When it comes time to build your dream home or even replace old and damaged screen frames, you might come across several that claim to be a heavy-duty screen frame. Many of these heavy-duty screen frame offerings may not explain as to why it is heavy-duty. What makes the distinction between a regular screen frame and a heavy-duty one? Is there any difference? If so—what's the advantage?
If you've asked yourself any of these questions, the answers below will help clarify so you can make the right decision best for you.
Average Screen Frame
When you walk down the aisles at your local hardware store or scroll through their screen frames online, almost all of the offerings you'll see will be aluminum. Nearly all of these aluminum screen frames that are available are one of two types of roll-form frame. The two types of roll farm frame are known as Box frame and Lip frame.
A roll-form screen frame is lightweight and economical, and most often affordable. It's made by taking a thin, flat piece of aluminum stock and rolling it into a boxed shape, then crimping the edge so that it keeps the shape.
However, because the aluminum is so thin—roughly the same thinness as the aluminum found in a soda can, it is extremely easy to damage. Rolled aluminum screen frames can be dented, punctured, and scratched by blowing debris and even by accidental mishandling during installation. They also tend only to be the best choice for tiny windows that don't need to hold many window screens.
Heavy Duty Screen Frame
Heavy duty screen frame is made from extruded aluminum. Extrusion is when aluminum billets are preheated and then are forced through a die. The die applies tons of pressure as the billet is pushed through, resulting in a fixed cross-section. The extrusion process creates a heavy-duty frame with much more tensile strength than rolled aluminum, and it is also thicker yet still capable of fitting into the average home's screen frames.
However, since a heavy-duty screen frame is so much more formidable, you enjoy additional benefits such as:
Commercial industry strength screen frames.
Long-lasting, years longer than average screen frames.
Still lightweight and easy to install.
Able to be used in areas with large screens such as large windows, screened porches, screen doors to hold up window screen taut and adequately without extra crossbars.
Heavy-duty screen frame can withstand the added harshness of coastal and cold weather climates.
Extruded aluminum is more difficult to dent, scratch or damage.
The difference between standard and heavy-duty screen frame is that you will be enjoying a screen frame that is damage, weather, corrosion-resistant, and that is stronger as well as more long-lasting. When it comes to your hard-earned money, a heavy duty screen frame will pay for itself as it will need less replacing, maintenance, and can withstand use longer than your average screen frame.