Home with a single pillar porch and a storm glass front door.
What Are Storm Doors? Where to Use Them?

Storm doors are your extra layer of protection from the elements. If you live in an area that’s prone to strong winds and hard rains, storms, hurricanes, and tornados, then storm doors are your peace of mind. 

Now you can have one that is beautiful and adds value to your house or mobile home. One that adds to your curbside appeal while still providing the following benefits:

  • Insulates from cold air and wind
  • Protects your front door
  • Pest prevention (with screen option)
  • Cuts energy bills
  • Varied options in style, function, and finish
  • Encourages natural light in your home
  • Added security 

We’ll go into these points in further detail in this blog. You will be able to decide if a storm door is right for your home. If you are still unsure, you can contact Sceenmobile technicians in your area for guidance and advice. 

What’s the purpose of a storm door?

A storm door is an effective layer of protection against the harsh elements in colder, storm-prone climates. It looks like a second door, but it fully covers your main entrance–gaps included. 

Strong winds forcefully enter between the gaps in your front door and

  • Weakens your main door
  • Agitates other doors within your home 
  • Disturbs decoration, like vases and hanging pictures
  • Increases energy bills

The wind is dangerous to the stability of your home, your finances, and your safety.

home with a custom arched storm door entryway

Here are some signs you may need a storm door: 

  • Your front door feels weakened by winds and weather.
  • Your front door shakes within the doorframe, especially in inclement weather.
  • You can hear a low howl when the winds kick up.
  • You can feel a constant draft.

Compounding these issues, all this time, before installing your storm door, you paid extra for your heating. The cold drafts prompted you to hike up the HVAC unit, or you were left shivering and uncomfortable in your own home. 

You don’t want to risk a broken main door that will invite intruders. 

You don’t want to hear a strong wind wailing through your house, threatening to knock over your precious belongings.

You don’t want to spend too much on heating bills.

 

What is the difference between a storm door and a screen door?

A screen door offers many of the same benefits as a storm door, but they’re not strong enough to protect against stronger winds. A screen door is beneficial to any family home–it allows you to keep your main entrance open to let a cool breeze pass through without risking bugs from entering or pets and kids from running out unobserved. Screen doors allow you to keep your main door open without your house sitting vulnerable.

Storm doors, however, are built to resist strong winds and inclement weather, be it rain or snow, help you save on heating bills, and still add a layer of security from intruders. 

Are storm doors a good idea?

Yes, if you live in an area prone to hurricanes, snow, or strong winds. You don’t need a storm door in a hotter climate; you would be better with a mesh screen door. Glass storm doors really shine on snowy days when you want some sunlight but don’t want a cold breeze to ruin your day. Sometimes, it isn’t necessary to go all out and choose the highest impact storm door. A screen door, equally as beautiful, will suffice. 

You can understand now why they are called storm doors. They are specifically designed to brave storms while protecting your home and simultaneously offering a view of the outside. 

Different types of storm doors

Storm doors are available in different materials, colors, and finishes. We live in a modern age where almost anything is customizable, storm doors included. At Screenmobile, we have a few brands on offer to advise you and professionally install for you. 

Custom storm doors are available in glass or grille options, full or mid-view, single or double pane, or mesh screens. You can choose one to match your home or discover a new one. In addition, we provide a professional installation of decorative storm doors on both houses and mobile homes. 

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How to clean a mesh screen door

If you choose a mesh screen storm door, you need to maintain it to last longer. The following chart outlines the cleaning schedule necessary depending on where your home’s location:

Storm door cleaning schedule based on climate. Mild - every 6 months. Moderate every 3 months. Extreme, every 2 to 4 weeks.

Choose Screenmobile for your Storm Door

You don’t need to leave your home–we come directly to you in our Screenmobile. You can choose the color and style you want, and we can then make an appointment to have your new storm door installed. 

We are just a phone call away, or if you prefer, you can fill out a customer contact form here. From our customer service to our technicians, everyone is trained with deep product knowledge and pricing information to give you your answers directly.

A small living room with a sectional sofa on the right and a wall-mounted television with french doors leading to an outdoor deck.
What To Know About French Doors With Screens

French doors (also known as patio doors) are a pair of doors that often have glass panels and open from the middle. They are an elegant upgrade to any home, whether they’re connecting two rooms, your home to your patio, or your home to outside. French doors can be sliding or hung and can open in or out. While French doors are particularly esthetically pleasing, some people avoid them because they think it limits their utility and can’t install a screen if they have French doors. This is not true. French doors can be installed with retractable screens. Retractable screens are a great way to enjoy the look of French doors and the benefits of a screen door (airflow, pest control, etc.) Screen doors can even help cut down on your monthly bills by letting cool air in (saving you on air conditioning bill) and by allowing light in (saving you on your electric bill.)  

What are the most common types of French doors?

Hinged French Door

The most common type of French door is Hinged French Door. Swinging French doors are a set of two doors that open from the middle, usually without a post between them. That gives them a more open feel. You can choose whether your doors open out or in, but there are a few things to consider. First, how much space do you have? If you’re trying to conserve space inside, your doors should open out. If you don’t have as much space outside, they should open in. Weather is also a factor. If you are in a snowy region, it may be hard to open your doors out if there is packed snow outside, so you’d want them to open in. However, French doors that open in are easier to kick in, so if you’re worried about home intrusions, having your doors open out might be safer. There are a lot of factors to consider, but enough flexibility and options to find the right French doors for your home.

Sliding French doors

The second most common style of French doors is sliding French doors. Sliding French doors are set on a track and weighted to easily slide together to meet in the middle. Create a stunning entrance from both inside and outside your property. French sliding doors blend space-saving convenience and elegance. A French-Style sliding door looks like a typical swing French door but actually slide together. 

Double French doors

Since French doors come in two, double French doors refer to a set of two French doors side by side. Double French doors add an elegant, timeless aspect to any room and offer views of the outside through out-swing French Doors.

Side by side French doors with retractable screens.

Which screen doors work with French doors?

Retractable screen doors

The best screen to install with French doors is a retractable screen door. Retractable screen doors fit in your door frame, and the screen retracts into the frame, as opposed to a regular screen door that just shifts to the side or a storm door that’s separate and opens out. Retractable screen doors come in a variety of colors options and materials, so they can easily blend into your decor. This is perfect for French doors because they’re so aesthetically pleasing, and you don’t want to distract from them. 

Sliding screen doors

Sliding screen doors are perfectly compatible with sliding French doors but don’t really work with swinging French doors. Screenmobile can manufacture and install custom sliding screen doors at your property with heavy-duty security features and a guaranteed fit. 

What are the benefits of installing French doors with screens?

  • Pest Control

    The number one reason for French doors with screens is to gain the benefits of keeping your doors open while protecting your home from bugs. Bugs that fly or bugs that crawl, you want to keep them all on the outside of your house. Screen doors also keep out dust, debris, and even nosy neighbors if you have those.

  • Airflow

    The best way to cool down a house is with a cross breeze. Opening multiple windows and your front door is a great way to achieve this. Getting fresh air on a hot day can cut down on your air conditioning bill and keep your home cool.

  • Light

    French doors let in a beautiful amount of light, and you don’t want bulky screen doors to get in the way of that. Retractable screen doors are much less cumbersome, and they retract when they aren’t being used.

How do you install French doors with screens?

Retractable screen doors are perfect for French doors because you can install them on the outside or inside your door and add unparalleled utility. Since French doors can open either in or out, having a screen door that can go inside or outside is a must. If you’re looking to install French doors with screens, Screenmobile has excellent customer service and can answer any questions you may have. They work with you to find the best option for your door, give you a quote, and then come install it for you. 

Two dogs in front of security door
A Guide to Pet Screens, Doors, and Guards

Owning a pet can be extremely rewarding… except when they’re destroying everything in your home. While some problems like peeing inside or scratching at the furniture are harder to fix, protecting your screen door from your pet has some pretty easy solutions. Screen doors are a pet owner’s necessity; they improve airflow, let in extra light, and protect you and your fur babies from bugs and other critters. In addition, your pet probably really appreciates a cool breeze and a nice view, even if they accidentally end up destroying the screen that allows them to enjoy it. Screens can also be necessary to your pet’s safety, keeping them inside and away from other animals, off busy streets, and saving them from potentially getting lost. 

How Can Pets Damage Doors?

While they may not mean to inflict damage, if a screen door is all that’s standing between your dog and being able to go outside, chances are they will scratch at it until they get what they want. Cats also tend to claw at anything they can get their little paws on, especially something that offers resistance like a screen. Scratching at the door can lead to the screen itself ripping or fraying, or can damage the frame the screen is attached to. Also, because the screens are so thin and sometimes hard to see, pets may not realize the screen is there and go barreling into it if they see a squirrel or bird walking by. Again, this can easily rip the screen or damage the frame. 

How Do You Prevent Your Pet From Destroying Your Screens?

So how do you prevent your pet from destroying your screens? There are three very effective and cost-efficient ways to prevent your screens from your animals: 

  • Pet-resistant Screens

Probably the easiest solution is to invest in pet-resistant screens (also known as “pet-proof screens”). These heavy-duty pet-resistant screens are designed to fit in the frames you already have but are made of stronger and more durable materials that can withstand most scratching and pushing from your furry little friends. In addition, pet-resistant screens blend in with the rest of your decor, so the untrained eye wouldn’t even know you have a dog. Pet-resistant screens also work for windows and other enclosures like doors and pet patios

  • Your pet’s size and the damage they cause will determine the best screen to fit your needs. Talk to your local Screenmobile technician to figure out the best pet screen solution for you. The three most popular types of pet-resistant screens are Pet Screens, Tuff Screens, and Super Screens.  
  • Pet Guards

Pet guards are stylized metal gates that protect your door from your pet. For larger or “more determined” dogs, screen door pet guards offer a more robust barrier than a pet-resistant screen because they are made out of metal instead of mesh. You don’t have to worry about your pet damaging the existing screen because they won’t be able to physically get to it.  However, these are harder to install on sliding screen doors and patio doors. 

Additionally, our door guards not only protect your screens from the claws of your four-legged friend but also family feet, knees, and other items that can potentially ruin your screen door.

  • Pet Doors

A pet door (also known as a doggie door) can help your pet control when they enter and exit your home themselves, so there’s no need for scratching to get out. Traditionally, doggie doors are installed directly into a front door or as a panel for sliding doors. However, Screenmobile offers screen doors with a pet door pre-installed, or you can easily have a pet screen door installed in whatever door you already own. Screen doors with pet doors are great for more independent cats and dogs who have the ability to safely come and go whenever they choose, with the added benefit of providing excellent scratch protection. We will install the best option to suit your needs – pet doors can be mounted inside both swinging and sliding screen doors.

What are pet-resistant screens made of?

Pet resistant screens are usually made from PVC-coated polyester yarn, making them seven times more resilient than standard screens. The strong, pliable mesh is able to withstand repeated clawing by your cats and dogs. Thanks to the PVC vinyl lining, the screens can also hold up to the sun and other elements longer. While the mesh is thicker than a regular screen, the spaces are also larger to facilitate airflow and light. But don’t worry, the holes are still small enough to keep out the bugs. 

Do pet-resistant screens work?

The short answer is yes! Pet resistant screens are tear and puncture-resistant, but if your dog runs full force into a pet-resistant screen door, they can still damage the frame if they’re large enough. But yes, pet-resistant screens do a fantastic job of preventing constant replacements and repairs.

How do you pet-proof a window screen?

The best way to pet-proof your window screen is to use a pet-resistant screen. If your dog or cat has a specific favorite window, you could pet-proof it with a scratch-resistant material and use standard screens for your other windows. While you could use a screen guard, you may not be happy with how it looks. It is also not recommended to put a pet door in a window, especially one that isn’t on the first floor. 

 

Whichever option you choose to protect your screens from your pet (and protect your pet from the outside world), Screenmobile offers multiple products to make pet-proofing your home easy and affordable. With excellent customer service, local Screenmobile technicians can help you decide what’s best for you and your pet, give you a quote on what it will cost, and then travel to your home and install it for you. 

Custom Window Screens or Premade Window Screens

When performing home renovations, whether you’re a seasoned professional or a do-it-yourself beginner, the smallest detail can sometimes feel like a big decision. Even something seemingly simple as installing window screens can become an expensive, time-consuming disaster if done incorrectly. However, window screens are essential in your home because they increase curb appeal, cut energy costs by trapping heat or letting cool air in, keep pesky bugs out, and help protect your windows from weather and dirt. Having window screens can also increase the security of your home in case you ever forget to close and lock your windows. But window screens can be tricky to install. When deciding between premade window screens and custom window screens, there are a few factors to consider. 

The Cost of Custom vs. Premade Window Screens

While custom window screens are definitely the easier way to go, they can cost more than the average premade window screen. If you are trying to work with a smaller budget, premade window screens are usually cheaper. However, since custom window screen companies, like Screenmobile, manufacture their own products, sometimes their screens are comparable in price because you are cutting out the retailer. You can also always ask a custom window screen company for a quote before you make your decision.

How Much Product Variety Is There? 

With premade window screens, it’s sometimes harder to find the exact look you want. You may like the color or style of one frame, but with a different screen material. Screens can also range in style and price depending on the quality of the product. With custom window screens, you can specify material options, frame color, and quality. 

How Complicated Will Your Screen Project Be?

If your screen is perfectly measured and cut, you can easily install it yourself. The easiest way to measure a screen is if you already have an existing one. You can just match the new screen to the previous one’s dimensions. However, when installing a screen for the first time, you don’t usually have an existing one.

It’s very easy to make a mistake when measuring windows, doors, and especially bigger screens like porches or large enclosures. Once you order a premade screen, you are stuck with that size and may have to order again if it’s wrong. And if your project is at all atypical, for example – adjustable window screens, non-standard window shapes, and sizes, pet resistant screens, or solar screens – installation suddenly becomes way more tricky and complicated. Custom window screen companies like ScreenMobile will drive to your house and measure, cut, and install your screens for you. 

How Long Do You Want Your Screen Project To Take?

Going to a large hardware store can be a hassle – how many Saturdays have you lost braving the Home Depot parking lot only to find what you need is out of stock? Ordering online can also be risky. You can’t see the product before you buy it, and screens are frequently damaged when shipped. Even if the retailer replaces them for free, this can lead to unexpected delays in your project. 

With custom window screens, you can be assured your project will be completed quickly and hassle-free. This means you can focus your energy on other aspects of your home renovation or just sit back and drink a margarita while someone else does the work! 

How Safe Do You Want Your Screen To Be?

Quality products and accurate installation are crucial in window screens. You don’t want a screen that flops around in the wind or doesn’t seal properly. If you are looking for added security consider adding window security screens.

How Important Is Customer Service To You?

While clicking “purchase” on a premade window screen may be the easiest route, a custom window screen company will help answer any questions you may have about purchasing and installing your screens. For example, ScreenMobile has real-life humans answering their phones who can assist you with deep product knowledge and pricing information. They will also work around your schedule and make sure to arrive promptly at the time that’s most convenient for you.  

Can You Repair A Screen, Or Do You Need To Replace The Frame? 

Screens will eventually get damaged, whether by general wear and tear or you somehow locked yourself out of your house and need to cut the screen to get back in. Instead of buying a new screen and frame, you can get your screen repaired. This is more cost-efficient than completely replacing it with a new one. Again, using a mobile window screen service, you don’t have to uninstall your screen, bring it to a screen repair store, and then bring it back home to reinstall. Instead, a skilled local screen technician will come to you to repair your screen. 

So, Which Is It? Custom Window Screens Or Premade Window Screens?

While buying premade screens can be more cost-efficient – shipping, ordering the wrong thing, or having to go to a hardware store can create delays in your project. Also, if you mismeasure or have problems installing, you may have to repurchase the screen, doubling what you wanted to spend originally. Safety is also something to consider if you have young children or pets. Overall, the accuracy, ease, and confidence in ordering a custom window screen far outweigh what slight price difference there might be.

A front patio is transformed into a screened in patio using multiple screen panels.
The Guide to Screen Porch Options

A Guide of Screened In Porch Options

People have been using outdoor screening for porches, doors, and windows for almost 200 years for one single reason: to keep the bugs out! However, with time, numerous new concepts emerged that revolutionized how individuals placed the screens.

Outdoor screening products today provide more than just protection from mosquitoes and bugs. Today’s decorative screens come in a variety of sizes and various advantages. For instance, not only can they increase your privacy, save on heating and cooling, improve airflow, lighting control, energy efficiency, visual appeal, and security.

Continue reading to find a guide for screened porch options and how people are revamping the humble porch into a versatile living space.

 

Decide How Often You’ll Use Your Screened In Porch.

Just summer? Then all you’ll have to worry about is beating the heat! Use solar screens and plant trees near the space to provide extra shade or install a ceiling fan to circulate the air.

Only when the weather is nice? Then, consider installing retractable shades on the outside of your screens to help insulate the space in the winter.

365 days a year? To make the room comfortable come winter, it is recommended to use easy-to-install acrylic or vinyl sheets from a company like Screenmobile. You could also want a fireplace for those extra chilly nights.

 

Porch Screen Installation Methods

When changing or updating your window screens, it’s vital to educate yourself on the screen’s construction. Screenmobile offers various screening installation systems, from simple stapled screens to roll form screens and heavy-duty extruded aluminum screen frames. Roll form and extruded aluminum screen frame constructions differ significantly in terms of quality, cost, and installation.

Here’s a quick look at the differences between each screen porch installation option.

Stapled Screens:

  • Most cost-effective option
  • Fastest to install 
  • Do not require additional construction or installation
  • Entirely customizable for size and screen fabric

 

Roll Form Screens:

  • Fast and easy to produce.
  • Cost savings 
  • Flexibility
  • Reduced Scrap
  • Lightweight

 

Extruded Aluminum Screen Frames:

  • Heavy duty
  • The interior of the screen spline matches the exterior color.
  • It won’t easily bend or break.
  • Built to last the life of your window
  • Used for large expanses. 

 

 

Branded Screen Porch Options

These brands offer their patented porch screening systems. Some offer trademark joints, others a one-of-a-kind material. Here’s a rundown of these branded screen porch options.

  • Screentight: Do-it-yourself homeowners, handymen, and professional builders all rely on the Screen Tight system. The Screen Tight system comprises a base attached to the existing porch structure and a cap that mounts on top and comes in a range of colors. Everything you need to screen your porch is reasonably priced and constructed of high-quality UV-resistant window-grade vinyl. The Screen Tight system employs a vinyl cap that can be removed and snapped back in place when re-screening.
  • Screeneze: SCREENEZE® system uses no-spline technology to take the headaches out of screen installations for patios, decks, and porches. Additionally, their screens are nearly invisible, giving porches a nice, clean appearance. The Screeneze system is faster to install and offers four colors: white, bronze, sand, and clay and can be applied to any smooth, uniform surface.
  • Mosquito Curtains: The Mosquito Curtain porch enclosure system provides custom-fitted mosquito curtains for about a quarter of the cost of a permanent framed screened porch enclosure, with a tracking option that allows you to slide curtains open in beautiful, elegant swags. Mosquito curtains come in three material types.
    • Mosquito, gnat, and black flies are kept at bay using heavy mosquito netting.
    • No-see-um Mesh is meant to keep tiny midges out of coastal areas.
    • Shade Mesh for privacy and protection against biting insects.

 

Select Your Screen Style

To begin, choose a design for your outdoor porch cover. There are hundreds of outdoor porch screens on the market to choose from, and there is an astonishing diversity of style and design options.

Here are a few of the most popular screen porch options:

  • Fiberglass: This is a low-cost screening material that provides excellent visibility due to its absence of glare. Fiberglass is also the most used material for porch screens. Fiberglass, unlike metal screening, does not wrinkle. Its adaptability makes it the easiest to work with.
  • Sun Control Screens: These are the best screening options for porches and sunrooms that get too hot in the summer. The sun-blocking screen is available in a variety of forms. The idea behind these screens is to keep bugs out while also preventing the porch from becoming warm by reducing glare from the sun. The advantage of a sun-control screen is that it allows light to pass through while retaining the exterior’s nice aesthetics.
  • Pet-Resistant Screening: It stands to reason that this form of screening is several times stronger than conventional mesh. As a result, it is said to be an ideal outdoor patio cover screen for pet owners. Keep in mind that it is more expensive and has lower visibility than a regular screen. It is recommended that it be installed along the lower half of the wall.
  • Prefabricated screen panel: This is simply an outdoor pre-made panel that provides privacy while blocking some light and insects. These screens are available in a wide range of stylish design materials.

 

A curved screened in patio offers a wider viewing area and a unique look to a home.

Special Screen Porch Options

Aside from standard window screens, some options are designed for specific uses. These screens and shades are more comprehensive and overhaul the porch.

  • Retractable screens: In their most basic form, perform just what their name implies: they retract. When not in use, retractable screens roll up into a protective shell and become practically invisible. The best retractable screen systems may be retrofitted into a door or window seamlessly within a housing made to blend in perfectly. When the door or window is opened, the screen unrolls to protect the homeowner from flying or crawling insects while still providing fresh natural ventilation. When it’s time to shut down, the screen retracts into its housing until it’s needed again.
  • 3 Season Rooms: Three-season rooms are clear vinyl-enclosed extensions put onto houses. These enclosures aim to provide a fun place to relax while also protecting them from harsh weather and pests. While most three-season rooms are a type of patio or porch, they can also enclose a small piece of the garden. Screens offer added versatility to three-season rooms.

 

Mechanical roll down screens for a back porch offering easy customization.

Hire Professionals for Installation

Installing outside screens, according to some, might be a do-it-yourself (DIY) project. When you start digging into the real details and all of the necessary effort, it quickly becomes apparent that it will be easy to select the best screen porch option for your home and then hire a pro to install it, especially when working on a larger, more challenging project. Screenmobile has skilled specialists with years of experience and expertise, and they know exactly what needs to be done.

Are you ready to start planning your next porch screening project? Get a free in-home estimate right now!

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Backyard patio with motorized screens
Home Automation and Smart Shades

In recent years, home automation has made massive strides. More and more people are flocking to smart home technology in order to provide more comfort, convenience, and security to their homes. In fact, smart home devices are expected to be installed in over 57% of homes by 2025.

This digital revolution taking place in our homes comes in many forms, from smart home devices such as automated lights, thermostats, speakers, and security cameras to personal home assistants like Amazon Alexa. But in this piece, we’re going to introduce you to another key actor in the home automation space: smart window shades.

 

What are smart shades?

When people refer to the “smart home” technology, they are simply talking about interconnected home devices that can be controlled remotely. For example, the owner of an automated home could potentially be able to do things like order an item online via voice command, adjust the brightness of their lights via smartphone, or check the cameras in their home without even being home.

That same idea applies to smart window shades and other smart sun control options like motorized blinds and awnings. Since they are motorized and interconnected (aka smart), they can be rolled up or down using a simple voice command, remote control, or by whipping out your mobile phone and clicking a button. 

Gone are the days of tugging on cords or rotating a wand to roll up or roll down your window blinds and shades.

 

Are smart window shades worth it?

Obviously, this is a very subjective question. While smart shades and blinds undoubtedly add comfort and convenience to a home, they might not be for everyone—at least at the time being. Other people, on the other hand, might be chomping at the bit for the opportunity to modernize their home in yet another way.

At the end of the day, it largely comes down to personal preference. Are you willing to spend a little bit more money for smart motorized window shades in exchange for their ease-of-use, modern appeal, and wow factor? Or are you fine with traditional window shades and blinds? 

Automated screens attached to an outdoor patio area.

Buy new smart shades or retrofit your old ones?

If you decide to go down the smart home window shade route, then you need to ask yourself whether you want brand-new smart shades or if you want to retrofit your old ones so they become smart overnight. 

When it comes to purchasing new smart motorized shades, you know what you’re going to get—assuming you buy from a reputable window shade seller. And on top of getting a high-quality product, you will get professional installment to go along with it. The only problem with this avenue, however, is that it’s more costly than retrofitting your existing window treatments.

With retrofitting, your traditional window shades are fitted with a battery and motor, turning them into de facto smart shades. Many DIY smart window kits exist on the market and cost much less than buying full-on smart home shades, but both quality and functionality will suffer. 

In this case, “you get what you pay for” certainly holds true.

 

How to control your motorize smart shades—Alexa and Google integration

As we mentioned earlier, windows shades and blinds with smart features can be controlled by remote control, voice command, or mobile phone. Better yet, most smart shades on the market can be fully integrated with your Amazon Alexa or Google Home devices.

These smart shades come with a bridge device that can connect to your home’s wifi. Once the bridge and Amazon Alexa are connected to the same network, all you need to do is navigate to the Alexa app and find the Smart Home tab and ask it to Discover Devices. 

Finally, pair the devices and you should be able to say “Alexa, open the blinds” to let some sunshine in your home. Pairing the bridge to Google Home is a similar process.

 

Need help picking window shades?

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

 

Screenmobile Tech servicing a window screen affixed to a home.
Window Screen Maintenance Tips

There are two key ingredients to long-lasting window and door screens. The first is buying and installing high-quality, durable screens. And second is proper screen maintenance.

Of course, the first step simply requires finding a reputable window screen retailer. The second—correct screen maintenance—is a bit more complicated. As long as you know what you’re doing, though, then extending the life and beauty of your screens shouldn’t be a problem at all.

With that said, here’s how to take care of your window and door screens for years and years to come.

 

Keep Your Screens Clean.

Regularly cleaned screens equal long-lasting screens. That’s because dust, muck, and grime can wear down your screens over time if not taken care of.  

Follow these steps to keep your screens clean:

  • Clean any debris or water blocking the tracks of your door screens. Cleaning by hand or with a vacuum are both options.
  • Always keep your motorized screens in their housing case when they are not in use. The housing unit protects the screen from daily wear and tear.
  • Wipe down the screen frame when necessary.
  • Wash the mesh screen with soapy water and a soft brush or damp cloth by hand. Never use chemicals, a water hose, or pressure water to wash door or window screens.
  • Finally, allow the mesh to dry after cleaning before rolling it up.

 

Other Screen Maintenance Tips.

Motorized, retractable, and sliding screens present a few unique maintenance challenges in addition to cleaning. 

  • Screens should be kept in protective housing during inclement weather or strong winds. Powerful storms are one of the main reasons many screens have short lifespans.
  • After cleaning your screen tracks, spray lubricant on a rag and wipe down the track. This ensures smooth opening and closing and eliminates any wear and tear due to grinding.
  • Make sure your screen isn’t exposed to any strong forces or collisions. These days, most quality screens can provide security and protection to things like golf balls and pets, but that doesn’t mean they are invincible.  
  • Make sure that the screen retracts into the housing without any creases, wrinkles, or folds. 
  • If your motorized screen isn’t working, ensure that it is still getting power and that the remote has fresh batteries.

 

Winterize Your Screens For The Cold Weather Months

Since you probably won’t have any use for your screens during the frigid winter months, winterizing your window and door screens is a smart choice. The first thing you need to do is remove your screens and clean them following the steps we outlined above.

After that, simply store them in a safe and dry spot until you’re ready to use them again when spring rolls around. Just make sure they are stored upright or lying completely flat, as storing screens in awkward positions long enough can warp the screen frame. Also, make sure they aren’t left in a location where they could be ripped, scraped, or gouged.  

Even better, cover your screens in the winter with a tarp or an old sheet as an added layer of protection. Or you could just add winterization panels to your porch, patio, or sunroom.

Request a quote today!

 

Know When To Replace Your Screens

With proper maintenance, you can ensure your screens will live a happy and long life, but even the best cared for window screens eventually need to be replaced. Signs your screen needs replaced or repaired include:

  • Cracks in the frame
  • Corrosion or rust
  • Tears, dents, or holes
  • Fading and discoloration
  • Difficulty when opening or closing
  • Signs of obvious damage
  • Increase in energy costs

 

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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

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.

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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.

Shutters

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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