Okay, so you’ve realized that it’s time to get a replacement screen for your screen door. Not the most enjoyable task, but a very important one nonetheless. With the warmer weather getting closer by the day, for us Edmontonians, it’s important to get our homes completely prepared to enjoy the warmer weather while we can! Getting a replacement screen for the screen door in your home is an essential step in this process. It can also greatly add to your enjoyment of both your home and outdoor space during the spring and summer.
In today’s blog post, we’re going to take you through five of the most important things to consider when choosing a replacement screen for your screen door here in Edmonton! We hope these tips are helpful and will allow you to get the perfect screen door for your home this spring.
1. Consider why you’re replacing your current screen in the first place
If you are replacing the screen for your screen door, there’s clearly something wrong with your current one. Whatever issues you’re facing with your current screen door are likely what’s going to matter most in your replacement. If your screen has lots of rips in it, it’s likely that you’ll want to replace it with a screen that’s much more durable. If your screen is bulky and gets in the way when not in use, your replacement screen should probably have a subtle storage casing for it to hide away in during the winter months. If your screen frame has broken or bent in the cold, it’s important to find a replacement screen that can withstand the cold Edmonton winters. If there’s gaps between your current screen door frame and the door frame of your home, you should look for a replacement screen that is customizable to the exact size and shape of your door frame. And so on, and so on. You get the point: when you’re looking for a replacement screen for your screen door, make sure that it doesn’t have the same shortcomings as the screen door that you are replacing. This is truly the most important consideration and will affect each of the following four points.
2. Think about how much traffic/use this door gets in your home
According to the amount of traffic and use that your screen door will get, you may have different needs for your replacement screen. A high-traffic area will likely require a screen door that is much more durable and can withstand small amounts of pressure that typically occur in a busy doorway in a family home. Additionally, if your screen door will likely be used constantly, it is important to invest in a screen door that has a good warranty to ensure that it will last. Convenience is also an important factor to keep in mind. If you, your family, and your friends will be going back and forth through your new screen door all the time, you don’t want to have to deal with a handle that’s tough to open or a screen that requires manual opening and closing. Your replacement screen door should have an easy-to-use latch that effortlessly opens and closes before and after you. Although it’s not necessary, a screen door that closes on its own behind you is incredibly handy and can make your life that much easier. Trust us, it’s worth the investment when you, your family, your animals, and your guests will be using your replacement screen door to go in and out regularly.
3. Examine the type and exact size of door that your replacement screen will go in
Did you know that there are no standard door measurements? Who would’ve thought, hey? Each and every effective, useful screen door should be customized exactly to the size, shape, and type of your specific door frame. The replacement screen for your screen door should not only fit the type of door frame (sliding patio door, French doors, garage door, double-entry door, single-entry door) but should also be personalized to the exact measurements of the door frame that it will go into. This way, rather than getting a replacement screen for your screen door that almost fits perfectly, you can ensure that it will keep even the smallest bugs out of your home. When investing in an addition to your home, you deserve to get the highest quality product. Your replacement screen for your screen door should fit perfectly so that it can provide you with the most benefits.
4. Make sure that your replacement screen will be as cost-effective as possible
At the end of the day, the purpose of a screen door is to let in the breeze while keeping the bugs and other pests out of your home. Although, at first, it’s easy to just think about how enjoyable having a fresh breeze in your home will be. However, the benefits actually go beyond being able to cool down and have a breath of fresh air indoors. By installing a high quality replacement screen for your screen door, you’ll also be able to reduce your overall energy bill. Air conditioning can get very expensive over time. By letting in cool air from outside, rather than relying on your air conditioner for that cool air, you’ll be able to reduce how much energy you’re using and end the month with lower expenses. Although a high-quality, customized replacement screen door will be more costly than a generic, lower quality screen door, it can reduce your expenses over time. By paying for the quality and customization, you can guarantee that your screen will actually keep all the bugs out while you let in the breeze. Hence, a cost-effective replacement screen for your screen door.
5. Take weather conditions and storage in the off-season into consideration
Let’s face it – here in Edmonton, we have to take the weather into consideration for pretty much everything. However, because screen doors are just used in the warm months of the spring and summer, it can be easy to forget how the cold weather can affect them. Your replacement screen for your screen door should be able to withstand year-round use. Whether it’s +30 degrees or -30 degrees, your screen door shouldn’t break, rip, or bend. Additionally, it’s essential for you to have a subtle, convenient storage option for your screen door during the winter. Rather than needing to remove it completely and store it in an already stuffy garage, try to look for a screen door that can be stored easily and doesn’t require removal. Retractable screen doors, for example, come with subtle, aesthetic casings that aren’t bulky and can keep the screen door hidden until you need it again. By getting a replacement screen for your screen door that can be conveniently, tactfully hidden in its own casing, you’ll remove the hassle of having to store your screen door during the winter when it’s not in use.
So, there you have it – five important things to consider when choosing a replacement screen for your screen door. Hopefully this handful of considerations will help make replacing the screen for your screen door quick, easy, and worth it and remove some stress or pressure from you.
If you have any other questions about screen doors, screen door replacement, retractable screen doors, or anything in between, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team by calling 780-910-6688. We would love to hear from you and help you out with all of your screen repair, replacement, and installation needs here in Edmonton and the surrounding areas.