Picking the right fly screen can help you stay cool and comfortable all summer long without letting flies, bugs and garden debris into your home. Screens are a popular way of allowing light and air to flow while keeping unwanted intruders out.

But not all solutions are the same, which is why we’ve put together a quick guide to help you make an informed choice.

Fixed or retractable?

Fixed screens are probably the most common type of fly screen. As the name suggests, these screens are rigid and set permanently in place. Consisting of a timber or aluminium frame and durable insect-proof mesh, these screens are suitable for doors and windows.

On the other hand, retractable screens fold away neatly when not in use, making them the ideal choice if you prefer a streamlined aesthetic. Combining ease of use, privacy, practicality and style, this type of screen can be used for doors and windows, sliding into place to form a perfect insect-proof shield then disappearing neatly out of sight when not in use.

5 Key features for your fly

Both fixed and retractable screens are excellent at repelling insects, but these are the essential features you need to look for when selecting the right fly screen for your home:


If you’re considering fly screens, you’re probably thinking about keeping your home cool and well ventilated in warmer weather. Both fixed and retractable screens do a great job of letting fresh air circulate while keeping pests out. At Cambridge Blinds, we offer a range of mesh options to suit your needs.


Both fixed and retractable screens offer high levels of protection and convenience. However, you might find some work better in certain areas than others. Will you be opening and closing them frequently?

You might prefer, for example, to use fixed screens for your bedroom windows. On the other hand, retractable screens are straightforward to open and close, making them the perfect choice for a doorway out to the garden.

Our fly screens are the ultimate easy to use option and can be manufactured up to 15m in width for fully motorised systems, letting you control your screen at the touch of a button.


If you prefer your fly screen to look as unobtrusive as possible, retractable options have a streamlined profile that’s more aesthetically pleasing than fixed screens. In addition, our retractable screens are available in seven different mesh colours for exceptional transparency, while the frames can integrate with any existing doors and windows.

High transparency screens have several advantages, including increasing natural light, enhancing your views and improving your home’s kerb appeal.


A retractable fly screen is a functional and stylish solution, particularly for bifold doors, french windows, sliding patio doors and lean-to conservatories. Available in pleated and roller systems, our fly screens are easy to operate. They keep midges, bees and other insects outside while preventing pets and children from roaming.

The seamless style of retractable blinds also delivers a sleek and polished finish for your home.


Retractable screens eliminate the need to remove and store bulky frames over the winter, folding cleanly and simply into their casing. Our screens require minimal maintenance and are easy to use, making them the obvious choice when you need a high-quality fly screen to protect and enhance your property.

Flyscreens from Cambridge Blinds

When it comes to fitting a fly screen in your home, retractable screens offer convenience, discreteness and superior style. The last word in functionality and aesthetics, fly screens from Cambridge Blinds are the intelligent choice and can be fabricated for openings up to 15m in length.

Contact us today to find out more about our outstanding range of high-quality blinds, screens, and shutters.