Are Wood Screen Doors the Right Choice for Your Screened Patio?
Many purchase wood screen doors for the natural feel or the nostalgic squeak of the hinges. They are a common choice for older homes or ones that have wood siding. What are the drawbacks of a wood screen door? Wood rots if not properly maintained (fig 3) which requires upkeep on a regular basis. They tend to twist resulting in gaps that can let the insects in (fig 2). Even with an unsightly tension cable in place (fig 1) they sag over time and are often out of square. The screen is stapled in and held in place with wood trim so it does not stay tight and is hard to repair.
Overall, a wood screen door can start out looking beautiful but in a short time it can become a maintenance nightmare.