Why Durability Matters When Choosing Insect Screening

Screening is your first line of defense in protecting your home and family from insects, and durability is one of the most important factors to consider when choosing insect screening for your home. Homeowners with children and pets or who experience frequent extreme weather conditions may experience more wear and tear in door and window screens.


High winds, screens close to tree limbs and continued exposure to severe weather can easily damage a standard fiberglass screen. These tears mean that bugs and other creatures can make their way through the screen and into your home.


Standard grade screens are also subject to tears and punctures.  Family pets that paw at the screen when they want to go for a walk can damage your screen over time. Similarly, outdoor animals, such as raccoons and squirrels, can chew through screening and leave holes that allow all sorts of critters to get into your home. Investing in screening that can withstand gnawing and clawing protects your home and saves money on re-screening in the long run.


Having children also means a greater need for durable screening. Kids playing outside may bounce a ball or roughhouse on the patio, knocking into screens and potentially compromising their integrity. Over time, this can lead to sagging screens. Not only are our screens tear resistant, but our door, window, and patio screening is highly durable and won’t sag over time.


Made entirely in the U.S.A., Phifer screens are highly durable and the one-time cost for upgrading your home with durable Phifer screening is considerably less than screens that may tear or warp over time due to weather-related issues and more.

Phifer Durability: It's In Our 
Manufacturing Process

With a history that dates back to 1952, Phifer has continually been at the forefront of innovation in insect screening. Today, our product development team includes engineers, chemists and experts in textile weaving. Phifer continues to explore new and better methods of creating durable, sustainable products.


With a continuous eye on innovation, each of our screening products are made with different needs in mind, but all with the same care and attention to quality to ensure years of use and durability.


Depending on your needs, lifestyle and where you’ll use our screen, our experts can help you find the best product for your needs. We use high quality materials in all of our screening products and different products offer a tighter weave for greater protection from small insects, to a more open weave that offers durability and visibility that allows you to enjoy a more beautiful backyard view.


Simply put: it’s not a question of how durable Phifer screening is, but which of our products will work best for your own needs.

Durability and More: The Benefits of Phifer Screening

All Phifer products are made to provide years of enjoyment and protection and are suitable for use in both DIY and professional installs. We offer a wide range of screening options for doors, windows, patio and pool enclosures, and outdoor structures such as a lanais or gazebos.


Both our PetScreen® and TuffScreen® stand up to the rigors of rambunctious kids, pets and outdoor animals -- as well as harsh winds and the elements. These screens offer exceptional protection from insects long after the storm has passed!


If you live in an area where sand-flies and other small pests are a problem, our TuffScreen® No-See-Ums screen offers years of durability with the added benefit of protection from tiny insects.


On top of durability, our screens offer superior airflow. Whether you choose to leave your windows open to ventilate your home or want to enjoy quality time with your family on your patio, Phifer screens allow you to enjoy a cool breeze and protect your home from insects at the same time. Our screens are GREENGUARD Gold Certified, meeting high standards for low chemical emissions and indoor air quality.


Many of our most durable insect screens, such as our SunTex® 80/90 and SunTex 95, are infused with Microban during the manufacturing process. This technology offers antimicrobial protection from mold, mildew and bacteria that can cause your screen to break down over time or develop stains and odors.

Durable Materials, Lasting Construction

Whether you’re replacing older screens that have worn out, torn or were damaged or are shopping for an upgrade to more durable screening that meets more specific needs, it’s important to do your research. All Phifer products are made from high quality materials, each offering their own unique benefits on top of superior durability and protection from insects. Learn a little more about some of our materials and screening products:

Vinyl-coated polyester screening is tear-resistant and puncture-resistant. Phifer uses this material in our PetScreen products, offering you quality protection from insects while keeping pets in and wild animals like raccoons and chipmunks out.  It’s a great choice for windows and doors as well as patio and porch enclosures.

Resilient, vinyl-coated fiberglass mesh offers more flexibility and helps keep your home cooler -- all at a lower cost. Our Glas-Shield screening is ideal for lower enclosure panels on pool enclosures and more, helping keep out dirt and debris as well as offering an added layer of privacy in wall applications. For added visibility and to protect furnishing from fading due to sun exposure, look to our Solar Insect Screen and Super Solar Screen, constructed from ultra-durable fiberglass mesh.

Aluminum screens are both rust resistant and won’t sag over time, providing you with durable, long-lasting protection from insects for years to come.

Known for durability and longevity, premium bronze screens offer excellent visibility and quality. Over time, this material weathers to a rich, dark finish, making it not only durable and functional, but pleasing to the eye, too.

Screen Repair

Rather than looking to professional installers, many homeowners have embraced a DIY philosophy when it comes to screening projects. Repairing worn or torn window screen or rescreening a porch or pool enclosure isn’t nearly as intimidating as it sounds. Need some DIY inspiration? Check out some of our videos, including this one on how to replace a screen door using PetScreen.


Before you make the leap to DIY, take our quiz to find out which type of screening is right for you. You can also check out our screening selection guide to narrow down your choices.


Whether you decide on doing it yourself or enlist the aid of a professional, be sure to ask for Phifer products by name to be sure you get the durability and insect protection you need. We partner with a number of online and brick-and-mortar retailers, where you can find our products in stores or online.


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We’ll be happy to speak with you online or on the phone to help you find the best and most durable screening for your next home improvement project.