Screen doors provide a useful addition to any house. Years ago, screen doors were poorly constructed and looked cheap. But now many door manufacturers build high quality screen doors with many different options. First, let’s consider some of the benefits a screen door can provide, then we’ll look at the types available.
When a door is screened and open, your home is opened to the outside allowing you to enjoy the surrounding view. But more than the view, a screen door will let you get some moving air into your home – without the moving insects. By letting the outside breezes flow, the mesh used in screen doors helps the outdoor air absorb the heat from your house. Meanwhile, the mesh is protecting the inside of your house from flying bugs.
By improving air circulation, screen doors can contribute to lowering your energy costs. Especially during months with mild weather, the circulating air means you may not have to turn on your air-conditioning or fans to cool your house down.
Additionally, screen doors can enhance the visual appeal of your home because they come in many different colors, materials and finishes.
Types of Screen Doors
Screen doors are available for the many different types of doors in your home including entry doors, patio doors, French doors, and sliding doors.
Considering the features associated with different types of screen doors will help the homeowner choose the perfect screen doors to add to their home.
Hinged Screen Doors
The hinged screen door that is connected to the door’s framework is an ideal addition to a home that has glass or French-style patio doors that, when opened, move into the interior of the home.
The installed hinged patio screen doors are installed to open toward the exterior of the home. You can buy screen doors that can open towards either the left or right, giving you more flexibility. Hinged doors require that there is enough area available for the installed door to swing open when the door is used for exiting and entering. For homeowners with a very limited amount of space, the hinged option is not necessarily the best screen door selection.
When considering a hinged screen door, make sure it opens and closes smoothly, is put together well, and feels solid, not flimsy.
Sliding Screen Doors
This type of screen door slides on a track that runs along the top and bottom of the door. When the door is opened or closed, the door glides along the track on rollers or runners. When buying a sliding screen door make sure the track and rollers are not flimsy and can handle the weight of the sliding door.
The sliding screen door proves ideal for homeowners that have space considerations. These doors move from side to side, not outward. Therefore, if there is a limited amount of patio space, the installation of sliding screen doors eliminates the need for additional space requirements.
These doors are most often used in front of similarly sliding glass doors. If the screen portion is only half the width of the sliding glass door, it can be moved aside when not needed, allowing you to maintain your outside view.
The pulls used on sliding screen doors come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and finishes, allowing you to enhance the visual appeal of the sliding door.
Retractable Screen Doors
Retractable screen doors are not actual doors, but screens that roll away or “disappear” into their own housing when not in use. They work like roll-up blinds, except that they can be pulled up or down or left or right, depending on how they are installed. When you retract them, they roll into their vertical or horizontal housing.
These screens are made of mesh with the housing usually being lightweight aluminum. When you’re not using the screen, there is no mesh to obstruct the view from the door and the screen housing can blend into the design of your house.
Retractable screens are available in many different colors and for most any type door in your home.
When deciding which type of screen door you want, remember to consider the space requirements and which one will best enhance the looks of your home.