If you are building a patio, you may feel that being open to the elements isn't always an advantage — but closing it off with walls and doors defeats the purpose of having an outdoor space. Retractable screens can provide the answer to this dilemma. As they can be opened and closed by remote control, you can choose whether to have your patio open or screened off. There are many advantages to this type of screen.
For example, you may have a good view from your patio. One of the benefits of an outdoor space is that you can look out at the surrounding area. However, this means that other people can see in. You may not want your neighbours looking and listening when you are entertaining guests or having a romantic evening with your partner. A retractable screen is a solution here as it will give you the privacy you need when you need it, without permanently blocking your own view of the outside world.
This type of screen can also be adjusted according to the weather. On a cold winter's day, the screens will help to insulate your home and keep your heating bills down; and in summer, they can protect you from the harsh UV rays coming from the sun. At other times however you can keep your patio open at the click of a button, enjoying the fresh air and natural ambience of the world around you.
As well as protecting from the elements, retractable screens can also protect against bugs. No one wants insects invading their party, but a permanent screen may seem like an overreaction. As insect activity is at its greatest at particular times of the day and particular parts of the year, you can close your screen when it is needed, but leave your patio open when bugs are not likely to be a problem.
Finally, it is worth remembering that an improvement such as a retractable screen can increase the value of your home. A patio will always be attractive to a prospective buyer, and if the screening problem has already been solved you should have no trouble attracting interest in your property — and getting the best price for it.
These advantages mean it is well worth incorporating a retractable screen into your patio design. Just talk to your patio builder to find out your options, and you will enjoy better privacy and protection.
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