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Magnetic Screen Door vs Sliding screen door?
« on: July 20, 2018, 03:11:17 PM »
Hey all,

Was curious if anyone has installed those magnetic screen doors that look kinda like curtains as opposed to a standard swinging or sliding screen door. We're looking at replacing our front door screen door and I was initially considering a sliding screen door. I saw the magnetic curtain-like ones but they look a little tacky to me. Anyone have experience with any of these or thoughts?


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Re: Magnetic Screen Door vs Sliding screen door?
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2018, 03:27:40 PM »
Growing up we had the magnetic curtain type. My parents have since replaced with the pocket furling/unfurling type in that house and it is a MAJOR improvement.
The magnetic sort are never quite shut all the way, or there's a gap at the bottom, or someone wasn't paying attention... Bugs are always gonna get through that type. If you live in a place with a crap ton of mosquitos, you will probably regret the magnetic curtain variety.

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Re: Magnetic Screen Door vs Sliding screen door?
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2018, 03:38:06 PM »
Growing up we had the magnetic curtain type. My parents have since replaced with the pocket furling/unfurling type in that house and it is a MAJOR improvement.
The magnetic sort are never quite shut all the way, or there's a gap at the bottom, or someone wasn't paying attention... Bugs are always gonna get through that type. If you live in a place with a crap ton of mosquitos, you will probably regret the magnetic curtain variety.

What is a "pocketing furling/unfurling type" ?

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Re: Magnetic Screen Door vs Sliding screen door?
« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2018, 03:49:49 PM »
Growing up we had the magnetic curtain type. My parents have since replaced with the pocket furling/unfurling type in that house and it is a MAJOR improvement.
The magnetic sort are never quite shut all the way, or there's a gap at the bottom, or someone wasn't paying attention... Bugs are always gonna get through that type. If you live in a place with a crap ton of mosquitos, you will probably regret the magnetic curtain variety.

What is a "pocketing furling/unfurling type" ?
https://www.homedepot.com/b/Doors-Windows-Exterior-Doors-Screen-Doors/Retractable/N-5yc1vZbaedZ1z0zybt
Like these. They roll up out of the way so they don't impeed the view but they click/lock into place when closed.

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Re: Magnetic Screen Door vs Sliding screen door?
« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2018, 04:11:40 PM »
Growing up we had the magnetic curtain type. My parents have since replaced with the pocket furling/unfurling type in that house and it is a MAJOR improvement.
The magnetic sort are never quite shut all the way, or there's a gap at the bottom, or someone wasn't paying attention... Bugs are always gonna get through that type. If you live in a place with a crap ton of mosquitos, you will probably regret the magnetic curtain variety.

What is a "pocketing furling/unfurling type" ?
https://www.homedepot.com/b/Doors-Windows-Exterior-Doors-Screen-Doors/Retractable/N-5yc1vZbaedZ1z0zybt
Like these. They roll up out of the way so they don't impeed the view but they click/lock into place when closed.


Ahhh ok. Yea that's what I meant when I initially stated "sliding" but now I realize that was the wrong terminology haha. These are the "retractable" screen doors, which is what I meant and is what you're referring to as well. Yea, these are pricey but seems like they're probably the best for the job.

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Re: Magnetic Screen Door vs Sliding screen door?
« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2018, 04:21:38 PM »
*Disclaimer* Not a homeowner

Our rental had one of those and it never worked correctly always rolling in/out all jumbled and crooked. Maybe it was missing parts or installed incorrectly but I hated it and never used it. It's like a sideways roller blind which usually sucks. We ended up taking it down and having no screen door instead of dealing with it. I don't see the appeal of them over a standard swinging screen door. Then again I don't know the installation or cost differences either.

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Re: Magnetic Screen Door vs Sliding screen door?
« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2018, 08:06:32 AM »
The magnetic curtain type is cheap, but it won't work very well.   There will be gaps at times allowing bugs to get in.
Get a good slider if possible.

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Re: Magnetic Screen Door vs Sliding screen door?
« Reply #8 on: July 23, 2018, 08:11:51 AM »
We have Phantom screens. They are quite pricey IMO, but work far better than the less expensive brand my mother purchased. The Phantom people install them for you and come with a lifetime warranty, IIRC. We ordered through Lowe’s.

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Re: Magnetic Screen Door vs Sliding screen door?
« Reply #9 on: July 23, 2018, 08:18:58 AM »
My experience matches therethere’s. I’ve used cheap magnetic (which I was actually happy with, as a one-season measure -the improvement was vast, we had no bugs in a very buggy area, all was well). I’ve also lived in a rental that had a (cost unknown) sliding-pocket one -this one was problematic.

I would go with regular, swinging screen door. Low maintenance, long-lasting...and I also just love a swinging screen door :)

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Re: Magnetic Screen Door vs Sliding screen door?
« Reply #10 on: July 23, 2018, 08:30:01 AM »
We also have phantom screens -- they came with this house but I would absolutely install them in another home.

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Re: Magnetic Screen Door vs Sliding screen door?
« Reply #11 on: July 23, 2018, 02:22:05 PM »
I have a retractable screen on my garden door, and while I like it a lot, as it eliminates the need for another door, beware if you have pets.  My cats have figured out that they only need to push their heads against the bottom of the screen and the magnetic catch will release.  I am forever going after them to shut it.  Also, the dog scratches when she wants in and has put a hole in the screen, but this would have happened with a swinging door style too.