Feel the breeze with a patio screen door
Screen doors primarily function as a means of ventilating your home, and make very popular patio doors. They are available in three main types: hinged, gliding and retractable screen doors. Hinged and gliding screen doors have been around for decades, while retractable ones are the newest choice on the market.
Screen Door Styles
Hinged screen doors have three parts: a pin, an upper leaf and a lower leaf. They use a dampener to allow precision control over the opening and closing of the screen, and can be used on patio screen doors as well as storm doors.
While hinged screens can be used on gliding patio doors, homeowners usually find it more visually appealing to outfit these doors with gliding screens. These screen doors feature tracks that run along the top and bottom of the door frame, to which a separate screen attaches. Typically, the screen door faces the exterior of the house, while the actual glass door is behind it.
Retractable screen doors (or "invisible screen doors") feature screens that can be rolled up and stored, usually at the side of the door behind a portion of the frame. When the screen is in use, it attaches to hooks or magnets to keep the seal tight and prevent insects from getting into your house.
Uses of Screen Doors
The primary purpose of a screen door is to give you a way to let fresh air into your house while keeping flying insects at bay. However, this implies a second benefit of screen doors: they give you a way to cool down your home's interior without turning on your air conditioning. This is better for the environment and saves you money on your energy bill, particularly when you ventilate your home with the aid of fans.
If insulation is a concern, you should know that aluminum screen doors and fiberglass or vinyl screen doors keep heat in better than wood. These materials are also resistant to the corrosion that can affect doors that have to constantly weather the elements.