Frequently Asked Questions About Mirage Screen Doors (FAQs)

Mirage Screen Systems is dedicated to helping you find the right retractable screen door solution for your home or unique outdoor space. This retractable screen door FAQs page should answer most of your questions. For any additional questions please contact your local authorized Mirage dealer who would be more than happy to provide a free consultation. To find an authorized dealer near you, use our Dealer Locator tool.



What is a Retractable Screen Door?

For those who have not used a retractable screen door before, these are insect screens that roll into a compact housing. Retractable screen doors are designed to not interfere with your regular door function and you only see the door screen when it is in use. The retractable screen easily extends from the housing and is held in place by a magnetic latch. The door screen easily retracts with the help of a spring-loaded roller tube that is built into the unit housing. The majority of homeowners prefer a retractable screen door over more traditional slider doors as they do not obstruct landscape or vista views. When you book a retractable screen door consultation your local authorized Mirage Screen Dealer can demonstrate how the retractable screen works, using a tabletop model. This will help you visualize how it can work in your home! Alternately, please view our retractable screen door photos and demo videos online.

Where can I buy a Mirage Retractable Screen Door?

Our retractable screen doors are available throughout North America through our Authorized Dealers.

Is the Mirage Retractable Screen Door durable?

Perhaps the best way to answer this question is to say that the majority of feedback from our dealers across North America (who install various types of screen doors) is on how durable our retractable screens really are. Mirage Screen Systems is virtually free from service calls, from day to day, and from year to year. Unlike other flimsy and mediocre quality retractable door screen brands, Mirage Screens are practically problem free! Learn more about Mirages’ built to last mantra!

Do Mirage Retractable Screens work on any door?

Yes! Mirage retractable screen doors are fully customizable to fit almost any type or size of door including in-swing and out-swing doors. You will be glad to know that Mirage Screens also work on French (double) doors as well as sliding glass patio doors. Your local screen door dealer can custom install your new Mirage retractable screen door; up to 108” high and up to 55” wide (or 110” wide for a French door). If you have a large door opening, Mirage Screens also offers motorized screens as wide as 25 feet and as high as 16 feet in a single unit. These motorized screens can be as small as 3 feet by 3 feet. Please ask your local authorized Mirage Screen Dealer for additional information on automated screen solutions at just the touch of a button.

Why is Mirage the best retractable screen door on the market?

Rather than sales copy here we’ll just say that in a side-by-side comparison, our product’s quality is evident and can speak for itself. Not all products on the market are the same. Mirage was one of the first retractable screens on the market and has the experience to ensure an extremely high quality product. We highly recommend you shop around and compare retractable screen doors to make sure you get the right one for your home. The screen specialist who takes care of your customization and installation is also important during this buying process!

How much do Mirage’s retractable door screens cost?

When you factor in the level of quality, customer service and skilled installation, you’ll find that Mirage Retractable Door Screens are very competitively priced. Each screen door is unique and customized for your entryway(s) and as such an authorized Mirage Dealer will be able to provide an accurate cost estimate. A simple phone call with a dealer is often all it takes to get a quote! The Mirage Screen Door Dealer will ask a few questions to make sure you get the right retractable screen door for your home and then provide a price. Please note that some door screen solutions may require an in-home visit before the quote can be provided.

How do I fix a Mirage Retractable Screen door if someone walks into it?

Rescreening our retractable screen doors isn’t a big deal. Just contact your local authorized Mirage dealer to arrange a rescreening appointment.

Do Mirage Retractable Screen Doors help reduce the cost of air conditioning?

Yes! Mirage Screen Doors are designed to boost the flow of fresh air into the home, which naturally cools your home. This is a great “green” energy efficient alternative to running costly air conditioning units. Remember, a better ventilated home not only reduces your air conditioning bill but also makes you and your family more comfortable.

Do Mirage Retractable Screen Doors require cleaning and maintenance?

You’ll be amazed how simple our retractable screen doors are to clean and maintain. And when you do, they operate incredibly smoothly and maintain a like-new appearance. In fact, most of our customers are drawn to the fact that Mirage door screens are very low maintenance. Our annual maintenance plan recommends that once a year you clean and clear the tracks, vacuum the housing for dirt and debris, and then liberally lubricate the top and bottom tracks and plastic guides with Mirage’s silicone spray lubricant (available from your dealer). We also recommend that you inspect the door screens for cuts, scratches or holes. If you find holes or damage, we recommend repairing and replacing damaged screens right away. You can read more details about door screen cleaning and maintenance or speak directly with your local Mirage dealer.

Will Mirage Retractable Door Screens reduce glare on my TV or provide any solar protection?

At Mirage, we recognize the benefits of a multi-functional screen door solution. This is why we offer a number of solar protection options for your home, whether it is keeping the glare off your TV or adding shade to your outdoor space. Please speak with one of our authorized Mirage Dealers who can help you assess your requirements. Our Mirage dealers are up for the challenge of solving your problems with our quality product. Keeping your home livable and comfortable is our goal.

Does the Retractable Screen Door stay closed when a pet or person brushes up against it?

Yes! With our secure Super Magnet latch system that is 3 times stronger than our competitor latches, you can be sure that the Mirage retractable screen door will stay closed. The Mirage Super Magnet latch is anti-corrosive, unlike any other competitor screen system, which means no more rust.

I want to make a statement – what colors do Mirage Screen Doors come in?

At Mirage Screens, we are designers at heart. We offer a limitless selection of colors with our unique custom color match program. Mirage Screen Doors come in seven standard colors, 10 different wood grain colors, and 25+ designer screen colors. Your Mirage Screen dealer can help you pick a color that blends with your home’s style or makes a bold statement.

Do you have large retractable screen doors for an overhead garage door?

Absolutely! For this application the Mirage motorized screen door solution is probably best as it comes in sizes up to 25 feet wide and 16 feet tall. The best part of our garage door screens is that they are motorized – meaning you can open and close them at the push of a button. We invite you to visit our photo gallery to see how these motorize screen doors can work in your home. Or contact a local Mirage Dealer for further details.

Do Mirage Retractable Screen Doors have a backer on it?

No, because a backer is not beneficial. In order to clean your screen door each season (or year) you need to be able to completely extend the screen mesh material. A backer prevents you from doing this and would require you to hire a technician to come to your home to remove the backer and then reinstall it after the screen has been cleaned. Backers are not easy to remove and interfere with the normal maintenance of your screen door.

Will a Mirage Retractable Screen Door slam shut?

Your Mirage dealer will install your door so that it will open and close exactly how you choose. Perhaps you need a high tension screen to resist wind, or a very loose tension to reduce door slam.  Please keep in mind that the tauter the mesh screen is the longer it will last. In addition to our unique tension control, Mirage Screen doors can also be equipped with Slow-Close technology that prevents accidental slamming. With Mirage, you are in complete control of how soft or quickly your retractable screen door closes.

Can I replace my sliding patio screen door with a Mirage Retractable Screen?

Most definitely! This is a popular alternative to rickety patio screen doors. The Mirage retractable screen is installed on the stationary panel in the center of the door. When you need the screen door in place simply pull the retractable screen door out to cover the opening. When not in use, simply retract the door screen and it won’t obstruct your view or get in your way!

Can I install a Mirage Retractable Screen on the door between my garage and house?

This too, is a popular screen option. In most cases this is superior to having a traditional screen door. Rather than having to open both the door and the screen door, the Mirage Screen Door retracts when not in use. This means you only have to open one door while balancing your load of groceries. This is the practical solution that makes sense!

How do I install a Mirage retractable screen door?

There is no need to worry about how to install your new retractable screen door. Each door screen is custom made for each application and as such, all Mirage retractable screen doors are installed by sceen professionals. For in-swing doors, your Mirage dealer will install the screen inside the doorjamb or outside on the door’s trim. For out-swing doors, your Mirage dealer will install the screen inside the home. Your authorized Mirage dealer will discuss all the installation details during your free screen door consultation.

How long does it take to install a Mirage Retractable Screen?

It can take between 1 and 2 hours to install a Mirage retractable screen door, depending on the type of application.

What is the Mirage Retractable Screen Door warranty like?

Mirage proudly offers a full one-year warranty on parts and labor and a limited lifetime warranty on all parts under normal use. Please note that the screen mesh is specifically excluded from the warranty. Please visit our Warranty page for more details or speak with your local dealer.

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