UV Windows and other Protection

UV Light, Windows and Fly Screens Sydney

The glass in windows will not offer much protection against UV Light.

Our eyes see all the colours of the rainbow. Beyond this visible spectrum of colours is Ultraviolet Light (UV). This is the invisible radiation that causes sunburn in human skin, and the fading of fabrics, paint and other materials exposed to the sun. It is best to reduce our exposure to UV light as much as possible.

Regular glass windows will remove some UV light. People standing behind a window will receive about half the UV radiation of a person standing outside. But this is only a moderate improvement. We should aim for better results.

UV radiation that comes through windows will steadily cause fading on indoor fabrics, carpet, furniture, upholstery and paint. This fading damage is permanent and irreversible. In some cases the fabric can be re-dyed, but their fabric material has still suffered some underlying damage.

Protection against UV

There are two general methods to protect your household contents from UV radiation. One is to block the light out entirely. The other is to let the visible light through while filtering out (most of) the UV. This filtering allows us to make use of the natural light, saving on electricity bills.

Windows can be fitted with UV filter screens. These can remove 95% of the UV. These screens also reduce the heat of sunlight so that the inside of the house will not heat up as much in the Sun. The UV filtering protects carpet and other indoor furnishings. The heat reducing helps keep the house cool, saving on air conditioner costs.

Curtains and UV

Most curtains will not block UV light. The few curtains that do block UV light will make this feature a sales point. Furthermore, many curtain fabrics will fade in UV light. Unless the curtains have UV protection we should fit windows with UV film to prevent damage to curtains and other indoor furnishings.

Window Fittings:

  • Protection against insects
  • Protection against UV light
  • Ability to shut out light
  • Ability to block out the breeze/wind.
  • Ability to reduce heat.
  • Able to provide privacy

Fixed and Retractable Fly Screens Sydney

Flyscreens are almost perfectly effective for removing insects. The flyscreens you have fitted will keep your home inset free for decades.

But homes windows will still need protection against UV damage and the general weather. Consider shutters for the weather, and UV film for the glass window.

Generally about Fly Screens

Fly Screen Sydney

Flyscreen mesh is essential if we want to provide good venation and light while keeping insects out. Both fly Screen doors and windows are available for homes. And if you use a fly screen frame security door you will keep out criminals as well as insects.

Traditional flyscreen windows and doors were made with an aluminium frame. Later developments had these door and window frames powder coated. The fly screen mesh on the metal frame can be aluminium, steel, or fiberglass. Security doors used all-steel construction with a triple locking mechanism. All these doors were stylishly designed, and there were always options to suit any home décor.

There are many different types of flyscreen, including sliding, hinged, and cassette retraction. Some of these are almost unnoticeable when retracted. These almost hidden flyscreens are great if you have decorative doors that you want to keep on display. Another option is rollaway blinds which are a good option if you had bi-fold doors, or if you want to keep French doors on display.

Installing Retractable Fly Screens Sydney

Professional installation of fly screen frames and doors is customized to your home. Often it only takes a few hours before your fly screen mesh system is fully operational. But sometimes the manufacturers will prepare some components of the door or screen offsite before the day of installation.

It is also possible to re-mesh older security doors and window frames.

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Plantations Shutters

Plantation Shutters and Window Blinds

Plantations shutters are extremely versatile, keeping homes cooler in summer and warmer in winter. This versatility stems comes from their dual action design. They works as both opening doors and adjustable flat slatted panels.

As the name implies plantation shutters originally developed on Southern USA plantations. They were originally fitted to the outside of large plantation homes, both over large windows and doorways. Opening the slats on the shutters allowed the air to circulate during the hot southern weather. Opening the shutter doors allowed the light in.

Though they were originally fitted to the outside of windows many modern plantation shutters are now used inside. Once again they allow air to circulate while keeping out the bright light, a good combination to have during summer. When locked shut they are also very secure.

Modern material allow shutters to be waterproof. Older plantation shutters were made of wood, which would eventually rot or grow damaged in the sun. But newer materials, like Thermopoly, are not damaged by water and are capable of withstanding fairly harsh weather conditions for decades.

Shutters or Blind Online

Plantations shutters are the type of fittings that you would want to have custom made to suit your home. But you can browse the design options online and find the style you like most. Then have this very design applied to your home.


Insects and Screens

Fly Screen Sydney

Australia does have something of a good reputation for outdoor living, with fine beaches and beer around the Barbeque. But sometimes we have to accept or compensate for a few inconveniences. In this country the inconveniences include a few issue with insects. Though really, this can be dealt with by some straightforward preparation.

We can keep our home free from insects with some fly screen mesh on windows and quality fly screen doors on the front and back of the house. As well as keeping out the insects these screens have other advantages.

  • Security from potential thieves
  • Allow sunlight and fresh air through the house, without compromising security
  • Keep out diseases carried by a few insects.
  • Reduce air conditioning costs in moderate weather
  • Modern screen doors suit any décor, complementing the look of your home.
  • Keep children or elderly relatives inside.
  • No need to use insecticide or other chemicals

Retractable Fly Screens Sydney

Fly Screen Mesh can be retracted or removed when not in use. Retractable flyscreens come in many styles. Pleated screens retract and are neatly stored above the window in their own cassette. Magnetic screens can be removed entirely from the window, rolled up and stored in a cupboard. Some home owners simply hide the fly screen mesh behind window blinds during the colder winter months.

Security Fly Screen Doors

Security doors are a great investment, lasting for decades. They protect the home from intruders or all types.

Two Way Security for the Elderly

Retirement homes and some family homes have elderly relatives. These senior citizens often need supervision and sometime continual care. They may benefit from some solid homes security measures.

Security Fly Screen Doors

Security doors prevent insects and unauthorized personal from entering the building. They can also be set up to prevent children or elderly residents from leaving. A good security door can give home owners some peace of mind, knowing that their children and elderly relatives cannot wander away unsupervised.

Home with the elderly can be the target of some thieves. These thieves try to exploit the mental state of the elderly, entering the house while claiming to be friends, relatives, salespeople or official investigators. A locked security door keep these potential thieves out.

Modern security doors can become part of the home décor. There is always a screen door design to sit the home.

Fly Screen Sydney

It is pleasant to enjoy the sunshine or breeze while indoors. Senior citizens can safely benefit from fresh air and sunshine behind security screen windows. These screens let the air circulate while keeping insects outside. All without interrupting the outside view.

Modern Fly Screen Mesh is designed with enough strength to prevent a child or senior citizen from falling through the window. These are especially important for building with multiple floors or any windows more than two meters above the ground.

Security Lights and Cameras

Motion activated light and security cameras are a considerable deterrent to potential intruders. The knowledge that they cannot hide in a dark corner, and that they can be easily identified with security footage will greatly discourage thieves. Motion activated light can also indicate a child or elderly pensioner accidently wandering outside.

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Fly Screen Doors and Fly Screen Frame Windows.


Fly Screen Frame Windows And Doors

There are any reasons why we might choose put a fly screen frame on our home windows and doors. Most generally we add fly screen mesh to make our homes more comfortable.

There are two general types of screen. The first is insect screens that keep flying vermin out, and which also provide some protection people (such as children) from falling out windows. The second type of screen is the security screen, which in addition to performing all the functions of a conventional screen will also prevent potential thieves from breaking into the house.

Fortunately there is a wide range of styles in both types of screen . They can be purchased or custom made to suit just about any application, including large open areas that would otherwise require a double door.

Features of a Fly Screen Frame

  • Fly screen Frame mesh– These keep flying insects and often crawling insects out of the home. They can be  retractable fly screens or a fixed fly screen frame
  • Security and safety – depending on your home and neighbourhood situation you may choose to have security window screens and security doors installed. These are effective security devices, being very difficult to break through. Any break-in would be both time consuming and obvious.
  • Style – The security door can be part of the look you want for your home. All the better because this is the first impression when people enter your home.
  • Extra Light- security doors and window screen will let the light in while still keeping the house locked. This both gives the house and open feel, and can save on lighting costs.
  • Healthy fresh air. Screen doors and windows let you air out the house, which is healthy and feels better for the inhabitants.
  • Cooling the home. In moderately warm weather you can cool the house by letting the breeze pass though the screen doors and windows. In very hot weather you can close the doors and windows and rely on air conditioning or heaters.
  • Enjoy the view – windows were designed to let light in and let us see outside. Mesh screens hardly affect this. Enjoy the sunshine when the outside weather’s good.
  • With window blinds you can have privacy and still allow the fresh air to come in the fly screen mesh.

Fly Screen Frame Sydney

Find the right fly screen frame, door and blind online. Secure and reliable, there is a style for every décor situation.

Cleaning Materials Fly Screen Sydney

Cleaning Fly Screen Doors

Modern aluminium door frames, whether painted or not, are usually quite easy to keep clean. Unlike timber or painted plaster aluminium will not soak up grease or oil, so most stains will simply wipe away. But these can occasionally be problems with sticky substances or corrosive liquids.

Microfiber cloths.

These are a relatively modern invention. The fibres of these cloths are extremely fine, less than one denier thin, so they clean at a near microscopic level. This means they can remove most bacteria as well as remove surface grease.

An aluminium door can be cleaned quickly and effectively with a microfiber cloth. We recommend periodically cleaning and decontaminating the cloth.


This is a citrus based cleaner available at hardware stores. It is quite safe to use but manages to be very effective for removing sticky substances from almost all surfaces, without causing any damage. It is good for surfaces that are exposed to a lot of finger and hand prints.

Turpentine and Acetone

These are very strong solvents used for paint and nail vanish. They will remove stubborn stains form many surfaces but they tend to remove paint and other finishes as well. Use these only as a last resort. Avoid contact with skin or inhaling the vapours.


This is another strong solvent. It is useful for removing chewing gum, but it is rather harsh and may damage paint or other surface finishes.

Security doors and Retractable fly Screens Sydney

Modern security doors and fly screen frames are easy to maintain, and will require less cleaning time that any other surface in the house. They are a sound investment for any home.

Fixed or Retractable Screens

Door and windows let natural light and air inside your home. Fly screen doors, window fly screen mesh and window blinds allow this natural light and air in while keeping insects and potential intruders out. They also allow some privacy for the people inside.

Fixed or Retractable Fly Screens Sydney

Because of the privacy and protection they offer screens are a popular addition to many homes. Yet because there are many styles of flyscreen there is a matter of finding what is best for your home. When deciding, it is always best to have in informed choice.

Fixed Fly Screen Mesh

Fixed screens are directly attached to your door or window, designed to stay there permanently. They can be made from a variety of fine mesh materials, and affixed with screws, rivets or with a welded frame. Some can be removed with basic DIY skill, but they are basically permanent fixtures.

This type of fixed fly screen is a deterrent to potential intruders as the screen cannot be easily removed. Blinds and window guards provide more protection from intruders.

Retractable Fly Screen Sydney

Retractable fly screens are not fixed in place. Instead, they are designed to either roll up for easy storage or retract into an overhead cassette. This is an advantage in some Australian homes as the flyscreens are only needed for a few months of the year.

Doors will use permanent flyscreens. A popular option here is usually to combine them with a security door that provided excellent protection for you front entrance.

Alternately, doors can use bi-fold screens. This is more popular with balconies and back garden entrances than the front door. And they are often favoured because of the large open entrance space they provide.

If you already have a large open entrance in your home then you can have retractable fly screens made for use during the insect season.

Flyscreens and Blind Online

Fly screen mesh and blinds are worth investments for your home.

Dual Roller Blinds

Window Blinds – Dual

A rather innovative idea, dual roller blinds have proved popular with the variable weather in Australia. They proves quite versatile.

A dual window blind combines two separate roller blinds on the same mounting bracket. Several different combinations of separate blinds are possible, but the most popular (and versatile) combination uses two contrasting materials. One blind material is translucent, allowing outside light in but allowing privacy. The other blind material completely blocks out light, creating total darkness inside the room.

The blind material that block all light is useful. The option for total darkness in a room is ideal if there is a home theatre, or if someone wants to sleep during the daylight hours. Total block out is also useful at night time if you want privacy inside. Alternately, the translucent shades allow us to save electrical power and use natural light, while still allowing privacy. Translucent shades with fly screen mesh windows are a great combination in summer.

Retractable Fly Screens Sydney

Removable and retractable fly screens can be utilized during summer, and then packed away during winter.

Winter months benefit from the use of translucent blinds and closed windows. The natural light from outside is still useable, but the closed windows keeps the heat inside. This situation is improved if the windows are double glazed.

The total block out blind, in addition to blocking light and allowing privacy inside, will also provide some insulation, helping keep the inside rooms warm.

Order a Blind Online

There is always a blind option to suit any décor, and to provide the functionality that your home needs. Browse the blinds online and find the style that suit you. Most blinds can be made to order, so they will be the right size for your windows.

Cleaning for Fly Screens

Of course it is better to live in a neat and clean home environment. In order to keep things clean we must look after the flyscreens and security doors.

Screens can accumulate a lot of dirt, because of the tiny holes that are part of the mesh design. This will not affect their function too much, but it can look untidy.

It doesn’t take too much effort to keep the screens clean.

  1. If the flyscreens can be removed from the window or door this makes cleaning easier. You can lay them down on an old sheet and vacuum them. This gets rid of all the loose dirt. Use a light suction setting to avoid pulling on the flyscreen mesh.
  2. After vacuuming, give the screens a wash with a microfiber cloth and some cleaning fluid. Diluted detergent is usually fine for this purpose. Do not put too much pressure on the screen mesh.
  3. Before the detergent has dried give the screens a wash with a hose.
  4. Roughly dry the mesh with an old towel or other cloth, and then let them air dry.
  5. Reinstall the screen mesh in the window.

If screens cannot be removed from the window or doorframe they can still be vacuumed, hand-washed with detergent, and then washed down with the glass windows/doors closed. The only issue is making sure that the water does not get into the house.

Regular cleaning makes the cleaning process easier.

Child Safety -Fly Screen Doors and Window Blinds

Most homes have young children running around for at least a few years of their existence. As everybody wants children to grow up without serious injury it help to install safety features like reliable window blinds and security fly screen doors.

Internal Window Blinds

Blinds can be a safety issue for children. The cords once used for retracting older style window blinds were a choking hazard for youngsters. New designs either use a wand or electronic remote for retracting, or the cord is designed to break under the weight of the child.

External Window Blinds

External blinds should be designed to prevent children from climbing in or out of windows.

Fly Screen Mesh

Installing fly screen frames and mesh will help prevent children falling out of windows. This is a rare but potentially serious accident. 

Older style wire and material mesh was designed to keep insects out, and was only partially effective for deterring children; it lacked the strength to support a child’s weight so a child might force is way through the mesh screen. Modern fly screen mesh is far stronger and will prevent children from falling through the window.

Security Fly Screen Doors.

Though designed to keep intruders and potential thieves at bay a security door will also prevent a child from wandering outside.


Using safety gates at the top and bottom of staircases will prevent children from using the stairs and risking an accident.

Keep stairs clear of any toys and clutter. This prevents adults from tripping, especially important when they are carrying children.

A nightlight for improved visibility in the dark is a good idea. Small light under the railings (fairy lights) are also very effective.

Blind Online

If you measure your windows you can find suitable window blinds online to suit and even enhance any décor.


Doors and Windows in Winter

The cooler winter months are approaching. It helps to have a few tricks and good habits for keeping the house warm in winter. The right approach for keeping the house warm will minimize power bills without compromising our comfort, or damage the environment.

  • Seal the doors, especially around the edges. We encourage circulation for hotter weather, but it is preferable to keep the warm air inside during the winter by keeping all potential openings sealed. A roll of cloth along the base of the door or a stuffed novelty draft excluder can be a considerable help.
  • Thick curtains on windows will both absorb some warmth from the Sun and provide insulation from the inevitably cold glass windows.
  • Window blinds can work in the way that curtains do, providing insulation from the cold glass windows and absorbing a little bit of heat from the Sun.
  • Close up rooms that are not use and do now waste energy heating them.
  • Have insulation put in the room. This makes the heating system much more efficient because the rising hot air is not lost through the roof. Colder months are idea for adding insulation.
  • Small heaters in a room will cost far less to run than a central heating system.
  • Operate heaters in open areas away from furniture.
  • Keep the family in the main dining or lounge room whenever possible, and just heat these rooms.
  • Warm clothes indoors make all the difference. Use heaters to keep the air at a comfortable breathing temperature, but no higher.

Retractable Fly Screens Sydney

Insects are rarely a problem in Sydney during the cooler months. Fly screens mesh on windows can be retracted for the season, and brought out for next summer.

Blinds online

If you don’t already have blinds then consider the online options. If you have accurate measurements of the window you can order blinds online. These will add to the insulation that a house needs in winter.