5 Questions to Consider Before Buying Your Next Screen Door

The main function of a screen door is to let the cool breeze in, and keep the nasty bugs out. These functions haven’t changed much over the past century or so. The mesh in your window screen or door acts as a screen to keep disease carrying insects, like house flies and mosquitoes, from entering your home and keeps your pets and children safe. With fresh air flowing throughout your house, you will enjoy much better air quality.

However, with technology, innovation and creativity comes numerous styles of doors, colors, and types of mesh. Each type of screen door requires a different approach, and each has its own style.  Some are easier and more inexpensive when you need screen door repair.  You should take all these considerations into account when purchasing and installing your new door. However, these 3 questions will help you narrow down your choices and help you choose the best one to suit you, your family, and your home:

Do You need a Screen door, Storm Door, or Security Door?

The first determination you must make is what kind of screen door you would like to have. There are three main types of doors to choose from:

A Traditional Screen Door:

This type of door contains a mesh stretched across a door frame.  The door frame comes in metal, wood, or plastic models. You can purchase these door frames in a variety of custom sizes, or built by a professional technician.  This is the kind of door people typically use in most homes.

Storm Door:

If you need more protection from inclement weather, you should consider a storm door, which contains a sliding panel along with the mesh to keep out bad weather in addition to the bugs.

Security Door:

If you prefer your door to be more secure, then a security door is your better choice. Security doors use a strong metal grate instead of a mesh to let air in and bugs out. When closed, the door acts as a secondary barrier to thwart would-be thieves and burglars from entering your home.

What kind of Screen Door will fit your home?

You need to first determine what kind of screen door will best fit your door. Screen doors work to complement your front door, allowing it to open and close freely without being obtrusive. If you have a Dutch door, for example, you will want to make sure you get a similar Dutch door screen so you can open each half as desired, without the screen door getting in the way.

How does your Screen Door Swing Open?

You should also determine how you would like your screen door to open. There are three major ways that screen doors can open:

Traditional type:

This is the screen door most people are familiar with. It acts like a normal door in that it swings outward, open and closed. You can find traditional screens doors in most hardware stores, or you can have them made by a professional installer.

Sliding type:

These screen doors install on a track and slide back and forth across the track to open and close. Some of these screen door tracks come pre-installed when you move into your home. However, a professional screen door installer can easily add those tracks to any door in your home.

Retractable Screen Doors:

These ‘doors’ are slightly different than other screen doors, in that that do not use a traditional door frame. Instead, a spring-loaded casing positioned either at the side or at the top of the door frame holds the screen mesh. You simply pull the mesh out across or down the doorway, and allow the fresh breeze in, and the bugs out. The best part about retractable screen doors is that you don’t need special accommodations to fit the door. You can easily install a retractable door for any door in your home with the help of a professional door screen installer.

How do you want your Screen Door to Look?

Some factors you need to determine are aesthetic, such as the color of the frame, or the latch or knob you will use to open it. For metal or wood frames, you can easily paint the door frame to match the color of your home. However, it is tougher to paint fiberglass or other plastic frames, as the paint may not adhere as well as other materials.

How Much do You Want to Spend for your new Screen Door?

Cost is another major factor in narrowing down the perfect screen door. Most traditional wood screen door frames are the most inexpensive to purchase from a traditional hardware store. They are usually cheaper than other materials, unless you use a higher grade wood. A metal or vinyl door frame starts at a slightly higher price for the base model. Strong security screen doors are more expensive, due to the sturdy metal used instead of mesh. Higher end models can include numerous extras, such as remote-controlled operation, or secure tracks. Once you know what kind of door you want, you can look at the different options to find the best choice for you.

Installing Your Screen Doors is Easy When you Use a Professional

No matter what kind of screen door you want to add to your home, it is always best to let a professional take care of it for you. A professional door screen technician can easily help you determine the best screen door for your doorway, based on your needs. In the Los Angeles Area, The professionals at Peninsula Mobile Screens come to your home or office, and are the experts in screen door installation, repair, and service. With their helpful advice and service, you’ll know you have a quality screen door that will last a lifetime.