Where can I use them on my home?
Topics include: doors, windows, large openings, unique applications, pets, sizes
- Will they fit my doors / windows?
You can get retractable screens for nearly every kind of opening.
For doors, there are retractable screens suitable for single in-swing and out-swing doors, double-French, sliding patio and oversized doors. You can choose retractable screens for all types of windows too - single or double hung, casement, awning, sliding or tilt & turn.
And retractable screens can also be used on large openings such as patios, lanais, porches and verandas.
We've included all the sizing information you need on each of our product pages, so explore the website to find out which product best suits your requirements.
Click on the type of opening your looking to screen:
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- Are they only available in white? Can I have other colors?
There are eight Signature colors: Classic White, Slivered Almond, Sandalwood, Driftwood Beige, Rideau Brown, Hartford Green, Coastal Grey and Phantom Black.
In addition, Phantom retractable screens are available in virtually any custom color including a variety of Decoral® decorative wood grain finishes. Phantom Screens has also developed a comprehensive color match program to blend our screen solutions with any color scheme. All we need is a sample color swatch to create a screen solution in the selected tone to meet your vision.
- I've got patio sliding doors - can I use retractable screens?
Yes. You can use several types of retractable screens, depending on the size of your opening. For standard sized patio doors, take a look at our Legacy or Professional Series door screens. For large openings, check out our Distinction or Infinity manual retractable screens or Executive motorized screens.
- What door types can I use retractable screens on?
For doors, there are retractable screens suitable for single in-swing and out-swing doors, double-French, sliding patio and oversized doors.
- What window types can I use retractable screens on?
You can choose retractable screens for all types of windows too - single or double hung, casement, awning, sliding or tilt & turn.
- Can I use one on my garage door to use the space with the door open?
Yes you can. Many customers choose our Executive motorized retractable screen for this type of application, although our manual retractable screens for large openings, Distinction or Infinity, work equally well. It's really up to you and your budget!
- What about my pets? Won't they break the screen?
Sometimes, when the screens are first installed, pets can get confused and bump into them. There is enough "give" in the mesh to help prevent the screen from getting damaged. However, our retractable screens are intended for insect or solar protection only and should not be utilized as a pet retention system.
- What happens if someone walks into my screen by accident?
Accidents happen! If it's a gentle bump, chances are your screen will be perfectly OK. There is enough "give" in the mesh to prevent damage. However, if someone does fall into the screen heavily the mesh may pull away from the housing. If this happens, call your local Authorized Phantom representative who will be able to replace the mesh, and service the screen to ensure it runs smoothly again.
- Can I enclose my porch with screens?
Yes you can - in fact they work very well! Executive motorized retractable screens are perfect for this type of application - whether you've built your porch already or are planning a new one. They can make it really easy to expand your living space and help to merge indoor and outdoor spaces.
- Can I use them on double doors? Sliding doors? Casement windows? Folding glass walls?
Yes, yes, yes and yes! You can use retractable screens on almost any door, window or large opening. We've included all the sizing information you need on each of our product pages, so explore the website to find out which product best suits your requirements.
- Can I use them on a triangular window?
No you can't. Unfortunately all our retractable screen profiles require the verticals to have a perpendicular drop and therefore are unsuited to triangular windows.
- What about archways?
Yes you can. The best applications for archways are when the screens are recessed above the arches and conceal the screens entirely until needed. To see examples of screens and archways please take a look at our case studies.
- Are retractable screens hurricane proof?
No, they're not. They are designed to be retracted into their weather proof housings when bad weather hits.
- I live in an HOA / Strata development - do I need to get permission to install?
That depends on your HOA or strata rules. It also depends on how the screens are being fitted (internal or external mounting). If you're not sure, it is always best to check with the rules for your particular development.
- What is the largest span I can cover with a Phantom Screen?
That depends on the type of screen. For example, Executive motorized screens have a maximum width of 25 feet and Infinity screens are modular, and as their name implies, an infinite number can be used to screen very wide spaces. The maximum sizes of each type of screen - including doors and windows - are listed on the product pages of this website.
- Can I take the screens with me when I move house?
The screens are designed to blend in with your décor and become part of your home. The Limited Lifetime Warranty covers the screens to the original purchaser for the lifetime of the home, so removing them would negate your warranty.
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