A Carpenter’s Journal

October 14, 2010

Retractable Screens

Filed under: Architecture,Materials — Tags: , , — Fran Maloney @ 6:50 am

Retractable Screens

Much thought was given to how to screen the porch we built near Kingston Bay.   After researching and pricing fixed screen panels, none of which were buildable without an intervening central support due to the size of the openings we had, we finally decided to investigate retractable screens.  This turned out to be an excellent way to go.  We were able to recess the housing into the trim under the headers and the aluminum tracks are unobtrusive and are matched almost exactly to the trim color.  When the screens are retracted, they are completely out of sight.   To open them, they easily pull down and attach to magnetic catches on the floor.  At the two doorways they pull from the side.  I would highly recommend this system.  They function well,  and in bad weather or when you do not want them, they virtually disappear.

October 5, 2010

Anderson A Series

Filed under: Architecture,Windows and Doors — Fran Maloney @ 7:15 am

Andersen has a new line of windows and patio doors they are calling the A series.  Cape Cod Lumber has two small samples on display at their Abington showroom.  Andersen windows always had a drawback in that they were vinyl clad and therefore not easily painted.  There were only a few colors that the windows could be ordered in, white, sandtone and terratone.  The A series overcomes this problem by providing a full range of colors that can be selected.  They are not vinyl clad but seem to be a hard fiberglass or pvc. 

We just recently installed 4 new A series doors that were ordered in the “canvas” color and with the inside already finished with a Zar stain chosen to match the other woodwork in the house.  They are attractive and well made doors.  It is quite an advantage to not have to paint a door or a window and yet it still have it match the color of the house.

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