Things to Consider When Selecting
a Screen Door Style
Features of your Entry Door
Try to select a screen door style that will frame or mirror key elements of your
entry door, such as windows, ovals, panels, and rails. Try to imagine
what your choice will look like in front of your entry door.
6 Panel Entry door
Jefferson Style 122
Our Jefferson style 122 is a perfect complement for a
traditional 6 panel entry door and a great choice for a Colonial home,
with harmonious lines when seen together, yet lending a continuity of
style with welcome light when the entry door is left open.
For some larger doors, we may suggest a 12-inch middle
rail with proportionally larger spindles and rails.
Montclair Style 203 with
12 inch middle rail
Giving us a detailed sketch of your entry door, with dimensions of its
key elements, will enable us to tailor our design to perfectly match the
features of your entry door, as
we did with these customers.
Chelsea style 204
double doors to complement
arch top glass entry doors
Amherst style 128
oval glass in entry door
Doors with a middle
rail have two removable screens or storm panels, which meet at the
bottom portion of the rail. The full view styles have only one large
panel. If you have animals or children (or plan to), there is a big
advantage to having a style with two panels. You will have the
flexibility of leaving the safety glass storm panel in the bottom of the
door year-round (which little hands and paws cannot tear or dent), and
still have a large screen in the top of the door in the summer. The
result is a beautiful view with plenty of light and air, but without the
constant aggravation of policing and repairing the screen. Like
automobile windshields, safety glass is extremely strong and would
crumble if it ever did break.
Structural integrity should also be considered. The stiles of very tall
doors are more likely to stay straight if they are joined by a middle
rail. Unlike some companies, we tenon, glue and peg our middle rails,
which adds strength. We will also recommend following certain parameters
in sizing elements of the door based on sound design principles.