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StowAway Retractable Screen Doors

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. What is a StowAway Retractable Screen Door?
A StowAway Retractable Screen Door is a home or business improvement product that is attached to the exterior frame or the interior frame of a doorway or window. The screening material itself is attached to a roller tube which spins on a vertical axis within the assembly's housing. The screen is attached to a vertical pull bar which rides on two rails (top/bottom) and is used to stretch the screen material across the opening. Once deployed, the pull bar is fixed in place by one or more magnets installed on the side opposite the housing. When not in use, the screen rolls safely and slowly into its housing.

2. What types of openings will a Retractable Screen Door work on?
The applications are endless and can be installed on any in-swing and out-swing doors such as: French doors, Single doors, Dutch doors, Sliders and Windows.

3. What makes the StowAway Retracting Screen different than the competition?
The difference is the endless closing device options that are available such as a fast close retraction, gear close retraction and the hydraulic slow close retraction. The gear close and the hydraulic slow close means the doors will not snap shut. This technology protects fingers, damage to the internal components and eliminates the unpleasant noise of a slamming retractable screen. Plus the StowAway Screen is the only retractable screen that is built completely in the U.S.A.

4. How difficult is it to install a StowAway Retractable Screen?
The installation of a Retractable Screen must be measured and installed by a certified, licensed, bonded and insured installer. The installation of a single unit typically takes about 60 minutes; two units (French doors) typically take about 90 minutes.

5. What door and/or window sizes will this system fit?
All Retractable Screen Doors are custom built to 1/16 of an inch, for your application and your application only. The StowAway Retractable Screen can be installed on practically any opening, measuring up to 108" in height and 144 in width.

6. Why use sill adapters?
Every Retractable Screen installation is customized to be installed in your door or window frame as if it was part of the original design. . The sill adapters provide a seamless blending of the new screen to your existing threshold and frame. In a great number of cases, the sill adapter is a necessary component for proper screen operation and support. The sill adapter will improve the overall appearance of your new retractable screen and it will also prevent future damage to the bottom railing.

7. Are custom powder coated colors available for an additional charge?
Yes. We currently offer over 210 Tiger Drylac Custom Powder Coated Colors and also 3 Wood Grain Veneer Finishes, but with any custom color order, the nylon components (end caps, handles, magnets, etc) need to be selected from one of the 12 standard nylon colors.

8. Can the screens be locked?
Yes, optional chrome latches or position holders are available for an additional charge. But, keep in mind that the retractable screens are for ventilation and bug reduction only; they are not meant to keep the bad guys out or to keep ones kids or pets inside.

9. What about pets and/or animals, can they get in or out?
The screen will keep pets/animals in or out to a degree, but the screen is not secured at the top or bottom by design. Therefore it is possible for a pet/animal to push its way underneath. A possible solution to this issue is to place a u-channel on each side of your door opening, and then we would cut a piece of plexi glass customized to your door opening width/height. Once your screen is in the operating position, you slide the plexi glass into place to block your animals from going out the bottom of the screen.

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