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Best Storm Door with Retractable Screen, a personal review
Our First Screen Away Storm Door
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.
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.
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.