How to Choose a Screen Door

Step 5 of 5 in the process – How to Choose a Front Door in 5 Steps.

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“How to Choose a Screen Door?” is the last step in your door buying process.

A screen door has a frame containing a mesh (be it fiberglass or other material), installed covering an exterior door. The mesh acts as a screen to keep disease carrying insects, like house flies and mosquitoes, from entering your home and keeps your children and pets safe. Screen doors allow proper ventilation of your home by letting natural fresh air flow into your home and indoor pollutants to flow out. Having good Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) within your home, has a direct impact on your health and well-being.

Screen Door types, Styles and Mesh options

Duraguard Screen Door to Protect Children & your pets.Screen doors come in three types;

  1. Hinged Screen Doors (Swing type)
  2. Retractable screen doors, and
  3. Sliding screen doors (typically not used on entry doors)

Whether hinged, retractable or sliding, all screen Doors generally come with an aluminum frame. Most home owners in Orange County use Doors with screens that cover the entire surface. However, you have the option of selecting a door with the bottom quarter or bottom half of the door with a reinforced aluminum kick panel. Screen door frames and housing are available in a variety of colors.

Common materials used for screen mesh are Stainless Steel, aluminum, fiberglass and polyester.

Standard Fiberglass Mesh comes in charcoal and gray and offers excellent viewing and appearance. Fiberglass mesh is also less expensive and does not dent. The fineness of a screen mesh is measured by the spaces per inch. The standard size is 18×14. Finer mesh prevents tiny insects (no-see-ums), pollen and allergens from entering your home.

Solar Screen Fiberglass Mesh made of thicker strands of fiberglass is woven closer than regular screening. They provide over 60% protection from the sun’s UV rays and heat. By installing a solar screen mesh you can protect your carpets and fabric from fading as well as reduce energy bills.

Vinyl Coated Polyester Screens are up to 5 times stronger than standard fiberglass screens. Typically used as pet screens, they are resistant to tears and scrapes caused by household pets like cats and dogs. Also known as super screens, they come in black or white.

Stainless Steel Screens are considered relatively the most secure of the insect screens and come in black as standard (also available in white).  The stainless steel mesh screens are incredibly strong and no kid, dog, or cat can break through them!

At Todays Entry Doors, we offer only Hinged and Retractable screen doors. We recommend, Dura Guard by Provia for Hinged Screen Doors and ClearView, for Retractable Screen Doors.

Screen Door Brands

Provia Hinged Screen Doors (Swing type)

Provia Screen Doors LogoHinged Screen doors are common doors with a basic frame that holds the mesh.

ProVia’s DuraGuard screen doors feature tough, non-removable stainless steel screening, providing ventilation but also keeping your home safe and secure. ProVia’s products meet or exceed respective industry standards for energy efficiency, beauty, durability and quality.

Features of a Dura Guard by Provia Hinged Screen Door

  • Non removable, powder coated stainless steel mesh
  • Extruded aluminum frame
  • Durable, oven baked polyester finishes in a selection of colors
  • Quality hardware – standard deadbolt, latch or mortise
  • Smooth operation with quality door closers
  • Ability to see your new entry door through the mesh

All ProVia products are hand-inspected before they are installed and unlike cookie-cutter products – they are hand-crafted to be uniquely yours.

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ClearView Retractable Screen Doors

ClearView Screen Doors LogoA retractable screen door is a version of a pocket door which is usually attached to the exterior face of the door (it also can be fixed to the interior frame of a doorway). When not in use, the screen withdraws into the recess of the frame.

We recommend ClearView because it is almost invisible at first glance and brings out the best in your new entry door. It is also very versatile and can be installed on almost any single or double entry door. Clear View Retractable Screen Systems are the only screen door system with a patented Speed Reducer which ensures the screen door will fully retract with no pinched fingers or slamming. Their durable and lightweight aluminum housing ensures the screen material’s protection when it’s not in use.  ClearView Screen doors use a similar mechanism of roll-up blinds, but with the roller mounted vertically.

Clear View Retractable Screens™ offer the most aesthetic and practical door screening solutions that provide natural ventilation while maintaining an insect-free environment for the home.

Features of a ClearView retractable screen door

  1. The nearly invisible screen does not obstruct or distract your view, and allows clear visibility
  2. When retracted the screen rolls up and withdraws into its protective housing.
  3. Wide range of color options (including premium faux wood finishes)
  4. Powder coated aluminum coating to withstand elements
  5. Safe-Glide Speed Reducer to protect fingers and slamming of door
  6. Optional mesh choices
    • ‘Solar screen’ to reduce suns’ heat and
    • ‘Super screen’, which is resistant to pet tears and punctures and five times stronger than traditional fiberglass mesh

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What is Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), and how can you improve it?

Indoor air quality (IAQ) is the quality of air within and around your home. Having good indoor air is imperative for your health, wellbeing and comfort.

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According to the EPA indoor air pollution can be 2 to 5 times higher indoors than outdoors. In extreme case it can be 1,000 times worse inside than outdoors.

Indoor air pollution is primarily caused by sources like improperly vented gas ovens/ stoves, space heaters, dryers and tobacco smoke. Other sources are cleaning and maintenance products (air fresheners), insecticides, pesticides, asbestos and wet or damp carpets. Common biological contaminants include dust mites, mold, pet dander (dead skin flakes, hair or feathers), droppings and body parts from rodents and other pests or insects, bacteria and viruses.

If there is not sufficient ventilation, pollutants can accumulate to high concentration levels and cause discomfort and pose a threat to your health. Long term neglect can lead to Sick Building Syndrome (SBS). Adequate ventilation carries out the indoor air pollutants out of your home and brings in fresh air to dilute harmful emissions from indoor pollutants.

The best solution to have good IAQ is to open your doors and windows or have a Dutch Door. The next best thing is to install an Entry Screen Door.

The screen door was invented in 1887 by Hannah Harger.

Conclusion: How to choose a screen door

A Screen Door is the final step in your entry door decision making process.  You can either choose a swing type door or retractable door. The door frame and casing come in various colors, but the mesh is usually limited to black, white, gray or charcoal.

The mesh for Front Door Screens comes in various materials, sizes, and fineness. Each has its own strengths and suitable for general insect screening, children and pet safety or protection from the sun’s heat or harmful UV rays. Screen Doors provide adequate ventilation and ensure good Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) within your home.

Contact us for a Free, No obligation quote for a complete front door entry system. Our representative will  guide you on how to choose a screen door, that will complement both your entry door and home.

This is the final step in the process of on How to choose a front Door in 5 steps.

Note: We only install Screen Doors with the purchase of a new entry door


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