Your garage can be more than just storage space for your car or for the overflow of clutter that doesn’t fit in your house. Often, a garage is a large chunk of additional square feet of living space that goes underused for one reason or another. It could double as a workshop or even as a social area. However, the garage space does have some drawbacks that you may need to address first, and one of those is the garage door. Closed, a heavy garage door can make the space seem dark and forbidding, but open, you’re exposed to outdoor elements that you might prefer to avoid. Take a look at a possible solution: a screen door for your garage.
What It Is
You’re probably familiar with screen doors, and you may even have them on the front or back doors of your house. Even if you don’t, you certainly have screens on your windows. You know they can be useful for the ordinary door and window-sized spaces. But you’ve probably never considered the possibility that a screen could be installed behind your garage door.
The concept is simple enough. The extra-large screen door can be installed in your garage so that it can be pulled down or pushed up like the garage door itself. Push the garage door up, pull the screen down. The screen structure contains an ordinary sized sliding door, so you can leave and enter the garage without having to push the screen up and down until you’re ready to pull the main door back down.
What It Does
There are several benefits to having a screen door installed in your garage. Screens are particularly useful as a pest deterrent. One reason you may not enjoy sitting in the garage to work or socialize, especially in the spring and summer seasons, is that with warm weather comes a resurgence of mosquitos and other pests. Not only will these annoying pests fly into the garage, they’ll try to follow you through the door connecting the garage to the house if they can. Having a screen to pull down lets you have the air and daylight from the outdoors without having to deal with the pests.
The screens can also give you some protection against sun or rain and can prevent debris from being blown into the garage on a windy day. For additional privacy and resistance against pet or neighborhood animals attempting to get out or in, you can choose a garage screen system with a PVC coating that decreases visibility and increases durability. You can even choose between a variety of colors and styles to match or complement your home’s exterior. You can find garage screens that will work in conjunction with most styles and sizes of garage doors.
If you’ve been looking for a way to increase your home’s living space, adding a screen system to your garage can go a long way toward turning your garage into a functional and enjoyable place to spend time. To find out more about how garage renovations can improve your home, schedule your free design consultation.