What We Need to Know to Build Your Screen

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So you’ve finally decided our Plisse retractable screen is the best, most affordable (and totally awesome) retractable screen out there.  

Now you just need to gather 4 quick bits of information to place your order and ensure the perfect fit:

1. Frame Color (More details here.)

Chart showing Plisse signature retractable screen colors.

2. Height and Width of Your Door (More detailed instructions with photos here.)

Most often the Plisse screen will mount into the corner between the door jamb and the door casing (also referred to as the exterior door trim).

After deciding where in the opening the screen will mount, measure the width and height in 2* different places as indicated below.

Picture of Standard Entry Doorway with Tape Measure Across Width of Opening at Top

Measure Your Openings Width at the Top & Bottom

*If your opening is over 55 inches wide measure the height at the center as well.

Since your screen will be built to your measurements it is important that they be accurate to within 1/16 th of an inch.  Inaccurate measurements will cause the screen to fit poorly or not at all.

3. Do you need an optional adapter?

There are 2 adapter options: 

  1. Surface Mount Adapter For mounting the screen on one or more sides to a flush surface.  Most often needed for sliding glass doors and some atrium doors.  (Details here.)
  2. Threshold Adapter At least half of all standard entryway door installations need a threshold adapter to prevent the bottom rail of the screen’s frame from becoming a tripping hazard.
    1. When the Plisse retractable screen is mounted in the corner of the jamb and exterior trim, the bottom rail will sit either on the existing threshold or just in front of it.
    2. If the rail will sit on top of the existing threshold we recommend a threshold adapter. (More details here.)

4. Right or Left-Handed (Example pictures here.)

  • If your new door screen will be a double then don’t worry about handing at all. (yay for you!)
  • If your door swings inside then go stand outside.  Looking at the door if the hinges are on the right it’s a RIGHT, if the hinges are on the left then it’s a LEFT.
  • If your door swings outside then go stand inside.  Looking at the door, if the hinges are on the right then it’s a RIGHT but if the hinges are on the left, it’s a LEFT.

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