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What's the Best Screening Material for a Porch?

Posted on October 18, 2019

San Antonio Porch Screen Installation

Screened in porches allow homeowners to enjoy fresh air and the freedom of being on their porch while protecting them from adverse weather — such as the harshest effects of the sun or storms. But what kind of screening material do you use for a screened in porch? Which material is the best? As usual, it typically comes down to the homeowner's priorities. Here are a few of the popular options:

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is a popular option for porch screens because it's so durable. No matter what the elements throw at it, it won't warp, break, or dent. Like most stainless steel, it also resists rust very well. The result is that these screens last for years and need very little maintenance. For all that, they're about average price on the market of screening materials.

Fiberglass Mesh

Fiberglass mesh is probably the most common option when it comes to porch screening materials. Unlike fiberglass windows, fiberglass screening mesh is relatively inexpensive. It also has good visibility, protecting porchgoers from the worst of the sun, but still letting in good natural lighting. It's flexible and tends to resist folding and creasing in the way some metal screens do. However, it can also stretch and it tears more easily than metal.


Aluminium is another affordable option — costing less than stainless steel though more than fiberglass, which is the least expensive. It's lightweight, making it bendable and easy to work with. It's strong, however, and resists many of the effects that the outside elements throw its way. It's also known to last longer than fiberglass mesh. Aluminium might be a good compromise between the quality of stainless steel and the convenience and affordability of fiberglass mesh. 

What kind of material best suits your screened in porch? That's up to you. It's also up to you which contractor you trust to install it. Contact Paradise Decks & Spas today for a free estimate or more information on screening materials for porches.

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