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The Many Choices for Screen Doors: Retractable, Fly Screen and More

by admin March 19, 2016

If you’re looking for a way to protect your home from insects and dust, screen doors are the perfect choice, providing the protection needed without obstructing the view to the outside.

There are plenty of options on the market, with subtle differences which you’ll want to be aware of before choosing the right screen for your home. Below is a list of screens available to provide you with a basic understanding of what’s available and help you make the right choice.

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Hinged Screen Door

A common type of screen is the hinged screen door. This screen can be attached to the front or back of an existing door, but is really only useful for single door openings. It is not applicable to large openings created by sliding, stacker, French or bifold doors.

Retractable Screen Doors

Retractable screen doors are a relatively new option but are steadily gaining popularity because they offer so many benefits. With an invisible cartridge at one end, these doors fold away neatly when not in use and provide a unrestricted view through semi-transparent mesh, as well as allowing good ventilation.

Sliding Screen Door

Sliding screen doors are another popular option available especially for doors leading to decks and patios. These screens glide on a track with rollers, facilitated by tensile springs. They tend to deteriorate very quickly, and again are not suited to larger openings.

Screen Doors by Material

Screens doors are also available in different materials.

Aluminium and pleated mesh screening is the preferred material for fly screens for French doors, and bifold doors, because its longer lasting. Aluminium frames on screen doors are more durable than other materials so especially if you’re choosing screen doors that will be exposed to the elements, then aluminium and pleated mesh is the best option.

Vinyl coated fibreglass is also used, but this material is less durable and has been known to stretch.

In summary, retractable pleated screens like the Intelliscreens Slimline Panorama offer the ability to screen large openings, style, convenience together with long lasting wear.

Sources:

3 Things to Know about Screen Doors, www.angieslist.com

Types of Screen Doors, www.ehow.com




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