…because the Bugs Are Big in Texas!
That’s why I needed to buy a magnetic screen door. I’m not being a wimp…ok maybe a little…but the bugs are big in Texas.
There are lots of things that I have acclimated myself to in my new home. Big bugs are not one of them. There’s almost always a gentle wind blowing, and I enjoy opening my doors for fresh air, but those darn bugs are still right there, waiting to jump in and take a stroll in my house.
We’re talking beetles, stink bugs, and grasshoppers, at least two inches long. So big they crunch under your tennis shoes. Yuk!
Plus one of the best ways to cool off a house in the summer is to get a gentle cross breeze going, especially at night once it cools down. That has been pretty much impossible until now.
What Is the Best Magnetic Screen Door?
I want to have my French door open in the evening and not have to worry about every flying thing that’s attracted to light, enter my dining room. A magnetic screen door for French doors, is that too much to ask?
Here’s what I mean… July 23, 2015: Oklahoma weather radar picks up massive Texas bug swarm
Thankfully that incident is not close to my house, but it’s given me a little push to take the opportunity to try the Zume Magnetic Screen Door (currently unavailable on Amazon, try this product instead) for a few weeks, and I’m enjoying fresh air again. I chose this option for a couple of reasons:
- // It is much less expensive than a traditional French door screen.
- // It is easy to install (I did it myself – no hubby help required).
- // It is attached with Velcro® loop tape, so if I want to, I can purchase new Velcro® loop tape and move it to another door at any time.
First, I am not using the screen in the way they intended – I have it on my French door, and the magnetic screen door is made for single entry openings. It’s still working wonderfully at keeping bugs out.
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How to Install Magnetic Screen Door
Installing the door is super simple. Lay the screen flat on a clean surface and attach the sticky-backed Velcro® loop tape to the places indicated. Please pick up the screen and bring it up to the opening. Remove the sticky tape and press it firmly to the door jam.
That’s it. They provide you with several heavy-duty push pins in case you want to make it even more secure.
Since I’m not using the magnetic screen in the way it was intended, there are a few problems I’ve run into.
- //To get it to adapt to my French door, I had to put the Velcro® loop tape on the inside of the door jam. That makes the screen too long and the opening at the top down lower than it should be. Tall guys might have a hard time getting through.
- // My door and jam are made of metal. That means I can’t use the push pins to secure it. Some of the Velcro® loop tapes has needed to be re-attached.
- // You want to be sure about the placement before you add the sticky back Velcro® loop tape. It will remove paint if you need to adjust it.
That said, several things are working as planned and make the Magnetic Screen Door worth adapting to my situation.
- // The magnets do snap back after you go through the screen.
- // We needed to move some furniture through the door, and it came off and re-installed easily.
- // It is undoubtedly keeping bugs out of my dining room; they come to the screen but cannot get in.
Take that big bugs! (she says with confidence)
Advantages of Using a Magnetic Mesh Screen Door
Aside from keeping the bugs away, there are other advantages to using a magnetic screen door in your home.
- You get to enjoy the fresh air. Before air conditioners and electric fans were made, people enjoyed the fresh air straight from the outside.
- Say goodbye to the trouble of carrying your grocery load through the door, thanks to the mesh curtain. The mesh curtain allows for hands-free entry.
- The mesh attached to the door frame is easy for you, your kids and pets to pass through. The doorway is much more accessible.
- You never have to worry about slamming doors again.
- Easy to transfer, say, from the front door to the garage door. This is because the magnets, frame, and mesh are very easy to install.
- And of course, you can keep bugs and insects out of your house.
Other Types of Screen Doors
The following are the different types of screen doors:
- Screen door with magnets: A screen door with magnetic closure makes use of a double mesh flap attached to a door frame with Velcro® loop tape and strong magnets. The most popular mesh in the market today is the so-called Magic Mesh. Magic Mesh allows airflow and keeps bugs and other insects out of your home.
- Pull down screen doors: Screen doors that make use of a roller screen that goes up and down.
- Retractable screen doors: A retractable screen door is more expensive but is beneficial in its own way.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I buy a magnetic screen door?
You can buy the best magnetic screen door for you in stores like Walmart, Home Depot and even online through Amazon.
How to measure for a magnetic screen door?
Make sure to measure the height of the door frame correctly. The measure of how high to hang the screen depends here. Also, take into account the length of the magnetic screen door curtains so those won’t drag on the floor. This will make the installation run smoothly.
Magnetic Screen Door Final Thoughts
The Magnetic Screen Door by Homitt is letting me enjoy fresh air again. I was given this magnetic screen door to try before writing this post. I think this product is unavailable at this time, so you can try this magnetic screen door with heavy-duty mesh curtain to keep pesky insects out. The opinions expressed are entirely my own. There are affiliate links in this post. Thanks for supporting PreparednessMama in this way. #magneticscreendoor.
I don’t recall if Zune was the brand of magnetic screen door we had, but you’re right, it really does work. Ours eventually wore out after a lot of use, from our dog as much as from the two of us.
Thanks for the info Charles, mine might not survive my husband taking tools in and out of it!
I love this blog post thank you
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