No Magnets Necessary

Up close of a double Plisse retractable screen's closure.

No magnets, locks or latches necessary. Shown here: Up Close of a Closed Double Plissé Retractable Screen.

Customers often ask what keeps our Plissé retractable screens closed when in use. Sometimes we say nothing just to get a giggle out of how confusing that answer can be. But it’s true.

You see, since our Plissé screens don’t utilize the traditional spring-loaded retraction design (like that found with the Phantom, Mirage, Eclipse, Genius and others) there is no force pulling them open and therefore no need to use a magnet, latch, lock or hook to keep them closed.

One, of many, unique features of the Plissé style (pleated fabric) retractable screen is that wherever you put it – that is where it stays. If you open the screen only half way to walk through, when you let go it will still be right where you left it.

This is an especially appealing feature on the double door screens. With most retractable screens you either have to hold one screen closed while walking through the other or use some sort of a lock, pin or latch to hold one of the screens stationary. Then you are basically only utilizing the other side. With our Plissé screens this simply isn’t necessary. Since they stay wherever you put them you can walk through one side and back through the other without having to fuss with the other screen at all. Or you can open them both a little and walk right through the middle – no fighting the spring’s tension or worrying about activating a magnet necessary.

So if you’re looking for our magnets, our latches, pins or locks – well, you’re not going to find them. We don’t need them and don’t think you should have to fuss with such things either.

Ready to purchase your new (magnet-less) Plissé retractable screen? Visit our secure online shopping cart now!

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2 Responses on “No Magnets Necessary

  1. Donna Sammond says:

    We have antique white trim around our 3-0 8-0 front inswing door. The windows have French vanilla (JeldWen) trim which matches the antique white paint color of the house trim. Would the French vanilla color you offer match? Will the door screens keep cats in?
    Thank you

    1. Hi Donna,

      I believe you have already ordered but I’m answering your question in case someone else has the same questions. The French creme we offer as one of our six standard colors should look great on any doorway with an antique white trim.

      While we can’t make any guarantees since all cats are different, we have found great success in keeping them in with our Plisse retractable screens. Most of customers employ a combination of two methods for doing so: tensioning the screen a little tighter at installation to making it more difficult for the cat to paw the screen open, as well as using extra tension line clips along the bottom tension line, hooked into the bottom rail to keep the cat from squeezing between the bottom rail and the bottom of the screen fabric. If you didn’t order tension line hooks feel free to email me (doug(at) and we’ll drop some in the mail to you – free of charge, of course.

      Doug, the Screen Guy

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