At Window Nation, providing sturdy, long-lasting screens with the windows we sell is important to us. And we know that those screens are important to you. They are the barrier that keeps wasps from coming into your house when you open your windows up to let the fall air in. They stop the flies that are buzzing around your outside trash from getting into your kitchen. And they keep a whole range of potential pests from using your windows as a doorway into your home. Screens are important. Really important. But keeping pests out is only one of the many reasons you should maintain your window screens. Here are a few more reasons to consider.

Curb Appeal

When it comes time to sell a home, one of the first things a real estate agent will suggest is a replacement of all your screens. They know that damaged or dirty screens make potential buyers wonder, “If they didn’t take care of their screens, what else didn’t they take care of.” Good, clean screens make a good impression. When people come to visit, shiny, well-kept screens will add appeal to the overall beauty of your home.

Dirt Splash

Screens don’t only increase your curb appeal; when they are in good working condition and kept nice and clean, they can also help to keep your exterior window panes from getting dirty. Clean window screens won’t cause dirt to splatter on your window glass. Instead, you’ll have clean water splattering and drizzling down your window panes. Who knows–that rain may even give your windows an extra cleaning.

Heat Loss

Good, working screens help to reduce heat transfer. Sure, most of the work is going to be done with the coating on your glass, the argon or krypton gas between each pane of glass, and the insulation in your window frames which reduces heat transfer. But screens help too. Most importantly, those screens will keep pests from getting in and chewing holes in your frames. Nothing is going to let the heat out of your home faster than a rodent hole, or damage done by carpenter ants.

Water Damage

When your screens work properly, they will help to deflect rain water. No window does well with water continually pooling up on it. Water has a way of getting in and causing mold to occur. Mold can also form on your screens themselves. But a clean, good working screen resists water and mold.

An ounce of maintenance goes a long way when it comes to keeping a home safe and secure. Stay vigilant!