Outdoor Patio Screens: How They Work and the Best Options to Consider

Phantom Screens / September 16, 2020

Do you have an outdoor space or existing patio that you’ve been considering transforming into a functional all-seasons room? Creating a patio enclosure with motorized retractable screens can create the best of indoor and outdoor living. Read on to learn how patio screens work, and the best options to consider for your home.

How do outdoor patio screens work?

Outdoor patio screens work by adding a barrier between your home and the outdoors. Depending on the mesh or fabric type used, they can be used to control temperature, extend the use of a space and improve the look of your home, among other benefits. 

Patio screens can be added at the time of a build or aftermarket, as they can be customized to work in almost all spaces. Screens can be installed in most openings that light and airflow come through, like door and window openings. However, when using them to enclose a patio, they can also be put in place in lieu of walls. Outdoor patio screens use materials like mesh and vinyl for the perfect balance: They let fresh air in, while providing climate control that helps keep the space usable all year round. With high quality screens, you can even count on them to help keep pets inside without having to close off the space with traditional walls. 

While many major home improvement projects often take longer than ideal to finish, having screens installed is quick and easy, and still makes a noticeable improvement to your home. 

How do you select the best outdoor screen option for your home?

Outdoor patio screens come in many varieties so you can find an option with the functionality and aesthetics that best fit your space. From motorized retractable screens with clear vinyl to sliding screens with custom stopping points and wood grain trim, you can find something that works well and adds to the design of your home. With so many factors to consider, how do you choose? 

We recommend thinking about the benefits you’d like to see from having outdoor patio screens installed guide your decision. Consider these benefits when selecting the best option for you:

Finding more ways to enjoy your backyard oasis with outdoor patio screens

When you put effort into creating a picturesque backyard or garden, you want to enjoy it in as many ways as possible. Converting a patio to an indoor-outdoor space is a great way to do that. 

Enwrapping an outdoor patio is made easy with Phantom’s retractable screens. They are easy to have installed; our professionals can set them up in your backyard or existing deck quickly. 

The patio screen acts as a room divider between the indoor and outdoor spaces. Enjoy your backyard and fresh air with this built-in outdoor privacy screen and be protected from insects and UV rays. Then, with the touch of a button, the motorized screens instantly disappear, so you can enjoy an unobstructed view of your garden. 

Added privacy when you want it

If you have nearby neighbors, or are just looking for added privacy, outdoor patio screens can help make your space even more personal. Screens made with high quality mesh will help close off an area while still allowing fresh air in. Best of all, retractable options allow you the flexibility to easily hide or draw screens, so you can enjoy the patio multiple ways. 

Extended use of your outdoor space

For many, there is nothing more disappointing than closing up their patio once the temperature drops or having to stay inside an air conditioned part of the house when it’s hot. However, with motorized screens with clear vinyl, you can get extended use of your deck or patio. 

Clear vinyl provides even more protection from wind, rain, debris and any other elements you’d like to keep out. It also controls temperature, keeping the cold out in winter months and the heat out in warmer months. With this clear option, you can still see the beauty of the outdoors without letting it inside. Vinyl can be used by itself or as part of a dual roller system with mesh screens if you’d like the option to let more air in during seasonable days.

An indoor-outdoor patio is an investment, and clear vinyl screens help increase its value by letting you enjoy it even when the weather isn’t ideal. 

An alternative to fence panels

Investing in a decorative screen for your patio is a great alternative to a wall or fence, and increases the value of your home. According to Discover, you can expect an 84% ROI when you add a screened in porch or patio.

And there are plenty of options for maximizing your livable space. Clear vinyl offers a  view of the outside even when in use, while solar screens provide extra UV protection. Alternatively, woven mesh acts as a privacy screen and can help with interior climate control. 

Outdoor patio screens are an easy way to enhance your home and add some extra shade and comfort to an all-seasons space. Contact us today to learn more about our retractable wall and window screens.