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Can Screens Block Wind?

When people think of retractable screens, it usually creates a mental image of leisurely lounging in a lanai or patio area, enjoying the sunshine and a beverage, and feeling that nice, gentle breeze blowing through without dealing with pests. Sometimes, though (especially here in Florida), that “gentle breeze” can be closer to “gale force,” depending on the time of year. Can retractable screens be a buffer against windier days?

Retractable screens can provide some level of wind protection, but their effectiveness depends on the specific design and material of the screen. In general, retractable screens are not designed to completely block wind like solid barriers or walls would. Instead, they are intended to offer a balance between allowing airflow and providing some protection from insects, sunlight, or light wind.

The extent to which a retractable screen blocks the wind will depend on factors such as:

  • Mesh Density Screens with denser mesh may block more wind, but they can also reduce visibility and airflow.
  • Material The type of material used in the screen can affect its ability to block wind. Some screens are designed to be more wind-resistant than others.
  • Design The overall design of the retractable screen system, including how tightly the screen fits into the frame and how securely it seals, can influence its wind-blocking capabilities.

While retractable screens may not be as effective as solid barriers in blocking strong winds, they can still provide a degree of protection while allowing fresh air to circulate. If you would like to know more about how retractable screens would help you enjoy your lanai, garage, or patio, reach out to us, and we’ll be happy to answer your questions or set up an appointment. 

ArmorGuard is a family-owned and operated business providing five-star service to homeowners for over 40 years. You can count on our experience to help you choose the best option for your specific home. Reach out today or call (904) 822-8450 for more information on how we can help you with screen needs!