance. They also just look better than clunky old windows. By motorizing them, windows move together in one fluid movement to the intended spot.

Fluidity. Motorized window screens can also flawlessly fit any size opening, from doors and window to entire wall openings—anything can be custom fitted to meet your needs.

At East Coast Electric Screening, LLC, we cover a lot of ground in Southwest Florida. We serve Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River Counties. Give us a call today at (561)-746-2622.