DIY or Custom Installation: Choosing the Best Solution for Your Screen Door
In a lot of ways, do-it-yourself (DIY) solutions are a great way for homeowners to save money. Wholesale materials, free labor, and a can-do attitude can get you far in a lot of areas. Usually, DIY options pop up mimicking a popular or trendy new product. However, there are cases when a do-it-yourself job will not give you the results you are looking for.
There are several advantages to choosing custom or professional products, including:
- a warranty. DIY products rarely come with a warranty let alone a life time warranty. If what you make breaks or wears out, you’re back to square one, after investing time and money. When you opt for a great product with a good warranty, your original investment lasts.
- service guarantees. If you install your DIY product and the workmanship is less than stellar, you’ve got to put more time and money into repairs to make it right. However, if there is a problem with your custom, professional product that has a service guarantee, all you need to do is call. Plus, the original installation often comes with a quality assurance.
- better fit. For example, if you order a retractable screen door online and install it yourself, you’ll have a door that sort of fits or sort of works. It will be more prone to breaking, or you’ll have to “jerry-rig” some components as you install it to make it work. Choosing a custom install does not cost that much more, but your door will be snug, secure, and fitted to your needs.
In the case of retractable screens, there are some other advantages for choosing a professional service. For example, many DIY screen solutions use cheaper components that break easily. Plastic latches and frames can be flimsy, and after a season of hot and cold temperatures and frequent use, you could find yourself dealing with parts that need to be replaced.
Products from companies like Screen Savers Plus are backed a manufacturers warranty. They have quick services and respond to repair calls efficiently. Also, you have the advantage of interchangeable parts—since every part in the business is streamlined and consistent, if one part breaks, you don’t have to worry about scouring the internet for some obscure part with a specific make and model number. You also don’t have to replace your entire door if one part fails, which will save you money in the long run.
You don’t have to worry about your screen door giving out, fitting poorly, or breaking prematurely when you opt for a custom installation. Save your DIY savvy for resurfacing your old dresser, and leave the screen doors to us.