Majesty double hung 3 wide bedroom

So you’re deciding on half screens or full screens. Here are some things to consider when finding the best fit for your new windows.


Half screens only cover one half at a time – sliding up or staying down. So either the top is open, or the bottom is open at once, limited airflow. Most half screens aren’t designed to slide up to cover the top half completely, so in that instance, there will be gaps for bugs. Unless you’re okay with a gap, then go ahead and let it flow.

Full screens allow the top and bottom sash to be open at the same time. These screens allow maximum airflow through the window while still protecting from bugs. Air escapes out of the top opening. Fresh air comes in through the bottom. This is the way double-hung’s provide the best ventilation.

half screens or full screens airflow

Natural Sunlight

Half screens will let in more natural sunlight because it only covers half of the window. This feature also allows for a more unobstructed view from the half of the window not covered. However, many will not notice a difference as the screen only blocks a tiny amount.

Full screens cover the entire window, slightly shading the sunlight coming in and your view out. But, again, many believe the benefits of ventilation outweigh this element.

half screens or full screens natural sunlight

Keeping Pests Out

Half screens closed improperly will leave gaps. Gaps allow pests to enter the home when the window is open.

Full screens are a fool-proof option to prevent pests from entering the home. Full screens stay in place. No sliding the screen up and down = no entryway for pests. No wide-open gaps from ventilating the top sash.

half screens or full screens keep pests out

Made your decision?

There is no one-solution-fits-all for half screens or full screens. It depends upon personal preference for look and functionality. If you’d like specific ordering information, visit the HBP ProZone® to help find a contractor in your area. Let’s get that window project going.

Are you still figuring out your style and functionality needs?

Half screens or full screens are just one of the decisions to make. Size, window type, grid-style, interior color, and exterior color are all things to consider. Harvey has tons of customization options.

Browse our windows and figure out your style.

Harvey offers FlexScreen™ (as seen on ABC’s Shark Tank) the world’s first and only flexible window screen. They are awesome. Haven’t heard of it? Check out the video below.

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