Should I use Wood Screen or Aluminum Screen?

8/23/2016

It is really upon your usage. Generally, screens with aluminum frames should last much longer than wood frames which warp after repeated washing. Aluminum screens are around 3~5 dollars more than wood screens of the same size. Aluminum frame is a better choice while print multiple colors because its registration is better.

Advantages: Lower initial cost, Maybe re-stretched numerous times prior to replacing. Disadvantages:May warp when exposed to solvents and water. Our wood screens are manufactured with kiln dried Douglas Fir, a species known for its durability and stability. Warping is rarely a problem with our screens, but it is a possibility.

Advantages: Lighter than wood. Will never warp. Maybe re-stretched numerous times prior to replacing. You’ll pay slightly more for aluminum screens the first time, but you’ll never pay more than the cost to -stretch the screens in the future. Disadvantages:Slightly higher initial cost. Will not hold registration as securely in manual machines using jack posts rather than clamping bars to secure the frame to the press.