Are you in the market for a new screen door, but aren’t sure where to start? The screen door market has become more and more saturated in recent years with multiple brands and options to choose from, so it can be tough to make an informed decision on which one to purchase. If you’re looking for some advice on what to look out for when buying a screen door, here are things to consider before making your purchase.
1. What type of screen do you need?
There are two types of screen doors: ones with magnets and those without. Magnet-less screen doors do not have magnets on them, so they cannot keep bugs out by themselves. If you use one of these, you will need to buy a plastic or aluminum frame that has been treated with insect repellent coating. The advantage is that they cost less than those with magnets, while also giving you more choices as far as styles and designs.
2. Does it fit the space?
If you are planning on installing your screen door in an existing opening, it’s important that it fits properly. You want to make sure you get one that is sized and measured correctly for your space. With a little measuring and some common sense, you should be able to find one that will fit into your space just right.
3. Screen material quality
If you plan on using your screen door on a regular basis, look for one that uses more durable materials. Many screen doors are made from low-quality plastics or vinyl; these will be much easier to damage over time, making it necessary to replace them. Additionally, cheap screens often have wavy edges and other blemishes—another reason why they may not last as long as more expensive products.
4. How easy is it to open?
Easy-to-open doors can help avoid accidents and make sure you get your hands free quickly. Some screen doors with magnets have handles built right into them, so you don’t even need to move your arms to pull it open. And if you live somewhere prone to wind, high-quality screen doors with magnets are designed to stay shut when it gets breezy outside—so they won’t blowback and scratch your siding or leave gaps that allow bugs and critters inside.
5. Installation ease/requirements
If you’re looking at screen doors with magnets, pay attention to how easy they are to install. How much of a pain is it? No one wants anything that’s difficult and annoying. Some of these doors require professional installation which can run hundreds of dollars. Make sure you know what’s involved before making your decision!
6. Security measure features
I recommend buying a screen door with magnets, so you don’t have to worry about your child or pet getting their fingers stuck. Our screen door has an alarm system that only sets off if someone is breaking into our house at night when we’re sleeping. It also has magnetic locks for maximum security. These are both important features I wouldn’t want to be without!