Do you want your door to “compliment” or “contrast” your entry way?
Front doorways do have the option of being individual and different to the rest of the house or would you like to include a themed shape or detail.
Would you want your door to be painted or finished in a clear coat?
This allows for different material options. Square edges are more likely to have the paint or clear coat chip and show damage than shaped edges.
Does your door require a lock or a latch?
This determines either the width of the sides (stiles) of the door, or if there is to be a middle rail. The position of any mid rail should be such that any lock etc. mounted on the inside does not interfere with other handles on the main door. Consider that the height of any mid rail with any corner details should be where you will push the door open from rather than by pushing on the screening. This would position the mid rail at about 900mm – 1050mm above the ground. By installing a “dead lock” an extra level of security can be achieved as the dead locked screen door will provide another obstacle a would be intruder needs to clear to gain access to the main front door, even if the screening has been removed. You might consider a “double cylinder” type dead lock with the locking pins as the retractable tongue of the more common locks would need to be disengaged so as not to interfere with the screen doors action.
There are three main types of screening mesh available.
- Fibreglass; relatively inexpensive, easier to install though is less durable.
- Aluminium: more durable though is harder to install.
- Expanded type mesh: rigid, strong and therefore easy to install but not inexpensive.
Do you anticipate springing you door to close automatically?
The options for this include:
- Self closing (sprung) hinges
- Pneumatic door closers
- Coil (pool type) springs
A heavier setting on these options may negate the need for a latch or catch, though consider whether wind or pets still may be able to partially open the door. Some of the better pneumatic type door closers have a “soft close” setting, but ensure there is adequate room between the screen door and the front door to fit such a unit as they can require 60mm or more. Small rubber stops may be used to dampen any noise of the door slamming if sprung systems are used.
Does your new door require a solid lower panel?
By using a solid panel below any mid rail, pets, young children and boots cannot damage any screening installed. A solid panel would also allow for a pet door to be installed.
Do you wish to install your own door?
If not, speak to your local tradesman and ask their opinions as there are other, more technical considerations to address, such as: Does the existing door jamb have a rebate for a screen door or do you need stop beads, Can you use front mounted hinges (which most sprung hinges are) or are “butt” style hinges to be used. Do you want the door to open 180°. Does the new door need to be shaped or cut to fit the existing opening (as our doors are designed for this possibility).