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How to Build a Screened-In Porch

If you enjoy spending time outside but don’t like to be bothered by hot summer sun or pests, you may enjoy a screened-in porch. Building a porch of your own is an achievable weekend project for the ambitious DIYer. Read on to learn how to build a screened-in porch.

Make a Plan

Before you start on your porch project, take some time to get your plan in order. You can sketch a screened-in porch design that works with the back of your home or purchase a pre-written plan that breaks out the build step-by-step. You will also want to check with your local government to learn whether you require any permits or inspections before proceeding with the build. Some municipalities have certain restrictions on home renovation projects and you’ll want to check if yours is one of them.

Purchase Supplies

Once you have an idea of how your screened-in porch build is going to work, make a supply list and head to the lumber store for the items you need. If you have a building plan, you’ll likely find a materials list along with your other papers. Each project will vary, but for most screened-in porch builds, you’ll require wooden posts, screening, bolts and a screened door frame, as well as whatever flooring components you prefer.

Make the Perimeter

Build a wooden frame around the perimeter of the area where you’ll put the screened-in porch. Start by using mason’s string to measure the perimeter by length and ensure squareness. Then use four- or six-inch boards to mark your perimeter. Take care to add a space for your door so you don’t accidentally frame in your entire porch later on in the building process.

Build the Frame

With your perimeter marked out, begin to build your porch frame. Start with adding vertical posts, then work on your roof frame. You will want to build the roof frame on the ground and then raise it to its place atop the vertical framing. Use bolts to hold everything safely in place. Your roof frame will require further finishing, depending on whether you want to finish it with screening, an awning or shingles.

Screen It In

After you’ve put your frame up, you can start the process of screening your porch in. You can cut screening to fit inside each frame portion or wrap the screen and tack it in with finishing nails as you go. Depending on which roofing style you choose, you may continue the screening up to the top of your frame or stop at the roof portion and continue with whichever roofing material you’ve chosen.


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How Much Do Retractable Screens Cost?

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A retractable screen is a great way to shade your yard, deck, or patio, provide privacy, and keep out bugs. If you’re interested in adding a motorized roll screen, you may find yourself trying to decide if it’s an investment you’re ready to undertake. If this is you, you’re likely looking to find out how much retractable screens cost.

Retractable screens typically cost between $3,500 and $8,000, but the price varies depending on several factors including size, fabric, location, and type of screen. Keep in mind that you won’t be able to get an exact estimate unless you contact a company.

If you contact Sun Protection, our team will be more than happy to give you a free estimate. If you’re interested in learning more about the factors at play, read on.

Factors That Determine How Much Your Retractable Screen Will Cost

The  best retractable screen  for your deck or patio is not going to be one that comes out of a box from a chain store. A motorized solar screen that’s custom designed to meet your needs and match your home and yard is going to be your best choice. This type of screen will also help offset costs later on.

The  size of your screen  (and how many screens you want to purchase) is one of the most important factors. Larger motorized screens are normally more expensive, but they can also cost more if you need a screen in a shape outside the norm.

The  fabric and mesh  on your screen is another aspect of the cost. A good screen has a UV coating to help block sunlight, and is very high quality so as not to rip during daily wear and tear.

Fixed vs Automatic

There are two types of solar screens you can purchase: fixed and automatic .

How Much Do Automatic Retractable Screens Cost?

Automatic retractable screens are motorized and move up and down at the click of a button. They are much  more convenient than fixed screens , but also more expensive.

How Much Do Fixed Screens Cost?

Fixed screens stay stationary, and they can’t be rolled up and down. Because of this, they are normally  less expensive than retractable screens , but not as convenient.

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How Retractable Screens Offset Some Home Costs

Motorized  retractable screens offer several advantages , including keeping out bugs and the hot sun, offering privacy, and even helping you save on energy costs in your home!

Save on Cooling Costs

Retractable screens help you save on cooling costs because they shade your windows. This  helps cool your home , so you have to rely less on expensive AC.

Save on Heating Costs

When it’s cold outside, just raise your retractable screens and let in some sun! This method will  help reduce heating costs , but it isn’t possible with fixed or stationary screens that can’t be retracted.

Are Retractable Screens Worth the Cost?

Retractable screens are absolutely worth the cost.  They’re a great way to turn your pool area, deck, or patio into your own private oasis. Not only do they shelter you from prying eyes, but a pool screen can block out UV rays and bugs, they also help offset cooling and heating costs.

In addition to helping you save on energy bills, retractable screens will also add more value to your home. Remember, retractable screens also last a long time and don’t need to be replaced like fixed screens because they are protected when rolled up into the protective hood.

Ready to take advantage of all the benefits retractable screens have to offer? Contact us today!

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Outdoor screens offer many benefits, including weather protection, insect protection, and privacy. When it comes time to choose screens for your patio or porch, you have two main options: fixed screens and retractable screens.

Fixed screens are permanently installed and cannot be opened or closed. They are typically less expensive than retractable screens and can be more durable. However, fixed screens can be inconvenient if you need to open or close them frequently, such as on a windy day or when it starts to rain.

Retractable screens can be opened and closed with the pull of a cord or the push of a button. This makes them more convenient than fixed screens, but they are also more expensive.

Before we take a look at both options on how to protect the walls of your outdoor space, we have a solution if you need to waterproof your space that is below a deck. It’s called UnderCover System and it’s used to create a year round outdoor living space under a deck.

Now, let’s weigh some of the pros and cons of both options to hopefully help aid with a decision between fixed and retractable screens.

Fixed Screens

Pros of fixed screens.

  • Lower Price: It’s the most cost-effective of the two solutions, making it a good decision if your primary goal is to get a good return on your investment when you sell the home. High-quality screening systems like SCREENEZE are affordable for most homeowners.
  • Inexpensive to Maintain and Repair: Fixed screen systems are fairly simple once they are correctly installed by a professional. Newer systems like Screeneze make repairs simple. You can address just the panel with the issue without having to reinstall the entire screen.
  • Look Great: Many people are surprised by how good they look nowadays. There are fewer needs for posts than with older systems, and the screens are nearly see-through, providing a barrier that’s practically invisible, but still bug-proof. Or we can install privacy screens which are designed to block your neighbor’s view.

Cons of Fixed Screens

  • Less Flexibility: For some, this is a major downfall; others don’t mind. But these systems are intended to be installed permanently for year-round use. That means, during the months that you don’t truly need bug protection, your screen will still be up.
  • Hard to Remove: Some fixed screen systems can be removed for seasonal use, but it’s something we don’t recommend to clients. Why? It’s a major hassle. First, it takes you at least a full day to remove all of them. If your porch isn’t ground level, this is even more difficult and time-consuming, involving climbing up and down on ladders. Second, you have to find storage for the screens where they will be protected from potential rips or damage. Third, you have to go through the process again, in reverse, to put them back up.

Learn More About Our Fixed Patio & Porch Screens

Retractable Screens

Pros of motorized retractable screens.

  • Eliminates the Need for a Door: You just hit a button, and the walls all go up. It’s a neat feature that helps your living space to feel wider.
  • Wide Openings: The screens can span over 20 feet, which means fewer (or no) columns.
  • Seasonal: With the push of a button, you’ve transformed your screened-in porch into an open-air, covered deck. This means you can just use those screens for those months where you typically need it.
  • No Screen When You Don’t Need It: Those months where bugs aren’t a worry, you don’t need to be bothered by that screen. It’s a great option for people who truly dislike screens. You’ll still have the benefit of the roof to get away from the sun.
  • Connect Two Porch Spaces: If you have an exterior porch or deck alongside your ground level screen porch, retractable screens are an ideal way to connect the two. You can simply open the screen to take advantage of one larger area, and you can put the screen down if you want the screen to act as a wall between the two spaces.

Cons of Motorized Retractable Screens

  • More Expensive: Retractable screens are typically at least 4 times as expensive as fixed screens. For just one motorized system, the typical cost is $2,700, and you’ll need 3 systems (for the 3 “walls”) in most screen porches. That’s around $8,000 for your project. Compare that to the average cost of $2,000 or $3,000 to install a quality fixed screen system.

Learn More About Our Motorized Retractable Patio & Porch Screens

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Last Thought About Fixed vs. Retractable Screens

Ultimately, the best choice for you will depend on your budget, your needs, and your preferences. If you are looking for the most affordable option and don’t mind the inconvenience of fixed screens, then fixed screens may be a good choice for you. If you are looking for the most convenient option and are willing to pay more, then retractable screens may be a better choice.

Here are some additional things to consider when making your decision:

  • The size of your patio or porch:   If your patio or porch is large, retractable screens may be the better option, as they will allow you to open and close the screens in sections.
  • Your personal preferences:   If you value convenience, retractable screens may be the better option for you. If you are on a budget, fixed screens may be a better option.

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Adding Motorized Phantom Screens to Backyard Porch

October 28, 2019 By Rhoda 28 Comments

This post is sponsored by Phantom Screens . Excitement, joy and pinch me moments are all mine! 

Hi friends! It’s another exciting day around here and I’m sharing how adding motorized Phantom Screens has completely changed the way we are going to live in our backyard. I’m still pinching myself that I had the opportunity to collaborate with them on this backyard project of ours. This was definitely a project for the professionals.

We’ve been in our house for two years now and the first thing I thought of when we moved in was adding a screen porch up above on the deck. That’s ideal because you can just walk outside the kitchen and have a covered porch. I knew from experience that adding a roof and screening is like adding a new room so it would be very costly. I had a quick ballpark estimate from a company that was out here doing something else for me and he said it would cost at least $15K to add a screen porch,which is what I figured anyway. That’s a low estimate and I know many screen porches cost much more than that. That would be a bare bones porch.

For us, since we are getting closer to retirement, we just don’t have that kind of money in the budget to do a project like this. We have to choose the projects that will give us the most return for our money. We’ve still got a master bathroom that we want to improve, which is going to be costly and there are several more projects inside and out that we will want to spend money on, so an upper deck screen porch was not going to happen in this house. I so enjoyed the porch at my other house. We began to think about what we could do here and decided that since we have that huge patio down below and the ceiling is 8′ tall, it would make a great space to screen in for shade from the sun. So that’s what we began planning for. We’ve done several projects down on the patio since we’ve been here including the DIY rock wall , the aluminum under deck ceiling , and the new DIY faux tile floor. We are a couple who doesn’t mind doing the work ourselves as much as possible to save money, but some things we cannot do.

The icing on the cake is the Phantom Screens we just had installed. I can’t tell you what a dream come true it is to work with them and get these motorized screens installed at our house. We are a regular suburban couple in a regular suburban home and having these screens on our outdoors patio space is just the best. It’s going to really change our outdoor living capabilities and I know we are going to enjoy them for years to come.

I did reach out to Phantom Screens and pitched our project to them and I’m forever grateful they said yes! I met Phantom Screens in 2015 and 2016 when I was invited to their Southern Romance house in Mobile, AL. To now be able to have the same screen system that was on that house on our house just blows my mind! I fell in love with that house and that porch and when you look at these pics, you’ll see why. That project was awe inspiring and meeting Esther, the CEO of Phantom Screens was such a pleasure. Again, I’m very grateful that they wanted to partner with me on our project. It’s truly a dream come true.

I told them then that the first time I saw Phantom Screens was at least 20 years ago at a Southern Living Idea house in Big Canoe, GA. I never forgot that motorized screen. It was the coolest thing I’d ever seen and the convenience at the push of a button was just wonderful!

Here’s the Southern Romance house back porch in Mobile . You’ll see that porch also has retractable vinyl screens as well as regular screening for a truly all season porch. I was totally in love with that porch as you can see. Here’s the interior of the Southern Romance house if you missed it. What fun that project was to see!

So that’s a long introduction, but let’s get to our house project! Phantom Screens put me in touch with Derek from Screens of Georgia , a distributor here in the Atlanta area.They have so much knowledge on screen solutions for your home.

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Derek came out and we told him what our plans were and he gave us all the right ideas to execute exactly what we wanted from this screened porch. He had all of his tools for measuring and got busy.

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Mark and I were both home so we watched and asked questions along the way.

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Derek measured for all the components that would be needed for our screens to fit properly. We would have one long screen on each side of our under deck space.

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He brought color choices and we chose a Bronze color that blended in with our house and deck. After a few weeks, Derek’s crew came to our house for the installation process. It took about 2+ months to get all the materials in and ready to install, but it was such an exciting day when it was time for install. I’ve read there are wood grain finishes available as well.

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It was so exciting to see it all arrive on install day. They set up all their big equipment in the backyard and got busy.

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Those guys worked very hard for over 8 hours that day getting most of it done.

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I admired the hard work and intricate details needed for this project, definitely not a DIY.

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It was late afternoon when the screens finally got set in place and ready to use. There is a lot to this system and it has to go in just right.

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The screens are hidden in a metal housing and the plug goes into the wall to operate electrically.

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They worked and worked for hours getting things in place. The metal housing went in first before any screens were attached. I kept going outside to take pics and see what was going on.

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The metal housing looks nice with the trim from our ceiling system we put in.

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When Derek was here, we asked him about the best way to put in a screen door and he told us that they do all of that too with their screen installations, so we went that route and let them do everything. Mark was planning to do a wood framed door but after seeing what they had, it was a no brainer to let them do it all.

The door is right next to the house coming out of the basement door and will be out of the way when the screens are all up. We were so happy to see how efficient this screening system is and glad we chose to let them do it all. There’s a screen transom above the screened door too and this whole area creates a wonderful privacy for us. The insect protection will be so helpful too as well as enhancing our beautiful views in the backyard.

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Another installer came back later with the screen door to install and also to continue on with the housing that covers the electrical cords. It all looks so neat and tidy when finished.

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We really like the bronze aluminum of the post and doors, it will be easy maintenance for us and we love the screened door we chose too. He did need to add a threshold for the door and he screwed it into the concrete. You can see I was finished with the first section of my faux tile then. I was still working on that project.

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And here it is all finished, with both screens up. Everything looks so neat and tidy with them up out of the way and adds so much to our outdoor living space not to mention helping to block the sunlight.

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Screens up in the housing. We love how sleek the door looks and out of the way on the right.

The following pictures were taken by Screens of Georgia and turned out great! You can see the scope of what these screens will do.

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Both of them down. It’s very see through from the inside looking out.

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Here are the screens all in place with the screen door and transom too. The screens are both down in these pics and I’m going to show a video so you can see it in action, so wait for that below.

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Inside looking out, it’s a great view. Hollie is wondering why she can’t get in.

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Morning shot of the retractable window screens down.The screens provide a new comfort factor to our screen porch.

Take a look at this video showing the screens in action! Each panel is independent and can go up or down with the touch of a button. Or they can both raise and lower at the same time.

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It looks absolutely fantastic and we are thrilled with the new screens. I can’t wait to get it all styled and completely finished and I know we are going to love this space so much. It will be like a whole new room in our house, not to mention it will keep out the mosquitos and flies we get during summer months. What a perk that will be!

The housing and track system are neatly attached to the deck and it looks great from all angles. There is even flashing on the top of the track so that water doesn’t go down in there.

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And here’s a view from inside of the stair wall that we still have to finish. I shared that we have a plan for this wall and we do! We have found an old square window, transom windows and we have a whole bunch of old Plantation shutters that we are going to use on this wall, so stay tuned for that project. I wish it was all pretty and styled and ready to show off, but we’ve got more work to do out here. I’m hoping we start on this soon! Of course, I’ll share it all with you and show you what we are doing.

We are so very grateful for the opportunity to partner with Phantom Screens on this. The way I look at it is even though we couldn’t spend $15K+ on a screened porch above, I would definitely have saved up my money for this project. It’s 1/2 the cost of a screened porch. We did have to do the ceiling system down here which I shared in that post above and that was not a small cost, but really this is completely doable if you look at it as a trade off for building a whole room as a screened porch on the deck would be.

The value of this project was just a bit over $6K for both the Phantom Screens motorized screens. It’s not inexpensive, but when you look at the value for what you’re getting, it’s not so bad. I would definitely save money for a project like this! You all know i like to be transparent when we do projects, so that’s the bottom line on cost.

We did pay for the aluminum door with transom and posts that attach to the house and that portion was $750. Working with Derek at Screens of Georgia was wonderful and his crew did a great job with it all.

Phantom Screens also has so many retractable screen options that are much less expensive so if you’re in the market for something for French doors or other single doors, their products are top notch. I’d totally do another retractable screen door if I had a place for one. They put one of those in my old house for me and it was great!

I hope you enjoyed this post on Phantom Screens motorized screen panels. This system is going to be a game changer for our backyard and we have a lot more plans to beautify that space. This project goes a long ways towards creating our dream backyard space for entertaining. I am loving every single project we have done!

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October 28, 2019 at 6:04 am

so long mosquitoes!

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October 28, 2019 at 8:18 am

Rhoda, those screens are super neat! How wonderful they were willing to partner with you. I live on my screen porch literally 7 months out of the year, and my kitties love safely lounging out there too. Can’t wait to see what you do with the plantation shutters! I think I went to that same house in Big Canoe…wouldn’t it be something if we were both there at the same time?!?

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October 28, 2019 at 8:45 am

Thank you, Roxanne! Yes it would be and I bet it was the same house. It was so long ago and those screens stuck in my mind all these years.

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October 28, 2019 at 9:28 am

Such a nice project! I know you will love styling it and that will be fun to see. I was wondering what you will do with the stairs side and I see you have that all figured out. Can’t wait to see that once it is finished.

October 28, 2019 at 9:53 am

Thank you, Linda, it’s very exciting to get this space finished and see it all come to life.

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October 28, 2019 at 10:01 am

OMG! What a beautiful transformation! The screens are perfect for your patio! <3

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October 28, 2019 at 12:49 pm

Rhoda, I love it. We are trying to find a dealer in our Fairhope, AL area. This is just what we are looking for. Will share a photo with you when/if we go with it. Thanks.

October 28, 2019 at 2:28 pm

Hi, Beth, that sounds great, hope you find someone down there!

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I am so proud of you!! Phantom Screens hit a home run, partnering with you. To be honest, I never would have given the product a second look by seeing them in a dream home or a show house, but seeing them in YOUR house makes me really interested! We have a deck at our place in the mountains that I’d love to have screened sometimes. . . but not all the time, so I haven’t even considered it before now. But if there’s a way to have quality screens that can be retracted when not needed, that sounds like a winner! Thanks for the intro to this company.

Hi, Richella, thank you so much! These screens are the best of both worlds, so definitely worth looking at for your project. I would totally have saved up for these but so glad I got to work with Phantom Screens on this project.

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October 28, 2019 at 2:56 pm

Love it(but, I knew I would!) and it is going to be sooo useful. No bugs! That’s the biggest plus of all!

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October 28, 2019 at 6:16 pm

Looks lovely. Was there a reason you didn’t want to just put permanent screens in? I’m having trouble wondering why you would ever want to raise them and invite the bugs and critters in.

October 28, 2019 at 7:21 pm

HI, Kate, with a big patio space like we have if we have company over and want to use the whole patio, it makes sense to be able to raise and lower them. It will be nice to have them closed for a cozy room, but the option is nice too. It’s the best of both worlds.

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October 29, 2019 at 11:02 am

Looks great Rhoda! My parents are adding a screened porch currently, and yes, the costs can add up quickly! I, however, am getting ready to stain our newly built floating deck and am thinking about stain colors. Can you share the brand and color you have used on your deck? Its a great warm brown without being too orange or red! Thanks!!

October 29, 2019 at 11:40 am

Hi, Erin, yay for you and thanks on the screens! Yes, I am very happy with the colors we used too. We used a semi-transparent for the fence and deck by Behr in Chocolate. And I accented the deck on the floor and railings with a solid stain also Behr in Boot Hill Gray. I love the combo and the fact that it’s two tones.

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October 29, 2019 at 8:46 pm

Rhoda, I love this project and I can see how much enjoyment you will get from this addition to your patio!!! Just the idea of no more mosquitoes is enough reason for the addition!!!

October 30, 2019 at 9:44 am

Hi, Glenda, we are so excited to have these screens. Even though our town sprays for mosquitoes, we still get some in the backyard. Plus flies!

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September 19, 2021 at 6:30 pm

Love your project! Your blog convinced us that Phantom Screens are the way to go. Can you tell me the brand of the screen door you used?

September 20, 2021 at 10:51 am

HI Patricia, I’m so glad to hear that! They have great products and the screen door was also from the Phantom Screen provider, so ask your local person and hey probably have the same products.

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January 16, 2022 at 8:59 am

I don’t understand how does this keep bugs out when the step side is open?

January 16, 2022 at 11:08 am

The step side is closed in now with screens behind, so it’s bug proof too.

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October 20, 2022 at 5:44 pm

These are amazing, but yipes to guy standing at the top of the ladder and other on the stair rail.

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December 24, 2022 at 2:42 pm

How did you route any water collected by the ceiling you put up, with the screens installed?

December 25, 2022 at 9:26 am

The underdeck ceiling system directs all the water off the deck and out a downspout. Here’s the post about that.

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Retractable screens for patios: options and specs.

Landscape, meet dreamscape. We’re here to help you build the outdoor space that suits your life.

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What's your outdoor space like?

Our motorized retractable screens are custom-built every time, for every project. Tell us about your space, and we'll tell you how we can screen it. We have screens for:

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What are the measurements.

Your retractable screen will be custom-built to order for a perfect fit. For mesh screens, we work with openings up to 40 feet wide (though size limitations exist, depending on width to height ratios). For clear vinyl, width and height vary, please get in touch with your Phantom expert, and we'll talk you through options.

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Track system

Width range: 34″ to 480″ Maximum height: 192″

Cable guide system

Width range: 34″ to 300″ Maximum height: up to 240″

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Customize your screen to suit your style and your home. The way these colors look on your screen may differ from the coated samples or installed product. Having trouble choosing? Talk to your local expert to see true color swatches.

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Which screen material do you need?

Your screen's material gives you a surprising amount of control over what comes in and out of your space. Choose a tighter or looser mesh—or even vinyl or blackout fabric—for your ideal combination of air, light, heat, and bugs.

Insect mesh

Whether it's horseflies or no-see-ums, our insect meshes come in a variety of weaves to keep out whatever's bugging you. It's also the most open type of mesh, so it provides more ventilation and visibility while reducing up to 55% of UV rays.

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A tighter mesh provides shade that reduces the sun's glare and heat in your space. All of our meshes block UV rays to some extent, but solar meshes can block out up to 80% of UV rays, while still allowing airflow. This mesh is a great choice for protecting your textiles and furniture from sun damage.

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Climate-control vinyl

For outdoor spaces, we offer a fourth screen type: which is actually not a screen at all, but clear vinyl. These "walls" are proven to retain heat in cool months and keep your space cooler in hot months. Available in four perimeter colors:

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Privacy mesh or fabric

Keep harsh sun and looky-loos at bay with a finely-woven privacy mesh. These screens can block up to 100% of UV rays, and are available in multiple colors and fabrics. They're Greenguard-, lead-free-, and Microban-certified.

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How should we mount the screen?

Our motorized retractable screens can be recessed from view by integrating with the building structure, or surface-mounted onto existing structures. Choose the mounting option that makes sense for your home.

Recessed Mount

Tucked away and out of sight, a recessed mount is typically done during construction. The entire unit, including tracks and rollers, can be recessed directly into columns, archways, wood, brick, stucco, concrete, stone - you name it!

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Surface Mount

Add some flair to your home - surface mount can be added on to existing structures so you can extend your indoor/outdoor space. Mounted onto columns, wood, concrete or stucco, it can be color matched to the material of your home to maintain your decor.

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We install most of our motorized screens with a track system that is surface-mounted or recessed into your structure. But if your project is flanked by open corners, or decorative columns, or you want an exterior mounted solar shade, we'll install your screen using a self-tensioning cable-guide system that doesn't need posts or tracks.

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Dual Rollers

Can't choose between a blackout mesh or an insect screen? Or a clear vinyl wall versus solar shade? Dual rollers combine two different materials in one, so you don't have to choose.

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How would you like to control your screens?

Phantom has partnered with Somfy® to provide a wide range of remote controls and sensors to make your life easier! Our motorized screens can be integrated into most home automation systems including Lutron®, Crestron® and smartphone devices. You'll never break a sweat with a motorized screen. Choose whichever control option is easiest for you.

Hand-held remotes

Click a button, and watch your screens roll down. Or up. Then back down again. These hand-held remotes are available in single or multiple channel versions, meaning each channel can be used to operate one screen or a group of screens at the same time.

Wall switch

Don't need another remote? A wall switch is always where you left it. They're completely wireless, battery powered and available in white, black or almond.

Sun and wind sensors

Max out your home's energy efficiency by installing environmental sensors that will lower or retract your screens depending on the temperature. Separately, a wind sensor will automatically retract your screens if the weather is getting gusty.

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Are Phantom screens really worth twice to three times the cost?

We can just barely see the finish line in the mist. I had our local screen person come out to measure for one Phantom screen for the double french door in our bedroom. One door 6 foot wide by 6 foot 8 inches high is $839 plus installation.After I was revived he gave me references which I have called and the people who have the actual Phantom screen love it and feel it is really great. Has anyone tried the Phantom and another retractable screen to compare. This price seems so outrageous to me I can't imagine how we could spend what will end up to be about $1000.00 per door and there are nine french doors. In a nutshell is this exorbitant price really worth it? All thoughts appreciated.

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How Much Does a Screened-in Porch Cost?

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DIY vs. Professional Installation

A screened-in porch is a great addition to any home. It provides the residents and guests with a place outdoors, where they can enjoy the fresh air and cool breezes, without dealing with irritating insects. These structures also have a roof overhead to protect against the sun, rain, sleet, and snow.

Screening-in an existing porch costs about $2,000 to $2,800 , or an average of $2,400 depending on the size, materials, and permit costs. However, building a new screened-in porch will cost significantly more, with an average price ranging from $4,600 to $22,000 . Keep reading to learn more about the various factors that can affect screened-in porch cost estimates.

Screened-In Porch Cost Factors

One of the more important cost factors is the size of the porch . On average, you can expect to pay about $3 to $5 per square foot for screening, $2 per square foot for labor, and the additional costs for lumber and other materials. If you are building a new screened-in porch structure, then the cost will typically range from about $25 to $120 per square feet.

Type of Screen

The type and material of the screen for the screened-in porch construction will also influence the cost of the project. The most common options for a screened-in porch include aluminum, fiberglass, solar screens, and motorized retractable screens.

  • Aluminum screens are a common choice because they hold up well in rain, sleet, snow, and direct sunlight. You can expect to pay about $5 to $7 per square foot for aluminum screen installation.
  • Fiberglass screen installation is the most affordable option with an average range from $4.50 to $5.50 per square foot. This material may not be as durable as aluminum, but it is highly resistant to rusting and corrosion.
  • Solar screens are essentially dark panels that fit into the openings of the porch. They are used in place of traditional screens to deflect sunlight and reduce glare. Typically, solar screens cost about $5.50 to $7 per square foot.
  • Motorized retractable screens are the most expensive option, but these automated screens are not usually sold by the square foot. Instead, they are sold by the unit with an average cost of $2,000 to $4,000 per unit.

Flooring Options

If you are building a new screened-in porch instead of retrofitting an existing porch or deck, then you will also need to consider the cost of the flooring materials. Typical choices for a screened-in porch include concrete pavers, stenciling, floating wood, tile, and radiant heated flooring.

Screen Door Installation

In order to access the screened-in porch from the yard, you will need to have a screen door installed, which are available in a range of different materials, styles, and types.

The average screen door installation ranges in cost from about $300 to $2,000. A simple $300 door may be enough for a relatively quiet household, but if you have kids or pets, then you may want to invest in a more durable screen door that will be able to withstand scratching, yanking, and slamming.

Roof Material

Whether you are retrofitting a deck with a screened-in porch or building a new screened-in porch, you will need to consider the roofing material when coming up with a budget for the project. Many homeowners choose to go with a roofing material that matches the roof of the home, so that the new screened-in porch blends well with the rest of the house.

However, there are other roofing material options to consider, including aluminum roofing, wood roofing, or even glass roofing, which has the added benefit of allowing more sunlight to enter the screened-in porch.

Frames or Posts

Similar to the other construction materials used for this project, the frames or posts that you choose can affect the total cost. Frames and posts vary in price depending on the material. Common options for a screened-in porch installation include fiberglass, pressure-treated wood, hardwood, stone, vinyl, aluminum, and wrought iron.

Similar to the frames or posts, the railings for this construction project can be found in a variety of different materials. The cost of the project can vary depending on the material you choose for the installation. Typically, wood, vinyl, aluminum, and wrought iron are the go-to materials for railing construction.

  • Wood is an inexpensive choice that's easy to work with. If you go with wood railings, expect to pay abut $6 to $30 per linear foot.
  • Vinyl offers a high level of resistance against rain, sleet, ice, and snow, though it does cost a little more than wood with an average price of about $15 to $50 per linear foot.
  • Aluminum is tough, durable, and lightweight. It's an effective option that can provide support while resisting rust and corrosion. If aluminum is the right material for your project, plan to spend about $30 to $120 per linear foot for railing materials.
  • Wrought iron has the highest starting cost of these four materials with a price ranging from $40 to $60 per linear foot, but aluminum can cost more. This railing option has high strength and durability, though it is susceptible to rusting.

Installing porch steps on a screened-in porch will generally cost about $300 to $1,900. A basic set of concrete stairs for a screened-in porch typically costs about $300, though the more complex the design or the higher the porch, the more it will cost. When you are planning this part of the project, consider the size of the stairs, height of the stairs, porch layout, and stair materials to decide on the right design for your screened-in porch.

Depending on the local guidelines and regulations, you may require a permit for the construction of the screened-in porch. Typically, a building permit for a screened-in porch will cost about $100 to $300. Check with the contractor you have hired to complete this work for more information. Some contractors may even take care of the permit application and acquisition process for you, though it's important to find out this information before work begins. If you aren't sure whether a permit is required or not, head to the local permit office to find out.

You can cut down the costs of the installation by completing the job as a DIY project . Given that the cost of labor is about $2 per square foot, you may be able to save about $400. The drawback is that you likely won't be able to complete the job with the same skill, speed, and precision as a professional contractor. Additionally, contractors have the knowledge and experience to quickly assess the project, come up with a plan, source materials, and ensure that the construction is up to code. Weigh the pros and cons to decide whether a DIY or professional installation is best.

Benefits of a Screened-in Porch

There are a variety of benefits that come having a screened-in porch. The most obvious benefit is the pest protection the screen provides. You and your guests can sit outside, relaxing in the fresh air and cool breeze, while mosquitos, flies, and other insects are trapped outside.

A screened-in porch can also protect against the sun, rain, sleet, ice, and snow, so you can enjoy the outdoors in any weather. Adding a screened-in porch to the home is a good way of extending the living space . There are a range of custom features you can select to make the screened-in porch more comfortable and appealing, such as ceiling fans , outdoor kitchens, speaker systems, or even an outdoor fireplace .

Depending on the location and the current local housing market, a screened-in porch may also increase the value of the home. According to Home Advisor , many homeowners receive up to 75 percent return or more on the cost of the installation. With this wide variety of benefits, it's easy to see why installing a screened-in porch is a good idea if you have the time and the budget.

A screened-in porch can be built on an existing deck, and it can also save you money on the cost of the project because you don't need to worry about constructing a base, stairs, or railings.

There are a few ways you can save on the cost of a screened-in porch upgrade, including reducing the size of the planned porch, screening-in an existing porch, using inexpensive materials for the project, and completing this installation as a DIY project.

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Are motorized retractable screens worth it?

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Are you considering adding motorized retractable screens? America is pretty inventive in its own right. Americans have shown an openness to new concepts, products, and technology throughout our country's history, raising the bar for living standards and enhancing them generally.

Everything is conceivable, from smartphones to flat-screen TVs to central air conditioning in the home and even GPS embedded into our devices. There is no end to the list's possibilities. Customers will buy your goods if it is an original idea or is made to simplify people's lives. Making a home a more comfortable and safe place for a family to live might be as easy as creating a better way to screen windows and doors.

What Is A Retractable Screen?

In their most basic form, retractable screens do precisely what their names would imply they would do: they would retract. Retractable displays may be rolled up and kept in a safe container while not in use, making them almost invisible. The best retractable screen systems may be adapted into a door or window in such a manner that, once installed, they are hardly noticeable.

The housings blend in flawlessly since they are designed to fit within or around a window or door frame. Every time the door and/or window is opened, the screen will unfurl to defend against flying or crawling insects, but the homeowner may still benefit from the fresh air and natural ventilation. The screen glides back into its housing when it's time to go home, where it will be kept until it is needed once again.

Are retractable screens worth it?

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The cloth is protected from potentially harmful UV light as well as dirt and the elements when the screen is retracted when it is not being utilized. Retractable displays, as a direct result of this, will have a much longer lifetime compared to normal flat panels. There is no need to take the screens down and store them away in a storage area throughout the course of the winter.

Are motorized retractable screens worth it ? If you're looking for a way to keep your home cool in the summer and bug-free, then you may be considering installing retractable screens.

Let's explore the benefits and drawbacks of motorized screens so that you can make an informed decision.

The benefits of motorized retractable screens

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There are several benefits to using motorized retractable screens.

  • they're very easy to use. You can open and close them with the push of a button, so you don't have to worry about fumbling with screens that are difficult to open.
  • motorized screens can provide a tight seal against bugs and other pests. They can be installed to fit snugly around doors and windows, creating a barrier that will keep out even the tiniest of insects.
  • motorized screens can help you save on your energy bills. By blocking out the sun's rays, they can keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
  • they can increase your home's security. When closed, they can make it more difficult for intruders to break in.
  • motorized screens can add to the aesthetics of your home. They come in a variety of colors & styles, so you can find ones that match your home's décor.
  • Last, but not least, motorized screens can provide you with peace of mind. Knowing that your home is protected from bugs, the sun's harmful rays, and intruders can help you relax and enjoy your time spent inside.

How much do motorized retractable screens cost?

Retractable screens are a great way to enjoy the outdoors without worrying about insects or weather. And, because they retract out of sight when not in use, they won't mar the look of your home. But how much do motorized retractable screens cost? The answer depends on a number of factors, including the size and number of screens you need, the type of materials you choose, and whether you have them professionally installed. For a rough idea, though, motorized retractable screens for a standard doorway can start at around $600. If you need multiple screens or larger sizes, expect to pay more. But remember, retractable screens are an investment that will last for years to come. So if you love spending time outdoors, they may be worth every penny.

If you're looking for a way to enjoy the outdoors without being bothered by bugs, then motorized retractable screens are a great option. Not only do they provide protection from annoying insects, but they also allow you to control the amount of sunlight and fresh air that enters your home. And because they're so easy to install, you'll be able to enjoy your new screens in no time.

These screens may be purchased for anywhere from $100 and $250 for retractable screens, $300 and $1,400 for sliding screens, $100 and $400 for storm screens, and $400 and $1,400 for garage screens. The installation process might take anywhere from half an hour to two hours, and the hourly charge could vary anywhere from $50 to $75. The total amount may be increased by an extra $50 to $100 due to the expense of replacing a unit.

Retractable displays are often at least five times as expensive as fixed screens, making the former option much more expensive than the latter. This makes the former option the more expensive choice. The average cost of a motorized system is $3,000, and in order for the screen porch to operate effectively, it typically requires three systems (one for each of the porch's "walls").

If you're looking for a way to enjoy the outdoors without being bothered by bugs, then motorized retractable screens are a great option. Not only do they provide protection from annoying insects, but they also allow you to control the amount of sunlight and fresh air that enters your home. And because they're so easy to use, they're perfect for both homes and businesses.

Are there any drawbacks to motorized retractable screens?

Retractable screens are a great option for those looking for added privacy and protection from the sun and pests. However, there are a few things to consider before installing retractable screens. One drawback is that they must be properly installed in order to work correctly. If not installed properly, retractable screens can be difficult to operate or may not work at all. In addition, retractable screens can be more expensive than traditional screens. Another consideration is that retractable screens may not provide as much protection from the sun and pests as other types of screens. Ultimately, retractable screens are a matter of personal preference and should be chosen based on individual needs and budget.

Installing retractable screens can be a great way to improve the look of your home while also providing protection from the sun and pests.

However, there are a few things to consider before installing retractable screens. One drawback is that they must be properly installed in order to work correctly. If not installed properly, retractable screens can be difficult to operate and may not provide adequate protection from the sun or pests. It is also important to consider the cost of retractable screens before installation. While they are typically more expensive than other types of screens, they can be a great investment for those who want the flexibility and convenience that they offer. Ultimately, retractable screens are a matter of personal preference.

Some people find that they are the perfect solution for their needs, while others may prefer another type of screen. There is no right or wrong answer, but it is important to consider all of the factors involved before making a final decision.

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If you are looking for more information on retractable screens, please visit our website. We offer a wide variety of screens to choose from, as well as installation and repair services.

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A retractable screen gives you the best of both worlds: the function of a screen when you need it and the aesthetics of the door without it. 

We can install retractable screens in Toronto, Mississauga, Etobicoke, Brampton, Oakville, East York, North York, Markham, Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Aurora, Scarborough, Pickering, Oshawa, Ajax, Newmarket, King City, Caledon, Georgetown, Milton. Reach out to us to find out the cost of Phantom retractable screens for your front door, back door, french garden door or sliding door.

Custom-made to your specifications, our retractable screens from Phantom are high quality, durable and long-lasting.

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Phantom Retractable Screens in Toronto and GTA

You might wonder what is a phantom screen? A Phantom screen is a high-quality and versatile type of retractable door screen that has gained popularity in Toronto and other regions. The retractable screens were specifically designed to provide practical and stylish solutions for French doors and for patio doors . They offer the flexibility to enjoy the fresh air and natural light while effectively keeping out insects and debris. In GTA, where residents value their indoor-outdoor living spaces, phantom screens have become a sought-after choice for homeowners. With their seamless retractable design, they blend effortlessly with the doors, preserving the aesthetic appeal of the surrounding area. Whether it's for entry doors, French doors or patio doors, phantom screens provide an elegant and functional solution to enhance the overall comfort and enjoyment of any home. 

Retractable Screens for Sliding Doors

Retractable screens for sliding doors provide a convenient and versatile solution for homeowners looking to enhance their indoor-outdoor living spaces. Designed for sliding doors, these screens offer the perfect balance between functionality and aesthetics. You have a screen when you need it and no mesh covering the view when you don't. It is also safe from any damage and dust when hidden. With a simple retractable mechanism, the screens can be easily pulled across or pushed back, allowing for seamless integration with the sliding door frame. They provide excellent airflow and natural light while effectively keeping out insects and debris. Retractable screens for sliding doors are available in various sizes, colors, and mesh options to suit different preferences and match the existing decor. They are a practical addition to patios, balconies, and other areas with sliding doors, allowing homeowners to enjoy the benefits of an open door while maintaining a comfortable and bug-free environment.

Retractable Screens for Single Doors

Retractable screens for single doors offer a convenient and versatile solution for homeowners who want to enjoy the fresh air and natural light while keeping insects out. These screens are designed for single doors, providing seamless integration with the door frame. With a retractable mechanism, the screen can be easily pulled across or pushed back when not in use, maintaining the aesthetic appeal of the door. Retractable screens for single doors come in various sizes and colors to suit different door styles and personal preferences. They are made with durable materials and high-quality mesh that effectively blocks out bugs while allowing for optimal airflow. Whether it's a front door, side door, or any other single custom modern doors application, retractable screens provide a practical and stylish solution to enhance comfort and enjoy the benefits of the outdoors without any unwanted visitors.

Retractable Screens for Double Doors

Retractable screens for double doors offer a versatile and practical solution for homeowners looking to enhance their indoor-outdoor living experience. These screens are specifically designed to fit double doors, providing a seamless and elegant solution. With a retractable mechanism, the screens can be easily pulled up from both sides to meet in the middle covering the whole area when both panels of the french door are open. This option is not possible with a sliding screen, which can cover only 1 panel and it's always there. When the retractable screen is only there when you need it and can cover both or just 1 panel as required. 

It provides excellent ventilation, allowing fresh air to circulate while keeping insects and debris out. Whether it's for a patio, porch, or any other area with double doors, retractable screens are a practical addition, enabling homeowners to enjoy the beauty of their surroundings without compromising comfort or inviting unwanted pests inside.

Benefits of Retractable Screens

There are many advantages of retractable screens that make them a valuable addition to any home:

  • Firstly, they provide seamless integration with any door, preserving the aesthetic appeal of the door and living space.
  • When not in use, these screens can be easily retracted, allowing for unobstructed views and natural light to enter the room.
  • When retracted they do not collect any dust and are hidden from any damage.
  • A retractable screen door provides excellent ventilation, allowing fresh air to circulate while keeping insects, pests, and debris out.
  • They offer a layer of privacy, preventing outsiders from peering into the home while still maintaining visibility to the outside.
  • They also help in reducing energy costs by allowing for natural ventilation and reducing the need for air conditioning.
  • Lastly, retractable screens are available in various sizes, styles, and mesh options, catering to different preferences and functional needs.

Overall, these screens enhance the comfort, functionality, and enjoyment of indoor and outdoor living spaces.

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Retractable Screens Cost

How much do retractable screens cost? The cost of retractable screens can vary depending on various factors such as size, quality, features, and installation requirements. Generally, the price range for retractable screens starts from around a few hundred dollars and can go up to several thousand dollars. The size and type of door being screened will influence the cost, as larger or custom-sized screens may incur additional expenses. Higher-quality materials and upgrades such as color, handle type or specialized mesh options can also contribute to a price.

DYI project might look initially cheaper, but that will require your time and effort and the possibility of a mistake. When the retractable screens installation cost from a reputable company usually is included and gives you a proper service warranty. 

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Our retractable door screens with floating edge create a bright, breezy space that blurs the line between indoors and out while letting your home's design shine. With floating edge, the mesh floats along the top and bottom track, allowing for a little extra give.

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Want to keep small pets in and debris out? We’ve got options! Our retractable door screens can now come with our mesh lock option - a captured edge solution that secured the mesh in the top and bottom tracks. Preventing mesh from blowing out from the track.

Single Door Screen Sizes, 1 unit

  • Maximum width: 48″ Height range: 78″ to 100″
  • Maximum width: 36″ Height range: 100 1/8″ to 120″

Double Door Screen Sizes, 2 units

  • Maximum width: 96″ Height range: 78″ to 100″
  • Maximum width: 72″ Height range: 100 1/8″ to 120″

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  • Single Maximum width: 48″ Maximum height: 96"
  • Double Maximum width: 96″ Maximum height: 96"

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Yes, retractable screens are generally considered a good idea for many homeowners. They offer several advantages that make them a worthwhile investment:

  • Retractable screens provide excellent ventilation, allowing fresh air to circulate while keeping insects, pests, and debris out.

Overall, the convenience, functionality, and benefits of retractable screens make them a good idea for those who wish to enhance their indoor-outdoor living experience while keeping insects out and maintaining the aesthetic appeal of their home.

  • What is the difference between a retractable screen door and a sliding screen door? A retractable screen door can be pulled across or pushed back into a housing unit, allowing it to disappear when not in use. It provides ventilation and keeps insects out when extended while leaving the door fully accessible and unobstructed when retracted. In contrast, a sliding screen door is a fixed panel that slides horizontally along a track and remains in place, serving as a barrier against insects and debris. The retractable screen door offers a more convenient and versatile solution, as it can be completely retracted, providing an unobstructed view and access when desired. It can be perfect for serving non-traditional openings like French doors.

Phantom screens are made of durable and high-quality materials to ensure their longevity and functionality. The specific components of a Phantom screen can vary depending on the model, but they commonly include the following elements:

  • Frame: The frame of a phantom screen is typically made of lightweight yet sturdy materials such as aluminum or PVC (polyvinyl chloride). These materials provide strength and durability while keeping the screen frame lightweight and easy to operate.
  • Mesh: The mesh used in phantom screens is typically made of fiberglass or polyester. These materials are chosen for their durability, resistance to tearing, and ability to allow air and light to pass through while keeping insects and debris out.
  • Tracks and Rollers: The tracks and rollers enable smooth and seamless operation of the retractable screen. They are usually made of corrosion-resistant materials like stainless steel or high-quality plastic to ensure long-lasting performance.
  • Housing Unit: The housing unit is where the retractable screen is stored when not in use. It is typically made of a durable material such as aluminum or plastic, designed to protect the screen and keep it out of sight when retracted.

Overall, Phantom screens are constructed with materials that prioritize durability, functionality, and resistance to the elements, ensuring they can withstand regular use and provide effective insect protection while maintaining an unobtrusive appearance.

The average cost of phantom screens can vary depending on several factors, including the size of the opening, the type of screen material, the quality of the components, and any additional features or customization options. Generally, phantom screens are considered a higher-end option compared to traditional fixed screens, and therefore, they can be more expensive.

To provide a general idea, the cost of phantom screens for standard-sized single doors is around $700-$800, while for double doors or larger openings, the cost is about $1,400 or more.

Retractable screens are designed to allow air circulation while providing a barrier against insects and debris. The screen mesh used in retractable screens is typically made of materials that allow air to pass through, such as fiberglass or polyester. This allows for natural ventilation and airflow, enabling fresh air to enter the space while keeping pests out.

Retractable screens can provide some wind protection, but their effectiveness depends on factors like screen material and design. While they can resist light to moderate winds, they are not intended to act as complete wind barriers. During strong winds or storms, it is advisable to retract or secure the screens to prevent damage. 

Phantom Screens, like other retractable screen brands, are designed to withstand normal wind conditions typically encountered during regular use. They are generally designed to withstand wind speeds up to 50 kilometres per hour.

It's important to note that retractable screens are not intended to be used as wind barriers during extreme weather conditions, such as severe storms or hurricane-force winds. During such conditions, it is recommended to retract or secure the screens to prevent any potential damage. As well as during cold weather with snow and ice.

Retractable screens come in a range of standard widths to accommodate different door sizes.

For single doors, they typically cover widths from around 24 inches to 48 inches, reaching the maximum height of 120". 

For double doors or larger openings, wider sizes are available, ranging from approximately 48 inches to 96 inches with the height maxed out at 100"

The lifespan of retractable screens can vary depending on factors such as material quality, maintenance, usage, and environmental conditions. With proper care, high-quality retractable screens can last for 10 to 15 years or more. While the screen mesh may require replacement over time, the frame and other components are typically more durable. Following manufacturer guidelines for maintenance and retracting the screen during inclement weather can help prolong its lifespan.

Phantom screens come with a lifetime warranty, where lifetime means for life. Your life, if you’re the original purchaser of the screen. In other words, your children can inherit your Phantom screens, but not the warranty.

Although Phantom screens are very durable, accidents do occasionally happen.

The mesh can be replaced and most of the parts can be repaired or replaced.

Phantom's limited lifetime warranty covers the screen components (not including the mesh) to the original purchaser for their lifetime in their home.

Yes, retractable screens can be installed on patio doors. Retractable screens are designed to fit various types of doors and windows, including patio doors. They provide a convenient solution for adding insect protection and ventilation to patio areas.

When installing a retractable screen on a patio door, it is important to consider the specific dimensions and requirements of the door. Measurements will need to be taken to ensure a proper fit.

Retractable screens may not be universally considered pet-proof, as their durability against pets depends on the specific model and the behaviour of the animals. While some retractable screens can withstand light contact from cats or small dogs, they may not endure scratching or chewing from larger or more energetic pets. Phantom offers pet-resistant features like a mesh lock, which completely secures the mesh in the top and bottom tracks to prevent small pets from escaping, unwanted critters from entering and mesh blowouts.

Yes, retractable screen doors can have locks. While the standard screens come with a magnetic handle, there is an option to get a Phantom retractable screen with a latch lock that allows you to secure the screen door in a closed position. This helps ensure that the screen remains in place and provides security when the door is closed but still allows for ventilation and visibility.

Cleaning retractable screens is a relatively simple process. Here are some general steps to clean retractable screens:

  • Begin by fully retracting the screen into its housing unit to gain easy access to the entire surface.
  • Use a soft brush or broom to gently sweep away any loose debris, such as dust, dirt, or cobwebs. Start from the top and work your way down.
  • Fill a bucket with warm water and add a mild detergent or a specialized screen cleaning solution. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners that may damage the screen material.
  • Dip a soft sponge or microfiber cloth into the soapy water and wring out any excess moisture. Wipe the screen mesh gently in a back-and-forth motion, removing any stubborn dirt or stains. Be careful not to apply too much pressure that may stretch or damage the screen.
  • Rinse the sponge or cloth with clean water and remove any soap residue by wiping the screen again.
  • Once the screen is clean, extend it partially or fully to allow it to air dry naturally. Avoid using excessive heat or direct sunlight to dry the screen, as it may affect the material's integrity.

Phantom recommends cleaning the screens once or twice a season to eliminate any small dust particles in the mesh: upon first use after winter is over, and at the end of the busy summer season. Regular cleaning will help maintain the appearance and functionality of retractable screens. However, if your screen requires more frequent cleaning due to heavy dirt or outdoor exposure, adjust the cleaning schedule accordingly.

Finally, regularly lubricating the tracks with Phantom’s greaseless silicone spray will ensure that the screen operates smoothly. (Note that this is a special type of dry silicone specifically intended for the screen, and using any other type of lubricant (e.g. WD40) could damage your screen.)

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Match your screen’s frame and handle to your door trim, your door or your dog: it’s totally up to you.

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Supply us with a swatch of your preferred color and we’ll be delighted to match it.

Mesh Options

Your screen’s mesh gives you a surprising amount of control over what comes in and out of your space. Choose a tighter or looser weave for your ideal combination of air, light, heat and bugs.

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Insect Mesh

Whether it’s horseflies or no-see-ums, our insect meshes come in a variety of weaves to keep out whatever’s bugging you. It’s also the most open type of mesh, so it provides more ventilation and visibility while reducing up to 55% of UV rays.

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Privacy Mesh

Keep harsh sun and looky-loos at bay with a finely-woven privacy mesh. These screens can block up to 95% of UV rays, and are available in multiple colors and fabrics. They're Greenguard-, lead-free-, and Microban-certified.

A tighter mesh provides shade that reduces the sun's glare and heat in your space. While all our meshes block UV rays to some extent, solar meshes can block out up to 65% of UV rays, while still allowing air flow.

Handle Options

You have a couple options when it comes to choosing your handle type. Choose either a latching handle or magnet closure. Pick the one that makes most sense for your home’s traffic and flow.

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Magnet Handle

Our simple, original handle that uses a magnet closure system.

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Latching Handle

Chosen by 90% of our customers, it's quiet, easy to use and secure from unintentional openings.

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Latching Handle with a Latch Stop

When you choose the latching handle, you also have the option to add a lock to the handle.

Why Phantom Screens?

Back in 1992, Phantom was the first manufacturer of retractable screens in North America. Today, they are still the leader: they've manufactured and installed more screens than anyone else in the industry.

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Retractable Door Screens in Toronto & GTA

Retractable door screens offer a practical and convenient solution for homeowners in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) who want to enjoy the fresh air and unobstructed views while keeping insects and debris out of their homes. These innovative screens provide an excellent alternative to traditional fixed screens, allowing homeowners to seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor living spaces.

Retractable Phantom screens are designed to be discreet and blend seamlessly with the existing architecture and decor of a home. They can be installed on various types of doors, including entry doors, patio doors, French doors, and sliding glass doors. The retractable screen systems are housed in a housing unit that is mounted on one side of the door frame. When not in use, the screen is stored inside the cassette, preserving the aesthetics of the door and providing clear access.

One of the key advantages of retractable door screens is their flexibility. They can be easily pulled into position when needed and retracted when not in use. This feature allows homeowners to control their indoor environment, providing natural ventilation and reducing the need for air conditioning during pleasant weather. By opening the door and retracting the screen, homeowners can create a seamless flow between their indoor and outdoor spaces, enhancing the overall living experience.

Retractable door screens are designed to provide protection against common outdoor nuisances, such as insects, mosquitoes, and pollen, while still maintaining visibility and airflow. The screens are made from durable mesh materials that can come in solar and privacy options. 

Installation of retractable door screens should be done by professionals to ensure a proper fit and functionality. We will assess the door and frame, take accurate measurements, and install the screen accordingly. By relying on professional installation, homeowners can ensure that their retractable door screens operate smoothly and provide optimal performance.

When it comes to choosing retractable door screens from a reliable  Toronto doors company , give us a call. Vinyl Light Windows and Doors offer customizable features and colors, allowing homeowners to select screens that match their specific preferences and complement their home's style.

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The following is starter pricing for Phantom Retractable Screen Doors. All prices INCLUDE INSTALLATION and are sold as installed only. Please fill out our online quote form or call our office for more accurate pricing based on your door specs. For City of Chicago pricing, please call our office.

STANDARD: Up to 42″ wide opening and up to 84″ height (see Custom price for patio sliders and Juliette balconies) CUSTOM:  Up to 48″ wide opening and up to 96″ height Up to 36″ wide opening and 96 1/8″-120″ height

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Factors that Affect the Cost of Retractable Screens for Patios

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Imagine extending your home’s living space, making it an enchanting oasis where you can enjoy every season in cozy comfort. From sun-soaked summer days to frosty winter evenings, a patio screen system is here to elevate your outdoor living experience. When it comes to patio screens, retractable screens are a great way to add versatility and privacy at home – but there’s more than just the obvious factors that affect their cost. 

Types of Retractable Screens

Retractable screens come in manual or motorized options. Motorized retractable screens offer modern convenience as they expand and retract using a sleek, motorized device. With a user-friendly remote control or push button, you’re in charge of your screen from anywhere, adapting to the sun’s ever-changing position. 

Manual retractable screen doors are less costly and straightforward to operate. They make for easy-breezy care and maintenance. However, while motorized screens are the more expensive option, they’re worth it for a touch of luxury and a lot of conveniences.

What factors influence the cost of retractable screens for patios?

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Size of the Patio

When it comes to price, the size and shape of your retractable screen play a crucial role. The bigger and more intricate the shape, the more expensive your retractable screens will be as larger, more custom options will require more materials and installation time.

Type of Retractable Screen

The cost of retractable screens for patios will significantly vary when choosing between motorized and manual retractable screen doors. With motorized options, convenience takes the spotlight as they magically roll down with a click of a button. Our motors are powered by Somfy, the industry leader in Smart Home products. With it, you can control your motorized retractable screens using either a Somfy remote or the Smart Home app on your phone. This provides you with a convenient and easy way to operate your screens, allowing you to adjust them with just the touch of a button or a swipe on your smartphone. On the other hand, you can effortlessly extend and retract manual retractable screens on your own – and you’ll enjoy easy maintenance and a lighter initial investment.

Material of the Screen

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When constructing your retractable patio screen, the frame material and style significantly affect cost. It’s no secret that higher-quality materials mean a higher price tag, but you can count on getting a longer-lasting product that will go the distance. 

The fabric and mesh on your screen are other aspects of the cost. A good screen has a UV coating to help block sunlight and is very high quality so as not to rip during daily wear and tear. Mirage offers a range of fabrics that are of good quality and suitable for different purposes. For our motorized screens, we have insect control, sun control, privacy, blackout, and vinyl fabrics. When it comes to retractable screens, we offer stiff fiberglass and elite mesh for insect protection, as well as Tuffscreen, a scratch-resistant polyester mesh that is ideal for pet owners and insect control.

Installation Fees

Installing a reliable retractable screen is a delicate operation that requires the expertise of professionals to get the job done right. Our screens are professionally installed with no additional charge since it is already included in the dealer’s quote. However, the overall cost may vary depending on your location. For an exact installation price, schedule your consultation with your local dealer to discuss your project.

Maintenance Costs

With minimal upkeep, your retracted screens will remain shielded from harsh weather conditions. The Mirage team has a list of TLC tips to keep your retractable patio screen looking great!

1. Clear the screen door track of debris, tiny rocks, and fur to avoid damage.

2. Indulge in an annual spring clean: pamper the tracks, housing, and screen mesh with warm soapy water and gently dab them dry with a soft, clean cloth.

When you invest in retractable screens for your patio, it’s important that you have a warranty to back it up! Trustworthy manufacturers and installers stand by their craft with warranties or guarantees. An unbeatable limited lifetime warranty backs Mirage Screen Systems’ retractable screen doors!

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