Adding retractable screens to your home gives you all the protection of traditional screens when your windows and doors are open, without blocking your views when they’re closed.
Traditional, fixed screens stay attached to your windows or screen door all the time, but retractable or self-storing screens can be rolled out of the way when you don’t need them. The mesh screen is loaded on a roller either inside or outside the frame, so you extend the screen when your window or door is open, and retract the screen when it’s closed.
Retractable screens can usually fit any existing window or door, including French doors, sliding patio doors, double-hung windows, and casement windows. There are usually different mounting options, so you can choose to have the screen stored inside or outside the frame, or even a recessed installation. They can be operated manually by sliding the screens open or closed with your hand, or via a motor that’s controlled remotely.
A retractable or roll-away screen is there when you need it and disappears when you don’t. On a mild Kansas City day, you can open up your windows and doors to allow fresh air to flow through your home without being bothered by outdoor pests and insects.
In addition to keeping bugs out, some retractable screens can keep out the heat from the sun, so your home stays cooler. There is also screen mesh that keeps out the sun’s harmful UV rays that can fade furnishings and damage skin. Retractable screens also minimize glare, which means no more squinting when you look out your windows on a sunny day.
You can easily expand your outdoor living area by adding retractable screens around the perimeter of a porch or patio. You’ll create a shaded, bug-free space while adding privacy.
When you don’t need the protection of a window or door screen, simply roll it up. The screen disappears, and you can enjoy an unobstructed view of the great outdoors.
The mesh you choose for your screens impacts how much solar energy and UV rays are blocked. Mesh that’s more open allows more fresh air and ventilation into your home or outdoor living area, while a tighter mesh blocks wind and also makes it more difficult for others to see into your home or patio area, adding to your level of privacy. solar heat and UV-blocking mesh helps you stay cool and protects your home’s furnishings.
Some brands, like Phantom Screens, offer motorized retractable screens for porches and patios. They can be raised and lowered with a remote control, or the screens can be integrated with your home automation systems. Phantom also offers sensors that determine when your home needs protection from wind and sun. ClearView retractable screens offer a “Slow-Close” feature that allows the screen to slowly slide closed automatically, without slamming shut or accidentally pinching fingers.
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