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Which Window Screen Mesh is Better? Aluminum or Fiberglass?

Aluminum or Fiberglass Window Screen Mesh & Components

If what you are looking for a window screen mesh with the right size and color for your window, DAPA Products can help! With a large inventory to choose from and experts always on hand, chances are we can help you cover any fenestration products you need.

Customers who come through our doors will often will ask us this question, “Which screen is better to use, fiberglass or aluminum?” It’s an excellent inquiry and it’s right down our alley of expertise. Below, you will find a short description, pros and cons for each available window screen mesh to help you determine which material is right for you.

Aluminum Screen Mesh

Available in a variety of sizes, aluminum window screen mesh is most suited for areas with a lot of traffic such as an office or home. If you are worried about your window being damaged by an outside branch or debris from the lawnmower hitting the window, aluminum is a safe choice.


  • Stands up to UV rays
  • High temperature resistant
  • Corrosion resistant
  • Stronger than fiberglass


  • More expensive
  • Dents easier
  • Hard to install on your own
  • Will oxidize in coastal areas

Fiberglass Screen Mesh

Available in more color options than the aluminum screen mesh, fiberglass window screen mesh sacrifices durability for flexibility. It is more likely to rip than aluminum due to its thinness, but that doesn’t mean the quality is poor. Overall, it is much easier to install on your own and will not be scarred by dents from debris like aluminum. It is great in all climates and is therefore the more popular choice amongst the two options.


  • Budget friendly
  • Flexible material, easy to install without professional support
  • Will not unravel, dent, or crease
  • Variety of colors to choose from


  • UV rays cause it to fade over time
  • Can be torn by sharp objects

Measure Your Windows

When measuring your windows, make sure you measure from corner to corner of the screen. Write down the width, height, and take a picture of the window to make sure you have the most accurate information possible. Window screen repair kits are also a great idea if you decide to buy a fiberglass or aluminum mesh, just in case.

If you have any further questions or need assistance, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1-800-229-3181 and we will be happy to find the perfect screen for you!