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Screen doors the perfect way to enjoy a fresh breeze and warm sunlight without the nagging buzz of airborne pests. Similarly, storm doors provide a clever way to allow sunlight inside while shielding against the cold, wind and other elements. If your garage doubles as a workspace, a garage door screen is another way to allow fresh air and sunlight in. Whatever your needs, there are a few things to consider as you shop around for storm and screen doors: More 
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What styles of screen doors are available?


Most screen door frames come in steel, aluminum or metal alloy. Other variants for screen doors include wood and vinyl. A metal frame tends to be sturdier, with steel being the most durable. If you’re intending for yours to offer an added layer of security, steel is your best bet. Frame materials aside, there are also a few different latching mechanisms to consider. A sliding screen door set works well in combination with your sliding patio doors. If you’re looking for something a little less imposing, a retractable screen door might do the trick. This design allows the screen to roll up into a canister located on one side of the doorway when not in use. A magnetic screen door is perfect if you know you’ll be venturing in and out of your home, especially if you have your arms full. Its design makes it easy to push through without using your hands, and the flaps close back up behind you thanks to magnetic force.

What kinds of screens can I add to my storm doors?


The most common materials for screens are bronze, galvanized steel, fiberglass and aluminum:
• Bronze: If you’re looking for a screen that will hold up over the years, bronze should be your top pick. It is, however, the most expensive option of the four. Don’t forget you’ll also need to varnish it every two to three years.
• Galvanized steel: Also durable, galvanized steel can be prone to rust. However, you can keep rust at bay by spraying household lubricant on it.
• Fiberglass: If you live in an area where corrosion is prevalent, consider a fiberglass screen. They also tend to be easy to install on your own if a replacement is needed.
• Aluminum: The most affordable option, aluminum is not as durable as steel. If you live in a coastal area, aluminum may not be the best choice as salt water in the air speeds up corrosion.

How do I pick the right size storm door?


It’s important to make sure your screen door or storm door fits your doorway. To find out the exact size you need, measure the height and width carefully. It’s recommended that you measure the height on both the left and right sides, and also measure the width at the top, in the middle and at the bottom of the doorframe. This is to allow for any warping in the frame. Don’t forget to consider the doors you’ll be placing your new screen doors in front of. You’ll want the handle of each one to match up with the other.