Retractable window screens, sometimes called “roll-away” or “roll-up” window screens, are customized screen systems that rolls up like a window shade when not in use, providing a clear unobstructed view from a window that can be opened and closed. Retractable window screens are a perfect option for functional windows where an unobstructed view is desired, especially San Diego homes in canyon areas or along the coast with beach views.
Retractable window screens allow fresh air to circulate through your home and provide protection against insects and outdoor debris during desired periods with the window open, but can be “rolled up” or retracted when the window is closed and an unobstructed view is optimal. When not in use the screen is retracted into an overhead housing unit, which contains a spring and a roller with a bearing assembly for smooth rolling and unrolling of the screen in guides located on each side. The screen is fastened in the lowered position typically with a magnetic latching system. Retractable screens can be custom-made for many different types and sizes of windows but they are typically installed on double hung, awning and casement windows. Some window manufacturers offer retractable screens as an upgrade option to the existing window series they offer to San Diego homeowners, or they can be custom made.
High-quality retractable screen manufacturers usually provide a myriad of options so your retractable screens match the look and feel of your windows and the overall aesthetic of your home. Customizable options include the color of the housing unit to match your window frames, and the type of screen mesh you prefer. Since some window frames are colored vinyl, and some frames are wood, finding a company that offers options that match the style of your window frames is recommended.