Introduction to Fly Screen Frame Sizes

A lot of us won't usually think twice about what goes into our fly screens, but there's actually a lot at play when it comes to protecting us. Flyscreen frames play a crucial role in maintaining the structural integrity of a fly screen, and, putting it simply, without a frame there just wouldn't be a functional fly screen.

At Trade Warehouse, we want to provide you with the most comprehensive information regarding installations, as well as high-quality tools. So, with that in mind, we've compiled this guide to all things fly screen frame sizes so you can start your installation with complete clarity.

Today, we're discussing what a fly screen frame is, with its features, how-to guide on sizing, and the typical sizing of a fly screen. We'll also be answering some frequently asked questions about fly screen sizing so you can start your installation process with confidence.

What is a fly screen frame?

Before we discuss fly screen sizing, it's important to first lay down the basics. So, what is a fly screen frame? Well, a fly screen frame is a supporting structure that surrounds the fly screen mesh that sits in front of your door or window.

This useful installation is primarily used to protect your home from the many horrors of the outside world like insects, small animals, dirt and debris whilst you have your windows and doors open.

A fly screen framework with splines to secure fly screen mesh and hold it taut so the structure remains tightly in place in front of a door or window. This ensures that the structure doesn't easily fall or go slack, causing damage or failing to block insects and other creatures from entering your home.

Features of a fly screen

A fly screen typically consists of a frame that can vary in size depending on the location of the installation. Within this frame, narrow channels run all along to provide the spline with somewhere to sit. The spline works to secure the fly screen mesh in place and hold it taut. Splines can either come in PVC rubber or foam and vary in length.

Then there's the fly screen mesh itself which works to ensure no creepy crawlies can get into your house unannounced. At Trade Warehouse, we have a variety of fly screen mesh that can meet all of your protection needs. This includes pet mesh to keep your best friends in or out of your house, and ultra-small sandfly and tiny insect mesh to stop even the smallest of pests from disturbing you.

Then, there's the all-important frame. Frames are typically customizable in size and materials because door sizes and windows are all unique and have different opening directions and uses. This means that you as a customer have all the power to dictate what your screen looks like and your fly screen frame budget size!

How do you size a fly screen frame?

When working out your ideal fly screen frame sizes, you need to conduct an accurate measuring of the height and width of your door or window or measurements of any existing screens. To help with this, we've compiled a step-by-step guide that you can follow to get the most accurate measurement possible:

  1. First, you'll need to measure the window recess width from top to bottom. The recess refers to the distance between the window pane surface and the wall where the window is built in. When doing this, record the smallest measurement you have to compensate for overestimation.
  2. Then, record the height of the pane or screen from top to bottom and again, record the smallest measurement.

And that's typically all there is to it. As most frames are made to measure, you'll then need to take these measurements to a supplier who will create a custom fly screen frame to accommodate your unique doors and windows.

What size is a standard fly screen door

Despite this, fly screen frames are generally being made to measure. There is some usual standardisation when it comes to fly screen door size. In most cases, fly screen doors come in sizes of 900x2100mm. However, it is always best to conduct your own measurements to make sure you get the right frame for your specific door.

Windows are a little different. Typically, the standard size for a fly screen window is around 910mmx1220 mm in Australia.

Most roles of fly screen mesh will also accommodate standard sizing with plenty to spare, so you needn't worry about not having enough material for particularly large screens and frames.

Frequently asked questions

We know that undertaking your own installation project can sometimes be daunting and leave you scratching your head with more questions than answers. That's why we've gathered the most frequently asked questions regarding fly screen frame installation and answered them below:

How to install fly screen frames

Once you've taken all your measurements and you're ready to assemble, you'll need to know exactly how to install your very own fly screen. Let's go through the steps:

  1. If you haven't already, make sure that you've adequately fastened all the joints in your frame and ensure that the ends of your frame are square so the frame fits snugly with the window or door.
  2. You can now place the mesh and spline into the channels of your frame and secure this to ensure that the mesh is taut. Use a spline roller to ensure that the spline sits snug into the channel and can support the tension of the mesh.
  3. Once you've done this, fit the hinges on the door or panel if you wish for your fly screen to swing inwards or outwards. Fix this onto the window or door reveal and ensure it is level and secure.

How do I measure a sliding door for fly screens?

Measuring sliding doors for screens might sound more complicated than traditional windows or doors, but it's actually pretty simple. All you need to do this is a tape measure to measure the width between the door reveal and the middle section of the sliding door.

Then, do the same for the height. You'll need to make sure that the screen you invest in slides in the same direction as your screen door, otherwise you might get yourself into a sticky situation!

What tools will I need to install a fly screen?

You'll need a fairly comprehensive list of tools to install a new fly screen. Luckily for you, we'll have everything you need to undertake this project. We offer high-quality fly screens in a range of materials so you can have confidence in your new installation. Here is every tool you will need to install a new or replace an existing fly screen:

What are some of the types of mesh available for window or door fly screens?

The type of mesh you choose for your door can make a considerable difference to your fly screen experience. Below, we've listed all the mesh available at Trade Warehouse at what they're best used for so you can make the most informed decision possible.

Aluminium: Although a pretty standard mesh that keeps all your expected bugs and annoyances out, this is a great option for those that want a rust-resistant material that doesn't sag over time.

Fibreglass mesh: Fibreglass is the most standard available fly screen mesh. It's a popular choice because it's suitable for most applications and is hardy against UV, meaning it can withstand even the most unforgiving summers.

Pet mesh: This tough option is great for those who wish to protect against pet-made damage like scratches and bite marks. Still offering protection against insects and other debris, pet mesh is a great choice if you're searching the market for a reinforced option.

Micromesh: Micromesh is great if your main pest culprit includes the tiniest of creatures. This option offers the same benefits as other standard mesh, but also works to block out some sun rays whilst keeping the micro insects out.

Thanks for reading through this guide to all things fly screen frames, we hope you gained a more comprehensive insight into installation and frame sizes. Before you go, make sure you check out Trade Warehouse for all your installation needs to see if you can start your fly screen journey today with our full stock of all things fly screens!