Anyone who suffers from constant attacks of mosquitoes and flies on their home, midges and poplar fluff does not need to explain the benefits of a mosquito net. This is an almost invisible home protection, a thin but powerful barrier that keeps insects and small debris out. Moreover, a properly chosen anti-mosquito will become a protection for pets – you no longer have to worry that your pet will accidentally fall out of the window. We figure out how to choose the right mosquito net for plastic windows, what they are and what is hidden under the names “anti-cat” and “anti-dust”.
Once upon a time, instead of an anti-mosquito net, several layers of gauze were stretched over the window openings, and tulle on the doorways, sometimes Velcro was used. Such protection did not look very good, took away a lot of light and air and did not always cope with its direct tasks normally. It’s good that a more thoughtful solution exists today. Usually, the simplest mosquito net is already included in the kit, but someone first refuses it, and then bites their elbows, someone wants to install a net on old wooden windows, and someone wants to improve their home and make it more comfortable by putting a new mosquito that meets all the requirements. In all these cases, the purchase and installation is preceded by the selection and analysis of possible options.
# 1. Types of mosquito nets
According to the method of attachment and design, mosquito nets are divided into the following types:
- frameless or velcro mesh;
- hinged nets;
- pleated mesh.
Meshes also differ in material of manufacture, frame material and cell size.
# 2. Velcro mosquito net
Velcro mesh is the most budgetary option. Among other advantages, it is easy to install and dismantle, it is easy to clean, and when folded it takes up a minimum of space, which solves the problem of winter storage. The disadvantages include fragility. It is generally accepted that such a mesh will live for about a year, but under conditions of careful use, the service life can be extended to 4 years.
We should also mention the magnet net, which is installed on doorways. It is perfect for private houses, summer cottages, for protecting balcony doors. The mesh was invented in China, but in the domestic space it is not used so often. Consists of two identical canvases, which are vertically connected by several magnets. The strength of their adhesion is sufficient to hold the canvases together, but allows a person to easily pass through the mesh, disengaging the magnets. After that, everything returns to its place – the magnets connect the sashes.
No. 3. Frame mosquito net
The most popular among all is precisely the frame mosquito net. It is inexpensive, reliable, in terms of operation it cannot be called the simplest, but there are no particular difficulties – the main thing is to install it in the spring and do not forget to periodically clean it from dust. The appearance of such a mesh is familiar to everyone – a frame and a mesh stretched over it.
The frame can be made of PVC or aluminum. The first option is the most common, it has a low price and can last for years if the plastic is of high quality, so it is better to order a mosquito from trusted manufacturers. The aluminum frame is more reliable and durable, such a mesh can not be removed for the winter, because metal, unlike PVC, will not crack from frost, but this option is also somewhat more expensive. The thickness of the aluminum walls ranges from 0.7 to 1 mm: the thicker the better.
The frame profile must be smooth, free from nicks and defects. Special attention should be paid to the corners, they must be strong and reliable, otherwise the mesh may break after several installation and dismantling procedures. The handles can be made of soft plastic (the least durable option), from hard plastic with rivets or metal-reinforced plastic. The last two options are the most preferable.
The frame mesh can be installed in the opening or outside the window. In terms of convenience, the options do not differ, but most often the grid is placed on the window – this is much easier in terms of implementation. Nets of this type can be installed not only on plastic windows, but also on wooden ones.
A subspecies of a sliding mosquito net can be called a plunger. If the mesh is usually installed in special grooves formed by Z-shaped fasteners, then the plunger mesh is held by plungers that pass through the aluminum frame and enter the wall.
No. 4. Rolling (rolled) mosquito net
For windows, rolling mosquito nets are the best option in terms of convenience. The principle of their operation is somewhat similar to roller blinds: such a mesh reliably closes the window opening, but if it is necessary to free it, it easily slides up. This mesh is much easier to handle than frameless or framed, it provides great mobility, and it looks great. In addition, the roll mesh can be left in place for the winter, and the likelihood that it will fall out during installation or high pressure on it is minimal.
The design includes guides, a box and a handle, and a spring is hidden in the box to simplify raising and lowering the mesh. Care is reduced to periodic washing with a damp sponge.
No. 5. Sliding mosquito net
This is actually a variation on the roller shutter theme: the principle of operation is the same, only the mesh is shifted to the side, and not upward, as in wardrobes. The design includes a frame with a stretched mesh fabric and guides along which it moves. Everything functions simply and conveniently, such nets are placed on balcony doors, they are perfect for double-leaf doors. If the glazing area is large, then it makes sense to use a double roll-up mosquito net or use a pleated net.
No. 6. Mosquito net-pleated
The design of the pleated mesh resembles the previous version, but it only folds into an accordion. This makes it possible to provide mosquito protection even in houses where the window or doorway is very large, i.e. glazing is used almost to the entire wall. Designers call this type of mesh the most aesthetic and functional; you can even find options decorated with some pattern or pattern.
No. 7. Hinged mosquito net
Another good option for installation on a balcony door, but some sometimes use such grids for installation on window openings. A mesh of such a design opens like a regular door, and a tight hold is provided due to the presence of ribbon magnets. It is convenient in operation, allows you to quickly and easily clear the opening when more air or light is needed, but when opening it takes up enough space, which must be taken into account.
No. 8. Mosquito net cell color and size
Some manufacturers offer colored grids – this option allows you to make the window unusual, and the room a little brighter, but it is better to opt for a traditional color scheme. It is a light gray color that does not distract attention, allowing you to immediately focus on what is outside the window. Plus, the grid of this color will not significantly darken the room and unnecessarily heat up in the sun.
Meshes are made of cotton, nylon, polyester, fiberglass or other materials, but they do not differ much in performance. It is important to check that it is strong and does not emit strong specific odors. The main parameter is the size of the cells, they can be from 0.5 mm to 1.2 mm. Naturally, the smaller the hole, the more reliable the mesh will be, even for the smallest midges, but the less air and light it will let through.
For urban conditions, you can take a grid with a cell of 1-1.2 mm. The version with a 0.6 mm hole is justified for houses and apartments located close to a reservoir, fields or swamps, where there are often a lot of small midges, and for it a mesh with a 1 mm cell is not a very serious obstacle. Also, a mesh with small cells can be useful for people with allergies – it will retain a significant part of dust and pollen. For maximum protection against any kind of insect, you can use a special spray that is applied to the mesh.
No. 9. Anti-cat mesh
The window conceals not only the danger of dirt and insects entering the apartment, but also the risk of an accident with a pet. Earlier, nets with a cell of 5 cm were popular – they blocked the path of the animal, but did not protect from insects, and then two nets began to be used in tandem, and such a dense structure did not allow sunlight to normally penetrate into the apartment.
Today the anti-cat net looks like a regular mosquito net, but it is more durable and is able to withstand the weight of the animal if the fluffy pet tries to get out of the apartment. Such nets are made of vinyl yarns coated with polyester, so even scratches do not remain on them. Manufacturers say that their strength is 7 times higher than that of conventional nets, while the product does an excellent job of protecting against insects.
No. 10. Anti-dust mesh
If you are allergic to pollen, poplar fluff or other natural pleasures, it makes sense to install a dust net. It differs from the usual cell size – instead of 1 * 1 mm holes, 1 * 0.25 mm cells are used here. Such a mesh retains a decent part of the dust, but it will also have to be washed more often – this is the reverse side of clean air.
Large window manufacturers also produce accessories for them, incl. and mosquito nets, so it’s best to order with a company with a name. No less important is proper care, without which even the highest quality mesh will look, to put it mildly, not very good in 2 years. It is enough to regularly wash the mesh, handle it carefully, and remove the plastic frame mesh from the window for the winter.
Based on site materials: https://okna-pfo.ru/