Buyers Guide to Retractable Screens
If you live in a hot area then you probably face the same dilemma that thousands of homeowners face during the hot summer months; you want to keep your home ventilated and cool by opening up as many of the windows as you can, but at the same time, you don’t want to allow insects, pests or potentially harmful UV rays into your home – so what’s the solution?

Retractable screens! Retractable screens allow you to keep your home cool, while at the same time prevent any insects or bugs from entering your house. This article provides you with all the information you need in order to make the right choice on retractable screens for your home.

There are several different types of retractable screens, and which one you need will vary depending on your requirements. The different types available include:

  • Flat Mesh – Best for unobstructed views while keeping out insects and bugs. This type of screen has an entirely flat mesh and is operated using a very discreet track system which can be recessed completely so that they sit flush with the floor. This type of screen can be made up in a singular fashion (closing against one side) or a two-panel setup. Due to the discreet style of these screens, they are ideal for people who wish to prevent insects from entering their home, but don’t want to sacrifice their views or airflow.
  • Pleated – Similar to the flat mesh screens, they operate in the same way and come in the same options (single or double panels), but pleated screens have an extra option – they can also make use of retractable tracks which make the tracks disappear when the screen is not in use. These are very low profile screens.
  • Panelled – This type of screen is not as discreet as the other types. Its main advantage over flat mesh and pleated screens is that it can be used to cover much larger. This type of screen has a large number of panels slide along tracks to open or close them, they open and close in a similar fashion to bi-folding doors.
  • Magnetic – Magnetic screens work by using magnets and magnetic strips to hold themselves in place when you want to use them, and when you don’t want to use them, you can simply remove them! They are very easy to use, and the only type of retractable screen which can be completely removed in such an easy manner. The main drawback to this type of screen is that every time you want to use them, you’ll need to get them out of storage and set them up by connecting them to the magnetic strips that hold them in place.

Manual or Automatic (Motorized)?

Another option you’ll have to think about when purchasing a retractable screen is whether you want a manually operated screen, or a motorised screen. Both have their benefits – the motorised screens can be operated at the touch of a button on a remote control, whereas the manual ones need to be operated manually but they are much cheaper than the automatic screens.

If you’re covering large areas where the screens are going to get lots of use on a regular basis, then you will probably find yourself looking more towards the automatic screens, check out this video for an example of how the automatic retractable screens work.

Where is it going to be placed?

This is another thing you need to keep in mind when you’re in the market for a retractable screen. Which type of screen you go for will often be decided by where you are going to use the screen. For example if you live in particularly windy area and you want a screen to be used in an outside area of your home, then you would benefit from a special wind resistant screen that makes use of a special mesh to ensure your screens stay in place – even in high winds.

Things to keep in mind…

The most important things you need to keep in mind when you’re making your final decision are if it’s going to be suitable for your needs (would you be better off with flat mesh, pleated, panelled or magnetic screens? Do you need manual or motorized screens? Do you have any special requirements?) and whether or not you’re dealing with a reputable supplier.

If you want a screen that’s going to last, and perform its duty the way it should, then you need to make sure that the retractable screens you purchase are of the highest quality. You should be looking for a supplier that has both extensive knowledge in retractable screens, as well as impeccable customer service (both before and after sale). Most good suppliers will often offer an installation service if you need it.

The author of this article is an avid DIY project enthusiast who enjoys all types of home improvement project. He recommends using Stoett for all of your retracting screens requirements.