Originally published June 9, 2016 by On The House
Whether you are remodeling and putting in new screen doors or repairing your current doors, there are so many screen mesh options on the market today — choosing the right screen mesh for your project can be overwhelming.
Where do I start?
The good news is, by asking that question, you’ve already started. Here’s a handy checklist to assist you in your decision-making process.
Aesthetics and View
In settings where screen doors are installed, much consideration is given not only to keeping insects out, but also to creating, enhancing and/or preserving the view to the outside. In most cases, especially in peoples’ homes, choosing a screen mesh that is as invisible as possible is the first priority.
Then there is the ventilation factor. In locations where conventional swinging screen doors are an aesthetic challenge, such as a main entry, Retractable Screen Doors (RSDs) are a serious option for homeowners to consider. The rapid growth in popularity of RSDs is directly related to the increase in energy-efficient homes where natural ventilation is at a premium. Often, the main entry door is frequently the only source of fresh air on a particular side of a home; so the only way to get good cross ventilation is to open the front door. RSDs are an affordable, practical and high curb appeal alternative to swinging screen doors.
Given that screen doors, by design, are intended to keep bugs from getting inside, they can only perform that function if the screen material is 100% intact. Most of us don’t give any thought to the safety aspect of our screen doors until there’s a specific need to. That said, screen door accidents are an extremely common occurrence. People and pets walk into and through screen doors all the time. If you need proof, just Google “screen door accidents” or “people walking through screen doors” to see for yourself.