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Retractable Screens in DIY Kits

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Retractable Screens in DIY Kit

Are you looking for an affordable retractable screen option for your windows and doors? You consider think about a retractable screen kit. A DIY kit has all the benefits of a ready to made retracting screen, but requires additional adjustments. Even though they require extra assembly, they have additional savings.

Retractable screen DIY kits can be used for almost any window, horizontal or vertical as well as single doors, double doors and garage doors. They are popular for windows, patios, porches, garages, patio French doors, large folding glass door openings, sliding doors, single and double doors.

If you are not familiar with retractable screen doors and windows, they are the ideal screen. They provide the optimal bug and insect protection for your home, office, living space or room. They prevent even the smallest critters from getting through, yet they allow a continuous flowing of fresh air circulation through so your room stays nice and cool.

The great benefit of a retracting screen versus a fixed one is that when not in use, the retractable one will draw back into its cassette so that it is completely out of view. The cassette allows the screen to be protected from damage and wear and tear when not in use. This helps to ensure your screen will last longer.

In addition, a retracting screen is custom fit to your window or door. This is done as a ready to made screen or when you are doing it yourself. The custom fit ensures there is no gaps or voids, but a perfect adaptation.

With a Bravo retractable screen, you have many options. You can choose from several mesh options from reinforced fiberglass mesh, UV / solar mesh that blocks the majority of UV rays and pet resistant mesh that is 7 times stronger than standard fiberglass mesh and will not rip or tear. Each mesh offers the same 100% protection against bugs and insects while not obstructing or occluding your view.

Another option is color – Bravo offers you many color options for your aluminum frame, so that your screen will blend in perfectly with the door or window frame.

The last option is how you operate your screen. You can choose from manual, with easy, no slamming in to the cassette operation to complete motorization or automation. With motorized screens, you can easily open or close partially or fully with the press of a button. They operate with your own TV remote control. Motorized screens are ideal for large screens on patios, garages and large opening with folding doors.

So if you are looking for a retractable screen, think about a DIY kit that can be easily assembled by even the not so handy or a ready to made screen that is quickly installed. In no time you will be enjoying all the benefits of the outdoors, with none of the drawbacks.

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How To Choose A Retractable Patio Screen Door

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With several options available, choosing a retractable screen for your patio or porch area can be difficult. So here are some helpful tips to help you to select the best screen to meet your needs.

Patios are one of the most popular areas of many houses or businesses. Who on a beautiful sunny day doesn’t want to sit on the patio of your home or a business to eat, relax and socialize with friends and family? This is why these areas are popular. However, the bugs and insects that accumulate around these areas is annoying and a pesky problem. A retractable patio screen door is a great solution to this problem.

The benefits of retractable patio screen doors are that they provide ideal insect protection, by allowing event the smallest of these creepy critters out. At the same time, they allow perfect air circulation through their screen mesh. So, it allows you to have great fresh air ventilation into your space. In addition, retracting screens have great visibility that allow you to still capture your beautiful views! Finally, although these screens cover your window, doorway or patio area, they never detract or impede your views.

So now you know the benefits, how do you select the best one for you. Well, here are some tips to help narrow down which one is the best for you.

1. Manual vs. Motorized


Choosing the operating method of your screen is important. The choices are manual or motorized operation. Manual screens have an adjustable handles and have easy opening and closing.Remember that not all screens are created equal, many will slam back into their housing when retracted back. Bravo Screens is a company that has a patented hydraulic clutch system that will reduce the speed of your screen as it retracts back, thus there is no slamming when closing. Instead, there is just a quiet, smooth retraction that will not startle pets or children or annoy you!

Motorization have compact motors that are hidden away within their cases that allow your screen to open and close either through remote control or motor sensors. When using a remote control, your screen will open or close with a press a single button. Of all the motorized screens available, Bravo Screens manufactures the smallest and most compact systems on the market. Choosing Motion sensor operation is a great option if you need to have wheelchair or scooters access. Also motion sensors are a great option for those of you that have pets that need access in and out of the house quite often.
Motorization is great because it gives you hands free opening and closing, so if you are entertaining or eating outside, these screens allow you to carry plates, food, beverages and even carry child inside or out without having to open or close the screen. Motorized options are the most beneficial when you have large or wide openings for your screens, such as large patio / pool areas and garages, because they require no effect to open or close large screens.

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2. Screen Mesh Fabric

Fiberglass Mesh Options

Retractable screens have different mesh options available. There are:

A. Standard Fiberglass Mesh Fabric

This mesh is made from strong fiberglass mesh that provide the ideal insect protection to keep bugs and insects from entering into your space.

B. Solar Fiberglass Mesh Fabric

This mesh provides the same 100% insect protection, but also provides you with protection from UV rays, heat transfer and reduces the sun’s glare. Solar meshing helps to reduce up to 65% of sun’s damaging UV rays, as well as preventing fading or discoloring of furnishings or flooring. The solar mesh also cuts down on the heat transfer which means that your patio area is kept cooler and more comfortable. In addition, the solar mesh cuts down on the glare, which means that watching TVs and looking at computer screens is trouble free, as well as having conversations without having the bright glaring sun beaming through.

C. Pet Mesh Fabric

This mesh fabric is seven times stronger than the standard fiberglass mesh, so it provides the ultimate in protection, durability and resistance against ripping, tearing or damage that pets and small children can inflict.

3. Wind Resistance
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One factor that a lot of people do not consider is wind resistance. Not all screens are made the same and stronger wind loads can cause blow out and cause damage to your screen. So when considering a screen consider the wind loads in your area. Wind loads are divided into light (<5 mph ), medium (<12mph ) and high or strong (>47mph ).

Bravo Screens manufacturers screens for every wind load. Screens for the strong wind loads (>80mph) have zippered reinforced stronger side channels. This will lock your screen into place and prevent it from blowing out even at gale force winds.

4. Mounting Options

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How to mount your screen in the door frame or large opening can be an issue. For example, if you wanted to place a screen on your French doors and the opened inward toward the house, then you would want a screen that had a surface mount. This would allow your screen to be placed on the surface of the frame in order that it would not interfere with your French doors.

You have your choice of mounting options:

A. Inside Mount

Your screen will mount inside the door frame and become flush or level with wall. Inside mount gives you a clean look and the screens appear to disappear into the door frame making it look like it is part of the frame itself. This is available for manual or motorized options.

B. Surface Mount

Your screen will be mounted on the surface of the door frame. This gives you a discreet look at well and is a great option for doors that have large extruding handles that may interfere with the opening and closing of your screens. This is available for manual or motorized options.

C. Built in Recessed Mount (Motorized)

The third option is a recessed look, in which a cavity or space is created within your architecture for your motorized screen casing to be housed. So the housing for your screen is never seen by the visible eye. Screens are recessed from view by integrating mounting tracks into the architecture or building of your home or business. The tracks can be embedded into wood, brick, stucco, natural stone, concrete and even decorative columns.

5. Colours


When selecting your screen, you have different color options for your screen. The frame and housing are powder coated painted and there a number of standard colors to choose from so that you can match or blend the color of your screen with the color of your door frames or accents. If there is not a perfect color, custom coloring is often available at an additional cost to give you the perfect shade for your home or business.

So as you can see there are many things to consider then selecting the right screen for your home or business. Considering these points will help you to narrow done which screen is the best for you. Retractable screens are custom fit according to your specifications, but by choosing your options to meet all your needs, your screen becomes one of a kind.

Retracting screens are ideal for a host of applications including: windows, single or double doors, patios, porches, sliding doors, French doors, garages, skylights, lanais, verandas, large enclosures such as pool areas and so much more. They provide great function and esthetics to any home or business and will give you much protection and safety for many years to come. They are ideal because they are available when you need them, but retract quietly and discreetly out of the way when you do not. What more could you ask for?

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Bravo Screens – The No Slam Retractable Screen Door

Bravo Screen manufactures to “no slam” retractable screen that will fit almost any size window, door, garage, patio, porch, lanai, folding glass door, skylight and large enclosures. Their are ideal for residential and commercial use. They are the quietest manual retractable screens on the market. They provide 100% insect protection to keep those nasty flies, bugs, mosquitoes and other insects out of your home or business. Bravo screens provide the ideal amount of air circulation through to keep you cool and breathing clean, fresh air.

Bravo screens have a patented hydraulic clutch system that allows our screens to slow down upon retracting (rolling back into their casing) without slamming shut. Their is a smooth, quiet movement that will not startle or scare anyone. This is an ideal feature especially if you have small children that nap during the day or skittish pets that jump at loud sounds.

See our video below to see the Bravo difference. Seeing is believing. So think Bravo Screens when buying a retractable screen.


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What is a Retractable Screen Door ?


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Retractable Screens & Retractable Shades by Bravo Screens

This is a frequently asked question that we are going to answer today.
Retractable screen door is a flexible fiberglass screen surrounded by an aluminum frame. They are designed to “roll up” or retract into its protective case or  a wall pockets and disappear into its recesses.  Unlike fixed screens, retractable screens are able to discreetly disappear out of sight. As well,  they are custom fit to each door, window perfectly. Retractable screen doors are made to the customer’s specifications, where as fixed screens are standard and bought directly off the shelf. Retractable screens are also made for windows, skylights, patios and so many more applications.

At Bravo,  we manufacture our screen doors or “invisible screens”. When in use, Bravo retractable screens do not obstruct or impede your views. Actually, they make your views appear sharper, clearer and more brilliant when viewing through your screen.  Thus, Bravo screens enhance your views. In addition, the durable fiberglass screen mesh provides the ultimate insect and solar protection. Our screens protect against even the smallest of  insects and  bugs that try to enter into your space. Our retractable screens also have a double thick insect pile or barrier that prevents bugs from trying to crawl in between the screen and the ground,  giving you a double layer of protection.

In addition to the maximum insect protection, Bravo screen allow 100% air circulation through. They do not inhibit air flow, but rather, they allow free flowing of air to circulate through the mesh, giving you  fresh air ventilation. Our screens help to keep your patio, garage, home, or business cool with fresh air circulation minus the bugs!

A great safety feature of Bravo products is if small children or pets run into our screen, they are designed to expand on impact preventing damaged to the screen and personal injury. In addition, the door handles are adjustable making it easy and safe for everyone to open or close.

Another fantastic feature of  Bravo retractable or ‘disappearing’ screens is that they are manufactured with no wheels or rollers, resulting in no impediment of smoothly opening and closing. They glide effortlessly and allow you to enjoy your living space with fuss.

A Bravo  screen is also available as power screens or motorized screen. By pressing a button, your screen is automatically opens up your home to the outside. Power screens are ideal for large or wide areas because it allows for effortless opening and closing.

Bravo’s stainless steel spring with patented clutch allows it to operate smoothly for easy opening and closing. In addition, this clutch prevents our retractable screens from slamming upon retraction – so no more slamming, unlike many other company’s screens.

Bravo products are available in a variety of colors, so your screen will blend in with your door frames and windows. They appear to a part of the frame. There is minimal maintenance and their housings allows complete protection so they maintain their look. There are so many benefits and applications for retractable screens, there is no reason not to have one!

* Doors
* Patio
* Porches
* Lanais
* Sliding Doors
* French Doors
* Garage Doors
* Large Enclosures
* Folding Doors
* Pool Areas
* Gyms
* Windows
* Skylights
* Green houses
* Boats
* Houseboats
*  RVs
* and so many more uses

So that is what a retractable screen is! If you want more info or how to purchase a retractable screen – visit us at Bravo Screens for manual screens or Bravo motorized screens.

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Beating the Summer Heat With A Retractable Screen!

Summer is one of my favorite times of the year. If you are like me, you look forward to is the bright, sunny days. However, one thing I do not enjoy is the unbearable heat and glare that the sun brings into my home. The sun’s rays through windows, doors and skylights allow natural light to illuminate my home, but also create a stiffing, environment that it not enjoyable or relaxing. Opening the windows and doors to allow cool breezes in is great, except that is not the only thing that enters the house. Pesky bugs and insects also seem to find there way in as well. Another option is using an air conditioner, but it is so costly. Well, there is one other way – Retractable Screens for your doors, windows and skylights.

A retractable screen allows you to open your windows, doors or patio doors to bring in those refreshing breezes to cool your home or work space, without allowing any annoying bugs or insects in. Retractable screens also protect your furnishings, carpeting and hard wood floors from the damaging  effects of the sun’s harmful rays, thus, helping to ensure the longevity and value of your home.

Retractable screens are constructed with durable mesh that allows for maximum air circulation and ventilation. The mesh is so discreet that it appears also invisible and allows you to enjoy the views from your windows and doors unobstructed. The mesh fabric also provides you with additional privacy due to its construction. When not in use, retractable screens conveniently retract back into their casing allowing them to completely disappear from sight!

Retractable screens will fit almost any door, window, skylight or large opening. Their casings come in a variety of colours and real wood veneer in order to perfectly compliment your home. They are easy to install and provide years of enjoyment.

Summer is a great time of the year and retractable screens are the ideal help to provide a healthy environment for you and your family, while reducing your energy costs. Happy summer everyone!

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