A sliding screen door can be a great addition to any glass door in your home whether is in your living room, Florida room, or patio. A large glass doors creates a more appealing look for your home by allowing more light in. Glass doors also provide great visibility and easy accessibility to your back yard or patio area.
Benefits of Using a Sliding Screen Door
Now add a sliding screen door in front of the glass door. With the glass door open, you can sit inside and enjoy your coffee while taking in the view of your backyard as the morning breeze comes in. The mesh wire on the screen doors allows nice cool air to flow into your home, while also keeping bugs and other critters out.
During the spring and summer using the screen door may help lower your air conditioning bills because you’re less likely to use the air conditioning when there is a nice breeze coming inside. You can maximize this opportunity by opening the windows throughout the house.
Using a sliding screen door can also protect the glass door behind it from bad weather such as heavy rain, wind, and snow. These type doors also offer some protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
Additionally, the sliding door can also offer some home security. Simply add a lock to it and a burglar would have to get through the screen door before trying to gain entry to your home through the glass door.
Types of Sliding Screen Doors
There are a few different types of sliding screen door frames to choose from such as wood, vinyl and metal. Screens are available with one large screen in a frame or two separate screens that roll on one track. Two separate screens are very convenient for double French doors as they will allow you to open the door from either side. See the article Screen Doors for French Doors for more detailed information.
The screens move on rollers along tracks that are usually installed along the bottom edge of the glass door. Some screens doors also come with tracks along the top edge of the door. Heavier sliding screen doors will typically require two tracks to keep the screens in alignment.
Retractable screen doors are very similar to standard sliding screen doors. These types of invisible screen doors house the screening in a case that is attached to one the side of the door frame. The prices vary, depending on the type of screen door you choose. Read Understanding the Basics of an Invisible Screen Door for more information.
Then, there are screen doors that don’t slide. These attach to your door with Velcro. These types of screens open in the center and serve as a temporary solution for backyard parties or other occasions when a screen door might come in handy.
Sliding screen doors can be custom-ordered from screen door companies and installed professionally. But if you are handy, screen door kits are available.
Sliding Screen Door Maintenance
Screen door cleaning is very simple. To clean, you simply remove the sliding screen door base from the door track. Some types of screen doors have buttons that release the screen door from the main door frame. Spray the screen door with a household cleaner and wipe it down with a wet cloth. Unless you’ve had some windy weather, the screening material doesn’t need too much cleaning, but dirt can collect on the tracks and rollers. Wipe these off well and use your rag to clean the track area of the door also.
You can also rinse vinyl or wooden screen doors with a water hose. Just make sure to keep the water on a low setting to avoid damaging the door from water pressure. Too much pressure can cause the screen mesh to pull away from the door. The intent is to get all the dirt off, while still keeping the door functional. Use a dry cloth and a small amount of wood cleaner to wipe off wooden screen doors.
Choose a quality sliding screen door with a durable panel and rollers. The screening on the door should be tightly woven, with no visible holes. Inspect your sliding screen door thoroughly before installing. With your sliding screen door in place, open your glass door and enjoy the cool air.