No screens in NZ

So many of you have asked about screens for windows here in New Zealand.

We have two types of windows in our house that are pretty standard for NZ homes and you will notice that they open outward. So, you can see why screens like those in the US are not an option.

There is a new type of magnetic screens I've seen advertised that fits inside on metal window frames. You just  pull up a corner to open and close the window.

The problem with that is that many of the rental homes are older ones that would have to update the windows for these screens. I have no idea how expensive they would be but I doubt that most landlords would be willing to buy them.

We bought some 'screen doors' that attach with velcro (and pins to keep the velcro in place) that  open down the middle with magnets. They work OK as long as there's not a wind to blow it open.

And, I noticed a screen door that folds up like an accordion that looks promising.

So, that's what happens when you live in a young country that is only the size of a medium-sized US state.


Victor S E Moubarak said...

Have you tried chain curtains? We find them very effective.


God bless.

Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

I have a screen curtain that I sewed myself out of nylon screening and hung just like a curtain on a rod in my glass door. A tension rod works best to fit right into the inside of the frame. It works wonderfully! - Karen

aspiritofsimplicity said...

I have always had screens on my windows. I can't imagine not having them. Even for windows that open outward there is a screen on the inside of the window and a crank that opens the window itself. How do you deal with the bugs?

Little Wandering Wren said...

Poor you and the fly problem. Now I'm thinking about it, only the new renovation windows in our house have fly screens. Do you have those electric fly swats which zap the flies on contact, it's kind of gross but when needs must and all that! Roll on autumn I suppose!
Wren x

Hetty said...

Our windows also opens outwards. Fortunately we don’t have a fly problem! I am sorry I can’t help finding a solution. Groetjes Hetty

Pat Tillett said...

Very interesting! No problem with bugs flying in an open window?

Lois said...

Interesting. We would never be able to live without screens here in Florida. Too many biting insects that we don't want in the house!