Reading Up on Retractable Screen Doors

Retractable screen doors can give you the best of both worlds in your home.

If you have one, you can enjoy a breeze any time you want without inviting in every insect and other little critter in the county. Because these screen doors retract, they can be pulled out of sight, offering you an unobstructed view whenever you want. There are several options for retractable screen doors, including:

  • screen type
  • size and fit
  • finish and color

Retractable screen doors are an easy way both to add curb appeal to your own home, in the event you’re considering selling it, and to add an extra element that you can enjoy if you’re staying put.

If you like the great outdoors, but don’t necessarily want it all inside, consider retractable screen doors.

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Seeing It Through

If you’re unsure if a retractable screen door is right for you because you’re familiar only with a traditional screen, rest assured that you do have other options. Screens can be upgraded and changed to better fit your needs. For example, there are screens available that have better visibility if you want a better view of your lovely backyard. That’s a fairly simple change, but there are also other options that are a bit more technologically advanced.

These include screens that are made of sturdier material, in case you have rowdy pets, and screens that are specially treated so they cut down on heat and glare from the sun. Screens are also available in a limited variety of colors, so you’re hesitating because you think your only choice is the standard gray metal, you have other options.

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Safety First

Many retractable screen doors come with built-in safety measures. You might not think you need them at first, but you probably won’t be the only person in your house using your doors. Having safeguards in place can prevent someone walking through your retractable screen door, which not only will damage your door, but more importantly, can result in injury.

Many retractable screen doors come with full-length magnetic seals, closing them completely and making them hard for some people to see. Luckily, many manufacturers include safeguards like screen markers. These can’t be seen if one is, for example, in the yard but become more obvious the closer someone is to the door. If the door you choose doesn’t come with such a feature, some manufacturers still offer decals that serve the same purpose.

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Keeping It Maintained

Overall, maintaining a retractable screen door is pretty similar to the maintenance you’d do for any exterior door. The only big difference is the tracks. You should check the tracks regularly to make sure they’re free of any debris. On an annual basis at least, you should clean the tracks and the rest of the retractable screen doors. You don’t need any special equipment; warm, soapy water is fine.

Make sure to wipe everything dry afterward. It’s also a good idea to spray the tracks with a silicone lubricant to keep them sliding smoothly. The frequency of cleaning will obviously vary based on the amount of traffic you get through your retractable screen door, so adjust it as needed. Finally, keep the screen retracted when not in use to help keep it clean and in good working order.

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  1. White Classic Sliding Screen Door w/ 3 Years warranty Full Viewview
    White Classic Sliding Screen Door w/ 3 Years warranty Full View
    Craftmax Screen Doors offer a practical and beautiful way to improve the exterior of your home. Now, with the new stay-open feature, your door is more convenient than ever – tap the button to keep the door open until you’re done bringing in the groceries, and then tap one more time to have it close slowly and safely. Multiple options are available, all with the same durable aluminum frame and wire mesh construction. Choose from interchangeable storm screen designs, including full view, retractable, and ventilating door types.All panels are tempered glass for durability and energy efficiency, and all insect screens are high-tension mesh for strength. Mesh and panel can be changed in seconds with an easy-to-complete changing process. All brackets and hinges are highest-quality aluminum for weather resistance and long life. Doors are available in all standard sizes and are 1.5 to 2 inches thick depending on type.
    Price: $80.00
  2. Cedar Classic Retractable Screen Door w/ 8 Years warranty High Viewview
    Cedar Classic Retractable Screen Door w/ 8 Years warranty High View
    Craftmax Screen Doors offer a practical and beautiful way to improve the exterior of your home. Now, with the new stay-open feature, your door is more convenient than ever – tap the button to keep the door open until you’re done bringing in the groceries, and then tap one more time to have it close slowly and safely. Multiple options are available, all with the same durable aluminum frame and wire mesh construction. Choose from interchangeable storm screen designs, including full view, retractable, and ventilating door types.All panels are tempered glass for durability and energy efficiency, and all insect screens are high-tension mesh for strength. Mesh and panel can be changed in seconds with an easy-to-complete changing process. All brackets and hinges are highest-quality aluminum for weather resistance and long life. Doors are available in all standard sizes and are 1.5 to 2 inches thick depending on type.
    Price: $149.00
  3. Cedar Classic Hinged Screen Door w/ 5 Years warranty Full Viewview
    Cedar Classic Hinged Screen Door w/ 5 Years warranty Full View
    Craftmax Screen Doors offer a practical and beautiful way to improve the exterior of your home. Now, with the new stay-open feature, your door is more convenient than ever – tap the button to keep the door open until you’re done bringing in the groceries, and then tap one more time to have it close slowly and safely. Multiple options are available, all with the same durable aluminum frame and wire mesh construction. Choose from interchangeable storm screen designs, including full view, retractable, and ventilating door types.All panels are tempered glass for durability and energy efficiency, and all insect screens are high-tension mesh for strength. Mesh and panel can be changed in seconds with an easy-to-complete changing process. All brackets and hinges are highest-quality aluminum for weather resistance and long life. Doors are available in all standard sizes and are 1.5 to 2 inches thick depending on type.
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  4. Cedar Traditional Sliding Screen Door w/ 6 Years warranty High Viewview
    Cedar Traditional Sliding Screen Door w/ 6 Years warranty High View
    Craftmax Screen Doors offer a practical and beautiful way to improve the exterior of your home. Now, with the new stay-open feature, your door is more convenient than ever – tap the button to keep the door open until you’re done bringing in the groceries, and then tap one more time to have it close slowly and safely. Multiple options are available, all with the same durable aluminum frame and wire mesh construction. Choose from interchangeable storm screen designs, including full view, retractable, and ventilating door types.All panels are tempered glass for durability and energy efficiency, and all insect screens are high-tension mesh for strength. Mesh and panel can be changed in seconds with an easy-to-complete changing process. All brackets and hinges are highest-quality aluminum for weather resistance and long life. Doors are available in all standard sizes and are 1.5 to 2 inches thick depending on type.
    Price: $199.00
  5. Cedar Traditional Retractable Screen Door w/ 3 Years warranty High Viewview
    Cedar Traditional Retractable Screen Door w/ 3 Years warranty High View
    Craftmax Screen Doors offer a practical and beautiful way to improve the exterior of your home. Now, with the new stay-open feature, your door is more convenient than ever – tap the button to keep the door open until you’re done bringing in the groceries, and then tap one more time to have it close slowly and safely. Multiple options are available, all with the same durable aluminum frame and wire mesh construction. Choose from interchangeable storm screen designs, including full view, retractable, and ventilating door types.All panels are tempered glass for durability and energy efficiency, and all insect screens are high-tension mesh for strength. Mesh and panel can be changed in seconds with an easy-to-complete changing process. All brackets and hinges are highest-quality aluminum for weather resistance and long life. Doors are available in all standard sizes and are 1.5 to 2 inches thick depending on type.
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    White Rustic Hinged Screen Door w/ 4 Years warranty Mid View
    Craftmax Screen Doors offer a practical and beautiful way to improve the exterior of your home. Now, with the new stay-open feature, your door is more convenient than ever – tap the button to keep the door open until you’re done bringing in the groceries, and then tap one more time to have it close slowly and safely. Multiple options are available, all with the same durable aluminum frame and wire mesh construction. Choose from interchangeable storm screen designs, including full view, retractable, and ventilating door types.All panels are tempered glass for durability and energy efficiency, and all insect screens are high-tension mesh for strength. Mesh and panel can be changed in seconds with an easy-to-complete changing process. All brackets and hinges are highest-quality aluminum for weather resistance and long life. Doors are available in all standard sizes and are 1.5 to 2 inches thick depending on type.
    Price: $99.00
  7. Cedar Rustic Sliding Screen Door w/ 9 Years warranty Full Viewview
    Cedar Rustic Sliding Screen Door w/ 9 Years warranty Full View
    Craftmax Screen Doors offer a practical and beautiful way to improve the exterior of your home. Now, with the new stay-open feature, your door is more convenient than ever – tap the button to keep the door open until you’re done bringing in the groceries, and then tap one more time to have it close slowly and safely. Multiple options are available, all with the same durable aluminum frame and wire mesh construction. Choose from interchangeable storm screen designs, including full view, retractable, and ventilating door types.All panels are tempered glass for durability and energy efficiency, and all insect screens are high-tension mesh for strength. Mesh and panel can be changed in seconds with an easy-to-complete changing process. All brackets and hinges are highest-quality aluminum for weather resistance and long life. Doors are available in all standard sizes and are 1.5 to 2 inches thick depending on type.
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  8. Cedar Rustic Retractable Screen Door w/ 6 Years warranty High Viewview
    Cedar Rustic Retractable Screen Door w/ 6 Years warranty High View
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    Craftmax Screen Doors offer a practical and beautiful way to improve the exterior of your home. Now, with the new stay-open feature, your door is more convenient than ever – tap the button to keep the door open until you’re done bringing in the groceries, and then tap one more time to have it close slowly and safely. Multiple options are available, all with the same durable aluminum frame and wire mesh construction. Choose from interchangeable storm screen designs, including full view, retractable, and ventilating door types.All panels are tempered glass for durability and energy efficiency, and all insect screens are high-tension mesh for strength. Mesh and panel can be changed in seconds with an easy-to-complete changing process. All brackets and hinges are highest-quality aluminum for weather resistance and long life. Doors are available in all standard sizes and are 1.5 to 2 inches thick depending on type.
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    Cedar Modern Sliding Screen Door w/ 4 Years warranty High View
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