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Aluminium insect mesh is one of the most popular mesh specifications that we offer. It is used the world over to keep insects out of homes and work places. Let’s discuss why….
What Is An Aluminium Fly Screen?
An aluminium fly screen is a type of screen that is used to keep insects and other flying pests out of a building while allowing fresh air to circulate. The screen is made of aluminium mesh that is stretched over a frame, which can be mounted in a window or door. Aluminium fly screens are durable and long-lasting, and they are resistant to rust and corrosion. They are easy to clean, and can be easily removed for cleaning or replacement. They are also available in different mesh sizes to suit the user’s needs. They are mostly used in homes, commercial buildings, restaurants, cafes, and other similar places.
Will It Hurt The Insects?
Insect mesh is designed to block insects from entering a building without hurting them. The mesh creates a physical barrier that insects cannot pass through, but it does not harm or kill them. The mesh is made of a lightweight, flexible material that does not have sharp edges or points that could potentially harm the insects.
It’s worth noting that, if the mesh is coated with chemical, the repellent will not harm the insects, but it will discourage them from coming into contact with the mesh. The repellent will act as a barrier to the insects, making it less likely for them to get through the mesh.
However, it’s important to be aware that, once insects are inside a building, they may become trapped and could die if they cannot find a way out. To avoid this, it’s important to open the fly screens and windows to allow trapped insects to escape.
Which insects will it block?
It is designed to block a wide range of flying insects, including:
- Mosquitoes: The mesh is small enough to prevent mosquitoes from entering the building, while still allowing fresh air to circulate.
- Flies: The mesh will block common flies, including house flies and fruit flies.
- Wasps and hornets: The mesh can also prevent wasps and hornets from entering the building.
- Moths: The mesh will also block moths from entering the building.
- Beetles: Some species of beetles also have difficulty passing through the mesh.
It’s worth noting that the mesh size of the aluminium fly screen is a factor in the insects that it can block. A mesh with smaller holes will be more effective at blocking smaller insects, while a mesh with larger holes may not be as effective. Additionally, the mesh can be coated with chemical, to repel insects and make it more effective to block them.
Can It Be Used As A Midge Mesh?
Insect screen can be used as a midge mesh, although it is important to consider the size of the mesh openings. Midge mesh is typically made of a finer mesh material than regular insect mesh in order to block smaller flying insects such as midges. The mesh openings of midge mesh are smaller and finer than those of regular insect screen, typically around 1.5 mm or less, while regular insect mesh is typically 1.8 mm or larger.
Regular insect mesh can block larger flying insects such as mosquitoes, flies and wasps, but might not be as effective at blocking smaller insects such as midges, which can pass through the larger mesh openings.
So, if you want to use insect screen as a midge mesh, it is important to ensure that the openings are small enough to effectively block midges. The smaller the openings, the better the mesh will be at blocking midges.
Additionally, insect screen can be coated with chemical repellents that will discourage midges and other small flying insects from coming into contact with the material.
How Do I Cut Aluminium Fly Screen?
Cutting aluminum fly screens can be done using a few different tools, such as scissors, utility knives, or metal snips. Here’s a step-by-step guide to cutting aluminum fly screen:
Measure and mark the cut: Measure the length or shape that you need to cut the screen to, and use a pencil or marker to make a clear mark on the screen.
Prepare the cutting surface: Make sure that the cutting surface is flat and stable, and place the screen on top. If you’re cutting a large piece, you may want to clamp it down to the surface to prevent it from moving.
Choose the right tool: Depending on the size and shape of the cut you need to make, you may want to use scissors, a utility knife, or metal snips.
Make the cut: Cut along the marked line, applying gentle but firm pressure to the cutting tool. If you’re using a utility knife or scissors, you may need to make several passes to get through the material. If you’re using metal snips, make sure to keep the blades level and straight to prevent bending or damaging the screen.
Clean up the edges: After cutting, you may need to clean up any rough edges or burrs with sandpaper or a metal file.
How Do I Install It?
Installing an aluminium fly screen is a relatively simple process that can usually be completed in a few steps. Here is a general guide to installing an aluminium fly screen:
- Measure the opening: Measure the width and height of the window or door where you want to install the fly screen. Make sure to measure the height from the top of the window frame to the bottom, and the width from one side of the frame to the other.
- Cut the mesh: Cut the material to the size of the opening, leaving about an inch of extra mesh on all sides.
- Install the frame: Install the frame for the fly screen by attaching it to the window or door frame using screws or adhesive. Make sure the frame is level and secure.
- Attach the mesh: Stretch the material over the frame, and attach it to the frame using the clips or other attachments provided with the kit. Make sure the mesh is taut and smooth, with no wrinkles or sags.
- Install the handle or latch: Install the handle or latch on the fly screen, if one is provided. This will allow you to open and close the screen as needed.
- Final check: Do a final check to make sure the screen is properly installed and that it opens and closes smoothly.
Will It Rust?
Aluminium is a non-ferrous metal, meaning it does not contain iron and will not rust. Aluminium is a highly durable and long-lasting corrosion resistant material. It can withstand exposure to moisture and other environmental factors without rusting or corroding, which makes it a great choice for fly screens. However, aluminium fly screens can still get dirty, and if not cleaned properly or frequently enough it can corrode over time. Additionally, if the fly screen is exposed to harsh chemicals or abrasives, it can damage the surface and affect its durability.
Would Stainless Steel Insect Mesh Be Better?
Both aluminium and stainless steel insect screens have their own advantages and disadvantages. Here’s a comparison of the two materials:
- Pros: Aluminium insect screens are lightweight, durable, and rust-resistant, making them a popular choice for many homeowners. They are also relatively inexpensive and easy to cut and install.
- Cons: Although aluminium insect screens are resistant to rust, they can still corrode over time, especially in harsh weather conditions. They may also dent or bend easily if subjected to heavy impacts.
- Pros: Stainless steel insect screens are very strong and durable, making them ideal for high-traffic areas or for use in areas with strong winds or heavy rainfall. They are also rust-resistant and easy to clean, and they provide excellent protection against insects.
- Cons: Stainless steel insect screens are more expensive than aluminium screens, and they can be more difficult to cut and install. They are also heavier, making them less suitable for some applications.
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