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Retractable Screens 101: Get to Know Your Options

Stylish and functional outdoor living spaces allow us to better enjoy the beauty and freshness of nature right in our own homes. Windows made of top-notch materials offer opportunities for us to bring the sunshine into our indoor spaces.

But too much of a good thing can end up causing you slight discomfort: no one wants too much wind and sun. Nor do other elements that come with nature, such as bugs and dust, make for easy living.

These are definitely downsides that may discourage you from having an open outdoor space built or huge windows installed, but before you totally scratch the idea off your list, here’s a  solution that won’t compromise your style or comfort: retractable screens.

What Are Retractable Screens?

The concept behind retractable screens is pretty simple. They are a type of outdoor screen that can be pulled down or across an opening. As such, they can be likened to a screen wall or canopy. They are designed to be discreet — when pulled up, they are meant to be completely hidden from view, with their casing blending with the wall, ceiling or roof where it is installed. Retractable screens may come with a manual or automatic retracting mechanism, with the latter operated either by a switch or remote control.

Retractable screens are perfect for keeping insects out, but they are also great for improving solar control and privacy. They are best for openings that are often difficult to screen, such as French doors, bi-fold doors and stacking doors, but can also be used for other purposes and applications.

Advantages of Retractable Screens

There are several advantages to installing retractable screens, including:

Types of Retractable Screens

Retractable screen designs and mechanisms vary. Here are the most common types that you can choose from:

Ideal Fabric for Retractable Screens

You can have your retractable screen further customized by choosing the fabric according to your shade and protection needs. Here are your typical options:

Still unsure which retractable screen to get? The best way to determine which type of retractable screen and design is best for your home and for your needs is to consult a professional provider of screens and shades.


Author Bio:

Wallace Kamens is the general manager of ArmorGuard Exteriors, a family-owned company. Operated by the Booth family, the company is manned by a staff boasting more than 150 years of combined home improvement experience. ArmorGuard Exteriors manufactures and installs top-quality products, including exterior solar shades and retractable awnings.


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