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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 are Window Screens Energy-Efficient?

Have you doubted the energy efficiency of window treatments? Are you not yet thoroughly convinced about how much you can save by choosing appropriate window screens for your climate?

Yes, window screens can be energy efficient.

Yes, window screens can save hundreds of dollars on your heating and cooling bills.

No, you don’t need to forgo curbside appeal or interior design when choosing energy-efficient window screens. 

We have been in this business for over 40 years, covering 31 states. Our customers have shared with us how they save money with their window treatments, whether in hot, sunny climates or cold, temperate climates. 

Read on to discover more about energy-efficient window screens.

 

What type of window treatments boost energy efficiency

There are two ways to increase the energy efficiency of your home via your windows, saving money:

  1. Exterior: Reduces the most amount of heat gain because it stops up to 90% of the UV rays hitting the glass, thus stopping the heat from transferring through the window.
  2. Interior: Reduces some of the heat gains from the window, but the UV rays still hit the window creating an energy transfer. 

About 30% of the heat generated in your home enters through your windows. So whether you have an HVAC system or a whole house full of fans, you’re almost literally burning money if you don’t invest in adequate window coverings.

Here’s a list of 6 different types of window coverings you can select from:

Drapes

Curtains are a great option if budget is your primary restraint. They are fully customizable, can be homemade, and will match your interior design flawlessly. They cover your whole window and frame, reducing the percentage of heat escaping.
Cons: 

  1. They do not reduce your heat gain as much as solar screens 
  2. Dogs love to play with them
  3. They’re not fixed, so coverage isn’t consistent
  4. They gather dust and dirt, especially heinous for a household with asthmatics.

Window Blinds: 

Slatted blinds are trendy in kitchens and bathrooms. They offer privacy while open easily to let fresh air in (or smells out!) You can control how open they are between the slats or just raise the whole blind.
Cons:

  1. The pulley system and strings get easily knotted
  2. Cats LOVE to play with the strings
  3. Slats can break individually, creating a messy look
  4. Needs constant cleaning

Solar Screens

These energy-saving window screens are best if you live in a hot climate with more year-round sun; states closer to the equator. They reduce solar heat gain, especially if you choose exterior window shades. This decreases your dependency on air conditioning, insulating your pockets with more cash.
Cons:

  1. Exterior shades are very obvious
  2. Bothersome having to remove them every fall, so remain semi-permanent
  3. Storage during the winter months

NOTE: Avoid the cons of storage and removal by looking at a motorized or retractable option. More details below

Storm Screens: 

Solid and durable screens can withstand strong winds and heavy snowfall while offering a mesh that can reduce sun glare. With these screens, you won’t need to have your heating on full blast and won’t feel (or hear) the chill slicing through your home.
Cons:

  1. Expensive

Retractable Screens

Great for more oversized windows and doors. Retractable screens are there when you need them and out of sight when you don’t. Easy to open and close with one hand or with the push of a button – they’re kid and pet-friendly and easy to maintain.
Cons:

  1. Not possible for every window type
  2. Expensive

Window Film: 

Cheap cosmetic window coverings that protect some of your privacy and reduce sun glare.
Cons:

  1. They aren’t energy efficient in winter or summer
  2. They do not block gaps
  3. They do not reduce solar heat gain as much as solar screens 
  4. They chip and peel after a short period

As you can see from the list above, quite a few different options exist. 

 

How solar screens save on cooling bills 

Solar screens, or other window treatments, were created to add Daytime privacy and save on cooling bills by reducing solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC). Typically, when solar radiation (Sunlight) hits your window panes, it passes through your window and transfers into heat. This makes living spaces unbearably hot and stuffy during the day. Solar screens offer a physical barrier, reducing the sunlight and heat that hit your window and move into your home. 

Screenmobile review from Yelp. 5 star experience with screenmobile solar screens.

 

If you’re used to running the air-conditioning all day and night just to keep the house comfortable, installing solar screens significantly reduces this dependency. When you get home, your home will be considerably cooler than outside. Of course, you won’t get that constant blast of cool air, but you’ll save loads. 

 

How storm screens save on heating bills

Wooden frames expand and contract depending on the season; it’s natural and unavoidable. Most window and door frames are wooden; you do the math. In winter, the wood contracts, creating visible gaps along your window and door frames. 

You can stuff the gaps with newspaper or caulking, but the most sustainable effort is to purchase a screen that will cover the whole window, frame included. Storm screens are known to block cold air from sweeping in uninvited or stop precious heat from escaping. Reduce your heat loss, and save your money.

 

Your window of opportunity 

Save the planet and your pocket in one fell swoop and install energy-saving window screens. Whether blocking the heat and sun or keeping the nasty cold out of your home, choosing suitable screens can make a huge difference. You can DIY it or call your local Screenmobile: we come, we measure, we cut, and install. We customize every aspect for your own needs.

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. 

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All About Home Window Sizes

The beauty about building your own home, or adding an extension, is being able to choose your window size. Yes, not all home windows measure the same. There are, of course, averages, but following them is not essential. 

If you’re worried about window coverings, like drapes and screens, then push that headache aside–window coverings are primarily customizable. With Screenmobile, it is the case, anyway. 

If you’re looking for information on the different types of windows and home window sizes, you’ve come to the right place. We consider ourselves window experts, and we’re more than happy to share our knowledge with you. 

 

What is a standard window size?

Chart of standard window sizes

Standard window sizes vary but within set limitations. It’s easy to order window replacements from the likes of Lowes or HomeDepot. Window screens are readily available, with drapes and fabrics already cut to size, facilitating your interior design and shopping needs. 

However, no two detached houses are built the same (to an extent). Your house may be similar to the Smiths down the road, but don’t you want your home to showcase some uniqueness? A great way to have your home stand apart from the neighbors is by choosing different window sizes.  

 

How to choose a window size for your home?

Four factors to consider when deciding what window type and size to install in your home are:

  • Space available: Windows that open in or out need more space. A small room could benefit from higher windows, and a large room could benefit from a picture window.
  • Orientation of the room: North-facing rooms should have more oversized windows to let in more natural light. 
  • Energy efficiency goals: Triple-glazed windows are the best for home insulation and bill reduction, but do the windows you envisage come in triple glazing? You should also consider the solar screens you’ll install (although Screenmobile provides custom screens).
  • Budget: Cost is often the deciding factor when it comes to home renovations, but consider it an investment rather than an expenditure without return. 

 

Window size measurements

When measuring for your new windows, it’s good to know that you should always add half an inch to the height and width for ease of installation. Windows also follow a four-digit notation: width (ft/in) height (ft/in). So, a window that measures 45″ x 45″ will be noted as 4545. 

Energy Efficiency of Windows

Between 25%–30% of residential heating and cooling costs are attributed to windows. If you want to cut the costs of your bills, then you should be looking at insulating your windows. Achieve this by installing double or triple-glazed window panes, choosing the correct window treatments and the best window frame, and ensuring that windows fit cozily without gaps bordering the frame. 

 

Single, Double & Triple Pane Windows

This is about how many panes of glass are in your windows. It’s very rare to come across single-pane windows in modern homes. Windows are one of the first areas that are improved when wishing to insulate your home and have it rank higher on the energy efficiency barometer. 

Another way to say this is single, double, or triple-glazed windows. 

 

Different types of windows

So now you know what size window you want/need, have you thought about what type of window you desire? Of course, there is a choice, there is always a choice, and we have the pleasure of listing them out here for you:

Double-hung/Sash Windows

These are windows where both sashes open vertically and tilt for cleaning and ventilation purposes. Single-hung windows are more common in older buildings. The double-hung windows are a much safer option when you have kids, as you can slide down the upper sash to ventilate your home rather than leaving the bottom sash dangerously wide open. 

Picture Windows 

These windows are generally large and can be considered partial wall replacements. They are not functional like traditional windows–they offer the view but do not open. Picture windows are very common in office buildings, restaurants, and homes with amazing views. 

Slider Windows

Think double-hung windows on their sides. Slider windows are easier to open and close without lifting or pulling. They come in various sizes so that you can have smaller ones for your basement or larger ones in bedrooms. 

Bay Windows

bay window in farm style dinning room

These windows are the most aesthetic in the selection. They offer a nook in your room, adding character and style. It’s a window that juts out from your wall and is paned on three sides, the two sides moving out diagonally. They are ideal for extra seating, storage, and book reading. 

To note, bay windows generally don’t open. The middle window is often a picture window, with some side windows operating as casement windows.

Casement Windows

These windows operate like doors. They are attached with hinges and open out. Not convenient if you lack exterior space or are prone to strong winds and storms. Modern casement windows operate with a crank, making them easier to work. 

Awning Windows

These are windows that open out at a slant. They offer more privacy as the window isn’t fully opened while promoting natural light and ventilation. Awning windows are commonly found in bathrooms and on mobile homes.

Custom Window

Be unique and choose your own window style and shape. You don’t have to decide on an average window size, and most window companies offer customized services. You can have any opening fitted with a window, with functions of your choosing. 

Different window covering types

Regardless of the type of window you choose, its size, orientation, and shape, award-winning Screenmobile have you covered. We provide custom screens with various colors and fabrics to choose from; no need to worry about finding window treatments that fit!

Find your local Screenmobile and get your unique windows the perfect screens. 

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Six Types of Outdoor Handrailing

Handrails for outdoor steps are a convenient and safe feature to add, aside from the fact that the law often requires them. 

They facilitate the mount and descent of your exterior steps for your elderly family members and friends, help kids keep their balance, and add value to your home. Well, if you choose the correct handrail to boost your curbside appeal. 

You don’t have to pick the standard handrail available at lowes or HomeDepot – get creative, use a theme, and choose the material that matches your home. 

Read on to discover Screenmobile’s favorite outdoor handrailings.

Exterior handrail code

Before we go any further, it’s best to state now that there is a government standard requiring handrails for external steps that are a means of egress. Even if your step has one riser, you are required by US law to install a handrail if the route is a means of emergency escape

Non-compliance with the law can result in fines, and if there’s an accident, it can be very costly to your home insurance premiums.

Exterior handrail ideas: 

You can install different types of handrails for your outdoor steps. Metal railings are the most common for concrete steps, with wooden or cable fences reigning for decks.

But you decide for yourself what works best for your home and budget. Invest in stylish, long-lasting support unless you’re installing a handrail for absolute necessity.  

We hope this list helps you make the right decision!

Metal Railing

Steel railings are the most popular for emergency exit outdoor stairs. They are solid, sturdy, and can suit any height.

Choosing galvanized steel will increase the longevity of your stairs. 

Forged Iron Railing

We love these classic railings that are both practical and decorative. They can be bought ready-made or have custom-built handrails, following a design of your choosing. 

To keep them in top shape, dry off the railings after rainfall, but if you spot some rust, here’s what to do: douse the area in kerosene, then scour with steel wool. 

Vinyl Railing

Vinyl is a synthetic material often abbreviated as PVC. Vinyl is everywhere – flooring, clothes, records… and handrails. There are many reasons to choose vinyl, including low cost and environmental impact. You can choose different colors and shapes without worrying about humidity or moisture. 

Wood Railing 

Wooden handrails are the perfect choice to complement a wooden deck.

You might decide to close off the whole decking with a railing or include some handrails to facilitate climbing up and down the steps. 

Having some sort of railing for your outdoor deck is a good idea. If you intend to entertain people in the evenings, handrails and border railing help prevent falls in the dark. You can also decorate them with outdoor lights. 

Maintain your wooden handrails with sealing and varnish

Glass Railing

Think glass paneling, think chic, think Hollywood hills, or your own backyard if you have the budget. This handrail option looks the best, but a lot of maintenance is involved in keeping it clean; however, if you have a killer view that your want to keep, go for a glass handrail!

Cable Railing

These are stainless steel cords of metal, taut, and wound together to fit between the bars of your rail. Cable railings are very handy for steep steps, and you can install them on different levels to accommodate different heights. 

Standards for handrail heights

According to OSHA, Occupational Safety and Health Association, a handrail height must not be lower than 42 inches in height. Since January 2017, handrails now require a top rail. The top rail must reach at least 42 inches, with the secondary handrail measuring between 30 to 38 inches.

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Is a Security Door Worth it? Our Security Door Buyers Guide

Deciding to install a security screen door instead of a regular one can be an emotionally trying choice. It’s more costly, true (more on that below), but it’s an extra layer of protection for your family and belongings.

You might think a security door is not worth it, that your neighborhood is safe. And that’s a risk you must take and live with.

We’ll help you make your decision with a clear conscience–regardless of whether you choose a security screen door. 

What is a security door?

First, a little background on security doors. You know what storm doors are, if not from TV, then from your neighborhood. Storm doors are the cornerstone of American households, protecting families from harsh weather conditions since the Civil War. 

Storm doors have certainly evolved since the late 1800s, one of those products being the security door. Of course, not every household needs a storm door; not everyone lives in Hurricane or Tornado Alley. But the extra layer of protection they offered was a feature other families went for.

Security doors a commonly found in two different styles:

  • Stainless steel or aluminum frame 
  • Decorative or plain

You can keep your aesthetics and curbside appeal and still benefit from the many advantages security doors bring:

  1. Element of home security
  2. Resistant to intruders
  3. Supports Ventilation
  4. Prevents flying insects and critters
  5. Keeps kids and pets indoors
  6. Doubles as a solar shade

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Pros and Cons of security doors

To save you the headache of figuring out if security doors are worth it, we’ve created a pro/con list for you. It might even answer some questions you didn’t consider asking!

Pro: Security 

It’s all in the name, really, but security is a huge pro, especially if you’re fearful for the safety of your family and belongings. Security doors have stronger frames (stainless steel or aluminum) that can withstand forced pressure. 

Security doors fit over your regular door, so you have a double locking system, including the doubled door benefits. 

Also, to note, security doors work as a visible deterrent. A burglar is less likely to attempt breaking into a home with a security door, not wanting to risk extra time, failure, and capture.

Con: Not a DIY project

Many of you are DIY enthusiasts who relish a challenging project. However, security doors are not suitable for DIY projects. You can attempt it, but a warranty won’t cover you.

It’s better to get a trained technician to install your security door to ensure it’s properly fitted and secure. Screenmobile technicians measure and install security doors custom built to fit your home.

Pro: Ventilation

There’s nothing better than being able to leave your front door open to let a cool breeze flow through your home on a hot summer’s day. Now you can leave your door wide open and not risk pets escaping, children running out into the street, or opportunists taking advantage of your open-door vulnerability. 

Many security door designs have mesh screens applied to allow home ventilation. It will help keep energy bills low, too.

Con: Price

Budget often takes priority with major household expenditures. It’s true; security doors are more expensive with heavy metal frames and multipoint locking systems. You need to weigh up your personal need for a security door. 

  • Do you live in an area prone to burglary?
  • Is your home often isolated?
  • Or perhaps only one person is present during the day?
  • Do you have valuables locked away?

Although a security door cannot fully replace a home security system, it’s cheaper to maintain with a one-time purchase.

Pro: Weather deterrent Options

As mentioned above, some styles of security doors are evolved storm doors. You get the same weatherproofing benefits, insulated from cold air and wind while cutting your energy costs and protecting your family. 

Con: Possible Corrosion/Rust 

If you live in a region with heavy rainfall, you would think that corrosion or rust can quickly occur, regardless of the material you choose. However, with the metals we use and the powdered coating, you can expect years before corrosion or rust appears.

Aluminum: doesn’t rust and can take years to corrode. Salt is the active element in aluminum corrosion, meaning coastal homes could experience corrosion faster. 

Stainless Steel: doesn’t rust or corrode. However, prolonged and frequent exposure to heat can damage its strength. 

Pro: ROI and Boosted Home Value

Adding a security door immediately increases your home value. You will have less to pay on your home insurance, too. Taking the steps needed to fully protect your home saves you money in the long run, not to think of the valuables that you protect within your home. 

Families feel safer in adequately secured homes, so if you’re considering selling within the next ten years, expect a higher price.

At the end of the day, security doors are the responsible choice.

Now that you’ve read through this information, you may feel more confident choosing a security door when deciding to install a screen door or upgrade your current one. 

You can reach out to your local Screenmobile franchise and ask them for a quote, including a call out for measurements and door selection and a second call (two weeks later) for a professional installation.

We carry Titan and Vista–leading brands in security doors for homes and commercial spaces.

Give us a call today and have your home secure in a matter of weeks.

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.

Kestrel bird sits at window staring into home.
Make Your Windows Safe for Birds.

Birds are beautiful, and we all love to hear them tweeting outside our windows. But unfortunately, they are light, fragile animals who get injured when they fly into windows. Be it via the kitchen window, the bathroom window, a bedroom window, or the back door. 

Birds flying into your windows can be a scary phenomenon. The cat gets agitated, the kids become excited, and you’re left with the sad job of having to collect tiny injured birdies. One easy solution to prevent birds from flying into your windows and doors is to install screens. This will save you the headache, and likely the bird, too!

Want to know more? Then keep reading.

 

Why do birds fly in through windows and doors?

First things first, why are the birds hitting your windows? Of course, location will decide the breed, but the why’s are similar across the board.

  • The reflection of light is confusing the bird seeking shelter. 
  • They’ve set up a nest near (or on) your home.
  • They’re flying in a murmuration.
  • Indoor lights on at night distract tired migrating birds.

Clean windows are usually the primary issue, but will you sacrifice cleanliness and your terrific view for a few birds? Not many would. Jumping into prevention mode and creating bird-safe windows is your best option.

 

Best way to keep birds from flying into windows

At Screenmobile, we have seen how screens are effective at preventing collisions. For example, exterior screens reduce the glare of the sun hitting the window pane of glass, while interior screens reduce the light reflection, distracting migrating birds. 

 

Migrating birds

We’ve touched on this a couple of times, so we’d like to explain the how and the why quickly. 

Our feathered friends, like hummingbirds, terns, and swallows, traverse large areas to reach a warmer climate and often fly throughout the night. The moon and the stars are a clear navigational map for them, without the discomfort from the heat of the daytime sun. 

However, lights in a home, especially many lights in a residential area, can confuse flight-fatigued birds into thinking it’s daybreak, and they swoop down to follow the light, flying straight into your window. 

The State of Texas actively campaigns for homeowners to turn off unnecessary lights during migrations to lower bird mortality. This includes any exterior or interior light that is unnecessary. 

 

What type of screens reduces birds colliding with windows?

Here’s a list of different bird-friendly window treatments you can install. Generally, a mesh or covering blocking your window will be the best result.

  • Blackout screens: install them on the interior or exterior of your windows to prevent any light from escaping, distracting migrating birds.
  • Solar shades: many options exist, interior and exterior, that initially stop the sun from coming into your home while maintaining your view. The same mesh and color will similarly work as a deterrent for clean windows and low-flying birds.
  • Pet-resistant screens: feather-friendly and will be a softer blow for any bird misguided by a strong breeze.

When choosing interior window treatments, remember that the bird may still be distracted by the sun’s reflection. 

 

How to install a bird-friendly window screen?

Bird-safe screens are going to double as your needed screens. There is no specific screen for birds. We advise you to consider all the elements and choose a screen accordingly. Elements to consider:

  • Climate – hot or cold
  • Proneness to hurricanes 
  • Proximity to wooded areas (critters)
  • Pets in the home
  • Energy efficiency
  • Protection from burglars

Perhaps your need solar screens or a storm door. Maybe you are seeking a tighter mesh to stop bugs from flying in while keeping your home ventilated? Maybe you need a more robust pet-resistant screen, or go all out and get a security screen.

Once you’ve figured out the best option, you’re halfway there.

Screenmobile Tech servicing a window screen affixed to a home.

 

Screenmobile – How We Work

Let us tell you a bit about how we work at Screenmobile. We are a franchise mobile door and window screen service provider. We don’t have a brick-and-mortar store. We do, however, have vans and trucks. This is the part where we’re mobile!

All you need to do is fill out a quick inquiry form here or call your local franchise for them to set an appointment with you. We come to your home, do the measurements, and provide advice. You can check out what we have in stock and choose your preferred fabric and color.

We then set another appointment, usually two weeks later, where we come out to professionally install your new screens, regardless if you have screens for the first time or if they are a replacement. 

So you don’t need to worry and bother about going to HomeDepot or Lowes, hoping you’ve taken the correct measurements, and then fretting for hours when you can’t find the correct dimensions. Choosing Screenmobile reduces your stress and time spent.

 

Two birds with one stone

Do your bit for nature and save some birds’ lives. Installing screens is also beneficial for the homeowner and occupants – the list of benefits is something to consider.

You can save birds while promoting ventilation in your home.

You can save birds while keeping flying insects and bugs out.

You can save birds while protecting your family and belongings from intruders.

You can save birds while keeping your lintels intact during hurricane season.

You can save birds while saving more on heating and cooling bills.

You can save birds while reducing sun glare and blocking harmful UV rays.

 

The solution is simple: Screenmobile window and door screens. All you need to do now is choose which ones!

Check out our Screenmobile store today and start your journey in making your windows bird-safe. 

NOTE FROM SCREENMOBILE: If you are interested in reading more about bird safety and preventing collision, we encourage you to visit the American Bird Conservancy website.

Porch and Patio Awnings SunPro
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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