Clear screen materials?

andi956December 9, 2006

Hi All,

I know this is a windows forum, but thought some of you might know the answer to my question.

I have a *perfectly* good storm door on the front of the house. I just painted the door red...but it shows as black from the street. (The old door color *was* black so it never occurred to me the issue might be with the screen.)

I hate to spend $200 on a retractable storm door when all I need is a transparent netting. (We got one for the back of the house and I like the idea, but find the Anderson tabs hurt my fingers!)

Does clear door netting exist? Lowe's and HD say it doesn't and I can't find it online but maybe it's called something else?

Any ideas???

Thanks! We really want to see the red!

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Try your local glass shops. They may offer re-screening, or at least screen mesh for the DIY'er. The low visibility meshes are usually not sold in this fashion, and are only available on a new unit, but it's worth a shot.

    Bookmark   December 10, 2006 at 12:50AM
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Gosh..that seems like such a shame/waste/scam. I hate to get rid of a perfectly good door when all I need is clear screening.

I'll try them.

Anyone have other ideas?


    Bookmark   December 10, 2006 at 1:35PM
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Just order a replacement *window* screen from a manufacturer such as Pella or Andersen with the high transparency screen, discard the window screen frame and keep the screening material, and put the high transparency screening into the existing door screen frame.

I assume what you're referring to is the nearly invisible screening that was recently introduced about 2 years ago. One can not usually find it in a door because you may walk right through it, so manufacturers supposedly don't offer it in doors. It lets through about twice as much light as a conventional screen, but I don't know of anywhere that one can buy the screen material unless you order a screen from one of the above two manufacturers.

    Bookmark   December 10, 2006 at 10:45PM
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I don't know if I'd recommend that. These screens use a different type of spline to keep the mesh tight, and they may not be compatible to the door frame. Besides, if you tear the mesh trying to pry it out, you'll lose an awful lot of money.
If you shop around, you'll find something better than what you have.

    Bookmark   December 12, 2006 at 12:14AM
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haven't tried them yet... but it looks like you can just order the material!
Good Luck!

Here is a link that might be useful: InLightenScreens

    Bookmark   July 15, 2009 at 3:40PM
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