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Types of Door Screens


Ask anyone who owns a door screen, and they’ll tell you how much of a great addition it is to their home. Sure, a screen door isn’t absolutely essential home improvement, but it is a huge boost for quality of life—especially for those living in warmer year-round climates.

The reason is simple. Door screens allow owners to enjoy the outdoors—things like the smell of fresh-cut grass, a cool breeze, and the sounds of birds chirping—all from the comfort of their home. No pesky bugs or critters are getting in your home to disrupt your day.

However, before buying a screen door, you should familiarize yourself with all the different types of door screens and their advantages and disadvantages. That way, the door screen you settle on fits both your home’s style and decor as well as your lifestyle.

Benefits of door screens

As we mentioned just before, screen doors go a long way in improving a home’s livability by providing much-needed fresh air while keeping annoying insects at bay. On top of that, door screens also have a number of other benefits, including:

  • Convenient and easy-to-use
  • Energy savings
  • More natural light
  • Better mental health
  • Enhanced security
  • Improved curb appeal
  • Safe for both pets and kids
  • Protection against dust and pollutants


A Screenmobile custom sized screen door covers a full 2 door opening.

What are the different types of door screens?

There are a variety of door screens on the market. In general, these can be broken down into four categories: sliding screen doors, retractable screen doors, swinging screen doors, and security door screens. Each type of door screen comes with its own pros and cons, which we will cover below.

1. Sliding screen doors

Sliding screen doors are typically installed on double sliding glass doors that lead to a backyard, patio, or deck. Many homeowners opt for sliding screen doors because they allow so much natural light and fresh air into the home while also maintaining unobstructed views of your backyard. 

The one downside of sliding door screens is that they are not as secure as other types of screen doors because many lack locks. However, Screenmobile offers sliding screen doors that feature a heavy-duty design and multi-lock systems to ensure maximum household security.

2. Retractable screen doors

Retractable screen doors are quickly becoming the most popular type of door screen on the market. Why? Well, unlike other types of screen doors, retractable door screens are there when you need them and hidden out of sight in their protective casing when you don’t. This is great for homeowners who want to maintain a sleek, modern, and minimal home design.

Retractable door screens can also be fitted to almost any door, including doors that swing in and out, double French doorways, and sliding patio doorways.

3. Swinging screen doors

As the name suggests, swinging door screens open and close exactly like traditional doors. Swinging screen doors are commonly designed with either a grill or a solid frame; long gone are the days of door screens designed primarily of a mesh screen with a minimal frame around the edges. Our new and replacement swinging screen doors are built for heavy use. 

The frames on swinging screen doors are typically aluminum, steel, or wood and often feature ornamental designs. Screenmobile’s swinging screen doors are available in various colors, styles, and materials to match your needs and decor.

4. Security door screens

Security screen doors are for homeowners who want to prioritize security while keeping the ability to use a screen door when it’s hot outside, and they want to let a breeze in. Thanks to their strengthened and durable design, they can resist both burglars and damaging weather elements. 

Instead of having one door to provide safety and protection, you’ll now have two doors doing the job. Security screen doors are also pet-friendly and childproof.

How do I choose a screen for a door?

Selecting the right door screen boils down to four basic factors:

  • Budget: How much money are you willing to spend on a screen door?
  • Use: How often will you use your screen door, and what will you use it for?
  • Style: Does the screen door match the design and style of your home?
  • Convenience: Do you want a screen door that is heavy-duty, and focused on security or one that is compact and out of the way when not in use?


Once you’ve determined each of these factors, you can now go about choosing the type of screen door that fits your home. 

Security and swinging doors offer more protection and durability while sacrificing some space and convenience. Retractable and sliding screen doors, on the other hand, sacrifice some protection for a lightweight and convenient design.

Need Help Picking Door Screens?

For more information on what type of door screens are best for your home, contact the Screenmobile door experts today.

Beautiful home with a garage screen door.
Garage Door Screens: Types, Uses, Benefits

Beautiful home with a garage screen door.

For many homeowners, garages are nothing more than a place to park a car or store things like tools and yard supplies. Other homeowners, however, are starting to consider the benefits of installing a garage door screen, and in the process, create an entirely new livable space for their home.

What Is A Garage Door Screen?

Garage door screens, also known as “lifestyle screens,” consist of a layer of mesh screening that keeps unwanted elements like bugs out while letting desirable elements like fresh air and a cool breeze in. Put simply, a garage screen converts your garage into a usable, open-air living space of your house. 

Garage door screens typically run anywhere from a few hundred dollars for budget or DIY options to a few thousand dollars for custom-fitted and installed screens. Some garage door screen kits can be purchased for as little as $25-50 and installed manually. Although, these kits usually are a significant step down from professionally installed garage screen doors.

Types Of Garage Door Screens

1. Lifestyle Garage Door Screens

These lifestyle screens transform your garage from a simple parking space to an additional cool and pest-free room in seconds. Lifestyle garage door screens are all about comfort and convenience. For this reason, these screens come with a door within a door that makes entering and exiting your screened-in garage possible without needing to retract the entire screen every time.

2. Side Sliding Garage Screens

As the name suggests, side sliding garage door screens are operated horizontally rather than vertically. Of all the options of garage screens, the side sliding variety tends to be the most budget-friendly way for homeowners to turn their garage into a viable outdoor living space. What’s best, side sliding garage doors are super durable and come in many different styles to choose from.

3. Roll Down Garage Door Screens

Also called “motorized retractable garage door screens” or “power garage screens,” roll-down screens are perfect for homeowners who want a garage door screen but don’t want to be hassled with manually rolling it up or down all the time. Simply press the button, and the motorized screen does all the work for you. Retractable garage door screens are also known to be highly energy-efficient, thanks to their thick weatherstripping at the bottom.

Garage Door Screen Uses

Since garage door screens can elevate your garage from an unfinished parking and storage area to a full-blown livable room, the uses for that new space are nearly endless. Here are a few ideas:

  • Game room
  • Screened-in patio alternative
  • Mancave
  • Second living room
  • Workshop
  • Office
  • Outdoor dining area
  • Additional bedroom
  • Movie theater
  • Gym
  • Music area

Garage Door Screen Benefits

On top of all of those new use cases for your new screened-in room, you’ll also gain a handful of incredible benefits from installing a garage door screen. These include:

  • More usable square footage
  • Pest control
  • Improved energy efficiency
  • Reduce wear-and-tear on garage door
  • Increased airflow
  • Better home security
  • Protection from inclement weather, dust, dirt, and pollutants

Choosing The Right Screen Door For Your Existing Garage

When picking a garage door screen for your home, it’s important to consider a few factors, such as your budget, the purpose of your screen, and how you will want to have it installed.

In the vast majority of cases, we recommend turning to professionals to handle the installation of your garage screen. This will ensure that your garage door screen is professionally installed and will function for years without any hitches or hiccups. 

On top of that, if you are going to use your new screened-in garage often and want it to be both comfortable and pleasurable, you don’t skimp on the quality of the screen. High-quality garage screens allow for much better airflow, protection, and security than their cheaper counterparts.

Contact Screenmobile Today

If installing a garage door screen and increasing your home’s usable space sounds like an enticing idea, why not contact Screenmobile to get a free quote today? Our screen experts are always on call to help you with any questions you might have.

Installing a Garage Door Screen

If you’re thinking about adding garage door screens to your home, we’re here to help. To get started, contact your local Screenmobile or request a free estimate today.

Breakfast nook with a bay windows and white blinds
Types of Window Blinds: Picking the Best Style

Window treatments are an often overlooked aspect of a home, but they really shouldn’t be. Because, at the end of the day, not only are window blinds and shades practical, but they also elevate a home’s overall appeal and style. The right window blinds can go a long way in making a house feel cozier, prettier, and a whole lot more refined.

The problem is that there’s a whole laundry list of types of window blinds on the market. Choosing the right window blinds is a massive challenge. But if you follow our formula and understand the different types of window blinds and shades, you’ll be able to choose the right window treatment for your home in no time.

How to choose the right window blind style for your home

By far, the most crucial factor when choosing window blinds is how they will mesh with your home’s design and aesthetic. Even the most beautiful window treatments won’t look good in a house if it clashes with the home’s overall style. So make sure that the type of window blind, as well as its color, design, pattern, and material, match your existing home decor.

The other aspects to consider when choosing the right blinds or shades are:

  • Function: What are you using the blinds for? Are they purely decorative? Are they more for privacy or to block UV rays? Or both?
  • Room Type: Certain blinds offer better function and feel for specific rooms. For example, roller blinds are often put in bathrooms and kitchens due to strong resistance to moist environments.
  • Cost: Last and most apparent is the cost of the window blinds you are installing. Some blinds or shades might look fantastic, but that won’t matter much if they are way out of your budget.

With that out of the way, let’s take a look at all the different types of blinds on the market, so you can decide which is perfect for your specific home.


View outside of a window's wooden slat blinds.

Wooden blinds

Wood and faux wood blinds are highly functional, affordable, and versatile. Wooden and faux wood horizontal blinds typically come in a slatted or Venetian style and are most commonly used in bathrooms and kitchens. Since they are so versatile and blend in so well, it’s not uncommon to see them in any room.


Similar to wood blinds, shutters are a type of window treatment that offers a lot of practicality in a home. They provide lots of protection against unwanted sunlight and also provide lots of privacy when you need it. But be wary about putting shutters in your home if your home doesn’t have a more traditional look. They might stand out, and not in a good way.

Roman blinds

Roman blinds (also known as Roman shades) are made of fabric and offer both elegance and functionality to a room. When raised, Roman blinds stack on top of themselves at the window’s top, allowing sunlight into the room. Since Roman shades come in various colors and fabrics, they can fit in a wide array of home styles and rooms. Explore blinds and shades.

Pleated shades

Similar to Venetian-style blinds in functionality, pleated shades are usually made of paper or fabric material. Although they have lost popularity over the years, a rise in visually stunning textural and fabric designs and patterns has seen pleated shades see somewhat of a reemergence in home decor.

Natural blinds

For a more bold and trendy look, natural blinds are a great choice. Natural window blinds are made out of materials found in nature. Natural blinds are commonly made out of bamboo, reeds, grasses, yarns, and even metallic threads. More eclectic homeowners often choose natural blinds to add a bit of texture and a more natural feel to their home.

Vertical blinds

Vertical blinds are very true to their name. Instead of being pulled up or down to open, vertical blinds run across a track to slide open or closed—either parting in the middle or opening from one side. Vertical blinds are most often used on patio doors, sliding doors, and floor-to-ceiling windows.

Roller shades

As the name suggests, roller shades are fabric blinds that are rolled up or down to either let sunlight in to block it out. And as we mentioned earlier, roller shades are often used in bathrooms and kitchens thanks to their protective coating, which fights off moisture. Roller shades also come in a solar variety, which is great for blocking harmful UV rays from entering homes prone to lots of year-round sunlight. Insolroll provides some of the best roller shades in the industry:

  • Blocking up to 99% of harmful ultra-violet rays
  • Reducing glare and increasing visual comfort
  • High-performance solar shades block heat and keep your home cool

Cellular shades 

Also referred to as honeycomb blinds, this is probably the type of blind that comes to mind when you think of window blinds. Although they are very similar to pleated blinds in their look, cellular shades are designed with two types of material. Thanks to their honeycomb design, they provide lots of insulation for homeowners.

Need Help Picking Window Blinds?

For more information on what type of window blinds are best for your home, contact the Screenmobile window experts today.

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The Benefits of Retractable Screen Doors

Retractable screen doors have quickly become one of the most popular home improvement options in recent years. That’s because retractable screen doors are perhaps the best way for homeowners to merge their outdoor and indoor living spaces, allowing homeowners to enjoy the fresh air of the warm months. 

What is a retractable screen door?

Unlike non-retractable screen doors, the retractable variety can be used or hidden at any time when not in use. Retractable screen doors easily slide into their housing unit either manually or with the push of a button. Put simply, retractable screen doors are there when you need them and out of sight when you don’t.

Although there are a few other types, sliding retractable screen doors are far and away from the most common. When installed, these screen doors open and close by sliding on tracks custom-fitted to your existing door frame. Magnetic retractable screen doors and pull up/down retractable screen doors are the two other far less common options.

The benefits of retractable screen doors

  1. Convenient and easy-to-use

The best thing about retractable screen doors is just how easy they are to use. Unlike traditional screen doors, which can be clunky, awkward, and annoying to open and close, retractable screen doors are easily slid in and out thanks to their ultra-smooth track guides and roll control features.

  1. Keep the insects out and the fresh air in

Everyone loves a nice cool breeze and the smell of fresh-cut grass in the warm summer months. But leaving the door swung open during these months is a sure-fire way to have your home filled with pesky insects. Retractable screen doors offer the best of both worlds: a fresh airflow and protection from annoying bugs.

  1. Save money on electricity.

On that same note, keeping a home cool during the height of summer can be extremely costly. By installing retractable screen doors across your home, you can let the breezy air in to cool your house off without spending a fortune on AC. 

  1. Maintain the beauty of your home

Traditional screen doors can be quite the eyesore for a home. They’re hefty and pointless to look at in the colder months of the year when you aren’t even using them. On the other hand, retractable screen doors roll up snugly into a housing unit, so they aren’t seen—preserving your home’s overall aesthetic.

  1. Better views and improved health

Retractable screen doors not only let you enjoy the fresh air but also give you unobstructed views of the outdoors. And being cooped up inside all day isn’t healthy. So for those days where you have to spend lots of time indoors, retractable screen doors can be a lifesaver, bringing the outdoors to you and—in turn—boosting your mental health.

  1. Customized to fit your home’s look and design

Retractable screen doors are also highly customizable. For one, they are universal fit, which means they can fit any door, whether it be French doors, arched entryways, patio doors, you name it. On top of that, homeowners interested in installing retractable screen doors can choose the material type, mesh color, the track and guide system, latching options, and much more.

The best retractable screen doors

Mirage retractable screens

  • Durable components
  • Superior powder coating to protect against wear and tear
  • Huge color selection
  • Ultra-smooth screen guides
  • Pet-friendly

Phantom retractable screens

  • Decorative and discreet design maintains curb appeal
  • Offers lots of ventilation
  • Energy savings
  • Versatile enough to fit many door styles
  • 9 color options

ClearView retractable screens

  • Mesh that doesn’t obscure views
  • Saves on electricity bills
  • Speed reducer technology prevents door slams
  • Hidden magnet system
  • Super-screen is 3x stronger than normal door screens

StowAway retractable screens

  • Eliminates the need for storm doors
  • Smooth glide technology
  • Breezy cross ventilation
  • Effortless stow away when not in use
  • Color, style, screen texture, UV filtering, latching, and slow-close options

RetractaView retractable screens

  • Sleek modern design
  • High-quality components
  • Low profile housing
  • Easy to roll up and hideaway
  • Durable tech

Genius retractable screens

  • Quiet, smooth operation
  • Sleek, virtually invisible design
  • Protection against airborne pests
  • Pleated screens
  • Fully customized installation


To learn more about installing a retractable screen door or to request a free estimate, contact Screenmobile’s team of door screen experts today.

Screenmobile service member stands in front of his mobile screen repair service vehicle.
Is a Screenmobile Franchise Right for Me?

The idea that franchising takes place in either an office or a restaurant is a common misconception. If you’re more outdoor orientated and want a change of pace, but you’re wondering, “is a franchise right for me?” do not let this question hold you back from starting a business. As the franchise market continues to expand year after year, serving a broader range of interests and industries, there are now more options for prospective business owners seeking a business that will keep them active while spending more time outdoors than in an office. 

More commonly than not, individuals are motivated to make a big shift in their job if it aligns with their lifestyle interests, such as a love for the outdoors or traveling. More people are drawn to working outdoors because they’ve grown bored of the corporate environment or never felt well suited to it in the first place. For others, being outdoors as a business owner provides a greater sense of control over their future.

Screenmobile fits the bill; we provide an opportunity where you can enjoy entrepreneurship and fresh air at the same time. In this post, we aim to provide you with detailed information about Screenmobile franchises, explore the advantages of launching your own franchise, while also showcasing some of the things that set us apart to make a Screenmobile franchise the right for you.

The Screenmobile Products and Services

Screenmobile provides the best selection of screen-related services and products; better yet, we offer a mobile service that will bring our products straight to the customer’s door. We have many options and custom solutions for varied budgets. In addition, we offer you an entry point into the flourishing $400+ billion home improvement industry.

Our mobile screening trailer is the heart of our operation, enabling Franchise Owners to provide same-day service by measuring and fabricating screens on-site. Because it’s what makes us, well, mobile, the Screenmobile Truck and Trailer model is very different from other screen repair models and offers franchisees the opportunity to take to the road and get out from behind the desk. Not to mention, Screenmobile is the perfect fit for people who enjoy working with their hands while offering a valuable service to their communities.

Benefits of Screenmobile Franchises

Aside from appealing to the many people that enjoy rolling up their sleeves and producing a great product for a great price with the satisfaction of seeing a job well done, there are several additional significant advantages to investing in a Screenmobile franchise.

  • Less expensive to operate: Screenmobile franchises don’t require renting or purchasing real estate build outs or a large team to operate. This means lower overhead and lower risk, and a much higher chance for your franchise’s success in the long run.
  • Freedom and autonomy: Because your business will, initially, be smaller and more controllable, you will have the freedom and flexibility to choose your hours of operation and schedule.
  • Easier to run: Screenmobile franchises focus on all things screen repair, installation, and maintenance. Our training and support staff can have you up to speed and running smoothly and efficiently in as little as 8 weeks, and you will become an expert in a niche and profitable industry.
  • Easier to expand: Once your franchise runs smoothly and generates significant revenue, you might want to expand. Thanks again to the low overhead and low startup costs, it’s easier to expand into a multi-unit franchise business. It’s not uncommon for franchisees to grow from one service vehicle to two or more within their first few years of opening.
  • Marketing made easy: Our mobile service vehicles are “wrapped” making them essentially mobile billboards for all to see. In fact, many of our Franchise Owners leave their truck and trailer parked in a public place while they grab a bite to eat, which in turn, drives new customer acquisition and increased revenue. Talk about easy, effective advertising! On top of that, the corporate office handles national marketing campaigns and generates website traffic to your Screenmobile webpage, providing local business owners with the power of a full-scale, national marketing budget.

Of course, those are just some of the perks that come with owning a Screenmobile franchise.

Is Screenmobile the Right Fit for you

We’re seeking Franchise Owners whose ideals are similar to ours. Although Screenmobile is opening new locations around the country, we remain committed to the principles of quality, outstanding customer service, and family. These tenets provide a solid foundation on which our successful mobile brand was built, and we are looking for franchise owners that will continue to uphold those same foundational principles

Some of the traits we see in our most successful Screenmobile franchise owners include:

Mechanically Oriented

You’re a natural with your hands, whether you’ve worked in a mechanical job before or just enjoy tinkering as a pastime.

Dedicated to Community & Family

You place a high value on your family life and are searching for a flexible schedule that allows you to strike a healthy work-life balance.

Business Savvy

You don’t have to come from a corporate background to understand what it takes to own and manage a successful business.

Enjoys Working Outside

You savor every opportunity to spend time outdoors and are ready to establish a business that allows you to spend the majority of your time outside.

Organized and Dependable

You manage your life with a high level of efficiency and accuracy. You keep your home and work surroundings neat and organized, and you always arrive on time for your appointments.

Franchising with Screenmobile

If this sounds like you or you’re interested in learning more about Screenmobile’s franchise opportunity, please contact our team of professionals today.

A white wooden pergola attached to a back porch area
Pergola Ideas to Transform Your Backyard

Pergolas are by far the most stylish patio covers. Their eye-catching, latticed design is sure to transform even the most basic patio into a beautiful outdoor rec space. 

But pergolas aren’t all style without substance. They’re also highly functional. They can turn your porch, patio, deck, or other backyard areas into a comfortable and useful space to relax, a place with just enough shade to block out pesky sun rays while not obstructing views or the day’s cool breeze.

So whether you’ve built a pergola by yourself or had one installed by a team of professionals, now is the time to consider all the ways you can upgrade it to make it more enjoyable, livable, and visually stunning. That said, here are 10 awesome pergola ideas to take your backyard to the next level.

1. Plants

An easy way to spruce up your pergola is by adding plants and greenery into the situation. Not only will this give your pergola a more natural and colorful element, but it will also create much more homey vibes. In particular, hanging potted plants, well-placed succulents, and climbing vines are the perfect accents to a wooden or aluminum  pergola.

2. Hanging lights

The next easy and affordable step to adding to the aesthetic of your pergola is lighting. Of course, normal lights are all you need, but you should consider hanging string lights or lanterns if you really want to make a statement. These will add a more rustic and dreamy feel while turning your pergola into an idyllic spot for evening dinners.  

3. Curtains, shades, and trellises

One of the main draws for installing a pergola is its open and breezy design. Sometimes, though, people prefer a little more privacy or simply think covering one or more sides of the pergola will add to the appeal. In these cases, curtains, shades, and trellises are the way to go. Curtains can be unfurled to provide necessary shade or seclusion, while trellises are a great decorative feature, especially when paired with climbing vines. Should we talk about motorized screens here too? They are essentially a “roll-down” curtain…

4. Patio furniture

You’ve got a pergola decked out with cool lights and lush greenery. Now you need some furniture to go along with it. When choosing patio furniture, it’s important to buy ones with quality materials and fabrics that won’t get beaten down by the outdoor elements. 

Decoratively speaking, you’ll want furniture that complements or contrasts with the existing style of your pergola area. For a more relaxing pergola area, a chair swing or a hammock is a nice touch.

5. Outdoor fans and heating systems

Unless you live in an area with great weather all year round, you’ll want items that boost the comfort level of your pergola space when the weather is less than ideal—maximizing the use of your outdoor patio as much as possible. 

For areas with unbearably hot summers, this could mean installing an outdoor overhead fan in your pergola. For those who want to enjoy their pergola when the temperature drops, consider installing a propane, electric, or wood fireplace to help keep your space warm.  

A backyard pergola complete with lights, curtains, seating, and plants.

6. Mounted speakers

If you want an extra layer of entertainment in your backyard, you could install mounted speakers on the corners of your pergola. This will make social events on your patio even more fun than they already were. Just remember to purchase outdoor speakers so they won’t have any problems if rain comes pouring in.

7. Stand Alone pergola

Also known as free-standing pergolas, these outdoor structures are not attached to the house and are best for homes without existing patios. Stand-alone pergolas are typically built-in areas of the backyard that serve a specific purpose but also need to be somewhat covered—think a poolside seating, dining space, or bbq area.

8. Attached pergola

On the flip side, there are attached pergolas that use an existing segment of a home, patio, porch, or deck to build off of. Attached pergolas can be fitted to any nook or cranny on the outside of a home, which offers many decorative and design choices to consider. Do you want an angled pergola covering your porch? Or maybe a pergola covering your attached patio that is surrounded by trellis on all sides? The choice is yours.

9. Firepit 

Unlike other covered patios, pergolas can be fitted with a firepit thanks to their open design, ensuring appropriate ventilation. Firepits are fantastic for three things: adding a nice ambiance, providing heat, and as natural lighting when using your pergola at night. All of those things will lead to you getting more enjoyment from your pergola and using it more often.

10. Outdoor kitchen or bar

Last but not least, pergolas are great for creating trendy outdoor kitchens and bars in your backyard. Unlike traditional outdoor coverings and enclosures, pergolas are open enough to cook or grill without dealing with ventilation problems or smells. On top of that, there are very few things better than making a drink with a cool breeze flowing in and a pool nearby. It’s the perfect fit.

Installing a pergola

If you’re thinking about installing a pergola, sure, you could do it yourself. But we have to warn you; it’s not easy. There are numerous things to consider, such as the type of material to use, the style of the design (free-standing vs. attached), the size and measurements, maintenance requirements, and much more.

That’s why we recommend hiring a reliable installer to handle building your pergola for you. It’ll save you a headache, a lot of effort, and you know it’ll be done right. At Screenmobile, our expert team of pergola installers can do all of the above and more.

Family enjoys a gathering outside covered by a beige retractable awning.
Picking a Retractable Awning for Your Home

Sure, outdoor living spaces are great, but only when they feel livable. When everything is in place, porches or patios are the perfect spots for family bonding, fun activities, and simply taking in the sights and smells of the outdoors.

However,  without necessary sun protection, the outdoor elements can quickly become unbearable. Let’s be honest; there are very few things that will make someone want to head back inside more than an annoying glare from the sun or a sweat-soaked shirt. 

So if your porch or patio isn’t already covered and you live in an area with lots of year-round sunlight, then a retractable awning might be exactly what the doctor ordered. That way, you can maximize the use of your outdoor living space.

What is a retractable awning?

A retractable awning is a cover for a porch, patio, deck, pool, or other outdoor living space. Unlike traditional awnings, retractable ones can be deployed or retracted at a moment’s notice. 

Need some shade? Unfold the patio awning. Want to bask in the glorious sunlight and catch a tan? Retractthe awning. It’s that simple.

Why should I buy a retractable awning?

We already mentioned the most obvious reasons to purchase a retractable canopy. It can defend against adverse weather such as too much sun or rain and noted its versatility—use it when you want, retract it when you don’t. But there are other reasons a retractable awning might be the perfect fit for your home. 

First, it is a great way to protect your uncovered porch and patio furniture. Too much exposure to sunlight and the elements can damage or fade its fabric. And second, it is probably the cheapest option for covering a patio. A more permanent solution such as ceiling panels or an insulated roof can cost beaucoups more.

On top of that, a retractable awning can:

  • Improve the look and comfort of your home
  • Save on energy costs
  • Increase your home’s value
  • Add to your home’s curb appeal
  • Increase the amount of livable area in your home

How much should I pay for a retractable awning?

That brings us to how much you can expect to pay for a retractable canopy. Typically, the price of a retractable awning runs from about $600 to $4,000. This depends on numerous factors, such as the awning fabric, how it’s operated, how large it is, where it is being installed, and the installation fee.

That being said, retractable awnings are definitely worth it if you are a person who enjoys using your outdoor living space as much as possible. Without a retractable awning or some other patio cover, you might only get a fraction of the use out of your outdoor seating area.

Side-by-side comparison of a home's deck with a blue and white striped retractable awning by Screenmobile.

What is the best retractable awning?

This is a very subjective question, but let’s give it a shot. The best retractable awning boils down to personal needs and desires and how well it fits your home. What is the goal of the awning? Where do you want to put it? How large does it need to be? What is your budget? Etc.

At Screenmobile, we have three main retractable awnings on offer:

1. Sun Control retractable shades

These durable retractable canopies come either manual or motorized, protect from harmful UV rays, and can be custom-installed up to 40 feet wide. 

However, what makes the Sun Control version unique is its five projection options that let you choose which height you want the patio awning pitched. This means you can angle the shade to the perfect level, maximizing shade while also letting in enough sun.

2. Sunair retractable awnings 

Sunair’s UV-blocking, retractable awnings are another great choice. They come in sizes up to 14 feet and have three different metal frame options to choose from. You can buy the manual version or—if you want to take it to the next level—a motorized, remote-controlled version. If you’re worried that a Sunair patio awning won’t match your house, don’t be. Sunair retractable canopies come in hundreds of different colors.

3. SunPro retractable awnings

The SunPro retractable canopies are most known for their high-quality, long-lasting, and beautiful fabrics. On top of that, SunPro awnings have built-in dimmable LED lights, which are great for nighttime use, easy pitch adjustment, motorized and wireless control, three frame colors, and a durable housing case that protects from adverse weather. 

How to pick a retractable awning

Here’s a comprehensive checklist of things you need to consider before being able to confidently pick the retractable awning for your outdoor living space:

  • Type of fabric the awning is made of
  • Color and design of the fabric
  • The size you need to cover the outdoor space
  • The retraction mechanism (motorized or manual)
  • Maintenance and upkeep requirements
  • A reliable installer

Our team of experts at Screenmobile can help with all of the above and more. We have an extensive network of qualified and experienced retractable awning installers waiting to do the job. 

So when you’re ready, just give us a call or contact us at Screenmobile.com.

A white framed screened in porch enclosure.
4 Ways a Screened-In Porch Changes Your Life

Screened in porches have skyrocketed in popularity in recent years, especially in areas with warmer climates. And it’s not hard to see why. Screened in porches or decks allow homeowners to enjoy beautiful weather, add another quality living space to their home, and significantly improve their house’s value.

What’s not to like about any of that?

But that barely scratches the surface when it comes to the many benefits of a screened-in porch. Let’s get into the nitty-gritty of it and find out exactly why screening in a porch or patio can be a total game-changer for your home.

What is a Screened-in Porch?

Put simply, porch screening consists of installing a screen enclosure onto your existing porch and surrounding the little-used outdoor area of your home, transforming it into a high-quality extra living space. A screen enclosure allows homeowners to enjoy the outdoor vibes with a layer of protection against the sun and annoying bugs and insects.

A screened-in porch can cost between $8 to $20 per square foot for covered porches or patios, depending on your area’s labor and materials costs.

DIY vs. Professional Installation

“Do it yourself” screened-in porches and decks are possible but can be a very challenging undertaking. That’s because most custom patio screenings demand a tricky installation process that needs to be carefully thought out, planned, and executed by professionals with years of experience. 

So unless you have some serious DIY home improvement chops, it’s probably better to leave it to the professionals. That way, your screened-in porch will blend seamlessly with the rest of your home and remain up to snuff for many years to come.

You could also transform an unused outdoor space into a flashy three-season room if you want to go beyond a screen-in porch or patio.

Now, here are 4 benefits of screening in a porch, patio, or deck.

1. Improved Home Value

Even though they are not typically factored into the overall square footage of a home, screened-in porches and decks still add tremendous value. This is primarily due to the fact that they add functional living space and a feature that’s in high demand to homes. 

Assuming you live in a warmer area where screened-in porches are highly sought after, you could see anywhere from a 50%-100% return on your initial screen enclosure investment. According to HGTV, a screened-in patio is one of the ten best projects to add value to your home.

2. More Usable Living Space

As mentioned, screened-in porches and patios add valuable living space to homes. This brand new living space could be used for all sorts of things. And it’s entirely up to you. 

Want a second living room? No problem. Or how about a chill-out reading den with a chair swing, hammock, or yoga area? Sure thing. Or, better yet, an outdoor kitchen or dining area, which would otherwise be impossible due to pesky flies and other insects? You got it! You can even use them as a place to keep your furry friends. The possibilities are truly endless.

A small screened in porch built beneath a staircase.

3. A Breath of Fresh Air and a Healthier Lifestyle

For many, life has changed and allowed people to spend more and more of their time at home, whether it be the increase of remote work opportunities or the convenience of things like Netflix and food delivery apps. While this new reality offers many benefits, it’s not the best thing to be stuck inside all day.

This makes screened-in porches the best of both worlds. A screened-in porch gives homeowners an outdoor space where they can soak up the fresh air and sunlight, allowing them to boost their health, energy levels, and creativity while still being in the comfort of their own home.

4. Entertainment Space for Guests

Screened in decks and patios are also a great option for more socially-minded individuals, offering the perfect place for them to entertain and hang out with guests. Screened-in porch ideas for entertainment include a TV area to watch big sporting events, a dinner party space, or an outdoor drinking area that’s completely mosquito-free. 

Types of Screened-in Porches

Screenmobile offers four main types of porch screens, each with its own advantages:

  • Stapled: most cost-effective option and can be customized for any porch, deck, or patio.
  • Removable Panels: custom-sized for any space and can easily be removed with clips and fasteners.
  • Screen Tight: Assorted colors to complement your home and no staples necessary.
  • Screeneze: For homes with existing covered porches. No staples or visible screws.
  • Small Extrusions: The best choice for longevity.  The low-profile frame offers a screened-in patio with minimal visual obstruction.

If you’re interested in installing a screened-in porch, don’t hesitate to visit Screenmobile to ask our porch and patio screen specialists for a free estimate today.

The backyard view with a half rolled down screen
Roll Down Screen Options You Need to Know

Let’s paint a hypothetical picture for a moment. Say you’re interested in screening in your home’s porch or patio, but you’re not entirely sold on something so permanent. . You want protection from the sun and annoying insects, but you don’t quite want to commit to a screened-in porch as a permanent feature of your home.

That’s totally understandable. Now imagine that there’s a “best of both worlds” solution to this conundrum. Well, lucky for you, there is! Roll down screens. 

Roll-down screens, unlike traditional screened-in porches, can be rolled up or down whenever needed. This means you can use them when you want, but they’ll never get in the way when you don’t.

That said, here are all the things you need to consider before installing roll-down patio screens for your home.

What are Roll-Down Screens?

Roll down screens are devices that allow homeowners to screen in or shade their porch, patio, deck, or garage whenever they need to. Too much sun shining in? Mosquitos feasting on your legs and flies eating your food? Is the wind annoyingly blowing your hair all over the place? Just roll down the screen.

Roll Down Screen Uses

In addition to providing shade, keeping insects at bay, and protecting you from the elements like rain, wind, and cold, retractable screens for porches can also be used to:

  • Ensure day-time privacy
  • Create a bug-free space for children and pets to play
  • Keep unwanted birds and other critters away
  • Protect your home from golf balls and other debris
  • Offer a chill and comfy place to relax
  • Save energy by letting less sunlight invade your home

Manual or Motorized

Both manual and motorized retractable porch screens are simple to operate. Manual screens and shades are crank-operated and can be raised or lowered via a removable crank. On the other hand, motorized porch screens are set up with a small motor that deploys the screen with the simple click of a button.

Both manual and motorized retractable screens have their pros and cons to consider as well. But to keep it short and sweet, let’s just say that motorized screens tend to be more convenient and modern while manual screens are typically more budget-friendly. 

Motorized screens like Phantom’s can even be automated to roll down based on various environmental conditions. And the Phantom screens can also be controlled via your smartphone. 

In addition to the Phantom, Screenmobile offers a few more motorized screen options, including:

  • Sun Control
    • Heavy Duty Cable Guided Shades
    • Heavy Duty FRT Shades
    • Canopy Tension Screens
  • Insolroll
    • Oasis 2700 Patio Sun Shades
    • Oasis 2800 Patio Shades
    • Oasis 2900 Patio Insect Shades
  • SunPro
    • Phifer Tuffscreen® Heavy-duty Screen
    • Phifer Tuffscreen® No-see-um Screen
  • Sunair
    •  SC4500 Mastershade®

Sizes and Mounting

In general, roll-down screens and shades come in a variety of shapes and sizes. From small windows to massive outdoor patios, roll-down screens are capable of shading your space. At Screenmobile, our trained professionals can help mount roll-down screens for every need, including up to 24-foot-wide and 16-foot-tall installations.

Screen Types

The next step is to choose the type of screen fabric that suits your home’s needs. There is a wide selection to choose from, including sun control screens, insect control screens, pet-resistant screens, weather-resistant screens, and more. 

If you’re unsure what type of screen is right for you, our experienced team can help.

Color Options

The final step is picking the color of your screen fabric and the frame color of your roll-down screen. When evaluating your different options, two key considerations are: do you want a color that will complement and contrast your home’s existing colors, or do you want it to blend in seamlessly without changing the look too much? The choice is entirely yours.

Installing a Retractable Screen

If you’re thinking about adding a roll-down screen to your home, we’re here to help. To get started, contact your local Screenmobile or request a free estimate today.

A backyard with a small enclosed screened in patio.
7 Ways to Upgrade Your Porch and Patio

When it comes to sprucing up our homes, porches and patios are notoriously overlooked by many homeowners. That’s a shame because a top-notch porch or patio can work wonders on the value, curb appeal, and style of your home.

Here we’ll show you the best ways to upgrade your deck, patio, or other outdoor living space. That way, you’ll have yet another cozy spot in your home to kick back and relax in. And that’s something you’ll be super thankful for when the warm summer months roll around each year.

With that said, here are 7 ideas to take your porch and patio game to the next level: 

1. Screen-In Porch and Patio Enclosures

A screened porch is the best of both worlds. Not only can you enjoy the warm outdoor breeze and views, but you can do so while being protected from pesky mosquitos and unwanted debris from outside. Since most people want to spend more time outdoors, many homeowners choose to screen in their porches. Life on the porch takes on a whole new appeal when protected from insects and blowing leaves. Think of outdoor meals without swatting at flies or relaxing summer cocktails with friends! Additionally,  a screened-in porch can serve as a second family room to entertain an evening with the kids.

Screen enclosures come in a nice variety of fabric choices and frame colors. Motorized screens are also a great option.

2. Patio Furniture

High-quality patio and deck furniture is a must if you want to turn your outdoor living space into something worth hanging out in often. What you want to go for here is both functionality and comfort. That way, you’ll look forward to spending more time on your porch or patio. And don’t forget to add an outdoor rug, cushions, and pillows, curtains, or other decorative accessories for a nice homey touch.

P.S. Don’t forget sun control to protect your patio furniture and decor from UV rays.

3. Deck and Patio Plants

Now that you’ve got your outdoor furniture in place, it’s time to add some green into the equation. Adding potted plants to your porch and patio can do just that. The key here is one: not to get carried away—a few well-placed succulents can go a long way. And two: get creative with your planters. Spray paint your plant containers to match your porch or patio style, or think about making a hanging planter or two.

A private back yard patio with a retractable tan awning covering the sunny space.

4. Patio Covers, Awnings, and Exterior Shades

If you are spending time on your porch or patio, the last thing you want is for it to be exposed to too much sunlight. Sweating from the heat or trying to avoid a troublesome glare isn’t exactly comfortable. So in the case that your patio, deck, or porch isn’t already covered, you could install a roll-up shade, a retractable awning, or a lattice or paneled patio cover.

5. Hand Railings

Traditionally, deck and porch hand railings were wooden. Nowadays, it’s highly recommended to opt for glass, cable, or aluminum hand railings

Unlike wooden railings, these hand railings are much less prone to wear and tear, meaning fewer maintenance costs on your end. So you might as well opt for something that will stand the test of time on its own. 

6. Porch Lights

The next step in transforming your porch or patio is to add lighting, which not only boosts the overall ambiance but also makes it safer and more secure. Show your creativity when adding lights to your porch. String lights, hanging lanterns, or stylish lamps will improve your patio or deck’s visual appeal. 

Side note: We recommend LED lights. They’ll cost more upfront, but since they have longer lifespans than incandescent bulbs, you’ll save in the long run. They’re also more energy-efficient, saving you money on your electricity bill. 

7. Three-Season Room

Last but not least, you could take the boldest approach of all by completely turning your outdoor deck or patio into a full-blown three-season room. Since three-season rooms are enclosed and offer superior temperature control so you can use them year-round, unlike most patios and porches. 

Once your outdoor space is converted into a three-season room, you can use it for whatever purpose you might need: an additional family room, a pool enclosure, or a casual dining room. This is also an ideal area to place plants if you have any that are sensitive to cold.

If you need more convincing, here are 5 Benefits of a Three-Season Room.

Conclusion on Upgrading your Porch and Patio

At the end of the day, owning a home is a pretty big investment. So why not get the most out of that investment by using all the available space you have on hand. 

The best way to do that is by simply upgrading your porch or patio from an unused eyesore to a wow-inducing leisure area. If you tick all of the boxes above, you’ll have a great new space to entertain guests, spend time with the family, or just relax by yourself and get some alone time. 

To learn more about how you can enhance your deck or patio, contact our experienced team at Screenmobile today. We’ll be happy to sort through your ideas and find the perfect solution for your home.

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