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Best Storm Door with Retractable Screen, a personal review

Updated on August 3, 2017
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Cheryl likes things that help to make her home more friendly and efficient. These are some of the ideas that she has used.

Our First Screen Away Storm Door

Here the window is part way down, allowing the screen to let air in through the screen on the top.
Here the window is part way down, allowing the screen to let air in through the screen on the top. | Source

This Larson Storm Door Has a Screen that is stored inside the door.

We used to have those old storm doors, where we had to take the screen out so we could put the window in, and vice versa. I didn't want to do it too early in the season, or wait too long at the end of the season. But oh so many beautiful days came after I had changed them out. All of that changed when I found Screen Away storm doors.

It is the best storm door that I've ever purchased - it stores the screen right inside the door.

Having a storm door that allows for the screen to go up or down, offers so much freedom and versatility. I can let the cooler or warmer air in, or keep it out, any time of the year, no matter what the season is. I don't have to store one or the other. Using it also saves us money on energy use.

If it's been too warm of a day and the night air is cooling off, I can save on running the air conditioner and pull the screen down to let the cool night air in.

If it's getting too cold, I can push the screen back up. Basically, whatever the weather, I can easily adjust the screen and window to be more accommodating to our comfort, which saves energy.

The model that we own is by Larson. We purchased ones that have a lever that supports the window when it is in the up position; when the screen is rolled all the way up. The screen isn't visible when it is rolled up.

It was time to replace the old storm door.

The old screen or window had to be changed out with screws.

I used to wait for the most opportune month to replace the screen with the window, and vice verse. So many cool night air breezes were missed, and also the pleasant day time temperatures, etc., since it had to be manually done by loosening screws, removing the screen or the glass, replacing it with the other, re-installing the screws, etc. and storing the other.

With the Screen Away Door, there isn't any window or screen to change anything out, and/or to store.

A full length retracable screen storm door gives a fantastic view.

My cats and I both like having the full view. They're also great for letting in more light.

Our cats and I both like our retractable screen storm door.

Our cat Sunny is enjoying the view.
Our cat Sunny is enjoying the view. | Source

They can see out the bottom, and me, because I can easily adjust the window to open or close the screen at any time. I also like the larger view.

Where does the screen go in retractable screen storm doors?

How does the window stay up?

In a retractable screen storm door, the screen rolls around a roller that is within the top part of the door. When you slide the glass up towards the top, the screen rolls around the roller. When you pull the window down, the screen un-rolls down into view. The glass at the bottom part of the door is stationary.

When the top window is in the all the way up position, there is a mechanism that you can adjust, that comes out under the bottom of the top window and supports it.

We now have a second Screen Away Storm Door.

This latest one was installed on the front of our house.

It really opens up the view.

It also makes it easier to see decorations that we may

hang on the inside door.

Measure your door opening. Do you need a wide or narrow door?

A lot of doors seem to come in the 32 inch width. Some exterior doors, even in the same house, are different widths.

Our kitchen door is only 32 inches wide, whereas the front door is 36 inches wide.

Make sure to measure your door area before ordering.

LARSON 346-60 Full View Storm Door
LARSON 346-60 Full View Storm Door

The screen rolls away in to the top part of the door. The screen stores on a roller inside the door.

 

There are also models with a privacy bottom.

Some customers don't want a full view door, and some also prefer the privacy bottom if they have dogs that they don't want scratching on the glass.

I've seen them with various heights for the privacy bottom part. Pictured below is one with a shorter privacy option.

Make sure to use the Support Lever for when the Screen is Up.

My Screen Away door has a support lever for the window, so the weight of it won't pull down the screen. Using the lever for support should help the mechanisms lasting longer when you're not using the screen function.

Do you own a Larson ScreenAway Storm Door? Share your experience here: - Your questions and comments are welcome.

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      Cheryl Paton 3 years ago from West Virginia

      I don't have any experience with the Anderson storm doors. I know that some storm doors have hardware mountings that can be used on the left or the right, but you'd have to read what the particular door and manufacturer has. All the best with your choice and install.

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      Pamela 3 years ago

      Trying to decide btw Larson or Anderson Storm doors! husband will have to drill for left sided Larson any comments about this vs Anderson already has left sided from manufacture .

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      Cheryl Paton 3 years ago from West Virginia

      @BodyHairRemoval: They come in so handy. : )

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      BodyHairRemoval 3 years ago

      I am in definite need of one.

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      Cheryl Paton 4 years ago from West Virginia

      @SBPI Inc: That would be interesting.

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      SBPI Inc 4 years ago

      Ah yes. Now if they only made one that would go up and down for a garage.

      Great lens, information and beautifully done. Thank you.

      Jonathan

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      LUMOSE 4 years ago

      Great lens. Good ideas.

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      Cheryl Paton 4 years ago from West Virginia

      @geosum: Thank you geosum. We still like ours.

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      geosum 4 years ago

      Nice lens. Sounds like a good idea.

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      norma-holt 4 years ago

      Nice lens and although I have never tried it sounds like it would be great. Hugs

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: They sell parts at larsondoors.com but they don't seem to just sell the winder,

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      MagicScreen 5 years ago

      Cool lens.

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      acregmed 5 years ago

      Interesting lens!

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      Cheryl Paton 5 years ago from West Virginia

      @UKGhostwriter: Oh my!

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      UKGhostwriter 5 years ago

      In the UK we don't have much of a demand for screens, so when I'm in the States, I always manage to walk straight into the mesh!

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      Cheryl Paton 5 years ago from West Virginia

      @anonymous: Chris, I don't know if there is an easy fix for that. Definitely contact the manufacturer and or the company where you purchased it.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      We have had our new screen door for about 3 months and now the screen won't roll up. Is there an easy fix for this, or do I have to return it or purchase a new one?

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      You know, I think we had something like this when I lived in Ohio. Right now, I just have a regular window door on my Florida Room. Very practical.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      Oh, I am so glad you wrote this article! I have wondered about these screens. My puppys want to go out at some of the most inopportune times, like when I am reading lenses :) I never trust the paid advertisements, but I definitely trust you to tell me the truth. Awesome!

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      Cheryl Paton 6 years ago from West Virginia

      @anonymous: Ellen, sorry to hear about your experience. We've had ours for over a year now and are still quite satisfied. Everything still works.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great door for the first 6 months, then both screen door closers broke, and now the spring inside broke and the screen part separated from the glass door part. We're stuck with a door that's half wide open like a barn door (no screen any more, and the glass half can't be lifted up). Larson customer service won't replace anything.

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      WE have a great storm door on the front, but could use one on the back...

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      dustytoes 6 years ago

      This sounds like a great door to have. I'll keep it in mind.

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      hlkljgk 6 years ago from Western Mass

      great idea

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      poutine 6 years ago

      Sounds like a great idea.

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      Lee Hansen 6 years ago from Vermont

      We're looking at screen / storm doors for our Vermont home. The cats would really appreciate a screen away ... will check them out.

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      Cheryl Paton 6 years ago from West Virginia

      @JollyvilleChick: It makes it so much easier, doesn't it.

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      JollyvilleChick 6 years ago

      We have a storm door like that and it's been great. I love being able to convert the door from a screen door to a glass door just by sliding the glass part up.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Some brilliant ideas on the best storm doors.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      This is a great idea! We still have the kind where we replace the screen with the window and vice versa with those little screws that get lost. Definitely going to look out for one of these Larson Storm Doors with a Retractable Screen.

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      bdkz 8 years ago

      Super review!