Did you know you could extend your backyard living and entertainment space for just 10 to 20 percent of what you would spend on an interior renovation or expansion? A screenroom is just one way to add square footage to your home without breaking the bank. Protect your home and family from unwanted pests while still enjoying the great outdoors. Here are a few suggestions for upgrading and updating your screened-in backyard space.
Sliding Screen Doors
The great thing about adding a sliding screen door to your screenroom or sunroom is that they not only create a bug-free home environment, but also virtually disappear when not in use. Out of sight, out of mind. Try a “phantom” screen door, which pulls out from the side just like a window blind. They lock closes with a magnetic catch and since the screen is held tight by spring pressure, they can tolerate a person or pet walking into it without breaking. Also, make sure to choose a quality slider for your space – it will be one of the most heavily used entries in your home.
French Screen Doors
A great way to upgrade your outdoor space is with French screen doors. It’s not uncommon for homes to have existing French doors going out to the patio, pool area or backyard space. However, homeowners who want to keep the sophisticated look of French doors and add the practicality of screen doors are in luck. A sliding track can easily be installed in front of the French door to keep your home free of pesky bugs and critters. FYI: If you’re not hiring a professional, make sure to pay close attention to the French door handles and make sure they won’t catch on the screen door.
Removable Doors and Walls
There are a slew of different screen options for the commitment phobic’s out there. If you’re not looking for a solid tie to screening in your backyard space, try Universal Screen Enclosures. They’re a great way to shield your patio, spa, pool or garden from falling leaves and bugs. Delivered in sections, it’s a great option for the do-it-yourselfer. You can remove the roof screen to allow sunlight to shine down or even add panels for harsh weather.
One of the neatest (and easiest) temporary screen additions you can add to your home is the Instant Door Screen. They’re simple to install – just attach a tension rod to the top of your doorframe – and allows you to walk back and forth from your outdoor space hands-free – closing automatically with two magnetic fasteners.