If you have French doors installed in your patio, you probably appreciate the freedom of movement and clear view that you have. However, in warmer months when you want to allow air flow into your home, you may find that you need to figure out a screen option that keeps bugs, pests, and dust outside of your home or keeps your pets inside. Below are four options for adding screens to your French patio doors without sacrificing their function or appearance.
Add a Screened Window to One of Your Door Panels
If you are only looking for a small amount of ventilation, you should consider ordering a custom French door that features a screened window within the door itself. This will help you maintain the majority of your clear view while allowing you to open part of your door to allow ventilation into your home on warm or stuffy days. Installing a window that cranks out from your door is a good way to maintain your interior space if you have inward swinging doors. This way, you can leave your doors closed to increase your indoor usable space but still have an open window where your doors are installed.
Create Your Own Custom Screen Doors
While most companies who make French doors also offer options for French screen doors, you may find that your particular opening or current doors do not match the standard commercial options. However, you can convert your door jamb using simple lumber, such as 2x4s or 2x6s, depending on the depth of your door jamb, to accommodate one of the standard sizes or to allow you to create and install your own screen door. If this type of project is beyond your comfort zone, you can hire a local contractor to help create screen doors that match your style and needs.
Install Sliding Screen Doors
French doors can take up a large amount of interior or exterior space because they need to be able to swing freely to open fully. By adding a screen door, you may end up limiting space in the opposite direction of your door's swing because most screen doors swing in the opposite direction of the exterior doors. To avoid this, you should think about installing sliding screen doors.
Modern sliding screen doors usually roll into a compact space on the side of the door. This allows you to keep the screens tucked out of the way when they are not in use, giving you an uninterrupted view through your French doors. When your doors are open, the screen doors generally slide together and meet in the center of your opening. The only drawback to this is that you cannot have one screen door open with the other one closed and still maintain a seal against bugs and pests in your home.
Another option is to install a rolling screen door that rolls down from the top of your door and attaches to the bottom of the door jamb.
Install Air Curtains
If you do not want to deal with opening and closing a screen door, you may consider air curtains instead. Air curtains are installed above your door and project a strong current of air down towards the opening of your door. This current of air can keep pests outside of your home while allowing humans and animals to pass comfortably through the curtain. While this takes more electricity than traditional screening options, it can be a good idea if you host parties where several people are constantly moving in and out of your home.
Adding screen doors can increase the use you get from your French doors and allow you to enjoy more open airflow throughout the year.