Guidelines on Choosing a Retractable Screen Door
While the screen door has not changed much over time, different types of the same have cropped up. There are also many brands of the doors, which means that choosing the right door for you is likely to be a challenge. Fortunately, researching before you shop would give you proper information regarding how to approach choosing the right door. It is important not to take any dealer by their word because most of them, especially online ones, are only interested in making a sale. Below are guidelines to help you find the right door for your house.
You should decide on type before contacting any dealer. This is because not all types of screen doors complement all types of entrances. The commonest types of retractable screen doors include the traditional types, doors that work on a ‘pull-down window blinds principle’, and ‘slider screen doors’. Traditional types of retractable screen doors fit on the exterior portion of doorjambs and they always open outwards. Doors operating on the pull-down window blinds principle give you the liberty to pull the screen at the top or at the side of your doorframe. Sliding screen doors are ideal for sliding patio doors that lack sliding screens.
Consider quality prior to making a choice. Some of the basic things to consider regarding quality are the materials used and the build. You should focus on items made from durable materials. For instance, the screen plastic material, internal parts, magnet closure, powder coating, etc, should be of outstanding quality. If the door would be exposed to excessive UV light, snow, mud, rain, and other harsh elements, look for a door that would withstand the same. Since high-quality materials would not mean much if the build is poor, it is important to ensure that the workmanship is outstanding as well. Anything you buy ought to come with extensive guarantees.
You have to get sizing right. While there are standard retractable screen doors out there, assuming that a standard door would be perfect for you would be a bad decision. To be on the safe side, it is important to size your door carefully. Researching how to measure the same prior to making a decision helps avoid making costly mistakes. Understand that what appears big enough or small enough in pictures might not be in real life. This makes it important to confirm sizing when buying a door online. Seeking the help of an expert as far as sizing is concerned is important.
You should also consider the cost when choosing your door. While you should not buy a door that is too expensive for you, you should beware of extremely cheap ones. Some of the things that determine cost are build, brand and the materials used. If you need a door that can withstand harsh elements, you should be willing to pay more. Reputable brands of doors tend to be costlier as well. If you are buying online, confirm the price listed before placing an order. It pays to inquire about shipping costs as well. You should also factor in installation costs when budgeting.