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Mirage Screen Systems vs Phantom Screens: Retractable Screen Doors

Mirage Screen Systems and Phantom Screens are both Canadian screen companies. Both offer retractable screen doors and large retractable screens for garages and patios. However, these two screen dealers also have specific differences.

When you’re interested in purchasing and having a retractable screen installed for your home or business, it’s important to do your research about what you’re getting. You’ll want to know the functionality, longevity, and effectiveness of the door.

At the end of the day, when you’re making an investment for your home, you want to make sure it will be worth it!

In today’s blog, we’ll take you through the things that differentiate Mirage Screen Systems from Phantom Screens. We hope that this blog post will be informative and helpful when you’re making your retractable screen door decision.

1. Mirage offers TuffScreen where as Phantom does not

TuffScreen, or Pet Mesh, as we call it, is a stronger scratch-resistant, vinyl-coated polyester mesh. This mesh is a much smarter option for homeowners or property owners with small animals around. TuffScreen offers a screen solution that is significantly more resistant to the typical wear and tear on screens.

For homeowners that know their retractable screen door won’t experience much wear and tear from small animals or children, Phantom’s regular mesh will suffice. However, for higher traffic doors in homes where small animals and children are running around lots, TuffScreen is definitely the better option.

TuffScreen greatly increases the longevity of retractable screen doors. You’ll be able to Bring in the Breeze for even longer!

PivotPro handle from Mirage
The Mirage PivotPro handle is a magnetic latch that’s easy come, easy go.

2. Phantom uses a physical latch and Mirage offers the PivotPro handle

The handle of a retractable screen door is very important. Realistically, no matter the other features of your retractable screen door, if you have a hard time opening and closing it, it’s not worth it.

Phantom’s physical latch handle, although it does offer a higher level of security on your screen, is much harder to use. Because this handle actually latches into place, issues can definitely arise. The PivotPro handle from Mirage, on the other hand, is an easy come, easy go solution.

Whether your hands are full of other things or you struggle with mobility issues, the PivotPro handle offers a much more user friendly option.

When you have a retractable screen door installed on a high-traffic doorway, a handle that opens and closes easier will not only make your life easier but will also reduce the risk of damages. Say goodbye to running through the screen door because you thought you’d opened the latch!

Mirage PivotPro handle is a twisting mechanism with a strong magnet.

retractable screen door with French doors3. Mirage does on-site warranty fixes while Phantom only does them in shop

Once your retractable screen door is installed at your home, the hope is that zero issues occur. Although this would be lovely, it’s not realistic.

Both Phantom and Mirage offer limited lifetime warranties for their retractable screen doors and are willing to fix any issues that occur. But, there’s one key difference between how these two companies handle warranty issues.

Mirage provides on-site warranty visits. This means that they’ll come to you and work on your retractable screen door while it stays in place. They’ll get you and your screen door all sorted out without requiring more than a phone call from you.

On the other hand, Phantom does not do on-site fixes. This means that if you’re having issues with your retractable screen door, you have to remove it from your doorframe, get it into a vehicle, drive to Phantom, wait while they fix it, get it back in your car, take it home, and reinstall it yourself.

retractable screen door on house
The smoothest rolling screen system in the industry!

4. Mirage’s retractable screens have the smoothest rolling screen in the industry

Mirage has put over two decades of thought, effort, and research into creating retractable screen systems that are extremely smooth-rolling. In fact, retractable screen doors from Mirage now have the smoothest rolling mechanism available in the screen industry!

With Mirage being the smoothest, Phantom simply can’t be. Although Phantom’s screens do slide, they are not the smoothest rolling screens in the industry.

If you’re interested in a retractable screen door that smoothly slides backwards and forwards as you open and close it, Mirage is the company for you.

If you are also interested in seeing a wider and more in-depth between-brand comparison, please refer to this article here, where we compare the 3 largest screen brands in terms of 5 different aspects, so that you can find the best retractable screen door for your home!

Here at Screen Savers Plus, we want you to get the best retractable screen door possible. We hope that this comparison of Mirage retractable screen doors and Phantom retractable screen doors helps you when you make your decision!

If you have any specific questions about retractable screen doors from Mirage, feel free to reach out to our team. We are a proud Mirage dealer and would love to help you Bring in the Breeze!

You can reach our team from 9am – 5pm Monday – Friday each week by calling 780-910-6688 (for Edmonton area) or 403-697-6338 (for Calgary area). We look forward to chatting with you more about your screen needs!