More than just summer breezes…
Screen doors conjure up the images and sounds of long summer afternoons, gentle evening breezes, and kids coming and going to play with friends.
Beyond these cozy memories, screen doors benefit our homes in a surprising number of ways. They can even help to reduce costs and increase the value of your home.
If you are considering installing a screen door, read on for six reasons they are an effective addition to your home.
The 6 Essential Benefits Of Screen Doors
Protect Your Family From Pests
With the gentle heat of spring and summer comes barbecues, baseball games, and bugs. Without a screen door, the main way to let in the summer is to simply prop your door open. Unfortunately, that’s not the only thing you’ll be letting in, as bugs, flies, and mosquitoes will come join the party.
For those with screen doors in the kitchen, these pests can prove to be especially pesky as they interfere with cooking and dining.
Fortunately, a light door lets you keep bugs out so you can enjoy the seasons from the comfort of your home.
Allows For Breezes and Ventilation
Screen doors are an ideal way to keep air moving in your home. In hotter months, having a screen door can help air flow in and out. Plus, you can enjoy those late afternoon and early evening breezes.
They’re also a great feature for kitchens. As mentioned above, not only can they can keep the bugs out, but they can also help you fight the heat from a hot stove or oven. With a kitchen screen door, the kitchen can stay at a more comfortable temperature.
Lets In Natural Light
Part of the joy of those long, summer days is how much natural light there is. With the sun not setting until 8 or 9 in the evening, you have extra hours each day to enjoy. For homes with just a regular door, that light is unfortunately blocked out (unless the door is left wide open, which is not a safe option).
Instead, opting for a light mesh screen door lets the light into your home, opening it up to feel brighter and more spacious.
Shields Your Door From Weather
From the outside of our homes, the door can be one of the most welcoming pieces. With its unique design, material, and color setting it apart from the house, it draws in the eye of our guests.
In places with lots of sunlight or inclement weather, though, those doors can take a beating. Fortunately, this is a simple way to help the door last a bit longer. Whether we’re talking about flyscreen doors (that are meant for pest protection and ventilation) or storm doors (that protect against storms), each adds a layer of defense.
By maintaining a snug fit, the amount of wind, rain, and direct sunlight that reach your door are reduced, extending its life.
Pops Of Color
Screen doors come in a variety of colors and designs to elevate your home’s appearance. As your home’s exterior is a significant part of its value, investing in an attractive screen door is a good way to impress potential buyers.
Because of this range of colors, look to find a screen door that matches your home. Alternatively, you can choose one that adds a complementary or contrasting color as a way to brighten up your home’s exterior. Plus, if your style or design choices change in the future, you can likely repaint your screen door to match instead of having to replace them.
Increases Energy Efficiency
A regular door is just one layer of protection between our homes and the outside world. With a screen door or a screen storm door, there’s an additional snug-fitting layer. This reduces air leaks, which is especially important if you’re paying for either AC or heat as it increases your home’s energy efficiency.
Some storm doors come with a Low-E, or low-emissivity, glass which reduces heat transfers. This can cost a bit more up front (around 15%) but reduces energy loss by up to 50%. Increased efficiency leads to lower bells and a more comfortable home for the whole family.
Johnson Lumber Will Install Your Screen Door
Ready to see about a screen door for your family? At Johnson Lumber, we are celebrating 100 years of providing our products and services to Central Maryland. We’d love to share our expertise with you with a free consultation. For expert insight on the right screen door for your home, contact us at Johnson Lumber today.