Screen Door Installation

Screen Door or Storm Door?

Although the terms, “screen” and “storm” are used interchangeably to describe the traditional screen door, there is a subtle difference you should be aware of in order to make a better decision. Storm doors are built to be more sturdy and rugged in order to shield your front door from inclement weather such as strong winds, rain, hail, and snow. Often times, they are designed with a metal or vinyl frame and sliding-glass windows, and then a secondary screen inside. Screen doors are not designed for heavy-duty shielding. They are best applied as a means to keep bugs out and let the cool breeze in.

Types of Screen Doors

The three most common types of screen doors to choose from include traditional, retractable, and sliding screen doors. They come in a variety of styles, textures, sizes, and colors. Traditional models fit directly into outer door jams and open outwards. Since they are purely-functional and basic, so they are mostly used for back and side doors, however there are fashionable ones on the market that would suit a front door entrance just fine.

Retractable models are popular choices for front doors because they work similar to a pull-down blind. They are stored in a spring-loaded casing that’s installed on the top of side of the doorframe. This allows you to pull it down when you want to let in fresh air, and then wind it back up when you’re finished. And last, sliding doors make a good choice for patio entrances with an exterior side-sliding track.

Set a Budget

Once you decide which type you want, set yourself a budget. This will help you filter and reduce your options, making the selection process easier. It also makes it easier to stick to a price limit and not get persuaded to buy something you don’t really need. Generally, basic low-end to mid-end selections will cost anywhere between $30 and $200, whereas mid-to-high end selections can cost up to $500 or more.

Always Measure Accurately

Although door sizes are generally standard, it is vital to measure and double check your measurements before buying one. Traditional models should be the same measurements as the door behind them. Most often, retractable models should match the measurements of the exterior jam it’s being installed in. Sliding patio models should be measured by the size of their panels. It is best to discuss the recommended measurements for your screen door installation needs with a licensed contractor.

Proper Installation

Traditional models are generally easy to install, and can be set to open to the right or left. As for retractable and sliding glass models, installation can be a bit trickier. It may involve masonry work, drilling, cutting, track placement, track adjustment, heavy lifting, and more. It is important to carefully follow the manufacturers’ instructions for installation, or hire a handyman capable of doing the job right.