When it comes to windows, there may be more choices to make than you realize. From choosing the best style to selecting the right color vinyl, there are many options that affect the look and functionality of new vinyl replacement windows. One of the decisions you will be faced with is whether to go with a full screen or opt for a half screen instead. So, what are the benefits of choosing one over the other and which is the best fit for your new windows?
Most standard double hung windows can support either a full screen or a half screen, so it’s important to take all the factors into consideration. The first thing to consider is airflow. Full screens allow for both the top and bottom sash to be partially open at the same time, allowing greater airflow through the window. Half screens, on the other hand, only allow one half to be open at a time, limiting airflow capability.
Another consideration is lighting. Half screen windows tend to let in more natural sunlight, simply because the screen only covers half of the window. This feature also allows for a clearer view from the half of the window not covered by screen.
Lastly, full screens can help prevent insects from entering the home. If improperly closed, half screens can be left partially up allowing a gap for insects to enter the home. Since full screens stay in place, this eliminates the possibility of cracks and crevices appearing and leaving an entryway for pests.
Choosing between half screen and full screen replacement windows ultimately depends upon personal preference for look and functionality. If you’d like specific ordering information, visit the HBP ProZone® to help find a contractor near you.