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Sliding Door Screen Buying Guide

Dec 22nd 2015 at 9:23 AM

A sliding door screen keeps insects and dirt out of your home, but while their purpose is the same, the quality and features vary significantly, so some research is necessary. If this is your first time to purchase a screen for your home, you need to familiarize yourself with the available options.

Types of Materials

Retractable door screens are made from different materials, the most common being polyester, fiberglass, aluminum and stainless steel. The typical fiberglass mesh is usually in gray or charcoal and provides solid protection and viewing. Unlike other materials, fiberglass does not dent and is relatively inexpensive. The typical size is 18 x 14 though finer meshes are available, and if you are allergic to pollen and other particles, choose the finest mesh possible.

Solar screen fiberglass mesh is constructed from thicker fiberglass that is weaved on the screen. Apart from being thicker, the material also offers 60% more protection from heat and UV rays. With a solar screen mesh, your rugs and carpets get maximum protection while reducing your power consumption.

Vinyl coated polyester screens offer you another option as most of them are up to five times more durable than the typical fiberglass. These are also used as pet screens so they are resistant to scrapes and tears. These are among the most durable screen materials available so if your main concern is keeping the screen pet-proof, this is what you need. Stainless steel screens also offer a great deal of security.

The Benefits of Retractable Screen

These screen doors are usually hooked on the door’s exterior face, and when it is not used, withdraws in the frame recess. When searching for these kinds of products, emphasis needs to be on versatility and ease of installation whether it is a double or single entry door.

It’s also a good idea to look for a screen door that is capable of reducing the speed when it is shut, thus eliminating any possibility of your fingers getting caught up when it is shut. Lightweight and durability are also important factors, the latter especially if your area is subject to storms and constant weather variations.

A well-made retractable French Door screen should also be unobtrusive and won’t distract when it is active. As was mentioned earlier, a speed reducer is a necessary feature, and there should also be a durable finish so it lasts longer and can withstand changes in the weather.

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