When building a patio or pool screen enclosure, the most popular screen options are an 18/14 screen mesh or a 20/20 screen mesh. Both options offer terrific visibility and a variety of other benefits. Let’s explore the differences between an 18/14 screen and a 20/20 screen.
Practicality leads the way when it comes to naming certain types of screens. If you need proof, consider this: 20/20 screens contain 20 openings per inch horizontally and vertically. What does this mean for 18/14 screens? If you look closely, you’ll find 18 rectangles per inch across. Meanwhile, 14 rectangles stacked together will total an inch.
Exploring the Differences
The differences in the density of the screen mesh are slight, but they’re important. In order to pack more openings in the same space, 20/20 screening has smaller openings. Anyone searching for insect screen can opt for either 18/14 or 20/20 screening because their tight weaves will keep most flying insects out while still allowing plenty of fresh air to flow through. However, the tighter weave of 20/20 screens offers protection from more pests. The 20/20 screen is sometimes called a no-see-um screen because it keeps tiny pests like no-see-ums, sand flies, and gnats out of your screen enclosure.
You’ll want to consider screen mesh size when you’re shopping for screening for your porch, lanai, screen room, screened patio, or pool cage. Still, it’s not the only thing to think about. Quality is a clear concern. Inferior screens constructed from cheap materials may seem like a bargain, but they tend to be less effective and come with shorter lifespans. Dulando Screen & Awning offers Phifer Screen because we know that quality materials deliver real value.
18/14 mesh screen
Our favorite 18/14 screen is crafted in the United States from a durable fiberglass mesh that easily lasts for up to a decade. This 18/14 mesh is suitable for swimming pools and patio enclosures. Our most popular colors are charcoal and silver gray. Making it an attractive choice for homeowners. The strength of an 18/14 mesh can easily protect your space from windblown debris and insects.
20/20 mesh screen
20/20 screen is the top choice when battling no-see-ums and other tiny pests. Woven from a permanent glass yarn coated with vinyl, this charcoal-colored fiberglass screening provides practicality, flexibility, and beauty. With a lifespan comparable to other high-quality screen products, it won’t rust or stain. The 20/20 mesh allows for good ventilation, provides superior insect protection, and enhances privacy. However, the higher screen mesh does not sacrifice visibility.
It’s easy to assume that screens are interchangeable. The differences are subtle, so it can be hard to detect them at a glance. However, modern patio screens can vary widely in quality, capability, and longevity, so it’s essential to look closely at any screening that will be used for your new screen room. Whether you’re seeking escape from insects, extra durability, protection from the sun, or enhanced privacy, there’s a screening product for that.
Additional Reading: Types of Phifer Screens
If you have more questions about choosing the right screen mesh for your new patio or pool enclosure, give us a call. Dulando Screen & Awning takes pride in designing and constructing quality custom screen enclosures that bring pleasure and value to your space. Our expert team will be happy to help you explore your options. Contact us today to schedule a free in-home design consultation.