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Sunday, September 21, 2014

MAG - Magnetic Screen Door Review


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We are starting to get some beautiful Fall weather here and there are days when it is so nice to just prop the doors open and let the cool breezes blow through the house instead of hearing the whir of the air conditioner. While opening the doors is a fine idea, we also have our fair share of bugs and critter and some of them are not very nice or social! 
I wish I could say this screen gave us the protection from the bugs while allowing us to have the door open, but it did not. I received one of the MAG Magnetic Screen Doors to review and while it is a fine screen, it was not wide enough to fasten to both sides of the door. Average exterior doors have a 36 inch opening and at 35.5 inches, this falls a little shy of that. It is made closer to the average size of interior doors. The edges need to be about one inch wider to hold the screen firm in a regular sized opening. However, if you have a smaller door opening, it will work great and you will like this screen. 
We are planning to re-build our deck and I am planning to include a screened area and this will be a very useful addition. I'll just have to be mindful of the opening measurements so it's not too wide.
The screen is very nice looking with the decorative valance across the top. It makes it look almost like a stylish curtain. It is nicely constructed and works great to let the breeze and the sunlight in, while keeping flies and insects out (provided you do have the smaller door opening). 

It opens easily and going in and out through the screen is a breeze. The magnets work great to keep it closed and snap it back together quickly.
While I would recommend this to a friend and think it is a very fine product, I have three things on my "con" list:

The size: A few more inches on the sides would bring it more in line with average sized exterior doors and ensure more people could use them.

The Velcro: This comes with 12 strips. 4 for across the top and four for each side. You have to be very sure to place them so the corners as well as the edges are secure and that the screen is very tight and flush, otherwise you will have gaps where bugs can enter. 

The Tacks: While not a huge deal, the tacks included are cheaply made and do not hold up. One was broken when I took it out of the package and the one shown below broke while I was trying to use it to add strength along the top of the screen. It broke while I was pushing it and poked my thumb.

Again, I like the screen and it is nice. In a smaller door opening, it will work fabulously and allow you to enjoy the outdoors, keep an eye on the kids or to have an easy opening while having guests over.  

It would be great for times when the kids are in and out as they play, carrying things in and out with your hands full, really anytime opening and closing the door repeatedly is more of a hindrance and a pain to deal with. You will just have to be very sure of the measurements of your door so that the velcro will be able to lie flat and be tight to ensure you have the bug barrier.

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You can find the MAG Magnetic Screen Door on Amazon.com
 
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Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. This post contains affiliate links.

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