Many months ago, I was following a blog that was showing the progress of the renovation of an historical home in Mobile, AL called the Southern Romance home. It was so much fun watching this old, out of date home being transformed for today’s living, but all the while keeping it’s original charm.
One of the many beautiful features of the renovation was the addition of Phantom Screens retractable screens on the back porch. These retractable screens totally intrigued me.
When Phantom Screens contacted me about reviewing their retractable screen, I have to say, I was pretty excited.
We had recently replaced an old wood door in our breakfast room with a full view glass door that opens up to our large patio area.
In the Spring and Fall, when the weather is perfect, I always want to open up the windows and doors to let in the fresh air. Unfortunately, I couldn’t do that with my new door, without letting all the bugs in with the fresh air.
I really didn’t want to add a screen door to the outside of the pretty new door that we had just installed!
A Phantom Screen retractable screen was the perfect solution!
A retractable screen can be opened when I want to use it, and when I don’t, it retracts into a small frame mounted onto the side of the door. Completely out of the way and unobtrusive! The design is really pretty cool.
A local screen company, Screenmobile, came out to install the retractable screen door and it took only about an hour to install from start to finish. It was such a fast and easy installation.
A side frame is screwed into the trim on the outside of the doorframe, which is the housing that holds the retractable screen in place.
A threshold is installed with a track, and also a track at the top, so that the screen can slide across when you open and close the screen.
They also installed two magnetic latches on the opposite side of the screen frame, to hold the screen tight when it’s open.
When you want a screen door, you just slide it across and it snaps right onto the magnets. When you want to close it, a gentle pull of the handle and it retracts right back into place in it’s housing. It just disappears from view when we don’t need it!
This is the retractable screen in it’s housing, when we don’t want it open.
And here it is with the Phantom Screen open.
This is such a great idea and a wonderful way to add a screen while preserving the look and view of my door. And they work with swing in or swing out doors!
With Fall weather upon us, we are really enjoying our Phantom Screen by opening up the patio door and letting the fresh Autumn breeze in, without letting the pesky bugs and flies in with it!
I would love to have these retractable screens on every door in the house.
Phantom Screens was so generous in providing and installing the retractable screen for us. It’s such a fantastic product, I couldn’t wait to share it with you!
For more information, or for dealers in your area, check out the Phantom Screen website.
(Phantom Screens provided the product for this post, but all opinions are 100% my own….I love this retractable screen door!)