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Common Terms Used in the Screen Door Industry
Screen doors or windows offer light and fresh air into your home while keeping bugs out. Whether you choose a standard screen door, or a storm or security door with glass and screen, these additions can increase the value of the home. If you are in the market for a screen door or window, we have some of the most common terms you might encounter during your shopping experience.
Retractable Screen Doors - Also referred to as vanishing or disappearing screens, these doors consist of a frame that holds a screen mesh. They can be used in the front or back of the home.
Storm Doors - A door used outside the front interior door to protect against inclement weather. Storm doors may consist of screen, glass or a combination of the two.
Security Doors - Heavy-duty front screen doors that come with a sturdy locking device to provide additional security to your house.
French Screen Doors - These doors usually come in a pair and contain either glass alone or glass and a screen. French doors may be used in the interior or exterior of the home.
Glass and Screen Door Combinations - Storm and security doors that feature glass panels may also incorporate screens in the windows to allow the fresh air to come through.
Hydraulic and Pneumatic Closers - The hardware used when installing screen doors to prevent them from slamming shut or opening too quickly on windy days.
Steel Screen Doors - A steel frame is used to hold the screen mesh. These doors are very sturdy and come in a wide range of designs and finishes.
Wood Screen Doors - Also known as "Grandma's screen door," these doors provide a quaint wood frame that can be customized to your house.
Screens serve a few different functions. They work to keep out insects and other pests, while allowing breezes through to cool off a room. Screens also allow for a view of the outdoors without letting in the elements. Additionally, they help to keep pets and kids inside an entry, while still getting some fresh air. Screens are mesh pieces that fit over windows and doors, useful especially in the summer. They may click into place or be affixed via a hinge.
Companies that sell and install windows and glass doors usually also provide interior and exterior screens, along with related parts. Many companies also offer custom screens for consumers whose windows and doors are irregular, although this often costs a lot more than standard ones.
Whether for vinyl or wooden windows and doors, screens come in a variety of types and styles for residential and commercial purposes. Types include adjustable, sliding, retractable, and rolling. Some are greener than others, such as solar screens, while others, such as security screens, are made of heavy-duty materials. Even garages and patio porches require screens, so for these services and more, consumers can head to their local window or glass expert.
Home improvement stores also carry screens for windows and doors for the home, from sliding to retractable. Because screens experience a lot of wear and tear, especially those in high traffic areas that get pushed on a lot by toddlers and pets, they may need to be replaced from time to time. These companies can assist with these services as well. It will probably involve a home visit from a contractor or screen installation expert to take measurements and come up with a plan that fits each consumer's budget and style.