With the dangerous Zika virus outbreak underway in Florida, screened patios and pool enclosures take on a whole new level of importance...
Not only can a screen enclosure protect friends and family enjoying the patio or pool... but the screens also serve as a primary barrier, to help keep the bugs from getting in your house and living spaces.
But there's an important point most folks miss regarding screens, and it can have dire consequences:
Not all screens will keep the bugs out.
You see, screens have varying sizes of weave. Some screen weaves are "tighter" than others. That means there are more little rectangles per square inch of screen... and that makes each rectangle smaller.
To keep mosquitoes out, pay close attention to the mesh weave of your screen.
If you choose 17/20 mesh (17 rectangles wide by 20 rectangles tall per square inch of mesh) or 20/20 mesh (20 rectangles wide by 20 rectangles tall), your pool screens will be mosquito, gnat, and "no see um" free.
(The Florida Department of Health has made an excellent, brief video (below) showcasing the various ways you can help protect you and your family from mosquitoes and Zika. Take 30 seconds and watch it!)