Archive for February, 2010

Bravo Screens – The No Slamming Retractable Screen



When looking for a retractable French door screen. We went with Bravo Screens. We liked that they had  retractable screens that does not slam. We previously had screens from other companies that slammed shut and this not loud and noisy. This time we knew we wanted a retractable screen that had the full insect and solar protection , but did NOT slam! So, we ordered from Bravo.


Right away, we noticed that Bravo Screens had a very large selection of retractable screens that will work for almost any application – single doors, double doors, French doors, garages, skylights, patios, porches, lanais and large enclosures. They offered easy to order on the phone or online and with fast delivery. We received our screen exactly when they said it would arrive.


We ordered and installed the retractable screen door system 36 for our patio French doors. It is a perfect fit and disappears into the door frame, almost looking like part of the door. There was a nice selection of colours to choose from, so we could easily match our door frame. I also liked that the retractable screen had felt liner in top and bottom tracks. Bravo said it was to eliminate any bugs or insects from crawling in. Also, the felt helped prevent the screen from coming off of the tracks under windy conditions.


The screen door was very easy to install and there were PDFs for “How to measure ” and  installation guides on the website.  I noticed that all the parts are power-coated and it did not require any lubrication at all. Very low maintenance. The retractable screens came with lifetime warranty, except on the screen mesh fabric,  even if you install it yourself! Now that’s a first, I have not seen that from any  manufacturers.


We have tried this screen and it is a smooth, gliding easy and attractive screen. There indeed was NO slamming. The screens all have a hydraulic clutch system that will automatically slow it down and prevents it from  slamming. This is a great feature and quite nice as compared to other brands on the market. Bravo told us of a few other distinguishable features on their screens – a full length magnetic strips from top to the bottom is used. This magnetic strip holds the screen’s sliding pull bar in place as compared to other brands. Also the handles are adjustable on both sides, therefore, you can just slide and set them where you want them to be.


I also liked that Bravo gave you options with your retractable screen – you could order it in kit form or ready to install. The kit form was less expensive and they said that with a small amount of assembly, you were ready to go. We decided to purchase the ready to install. All we needed was a cordless drill and screw driver bit to install our screen and in about 30minutes the job was done. That’s very good since we had never installed one before. Very soon we were enjoying our new retractable screen. Thanks Bravo. We will be back!


P.S. We enclosed a photo of our screen. Looks great doesn’t it!



Picture supplied by customer of Bravo Screens (French Door Screen)


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Retractable Screens

This site is dedicated to Retractable Screens manual & motorized that can be used for any applications such as Front Door, French Doors, Garage Door, Patio,Balcony and Gazebo  and  will be testing all different retractable screens.

These screens have been around for about 30years or more but the modern one are much better and can be used for most openings. They are out of the way when not in use and you are not always looking through the screen.

We hope this website will help you in make the right choice for the Retractable Screen that is trouble free service.

Most of the retractable companies are reputable they all have their differences in design most of the retractable screens SLAM  when you open them so have to be care full.

We have been doing research of the top companies and their products & will be posting our testing and installation results.

Here is list of some of the top companies in the world and how they sell their products.

1-Bravo Screens–  Canadian & US manufacture – online USA , Canada online &  installed  by 750 installers & other countries  Plus DIY for any applications.

2-Genius Screens – OEM manufactures no sales to consumers.

3-Seiki Screens – Japaneses manufacture sold through retailers

4- Alco Ventures- Canadian manufacture sold through dealers

5-Phantom Screens – Canadian Manufacture sold through dealers.

This information is not just for home owners but will help retailer and businesses that are interested in carrying retractable screens.