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7 Misconceptions About Retractable Screen Doors

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Retractable screen doors aren’t as complex as they seem. They’re a surprisingly simple install that adds a touch of luxury and can fit with the décor style of any home. Read on as we clear up seven misconceptions about retractable screen doors so you can see their value and determine whether they’ll be the next upgrade for your home.

They’re Expensive

The most common misconception about retractable screen doors is that the material and installation expenses are high. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Typically, the entire process can cost you as little as $300 or as high as $1,400 per unit. Compare this cost to other home upgrades like fence installations or a washer upgrades, which can cost thousands of dollars each.

In addition, your screen door installation comes with a warranty. Phantom Screens’ Limited Lifetime Warranty covers all screen components for your first 24 months of installation. Whatever the problem is, you can rest assured that your warranty covers it.

Like any other installation, your customizations can either lower or raise the final pricing. However, anyone can find a retractable screen door that fits their budget.

They’re High-Maintenance

Often, people worry that a retractable screen door requires extensive care or falls apart easily. While your warranty will cover any problems in the first two years of your installation, it’s rare to have any significant issues. Regular cleaning is the best way to keep your retractable screen door in optimum condition, and it’s easy to do so.

When your screen door isn’t in use during certain seasons, keep it retracted so it can stay clean and last longer, especially in windy conditions. When you do clean your screen door, you only need to do so once a year by spraying it with warm, soapy water and allowing for time to dry. In addition, if you start to see dust or debris build-up on the track, a dust wipe will pick up any particulates and keep your door gliding smoothly.

If you want to go the extra mile, you can lube the screen tracks once a year. Ultimately, you only have one thing to add to your dusting routine. The hardest part will be remembering you have to clean it with how low-maintenance these doors are.

They’re Bulky and Inconvenient

Another hefty misconception about retractable screen doors is that they’re massive and hard to open. As retractable screen doors open and close on a track, they glide smoothly, especially if you maintain them. In addition, our expert installation team ensures that the door fits perfectly in your home. We can provide whatever width, height, or length you need.

Retractable window screens are nowhere near as heavy as your actual doors due to them usually consisting of fiberglass and aluminum. These materials make them easy to open, close, and even remove if necessary. Most screen doors only weigh up to about 20 pounds, so opening and closing should be a breeze for anyone in your home.

However, it is important to note that you can choose the material your mesh is made of, as this may affect the weight of the screen by a few ounces. If weight is important, you can speak with your contractor about any concerns so they can assist you with your customization.

They Cause Damage to Your Home

A high-quality retractable screen door will never cause damage to your home. However, it is understandable that some homeowners may worry about needing demolition for an installation or increasing the risk of leaks.

A contractor will take accurate and professional measurements so they can install the screen door in whatever opening you already have. No demolition is necessary to make the unit fit in your home.

In terms of water or air leakages, a properly sealed install will not allow leaks of any kind. You should put retractable screens away during storms, and your door will be able to do its job. If there is any water damage, inspect the sealant around your door, as this can damage your door and a screen installation.

It’s also understandable that no one would want air leaking into their home, as that can seriously affect their energy bill. However, retractable screen doors can actually save you money. They’re perfect for cooling your home in the warmer months by allowing airflow while keeping insects out of your home. If it’s hot outside, you won’t have to worry about putting the air conditioning on.

You can save even more money if you decide to get UV mesh installed with your screen door, as it can mitigate the hot and harmful rays of the sun to keep the interior of your home even cooler.

They Make Your Home Less Secure

Retractable screen doors should never replace your home’s actual doors. While the latch and release handles do prevent unwanted openings, people can cut through the mesh if they truly want to enter your home. However, retractable screen doors do not detract from your home’s security. If anything, it can be a deterrent.

Having to cut through a screen door and get through your home’s doors isn’t ideal for petty everyday thieves. Most robbers look for quick and easy access, so if you close your doors at night, you won’t have to worry about issues any more than you would with your regular doors.

They Don’t Fit Every Home’s Style

You can customize your retractable screen doors to fit your home’s aesthetic. Whether you’re looking for sliding patio doors or oversized doors, we can make them in any size—even double units! In addition, Phantom Screens has a variety of mesh openings, ranging from tight to loose weavings, so you can show off your porch or disguise it.

Screen doors also come in a variety of colors. Whether you want a classic white, sleek black, or forest green, the unit can fit in with any style. We can also add a wood finish to your screen doors. Whether you prefer mahogany or a vibrant cherry finish, your installation will look like it belongs in your home.

They Don’t Increase Resale Value

You wonder if retractable screen doors are worth installing when you plan on selling your home. Fortunately, they won’t detract from your home’s resale value because they fit with any décor. If anything, retractable screen doors can increase your home’s resale value.

Most homes have some form of mesh screening, especially if you live in a warmer client. A basic window screen install isn’t retractable and may not suit the home. Potential buyers love an upgrade, especially one that adds convenience. You can add any modern install or upgrade to your home’s market listing to rake in the home viewings.

In addition, if you have a beautiful view, a retractable window screen can help you show off your home while keeping you and potential buyers comfortable.

While there are many misconceptions about retractable screen doors, there is much more value in adding them to your home. Whether you’re looking for a simple install or beautiful double French door screens, you can be sure to find the screen door of your dreams at Phantom Screens.

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