Installing and Using Fiberglass Mesh as a Window Screen

Fiberglass mesh is used in a variety of applications, including in window screens. It is not difficult to build a window screen from scratch. If you have done a woodworking project before or you have experience in doorframe installation, making and installing window screen from fiberglass mesh is an easy project to undertake.

Why Fiberglass Mesh?

There are lots of materials available that can be used as screen. One is aluminum, which is expensive; another, a steel wire mesh, corrodes; abd a plastic wire mesh is inexpensive, yet breaks easily. But now, mesh made of fiberglass is marketed not just as a tool in construction but as a material for window screens because it is inexpensive, does not corrode and is highly durable.

Types of Mesh to Use

Fiberglass mesh comes in different colors, thickness and sizes of holes. You can match its color to your interior's current them or to contrast with the color of the walls. You can select thin mesh for sleeker look. This is perfect for homes with minimalist theme. Sizes of mesh holes vary, too. To allow enough ventilation in the room, wider holes are the best choice.

Best Frames for the Mesh

Fiberglass mesh will look good on aluminum frames, which you can get custom-built. Many stores will sell you frames in sizes that you need and in designs that you want.

Wooden frames are not bad for fiberglass mesh either. You can build wooden frames, if you have experience building simple frames, or have them pre-made at woodworking stores. If you go the latter route, you can ask the store to create patterns on it and you can stain them afterward at home.

Installation Procedure

Measure the width and height of the window. Decide whether you would want your window screen to be divided into sections or just a single frame, or if you would want the screen to be detachable or hinged to open and close. Next, purchase fiberglass mesh in color and style that you desire, and in the size of holes that you need. They come rolled and can be bought per yard or per meter. Prepare the frames or have them custom-built.

Next, fit in the fiberglass mesh into the frame and attach it firmly using a nail for wood or screws for aluminum frames. Add hinges and a latch if you would like one of your frames to open or close. Screw the frames onto the window, and voila, your own window screen made of fiberglass mesh.


Over time, the window screen will catch dust. Dust and debris caught in between the mesh holes might fly across the room when it gets windy outside. To prevent inhaling this dust and possible allergens, vacuum the window screen at least once week. On a monthly basis, you can wash it in soapy water and let it air dry.

If your frame is made of wood, you can clean them with soap and water using a sponge. Just make sure that the water doesn’t touch the wooden frames to prevent wood from developing mildew or rotting.