Can you put a screen door on french doors?

diddlydooFebruary 4, 2006

Yes, I'm getting ready for springtime when I can open up the house. I can't wait

I have double french doors where only one opens.

Can I put a screen door on there to where it looks like it belongs and doesn't look tacky?

Thanks

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Brushworks Spectacular Finishes

It didn't come with one?

What brand is it?

Michael

    Bookmark   February 4, 2006 at 6:30PM
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diddlydoo

Well, I just moved into the house. I have no idea if it came with it. I just think it would be nice to have one so was considering installing one. Do they make those type doors?

Thanks

    Bookmark   February 4, 2006 at 6:52PM
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jscu

Hi. We had the same problem when we moved into our current home, but both our doors open. We found that there was a screen door at HD or Lowes that could be installed which pulled out from the side when needed. After some investigation we were told that the cheaper model that could be installed yourself had a large return rate to the store, however the more expensive brand had to be installed by the company was very expensive. We ended up calling a company here on Island that make screens to fit any door. Unfortunately we can only use one side, but it cost us $125.00 instead of close to $800.00. Good luck! Jenny

    Bookmark   February 4, 2006 at 7:37PM
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diddlydoo

Thanks braveheartsmom,

I know there are some cheap screen doors out there so thanks for heads up to be careful getting one of those. If they don't make something substantial that will stay on tracks or whatever, I guess I'll just forget about it and stop looking. It's surely not worth 800.00. :-)

Thanks again.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2006 at 8:37AM
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Brushworks Spectacular Finishes

Check out the Dreamscreen.

Michael

Here is a link that might be useful: Screen

    Bookmark   February 5, 2006 at 9:30AM
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diddlydoo

thanks brush. I e-mailed them to ask if any retailers in my area and to see about what their cost is.

Thanks. I did go to their website and love the door so hopefully....

    Bookmark   February 5, 2006 at 11:59AM
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sbs9

Our french doors have built-in sliding screen doors. Look to see if there is a sliding track on the outside of it.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2006 at 5:03PM
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tom999

I have french doors where both open. I had screen/security doors installed which both open. Not sure where your located but they are very typical here in Az.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2006 at 5:30PM
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diddlydoo

No sliding track in existing doors. I looked earlier to see if maybe they had a door before and it's just missing, but no tracks at all.

I'm in SC.

Thanks

    Bookmark   February 5, 2006 at 7:04PM
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sierraeast

Phantom screens has a retractable screen system with it's own track that can be mounted iterior/exterior and when mounted is very inconspicuos and is a quality unit.Here's the link.Look under door screens on their web site, i think the second or third page.Contact for a nearby distributor.

Here is a link that might be useful: retractable screen

    Bookmark   February 5, 2006 at 9:30PM
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chisue

We have a small dog, so the retracting screen door wasn't an option. (One squirrel-sighting and we'd have a hole.)

Who is the manufacturer of your door? They probably make a screen that matches that door. We have 8-foot Pella french doors with a 10" bottom panel and Pella screen doors with the same bottom panel. The doors open in and the screen doors open out.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2006 at 1:17PM
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sierraeast

What would be the difference between retractable or slider. Screen is screen. Phantom offers a screen material geared for pets that gives, but i doubt any screening is completely pet proof.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2006 at 1:48PM
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mattlscc

Yep, it can be done... and for pets and kids, just get glass at the bottom... our door has glass at the bottom and when you pull down the glass on the top it pulls down a screen. This is great so you don't have to see the screen when the glass is shut. Our French doors open into the house and the screen door opens out (only one French door actually opens...the one on the right looking out of the house)

Here is a link that might be useful: TubeForMe.com

    Bookmark   April 7, 2008 at 4:00PM
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mikie_gw

I bought a couple $20 screen curtains off ebay. Works good enough for that occasional use.

Spring tension curtain bar with a screen made into one of those slip curtains with a weighted bottom.

Aquarium rocks / screen / hot melt glue / tension rod. Afternoon project for a crafty type.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2008 at 7:06PM
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lacombe

We have 2 phantom screens, one on the back door and one on the front door we just love them. Does anyone else have the phantom screens doors?

Here is a link that might be useful: phantom screen doors

    Bookmark   September 28, 2008 at 2:31PM
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delia_dee

I did this cheap & easy with raw netting & velcro, and I've been very pleased with it. It works fine if you don't go through the doors much. Cost well under $100.
1. I bought raw mosquito netting (from mosquitocurtains.com).
2. Cut it to fit across both doors, allowing extra width to fold edges under for neat appearance, & of course some overlap onto the door frame where the velcro would be.
3. Attached 1" velcro patches, 3 across the top and about 4 down each side. (I stapled one side of the velcro onto the curtains with an ordinary stapler - 2 staples on each. Super quick. Nailed their mates to the door frame (eek!) with 3 small nails.

Doorframe, curtains & velcro are all white, and it looks surprisingly neat and nice. (I could even white-out the nail heads!) Still, in winter I'll probably take it down, leaving just a few inconspicuous little velcro patches.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2010 at 12:59PM
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delia_dee

Mosquitocurtains.com also has raw netting in black and "ivory" (darker than you might expect ivory to be).

    Bookmark   August 28, 2010 at 1:02PM
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delia_dee

If you want the velcro patches on the walls to be non-permanent, leave the backing on the patches (don't expose the adhesive). Then when you move out, all that's left is a few nail holes that can be filled - probably more easily than removing velcro adhesive.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2010 at 1:20PM
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delia_dee

Actually, stapling the velcro to the screens isn't so good - they're coming apart. Better stitch 'em on, I think. Ugh, work!

    Bookmark   August 29, 2010 at 3:06PM
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willowtiki

We just had a Bella Retractable Screen Door installed on our front French doors. We did it ourselves. It's a VERY hefty product compared to what we saw at Lowes. There is a very deep bottom track, a full-length magnetic strip and it has what they call a clutch which allows for a slow, automatic retraction. Nice! I wouldn't buy one without the clutch.

Here is a link that might be useful: Retractable Screens for French Doors

    Bookmark   November 11, 2010 at 9:39AM
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clynnedailey_aol_com

I know you can put screen doors on french doors and they are also French Screens. I had them on a house in southern California. However I cannot find a supplier and I live in San Antonio TX. Any suggestions. I can't use retractable. My previous ones also locked

    Bookmark   February 5, 2011 at 11:30AM
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Carrie-448

Hi,
I am coming to this post a little late, but we just put in a retractable screen on our patio french doors. They look great! We bought a Bravo Ultra Glide French Door. They were really helpful.

Here is a link that might be useful: Bravo Screens

    Bookmark   April 19, 2013 at 3:15PM
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millworkman

While your at it Carrie-48 why don't you tell us your position with Bravo Screens!!

    Bookmark   April 19, 2013 at 3:35PM
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