Retractable Screen Doors vs Sliding Screen Doors

Ah, the joys of fresh air.

Is there anything better than breezes billowing through your home? Fresh air helps you relax, cleans your lungs and allows you to think more clearly.

Maybe that’s why screen doors are so popular.

If you’re in the market for a screen door, you’re probably looking at those that slide or swing open. But there’s another option to consider: retractable screen doors.

Most people are familiar with sliding screen doors, which typically cover one side of double sliding glass doors. They certainly work fine and allow plenty of fresh air into your home.

But retractable screen doors offer some benefits that you can’t get from their common counterparts.

Here’s a look at what each door offers–and why you should consider the retractable option.

Installation of Retractable Screen Doors

Retractable screen doors are installed right onto your home. This allows them to be hidden when you’re not using them and provides you with a view to the outside world that is as clear as your glass doors are clean.

Sliding screen doors, on the other hand, are installed on the outside of your home. They are always present, whether you need them or not and can encumber your view.

Retractable Screen Door Durability

Because sliding screen doors are always exposed, they are more susceptible to the elements. Wind, snow, rain and blowing debris can all take quite a toll on sliding screen doors. Rips, tears and holes not only look shabby, but they can also make for easy entry points into your home for insects and other pests.

Retractable screen doors have a longer lifespan because they are tucked into your home and only exposed to the elements when you’re using them. The screens are protected from wind, rain, snow, hail and flying debris. This means the screens last longer and are more reliable.

Cleanliness of Retractable Screen Doors

Not all views are created equal–especially when you’re looking through the darkened hue of a screen door.

There are times when all you want to see is the great outdoors and you don’t want to be looking through a dirty screen to see it.

By their very nature, screens collect dust, dirt and other debris. After all, a big part of their functionality is to help keep the inside of your home clean.

Sadly, sliding screen doors tend to collect a lot more dust, dirt and debris than retractable screen doors because they are always exposed to the elements. Not only can this create more work for you (the person who has to clean the screens) but it also gets in the way of your view.

Take a closer look at your options

If you’re in the market for retractable screen doors, connect with the experts at All Seasons Retractable Screens of California at 714-332-6060, who can come out and provide a free in-home consultation.

They’ll help you find the perfect screen doors to allow you to enjoy fresh air and great views!