Solar Screens for storm doors, how do they install?
You can mount a solar screen on to storm doors one of two ways. A solar screen can fit into the framing of storm doors just like this one shown here by the following picture.
Or the solar screen can attach with screws, to the trim that goes around the glass.
How it would attach would be by screwing it with four small self-tapping screws on to the trim around the glass or the metal door itself.
When I install a screen this way, I just direct screw it anywhere I can that looks good and does not involve getting near the glass.
Solar screen inset into a storm door.
Some storm doors allow for a full-size solar screen to fit into it, while others do not.
Not all storm doors allow for a full-size solar screen to fit into it like this one. If you have a storm door that you are looking to put a solar screen on, and you have an existing bug screen that is full size, meaning that your existing window screen made for bugs is the entire height and width of that opening. Your storm door may come with a full sized bug screen and if it does, then you may be able to use a full-size solar screen. If you have a bug screen that’s only half the size, then we can not insert a full-size solar screen. We would need to surface mount the full-size solar screen.
These are pictures showing solar screens surface mounted to storm doors.
By way of the following picture, you can see how the solar screen fits over the trim that goes around the glass onto the storm door. The solar screen attaches by means of a handful of small screws.
Here’s another storm door where we surface mounted one of our solar window screens on to. We attached the solar screen to this storm door using six small screws. 3 small screws on the left side and three small screws on the right side.
Where to get the actual storm doors. I recommend getting them from either Lowes or Home Depot. They both have reasonably priced installation services for the doors.
This storm door did not allow for a full-sized screen to sit within it. To attach solar screens to storm doors like this, you have to surface install them with screws, as shown here. To keep the fabric tight, so the screen look good, I like to put 3 screws into each leg side of the frame. I like to put a screw 4-6″ from the top, one 4-6″ from the bottom to hold the corners. Then put the center screws in. When putting the center screws in, I’ll put the first one in, then pull the opposing sides frame to make the fabric nice and tight, then put the last center screw in.
This is very similar to how I install the solar screens on to residential swing doors for back patios. For the most part, residential swing doors for back patios will have a thick wide piece of molding that goes around the glass and it is this molding that I will screw my solar screen to.
Solar screen on storm door with turn clips
I was able to screw in most of this solar screen to the storm door except for the left side. For the upper, bottom, and right sides of the screen, I had enough overlap. I was able to have enough overlap that allowed me to put my screws outside of where the glass or operations of the window would be. But for the left side of the screen, if I was to put a screw through the solar screen framing, that would have put me too close to the glass. So because of this, I put the screws to the left of the solar screen framing. I put them to the left and used casement clips to hold the screen. I put multiple casement clips all around the handle for sturdiness.
The key is when I adhere a solar screen to a storm door, I want it to stay attached. That storm door opens and closes, has a lot of movement. The wind can slam it open and closed forcefully. This being the case, you really need to make sure like I did that the screen will stay attached long term.