Outdoor living is an integral part of home design, expanding home owners’ living space and allowing them to enjoy the outdoors more comfortably. We spoke with Holly Attfield, Project Manager at Phantom Screens – a company specializing in screening solutions for doors, windows and large openings – about everything homeowners should know.
“Any homeowner who is looking to experience a seamless flow from their outdoor to their indoor living space will find a motorized Phantom Screen to be the perfect solution,” said Attfield.
Tailored to merge with home owners’ décor, Phantom’s motorized screens are perfect for any home, regardless of size or style. With 10 signature colours, 15 wood grains and colour matching available, Phantom makes customization simple and easy.
Battle the Elements and the Bugs
Insect mesh screens are quite popular, perfect for keeping bugs out and letting light in. “Insect mesh is ideal where bugs are a problem,” said Attfield. “This mesh type also reduces up to 55 per cent of UV rays”.
Airflow is also another benefit of mesh screens, “the higher the openness factor, the easier it is for air and light to pass through,” explained Attfield. Reduced UV rays and natural breezes flowing through customers’ homes results in an added bonus of lowered air conditioning expenses.
“Many consumers are making significant investments to create outdoor ‘rooms’,” said Attfield. Phantom Screens is an easier option for creating an outdoor living space. Customers can enclose pre-existing spaces, such as roofed decks with screens and avoid having to build walls and endure grueling renovations. However, a problem arises when the weather is too hot or too cold, keeping home owners from using their outdoor space.
Suited to all weather conditions, clear vinyl and solar mesh screens enable customers to create a climate controlled space. The material is designed to keep warmth in during the colder months and retain cool air during the summer. “This allows people to enjoy their outdoor space year-round without sacrificing their views to the outside,” elaborated Attfield.
When to Install
Ideally, motorized screens should be installed during renovations or a new build. Attfield explained, “the sooner we speak with the builder or architect, the better we are able to recess motorized screens to make them virtually invisible when not in use”. Phantom Screens easily and seamlessly disguises rollers into the wall, so they are unseen by homeowners.
“In working with the architect or builder, we try to minimize the work the homeowner is expected to do. Most of the preparation work will be performed by the renovator or builder, along with perhaps a specialist such as an electrician,” she said.
Open year-round, there is never a bad time to call Phantom Screens, whether for a quote, future install or simply a couple of questions.