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Top Signs You Need To Replace Old Window Screens

You want to install your screens, walk away, and never need to think of them again like everyone else and every other home improvement upgrade. Screens are essential and valuable but quickly forgotten. 

So much so that they deteriorate before your eyes. Before you know it, you’re wondering how this gaping hole formed. Bugs are flying in like your home is their personal playground, dust is swirling about your clean rooms, and the dog keeps making it worse with his curious muzzle. 

We’ve repaired many a damaged window screen, meeting many a bewildered homeowner confused about how their screens fell into such a dismal condition. 

You don’t want that to happen. Old window screens look shabby and diminish your curbside appeal, including losing their primary function. 

Keep reading to learn about our top signs, the causes, and how to remedy this problem. 

Top Signs You Need To Replace Old Window Screens

There are a few factors to take into consideration when deliberating whether to replace your old window screens or not. Age is one of those. If you have no added factors, change your screens every 8 to 10 years.

Damaged window screens lose their power to protect you. Solar screens can no longer block harmful UV rays, and your cat can expertly escape through a hole in her catio

Here are the common signs that your window screens need replacing:

Old Window Screens

Just like a good wine, window screens age, but unlike wine, they don’t improve. Window screens can live a good life of up to 10 years. But that is 10 years of blocking the sun, debris, and bugs trying to make their way into your home.  If you can’t find your receipt, then inspect your screens. 

Faded fabric/material

If your mesh is faded, then it’s old. The constant exposure to the elements tires the fabric. If you had installed your screens recently and are concerned about the quick fading, then either you paid for cheap material, or this particular window receives the most sun, and you need a better window screen material.

Ripped, torn screen

You can try to sew up a ripped or torn screen or place duct tape along the laceration, but the screen will not be functioning at 100%. It can also look quite ugly.

How did your screen rip? Do you have pets up at that level scratching to get out? Did something get caught on your screen without realizing it? 

Holes 

Holes can appear with old age, fading, tearing, debris flying at your windows, birds crashing into them, smoke, fire, and forgotten rips. The thing with holes is, once they’re there, they only get bigger.

Placing a patch on a hole in your window screen is only a temporary solution. You don’t want it becoming more significant to the point your screens don’t work anymore!

Loss of structural integrity

Areas prone to earthquakes and tremors often need to replace window screens frequently. The violent shifting of the plates can pop your screens out of their frames, losing their structural integrity. 

If you don’t replace it, it will fall out entirely, leaving you screenless and unprotected. 

Warping

Extreme weather conditions (an increasingly more common occurrence) can bend and twist your screens. You might be able to pop them back in again, but it’s not permanent, and fidgeting with a warped screen can cause further damage to your window frame. 

Melting

It should be no surprise that window screens sitting in extreme heat day in and day out start to melt. Solar screens are more resistant, but if you notice your screen melting, it’s time to replace it! 

Brittle

On the other hand, freezing weather can make your screen brittle, speeding up its lifespan. It doesn’t mean your screen is bad quality, just that you’ll need to replace it more often. 

How to find replacement window screens

Screens aren’t difficult to source. You can find them in any local home improvement store. However, their dimensions are generic, and you might not find a size that fits comfortably in your window frame

Stretching your screen to cover your window will weaken the fabric, making it more liable to rip and tear. 

Fortunately, at Screenmobile, we build your screens to fit your windows. You contact us with your need, and we come out, measure your window, and prepare and install your screens right there on the back of our van. Replacing your old window screens has never been easier.

To recap

Go around your house to check all your screens yearly, just before winter kicks in. 

Check for

  • Fraying
  • Tearing
  • Warping
  • Loosening
  • Weakening

If you’re not confident that your screens will make it through, call a Screenmobile technician – you’ll have your window screens replaced in a matter of weeks.

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7 Tips on How to Keep Porch Cool in Summer

Summer’s getting hotter, with 2021 being the hottest in 126 years. So we need to develop ways in homes to keep cool without breaking the bank with AC bills.

Porches are an extension of your home. You can enjoy being outdoors without losing any of your homely comforts. However, your porch sometimes feels like the air hasn’t moved since 1956. Porches can be hot, stuffy, and full of insets. A place for your delivery packages to hang out until you come home and for your pet to longingly gaze at from indoors. 

It’s time to welcome back your porch as a functioning part of your home. Keep your patio cool during these hot summer months to relax and enjoy.

Read our great porch-cooling tips and get your patio ready for summer.

How to keep your porch cool in summer

You would hope being outside on your porch would be a clever way to cool down. However, a lot of us are used to the AC now, and let’s not forget the significant (and worrying) rise in temperature. A regular porch might not be able to cut it.

But don’t worry. We have some reliable ways to ensure you and your loved ones remain cool and refreshed while perched on your porch this summer. 

  • Fans (ceiling & electric)
  • Screens (solar, retractable, regular)
  • Misting system
  • Shades (retractable awnings, umbrellas)
  • Furniture
  • Plants
  • Light Colors & Patterns

 

Porch Fans

This might seem like an obvious addition, but many people don’t think a fan fits into the aesthetic of a porch. However, you can choose between a stand-alone electric fan or a ceiling fan. Either way, they are great for loosening stagnant and hot air. Ceiling fans are a bit more expensive, but they fit the outdoor environment and don’t take up any floor space. Invest in one with a light, and you’ve hit two birds with one stone–relaxing on the porch has just extended to evening hours. 

Unfortunately, porch fans won’t prevent bugs from flying in or reduce harmful UV rays. So we suggest using a fan in conjunction with an exterior shade or sun control awning

Porch Screens 

At Screenmobile, we are screen experts. We build and install screens to fit any dimension, so yes, your porch or patio can be screened. Enclosing your porch with screens has a massive list of benefits like pest control, added shade, and improved privacy that will leave you happier and restful. 

Screen Enclosures on a front porch by Screenmobile.

Here are some great screened porch options:

Solar screens if your porch is in direct sunlight between 11 am and 5 pm. Their primary benefit is blocking harmful UV rays. 

Retractable screens roll into their protective shell when not in use so that you can air out your porch at night. 

Regular screens are a perfect option too. Air can still travel through the material with a bit of wind, and bugs and dust can’t get in. A screened-in porch can change how you enjoy your home!

Misting System

There’s a reason fairs, theme parks, and other public areas provide misting systems. So why not bring those periodic sprays of refreshing mists directed at you while you serenely rock on your porch. 

Misting systems are not that expensive and are easy to install. However, look at your local weather warnings to see if water use is restricted. 

Exterior Shades

Shades can be a beautiful addition to your porch, whether you get a retractable awning, sunbrella, or any other type of solar shade

The main benefit of choosing a shade over a screen is your view. Some screens are darker to prevent UV rays, with a tighter mesh to prevent bugs. Unfortunately, this can darken the room, so be prepared for that. 

Furniture

Surprisingly, changing your porch furniture helps reduce the heat felt. For example, wicker chairs allow the air to circulate through them. As a result, you don’t get sweaty or sticky, and the material doesn’t heat up.

Plants

Plants are a wonderfully green way to cool down your patio. As they grow, they become a natural barrier between your porch and everywhere else, boosting your privacy and curbside appeal!

Color pattern

Choose lighter colors to reflect the heat from the sun. For example, painting your porch white has many advantages over a dark tone. Your color pattern is essential in cooling your porch, so keep it in mind!

Screened-in porch

We’ve already touched on screened-in porches, and to be fair, they are excellent for adding another room to your home at a reduction of the cost. So don’t forget about your porch in any DIY project.

Depending on the size of your porch, you can easily turn it into a sunroom, a three-season room, or a catio! It’s an extra living space attached to your home where you can escape the TV and daily living sounds.  

Make your summer a cool one!

Your porch doesn’t need to be a hotbed of bugs and dust. Neither should it be restricted because the sun is dangerously hot. Your porch is an extension of your home, and you should enjoy it as much. 

Install some screens, a fan or two, an awning, and why not a misting system? In addition, you will save money by not depending on your AC indoors, which is much cheaper than building a new room in your home. 

If you’re interested in screening your porch to make it cooler, don’t hesitate to reach out to your local Screenmobile. We are more than happy to help you choose the best for your porch and build and install custom or generic screens and shades. 

How to Pick the Right Screen Door: Types, Material, & Use

You’ve decided that you’re installing screen doors in your home. Excellent choice. Now all that’s left is choosing the best type of door to suit your home and needs. 

There are many options out there, which can become overwhelming. That’s why we’ve created this screen door guide – to help you make a sound decision. 

Screen doors are investments – they add value to your home, including other solid benefits like security and safety. Select the correct door, frame, material, and color to suit your needs, family, home, and neighborhood.

Keep on reading and choose your screen door today.

 

Different types of screen doors

Screen doors have evolved over the years, and many modern screen doors exist to complement your lifestyle. To quickly outline the different doors available:

    • Security doors
    • Pet resistant doors
    • Storm doors
    • Sliding screen doors
    • French doors

 

Security doors: these are solid and impenetrable doors that fit over your entryway. They have fortified locking systems and come with a mesh resistant to knives (if you choose mesh). Otherwise, your security screen door can have a glass or metal pattern finish.

Not only will they prevent burglars from entering, but with one look, they’ll also deter would-be burglars from even trying. Customize your security door to complement your home’s decor, boosting curbside appeal and adding value to the resale price.

Pet-resistant doors: pets always create a divide in the family: do we leave them indoors or outdoors while we’re away at work? Installing a pet door is the perfect solution. It allows your pet to remain independent without scratching, barking, or ‘indoor accidents.’

If you have indoor-only pets, then you might not like the idea of a doggie door. However, you don’t want them running out whenever you’ve got the door open or tearing your screen whenever a squirrel runs past the house. Pet-resistant screens have a hardier, more durable mesh.

Storm doors: doors and screens built to withstand strong winds, heavy snowfall, and harsh weather conditions. For example, there is no weather-based need to get a storm door if you live in most places in California – it’s an unnecessary expense for such a mild climate.

These doors cover your main door entirely and can be customized. If you’re unsure whether you need a storm door or not, contact your local Screenmobile. We could be the solution to the wind whistling throughout your home or the endless draft you get in the winter. If that wind can get in, it’ll start knocking things over and weaken your main door when it gets stronger.

The standard screen door

Exterior door standard size chart

This type of screen door is your best friend. It’s reliable, dependable, and does the job exactly as it should. These doors are mass-produced with standard American home door dimensions. 

If your home is more than a few decades old, don’t be surprised if your door measurements don’t conform with the standards. Building regulations and codes are updated every three years, but remember, they’re not laws, more like guidelines. 

 

Custom screen doors

Customizing your screen door is the best way to reflect you and your decor. You can choose the materials and fabrics you want, the shape of the door, and the dimensions. Even the color and design of the metal-decorated exterior, if that’s what you choose. 

Screenmobile thrives on custom screen doors and is more than happy to escort you to selecting the door type that suits your home, family, and needs.

 

Luxury screen doors

Let’s give custom screen doors a one-up and go total luxury: motorized screens, retractable screens, screens where you keep your view, but no one can see in.

Choose lavish and intricate designs, use the best material, and hook your screens to an app! 

Of course, these are the most expensive screen door types, but they will add massive value to your home. 

 

Choosing the best screen door type for your home

There are five main factors to consider when deciding which type of screen door you need for your home. 

  1. Location
  2. Space
  3. Climate
  4. Primary uses (listed above)
  5. Budget

Answering these simple questions is a great way to get the ball rolling. However, our Screenmobile representatives will be more than happy to help you with this process and more. 

Question One: Where are you located? Are you in the city or the country? In a built-up area or secluded?

Question Two: Is your door space large or small? Are you interested in double french, sliding, or standard swinging doors?

Question Three: What’s the weather like? Are you situated in Hurricane or Tornado alley, or beneath the intense glare of the Californian sun, for example?

Question Four: Why are you installing a screen door? Check out the different types above for guidance.

Question Five: How much do you have to spend? And remember, this is an investment, not an expenditure.

Take this case study, for example, from Bob Driscoll.

 

Question Answer Door Type
Location Colorado Storm Door
Space Restricted Single door
Climate Cold, heavy snowfall Storm Door
Primary Uses Prevent drafts and keep pets indoors Storm door with pet-resistant screen
Budget $500 Standard version

What he needs is a standard single storm door with a pet-resistant screen.

Try it yourself; it will save heaps of time. 

 

Knock, knock, who’s there? Screenmobile!

Find the local Screenmobile in your area and contact us today with your project details. Our technician will punctually come to your home at an appointed time and discuss your project with you. They’ll advise you on the best choice within your budget and according to your decor and needs. 

We measure, build, and install, and you enjoy the benefits of the perfect screen door type for your home. 

Screenmobile Named #1 Home Repair Franchise by Entrepreneur Magazine
Entrepreneur Names Screenmobile #1 Home Repair Franchise

Screenmobile is proud to announce that it has been named Entrepreneur magazine’s #1 Home Repair Franchise — considered the world’s first, best and most comprehensive franchise ranking. Screenmobile has long been a member of the Franchise 500 list under the “Home Repairs” category and climbing up the magazine’s “Top Franchises for Less Than $100,000” list over the previous two years.

The prestigious award validates our progress and the past year’s accomplishments, including reaching more than 140 franchisees nationwide. 

About The Best of the Best

Entrepreneur magazine’s “best of the best” are the franchises that ranked not only in the increasingly competitive Franchise 500 list this year but also at the top of their respective industry categories. The Franchise 500 evaluates companies based on more than 150 data points in costs and fees, size and growth, franchisee support, branding strength, and financial stability. 

All franchises receive a score based on more than 150 data points, and the 500 franchises with the highest scores join the Franchise 500® in ranking order. Screenmobile has topped that order and taken first place in the “Home Repair” category.

Screenmobile was Named the #1 Home Repair Franchise by Entrepreneur!

What Makes Screenmobile Franchise Best of the Best?

Our commitment to customer satisfaction, convenience, and professionalism. 

Our mission was to reinvent the screening industry by offering high-quality, stylish screens and outdoor living concepts to home improvement projects around the country at reasonable pricing. Screenmobile’s unmatched commitment to customer satisfaction and convenience is just one way we make home improvement projects a breeze. With a single visit, a Screenmobile representative arrives in uniform, measures, manufactures, installs and tests the screens on-site. Afterward, we’ll follow up with proactive communication to ensure the customer’s needs are met.

A Screenmobile Franchise is the ideal franchise opportunity for family-oriented individuals or couples seeking the ideal work/life balance. Franchisees recognize the familial spirit that comes with being a part of the brand. The typical Screenmobile franchisee is drawn to the job’s physical and emotional features, such as working with their hands and creating relationships with customers and the local community.

Over our 40 years in existence, we’ve committed to unwavering franchisee support and customer satisfaction — helping us grow into a national brand with staying power: this award is a testament to our commitments and consistency.

Thank you to all our loyal customers, dedicated franchisees, and support staff for making this historic occasion possible.

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Do you require a Building Permit to Install an Awning?

Awnings are the perfect way to keep the direct exterior of your property cool during high temperatures. Whether to cover your front porch or create an outdoor space in your backyard, they are the perfect cover for any hot summer day. 

They add value to your home and boost your curbside appeal. But you knew that already. 

What’s very much a grey area is whether you need a permit for an awning. As laws vary from state to state and county to county, we advise that you reach out to your local building department. However, it’s better never to second-guess the situation when it comes to licenses and permits. 

 

Different permits for different needs

Depending on where you are and how you plan to use an awning, a permit may be required. Building Department requirements and permitting processes vary from State to State, so there’s no cover-all answer here.

Among brokers (see sources below), the consensus is that residential awnings for your home do not require a permit.

You don’t need a permit if:

  • Your awning is within your property.
  • The projected shade of the awning does not trespass on neighboring properties.
  • Rainfall doesn’t land on neighboring properties as a direct result of your awning.
  • You are replacing or repairing your current awning.

 

Awning Permits for Condo and “Common Interest” communities

Yes, you need to seek permission from the Homeowner’s Association (HOA) of your community. It’s not uncommon for these communities to have already agreed on awning dimensions, style, and a color scheme. 

Awnings are great for turning an open space into a private one. Therefore, they are highly sought in condos, with close vis-a-vis neighbors. Your HOA will advise you where you can get your awnings. Screenmobile is also available to follow the HOA guidelines and build and install your condo awnings. 

 

Sidewalk view of townhome businesses with awnings.

Awing Permits for Commerical Properties

Proprietors of commercial properties must reach out to their local building department to request a permit. Be sure to distinguish whether you are installing an awning or a canopy. Awnings are attached solely to the property, whereas canopies have support columns. 

There are different permits depending on the coverage you are installing:

Awning: a permit from the Department of Building (DOB).

Canopy: a permit also from the Department of Transport – as the support columns obstruct the sidewalk.  

 

How to install an awning on the house?

DIY awnings are a fantastic feat of work if you are handy. However, you must build a frame with material that will work with your climate. Wood weakens over time with extreme weather conditions – your proud awning could become a harmful object that can potentially fall and hurt someone. 

Different awning frame materials:

  • Wood
  • Stainless Steel
  • Aluminium
  • Copper

Different awning material types:

  • Canvas Drop Cloth
  • Laminated Vinyl
  • Coated Cotton
  • Acrylic Fabric

 

Which material is the best?

The material you choose will depend on two factors: location and cost. As screen and awning experts, we strongly advise against choosing cost-effectiveness if the material cannot withstand your climate. 

Cheap awnings that are not chosen to suit their location and environment will rust, fray, tear, weaken, and basically fall apart sooner than you’d wish. You will end up exasperated and spending even more money. 

Similar to DIY installations. Choose a method that your home can resist and support. For example, don’t have a heavy-framed awning tacked onto your mobile home or short nails on a brick finish house.

 

Building and installing your awning

DIY installations are possible; some online resources and guides can help take you from idea to awning. But why risk something going wrong, damaging your home, or wasting days trying to get this done when you can spend that time relaxing?

Call the professionals

Installing an awning can be done yourself, but the more extensive the job, the more experience is necessary. Reach out to your local Screenmobile expert technicians today for that second opinion and flawless finish.

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Screened-In Patio Buyers Guide

Sitting out and enjoying outdoor living can be one of the best things about your property. Not only do you get revitalized by the fresh, dust-free air, but you also get to change things up and relax in a space with natural light and, generally, away from the TV. Outside spaces are perfect for catching up with family and friends or just sitting back and enjoying a book or newspaper.

However, there can be a few issues that go along with enjoying an outdoor patio or porch area, namely the bugs that annoy or bite you, as well as, depending on your region and home orientation, direct sunlight. Both of these factors can significantly detract from the full enjoyment of your property’s features.

Advantages of Opening Up a Comfortable Outside Space

Fortunately, the solution isn’t too complicated. Screened-in patios or porches can give you full access to your outside spaces and let you enjoy outdoor living. Here’s why:

Bug Excluder: One of the main advantages of screened-in patios is how they separate you from all the insects that either want a piece of you or are just incredibly curious about you and your food, especially with lights on when dusk falls. Evening insect invasions can cause significant discomfort and ruin any idea of a relaxing time, but a small bit of home improvement to install a screened porch or patio and you can claim that space for yourself again.

Sun Protection: Depending on the orientation of your house, especially in the sunnier areas of the country, mid-day sun can be very hard to deal with, both for your skin and eyes. It also starts to fade furniture and coverings, as well as books or pictures that might be around too. A screened-in patio, using the right kind of screen fabric, can considerably reduce glare and even UV rays, protecting you and allowing you to enjoy your outside space at any time of day.

Dust and Debris: Unsurprisingly, with open types of porches and patios, pretty much anything can blow in. This outside clutter usually comes in the form of leaves, dust, and bits of plants which leave residue around the floor and your furniture and can take a lot of time to clean. Having a screened-in patio keeps your space free of the worst of outside material settling in your home which is important for stopping a build-up of debris, especially during seasons when the area is not in use as much.

Privacy: Being outside your own four walls doesn’t just expose you to insects and nature, but to anyone who may be passing by too. While the purpose of sitting outside on a porch or patio can often be to interact with the neighborhood, it’s also nice to be able to maintain some privacy on your own property. With a screened-in patio, different types of screens can offer different effects, ranging from virtually clear to completely shaded, allowing you to pick the level of privacy you want, which may differ at the front or the back of the house.

Pets: Animals love to be outside, but it’s not feasible to let them run free around the neighborhood. By installing a screened-in patio with a pet-resistant screen, your furry friends can also enjoy the cooling breeze of being outside without actually having to leave the safety of your home.

Establishing Your Screened-In Patio Needs

Screened-in patios and porches can deliver so much for your enjoyment of your property and also add to its value, but before you get to work, it is good to establish what exactly you’re looking for. It can help to ask yourself some of the following questions:

  • How big is the space I want screened in?
  • Will I want to use it through four seasons or just three?
  • What are the environmental factors in my area I want to keep off my porch or patio?
  • Will the patio or porch need roofing for a full enclosure?
  • How will my pets (if you have any) react to the screens?
  • What kind of budget are you looking at?
  • Is extra privacy a concern?

Assessing Your Outside Screening Options

After you’ve established your screened-in porch or patio needs, you can start matching them up with your options. In this day and age, there are a wealth of options for screened-in spaces allowing you to create your dream patio or porch, one that you’ll be able to get great enjoyment and utility out of for years to come. Let’s have a look at what you can install:

Screen Fabrics: There are a number of different types of fabric for your screened-in patio or porch, each providing a different function or look. A standard option is polyester or fiberglass screen mesh, which can come in different apertures depending on how much air you want flowing or which type of insects you’re worried about. Sun-control screens with UV protection are also available, as well as pet-resistant screens that your pets won’t be able to damage. These can all also be fitted in different ways, creating walls or sliding doors or extra weather resistance if necessary.

Read our blog on How to Choose the Right window Screen Material.

Colors: The frames for a screened-in patio or porch come in a variety of colors so you can perfectly match the materials to your existing furniture or the feel of the house. Classic looks such as cool white or stained wood have now been supplemented with other standard options so you can really design your dream outdoor space.

Seasons: Depending on your location, you may be lucky enough to have a mild enough winter that you don’t need to consider winterizing your screened-in patio, but for many in the country, that’s not the case. Whether you are looking for a three-season or four-season space will affect the materials that should be used, and wind strength needs to be taken into account as well. A winterized space can utilize additional heavy-weather panels made from vinyl or rolled-up PVC, while poly-carbonate storm panels can protect your property during heavy winds.

Conclusion

Being able to get full use of your outside spaces, like porches and patios, increases your enjoyment of your property, is better for your health, and adds to your property’s value. Unfortunately, insects, the weather, and even your neighbors can detract from this enjoyment which is why installing a screened-in patio or porch can create your dream relaxation or entertaining space, maximizing what you’re doing with your property.

Nowadays, there are a whole host of options for how to create your perfect screened-in patio or porch. This includes the fabrics, colors, and function of your screened space. To find out more about how you can open your property up to the outside without the bugs, sun, or rain, why not get in touch with your local Screenmobile operator for a free estimate.

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7 Stunning Screened-In Porch Ideas

It is estimated that over 65% of US homes that are for sale come with a porch. Yet many people still view the porch as a mere entrance to the home. But do you know the innovative ways in which you can use it?

Once screens are added, they can function as a second room, adding more living space to the property. Read on as we discuss the essential screened-in porch ideas you must know about. 

What Are Screened in Porches?

A screened-in porch is a structure applied to the outside of the home. Instead of having open areas like a standard porch, it has screened windows across it. This can prevent insects, debris, and even adverse weather from entering the porch and ruining the level of comfort inside. 

There are several different porch designs and builds. When screens get added, the options multiply again. Everything from light-blocking coatings to mechanical mechanisms is available. 

Picking Your Screen

When building your porch, it is important to “screen” your screen type. Each type of screen has advantages and disadvantages that should be carefully considered. 

Fiberglass

Fiberglass mesh is the most common material used for porch ideas. It is very low cost and takes away the glare from the sun. Though it does not crease like metal coverings, it remains extremely flexible and is easy to install. 

The disadvantages are that it tears more easily than other materials and stretches. It comes in a range of dark colors, though black takes off the most glare. 

Vinyl-Coated Polyester

Polyester is a popular material used for Roll Down Screens and fabric structures. It is coated with vinyl to give it extra strength and durability while retaining its stretch and flexibility. It is a low-cost material ideal for screens. 

Synthetic Solar Screens

Synthetic solar screens are designed to keep the sun’s harmful UV rays from your outdoor space. They are made from PVC-coated polyester that acts as a window tint. This reduces how much sunlight gets through. Your porch is kept temperate as a result, and you are protected from the harmful damage sun. 

Motorized

Motorized screens take the effort out of the opening and closing of your porch. When the time comes, and you no longer need the protection of your screens, you can simply hit a button and retract them. 

Screened in Porch Ideas

Once you have your perfect screened-in porch, you just need to decide what to do with it. You can just go classic and put comfortable rocking chairs there for relaxation. However, many people are choosing to go one step further and make the porch an extension of their living space. 

1. Comfortable Furniture

Outdoor furniture is not always synonymous with comfort. However, when you have a porch covering and screens to protect your furniture, you can use indoor items outside. One of the best-enclosed porch ideas is to fill it with the same furniture you would in your living room, including comfortable sofas, coffee tables, and even bookshelves. 

2. A Pool Table

Have you ever wanted a pool table in the home but never had the room? A screened-in porch can provide the space you need. But your entertainment area does not have to end there.

The porch can house air hockey tables, arcade machines, or even a classic pinball. Add some social seating and even a small bar and you have the ideal recreation area.

3. Dining Area

Another way to bring the inside to the exterior is to bring your dining area onto the porch. Everyone loves alfresco dining, and with the introduction of screens, you can enjoy it while keeping the bugs at bay. Pick a warm summer evening and pour a crisp glass of white wine to go with your meal, then serve your favorite summer foods. 

This also provides a great place to cater for your outdoor events. If you have a BBQ planned or a pool party, the porch can be a great place to lay out all of your salads, drinks, and condiments.

4. Work Station

The move to remote work seemed like a dream come true for many. Yet the reality is that most people ended up short on space, huddled on a multifunction dining table while the family moved around them. A shuttered porch lets you have a beautiful outdoor workspace that protects you from the elements while providing the fresh air you need. 

5. Plants

One way to blend the lines between where the house begins and ends is to use plants. Native ones with splashes of color will add green to your porch, letting the yard creep into the living space. Don’t be afraid to mix it with indoor items either, such as area rugs and rocking chairs in natural materials. 

6. Pet Patio

A pet patio is a great way to give your pets the outdoor space they need without letting them loose in your yard. Place kennels, beds, cat trees, and all of their favorite toys out there so they can enjoy a space to themselves. Add a ceiling fan to keep them cool and make sure they have plenty of snacks and water. 

7. Outdoor Handrails

Handrails add a touch of class to your porch, making it look like an expensive hotel or art gallery. Outdoor hand rails can come in a wide range of materials, including glass, aluminum, and even cables. Handrails can be integrated with screened-in porches and are very low maintenance. 

Improving Your Porch

Now you know these screened-in porch ideas, you can think about the best use for yours. If you don’t have one already, then speak with an expert. You may be able to add a lot of living space for less than you think. 

Screenmobile should be your first stop for porch screens. We have a range of solutions for all your needs. Contact us here to begin the ultimate upgrade on your porch. 

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Common Causes of Window Screen Damage

Are you a homeowner who loves fresh air but struggles with damaged window screens? Do you want to know what causes holes in window screens?

Understanding the main reasons for window screen damage makes it easier for you to prevent these problems in the future. You’ll have the proper knowledge to protect your screens and windows while getting all the beneficial sunlight and fresh air you want.

That’s why we’ve gathered the most common causes down below. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about this issue and how to stop it from happening again!

 

Weather

Harsh storms are a typical culprit behind exterior window screen damage. The high-speed winds whip up debris and damage the screens. Branches, rocks, and dirt all weaken the integrity of your screen.

Hail and ice during winter are also at fault since they can dent the screen upon impact and tear holes into the material.

A single dent isn’t a concern, but as time goes on, those dents add up. Your screen will start to deteriorate as those dents turn into holes that grow larger with every storm that passes through.

Storm shutters are a great way to prolong the life of your window screens, especially if you live in a place that sees a lot of storms throughout the year.

 

UV Rays

We all know UV rays as the thing we need to worry about when we’re out in the sun for too long. However, it’s not only our skin that gets damaged by the sun’s rays.

A damaged window screen is often the result of extended time spent in direct sunlight. As your window screen continues to age, it’ll slowly get more damaged by the UV rays, causing it to warp and lose structural integrity. A small gust of wind could be enough to tear a hole into an old screen weakened by the sun.

If your screen is made of low-quality material, high enough heat from the sun may even melt parts of the mesh.

You’ll want to pay extra attention to the windows that face the sun for most hours of the day. They’ll need window screen repair more often than windows that stay in the shade. 

 

Extreme Cold

On the opposite end of the spectrum, winter nights can cause as much damage to your windows as strong UV rays. The drop in temperature ends up freezing the material of the screen, making it brittle and susceptible to breaking.

During sunny winter days, the screen may go from warm to cold in a matter of minutes. This constant temperature fluctuation wears down the material quickly.

This is why it’s always a good idea to think about replacing window screens once spring arrives!

 

Stretching

Does your screen fit well in its frame? Does it need to be stretched tight to fit the frame?

Stretching a window screen may seem like a good fix to an awkward fit, but it’s one of the easiest ways to create damage to the delicate mesh. You’ll end up needing to deal with window screen holes and other damage soon after installation.

Not all windows come in easy-to-find sizes, which is why custom window screens are an important investment if you have irregular windows. It may be a higher cost in the beginning, but you’ll save money in the long run since you won’t need to replace those screens every few months.

 

Damaged Frames

Sometimes the damage to your screens doesn’t start with the screens themselves. Instead, wear and tear starts from damage done to the frames holding the screens.

If you notice damage to your window, make sure to take a closer look at the frame of your window screen as well. A bent frame will pull a screen out of alignment, creating holes or weak points.

The screen may even pop out of the frame altogether.

Before you replace the screen, you’ll need to fix the frame first. Otherwise, the same problem will happen over and over again.

Contact Screenmobile!

 

Animals

It’s not likely that a wild animal will attempt to get through your window screen. It’s your indoor pets that you’ll need to worry about when it comes to screen damage.

Cats, for example, love sitting at windows to look at what’s going on in nature. Sometimes, they’ll lay at the window sill and push up against the screen. Dogs also tend to try and push their noses up against the screen when they get excited about something outside.

This wears down the screen and provides less protection from outside elements. It’s better to provide your pets with alternative ways to get their nature kick!

 

People

It’s not only your pets that cause accidental damage to a window screen. If you have curious young children, they may poke at the screen with their fingers from time to time.

It’s also possible that you’ll cause damage to the screen whenever it’s time to clean it. If you’re not careful, it’s easy to press too hard or pull the mesh loose when you’re trying to wash the grime away.

 

Insects

Did you know that insects cause a lot of window screen problems? Grasshoppers, for example, can chew through a window screen. This is something you’ll want to watch out for right before winter since they’ll try to escape the cold by getting into your home.

Wasps are another concern since these insects have the jaw strength to chew through wood. A window screen is no match for them. When they want to force their way through your screen, they’ll find a way.

If you live in an area that has heavy insect seasons, it’s important that you invest in more robust screens to keep these pests out of your home.

 

Prevent Window Screen Damage by Installing the Best Screens

Not all window screens are made equal, and that’s why many of them are susceptible to window screen damage. Your best course of action is to install screens of the highest quality.

This way, no insect or storm will ever tear up your beautiful screens and prevent you from opening the windows!

Tired of holes in your screens? Make sure to check out how our custom window screens can make all of your window problems disappear!

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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. 

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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. 

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