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
- How important is maintaining aesthetics and your view of the outside?
- What safety concerns do you have?
- What size mesh will you need?
- Consider your geographical location
- Common species of insects in your area
- What type, quality and color of mesh material will you need?
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.