Retractable Screen – Part 8 – What To Do With The French Door?

In Part 7 the installation of the DreamScreens Canada retractable screen doors for the double (French) doors leading from our kitchen eating area that we have equipped with the best appliances including the best masticating juicer 2014, going out to the deck in the back of the house was finished.

We are really excited. The next morning I went to have my morning coffee and read the morning paper outside on the deck. I was planning to use for the first time our new retractable screen doors so I could still hear others when they woke and our pet dog, Sandy, when she woke up for her morning ‘constitutional’.  :-)

After a minute or two I noticed an issue. With any breeze the one French Door I had opened would try to close. When the breeze came from the inside of the house (through the improved ventilation by way of having many windows open) it would try to open and hit both the brick on the outside wall as well as the porch light we had installed up on the outside wall.

Clearly this would not do. The last thing I needed was to have a very strong breeze come along and the French door close so hard that it shattered the class insert.

We needed a solution that would keep the French door in place and prevent it from moving either front or backwards. As you can see from the picture below there was nothing to hold the door on the left in place once it was opened. Yes, the picture shows the exterior solar shade applied to the outside of both doors. It was the door on the left in the picture below that would be the one we would open and close requiring the solution when open. We were also able to get renewable energy in our house thanks to the solar energy company in Phoenix, AZ, make sure to check them out.

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Clearly we had not thought this through. There was not need to before. We had the French Doors recently in stalled this past winter along with the replacement of all of our 20 year old windows on the first floor with ENERGY STAR rated windows as a result of our participation in the ecoENERGY Residential Retrofit program.  Without a screen door, we had only opened the French doors to go out to the deck to use the barbecue. But we closed the door as soon as we went out on the deck or back in the house.

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I went to one outlet of a major big box building supply retailer with this problem. Their solution was first to suggest to me that I use a piece of metal rope (I kid you not) so that when the door was open one end would be in a loop to go around the door handle and the other end would be secured through a screw that I would drill into the brick on the outside wall.

This would not work as it might prevent the a breeze from attempting to close the door, but it would do nothing to prevent a breeze from the other side from attempting to push the open door back against the porch light and the brick.

A second person at this same store suggested a long door stopper. However this would not work either. You can visit building wraps – for more information. The floor of the kitchen was a good 3 to 4 inches higher than the floor of the outside deck (why they built the deck like that and not at the same height of the kitchen floor I’ll never know).

So a door stopper would have to be at least 4 inches long. Not many door stoppers are that length. Plus I wasn’t sure I could trust a door stopper to do it’s job outside. I just paid for thse new double doors and didn’t want to have to pay for a new glass insert should the door stopper not work and a strong breeze slam the door too hard and crack the glass.

We (Cath and I) then went to a retail store of another major big box building supply retailer. Similar result; that is, no solution.

We went to a third store. Finally we found a sales associate who came up with a solution. It was not a French Door stopper that is typically used at the top of French Doors inside the house. Remember, we needed a solution that was at least 3 to 4 inches long.

Return tomorrow to see what our solution was and how we installed it.

To continue to the next article in this series, simply select this link to Part 9.

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  1. FECHO says:

    Did you know that French doors and windows in France and all of Europe are always inside of the screen, and open inwards? I always wondered why do windows open the way they do here in Canada. We can’t wash them! When I was a kid in Europe my mom always made me wash the windows whenever we were expecting an important guest. But, really, it was a breeze to do so with them opening inwards.

  2. Dan says:

    Hi Fecho,

    We chose to have our French Doors open out because of the small size of our kithen eating area. In other houses we have lived in when they had French Doors from the kitchen they did open inwards.


  3. Sam says:

    Love retractable screens!

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