Types of Door Screens

Woman using Screenmobile double screen Doors


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

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

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

Benefits of door screens

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

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


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

What are the different types of door screens?

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

1. Sliding screen doors

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

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

2. Retractable screen doors

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

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

3. Swinging screen doors

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

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

4. Security door screens

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

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

How do I choose a screen for a door?

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

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


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

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

Need Help Picking Door Screens?

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

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