Nobody wants insects, pollen or fine dust in their home. Allergy sufferers and people with particular sensitivities need a place to enjoy fresh air and protection from negative environmental influences. The right pollen protection or fine dust screen can do just that, but many customers have reservations and fear that the fabric will restrict their view or limit the supply of fresh air. Warema, the expert for sun shading systems, offers tailor-made solutions for windows and doors. Here they refute ten prevalent misconceptions.
Misconception 1: Screens on a window make the room darker.
The light transmission of a gauze depends on its thread thickness. A fine-meshed fabric made of thin yarn transmits more light than a coarse-meshed fabric made of stronger yarn. For example, the Warema VisionAir pollen protection gauze – made with fine fabric – transmits 77 percent of light, which makes it almost invisible.
Misconception 2: Screens impede the view of the outdoors.
White screens in front of a window are actually much more noticeable than black screens. They do obstruct the view and are much more noticeable from the outside. However, the eye quickly grows accustomed to black screens and after only a short time hardly notices them at all. The highly transparent fabric has practically no impact on the view.
Misconception 3: Screens get dirty and sticky.
Screens will collect dust and pollen after some time, of course, but that doesn’t mean they have to be replaced. Screens can be cleaned easily and thoroughly by removing the particles from the meshes with a soft brush. Do not use any cleaning agents, which could clog the fabric.
Misconception 4: Screens prevent air circulation.
All Warema gauzes are tested for air permeability in the laboratory to ensure a sufficient supply of fresh air. The Warema VisionAir gauze insect screen has the highest permeability at 19,133 l/m²/s. This ensures that air can circulate around the room.
Misconception 5: Insect screens are always built-in.
There are many different types of insect screens: fixed frames, rotating frames and sash frames, swinging doors, roller blinds and pleated blinds as well as roller shutters and external venetian blinds with integrated insect screens. Almost all Warema fixed frames can be removed quite easily depending on the type of installation. For example, spring-loaded corner plates allow the user to simply click out the frames to clean the outside window sill.
Misconception 6: Screens are easily damaged and don't last long.
It is not true that fine gauzes made with thin threads don't last long. The VisionAir pollen protection and fine dust gauzes made by Warema will theoretically last for decades unless subjected to unusual conditions. We would recommend, for example, that you protect screens from hailstorms by lowering the roller shutters.
Misconception 7: Insect screen frames are conspicuous and annoying.
Depending on the angle of view, the frames are visible when the window is open, but can be perfectly matched to the colour of the window frame to make them inconspicuous. Warema Colour World offers a huge range of colours, even different shades of white. The right colours can make it seem as though the insect screen and window frame have merged into one.
Misconception 8: Screens only keep insects at bay.
These days, screens do much more than just keep insects out of the home. In rural areas, protection against pollen has also become important and people living in urban areas want lower levels of fine dust particles. For this reason, Warema offers both pure insect screens and its Warema VisionAir pollen protection and fine dust screens, which keep out both 75 percent of fine dust and 93 percent of pollen.
Misconception 9: Insect screens are only available in standard sizes.
If your windows and doors have a special shape or size, this doesn’t mean you won't be able to install professional insect screens. The Warema product portfolio includes bolted fixed frames with a maximum size of 3.5 square metres and sash frames of up to six square metres. These are manufactured individually and can be adapted to the exact dimensions required.
Misconception 10: Insect screen windows and doors must be factored into the construction of the house.
All Warema insect screens are suitable for retrofitting and can be installed later on without much effort. Simply visit your local specialist dealer for sun shading systems; they will be happy to assist you and arrange professional installation.