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Conventional Fiberglass, Inview, or Vivid View Screens: Which is best for your home?

posted by Becca Cornell on November 25, 2020 in Pittsburgh


Picture this: You're replacing your windows, you know what style, color, and size you want, and then your sales consultant asks you, "What type of screen would you like? We have VividView ®or InView™ screens that would really work well with your home!" While your Pella Sales Consultant will be more than happy to explain the difference, if you need a bit more information or time to think about what would be best for your home, look no further as we break it down.

What are High-Transparency Screens?

High-transparency screens are screens that provide a crisper, clearer view and let more light and air into your home. They're made of finer screen fabric than conventional screens, without sacrificing their functionality or durability. While high-transparency screens provide a better view for you from inside your home, they also improve your home's curb appeal as they're practically invisible from the street. With high-transparency screens you can enjoy having your windows open, without bugs sneaking in, and not have to worry about how it may look from the sidewalk or street.

Conventional Fiberglass Screens

Conventional fiberglass screens are durable, functional and offered on nearly all windows, including our Pella Impervia® fiberglass windows and our Pella 250 Series vinyl windows.

In terms of function, conventional fiberglass screens let in the typical amount of natural light and breeze and provide a standard level of clarity when looking through them. They perform and do exactly what you need a screen to do: keep the bugs out and let the fresh air in.

Pella InView® Screens

Pella InView® screens are the next step up from conventional screens. In addition to being durable and functional, they also let in 15% more light and 8% more airflow than the conventional fiberglass screen. For the Pella Architect Series and Lifestyle Series wood windows, this is the standard option for homeowners — no upgrade needed! You can also get them with our Pella® Impervia® Fiberglass windows.

For homeowners who live on Lake Erie, these windows can be a great option to let in even more of a lake breeze during the summer. They can also be a good option for those looking to let in a little more natural light, without going overboard.

Pella VividView® Screens

Pella VividView® Screens are a fantastic and high-quality upgrade to make for your windows. They're durable and functional, much like Pella InView® and conventional screens, however, they let in 29 percent more light and 21 percent more airflow than a conventional screen. You can upgrade to them in our Architect Series, Architect Series Reserve, and Lifestyle Series wood windows.

These windows are the best option for homeowners looking to let in the most light and air into their homes during the summer, spring and fall, and are another great option for homeowners living on or near Lake Erie. They can be a great option for the opposite end of the spectrum as well. If your home doesn't get much natural light or airflow, these screens will allow you to optimize and make the most of the light and breeze you do get.

wood windows with screens

While what window you're replacing with can influence what screen you may have or need, knowing your options and how each different screen can affect your home will allow you to correctly prioritize your needs when looking for a replacement window.

Curious or have a specific question about how a high-transparency screen and new windows could benefit your home? Schedule a free consultation here.

Becca Cornell

About The Author

Becca joined the Gunton and Pella Digital Marketing team nearly a year ago and she likes to think it’s been a whirlwind of a digital adventure ever since. When she’s not creating content for Gunton and Pella’s website or social media pages she’s actively trying to convince her office that everyday should be “bring your dog to work day”. She’s a  graduate of Lake Erie College with an English and Communications Bachelor’s degree and resides in Painesville Ohio, with her boyfriend and their dog, Mason.

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*Based on a 2020 survey of leading window brands among homeowners.