On Your Front Porch or Screen Porch Enclosure For Durability and Curb Appeal
An attractive custom aluminum screen door adds appeal and value to any home - instantly.
But not all aluminum screen doors are the same so if you are looking for beauty and durability, Mary and I
may have just the right metal screen door for you.
The design and engineering that goes into making a screen door from PCA Products is noteworthy.
Mary and I toured their manufacturing
facility to see the entire production process.
Although we do not know specifically how other manufacturers construct their metal screen doors, we can attest
to the quality and engineering that goes into a PCA Products screen door.
Make a Statement With a Beautiful Exterior Screen Door (screen door and photo courtesy of PCA Products)
PCA Products is one of our advertisers and we are
proud to tell you about their aluminum door products. We are definitely impressed by the construction of their
screen doors and want to share it with you.
We like the fact their metal screen doors are designed to alleviate what most people find most
annoying in a screen door.
Take a moment to listen to Steve Pfeffer, President of PCA Products, explain the features of his screen doors:
Video: Craftsmanship of PCA's Aluminum Doors
Avoid These Four Major Screen Door Annoyances
Annoyance #1: Sagging and Twisting Doors That Don't Shut Properly
Not all aluminum screen door frames (the most critical part) are the same. Ensure the frame is manufactured to
the highest standards.
As an example and for comparison purposes, PCA Products' doors are made with internal corner key systems as
shown at right.
In addition, their screen door frames
are .065 inches thick and have a continuous piano-type hinge extending the entire length of the door thereby
creating a solid connection between the door and the door frame.
They also developed the Thru-Lock System™ which means no unsightly welds and stronger overall frames.
See how it works:
Together, these important construction factors eliminate door sag and twisting - compare that with typical home supply store screen doors!
Annoyance #2: Screen Comes Loose
Unsightly, difficult to repair, and you can never seem to get the screen as tight as it was originally.
If I were to solve that problem I'd create a system whereby when you pushed on the screen it would actually
tighten, not loosen. But I discovered I was too late with that idea.
PCA Products' screen doors are built to do just that. They use a flat locking spline system that keeps the screen
tight; it won't come out.
Video: See How Much Weight a PCA Screen Door Can Hold
Video: See How Much Weight a PCA Screen Door Can Hold
Seeing this family stand on a PCA screen door gives you some idea!
Now you won't have to struggle with tightening your screen while trying to push that round rubber spline back in place while hoping it holds.
Annoyance #3: Screen Tears
There's nothing more aggravating than having the screening on your screen door tear. Patching it with duct tape
just isn't appealing no matter what color tape you use.
If you have pets, children, or grand children, chances are your screen needs to withstand some abuse. So you need
PCA Products offers what I believe are options unique to the screen door industry.
Select from standard screening or
if you prefer, their Super Screen. If you have pets
choose their pet screening material.
You can even design
your door with pet screen on the bottom and standard or Super
Screen on top!
The heavier the screening material the less transparent it becomes. Pet screening is woven tightly to prevent
tears and therefore is darker than standard screening. By using pet screening on the bottom of your screen
door and standard or Super Screen on top, you maximize the light and view while simultaneously protecting
integrity of your screen.
You can even go a step further and have PCA Products incorporate a pet door in your screen door!
Annoyance #4: DIY Installation Nightmares
A quality aluminum screen door should be easy to install taking the guesswork out of how it is supposed to fit in
your opening. What if it didn't matter whether you need a left-hand open out door or a right-hand open in screen
door? And how many times have contractors brought the wrong door only to have to reschedule the appointment?
Look for a door that gives you more options, opens either way, and
even adjusts for height and width to make a perfect fit in your opening.
For the DIYer, I find these doors easy to install. Understanding that not all door frames are perfectly square, PCA's
doors are adjustable to fit the space making it not only easier to install but also making it a most attractive fit.
You don't have to cut your new door to fit your opening as you would with vinyl or wood screen doors.
Let PCA Products Help You Today!
We've only addressed a few of the issues most screen door owners have faced over the years. Mary and I know
that an aluminum screen door from PCA Products is the answer for many and encourage you to contact them today
to see how you can acquire one of the best aluminum screen doors on the market.
Perfect for Front Porches, Screened Porches, and Screen Porch Kits
Stylish, curb appealing, and functional, an aluminum screen door is ideal in almost any location on your home.
Try to Match Your Home's Architectural Features
It is wise to maintain the architectural look of your home when adding any new exterior feature.
Installing a custom designed aluminum screen door makes that easy to do.
In the photo below, note how the metal screen door insert mimics the architectural lines on this home, from the siding to the light
panel to the right of the front door.
Metal Screen Door Architecturally Compatible With Home
Quality Aluminum Screen Doors Create Curb Appeal
Beautiful trim on this door really adds beauty to this porch
Who wouldn't love calling this home?
Custom Metal Doors Offer Lots of Options
The owner of this home included a tropical insert from PCA Products on their screen door to complement the palm tree landscaping. Such
an easy thing to do and it instantly increased the appeal of their front porch.
You may not find the right style option at your local home supply store among the few they may have on hand.
But don't despair, PCA Products has many styles from which to choose.
Superb for Screen Porch Kits and Enclosures
The only moving part on a screened porch or porch enclosure is the screen door so it needs both durability and appeal.
If you are building a new screen porch or erecting a screen porch kit, you need to learn more about PCA Products' doors.
They have teamed with ScreenEze (one of the best screen porch kit options) as a way for you to construct an amazing
PCA Products Exterior Screen Door On Screen Porch Kit (screen door and photo courtesy of PCA Products)
Attractive Aluminum Screen Door For Porch Enclosure (screen door and photo courtesy of PCA Products)
Double Exterior Screen Door Enhances Appeal Of Porch Enclosure (screen door and photo courtesy of PCA Products)
Double Aluminum Screen Doors Without Center Post (screen door and photo courtesy of PCA Products)
Let PCA Products Help You Today!
Now that you know how many ways in which to use aluminum screens doors from PCA Products, find out how
you can add appeal and functionality to your home today!
Watch Our PCA Products Video
Screen French Doors
PCA Products' innovative French Screen Doors give you options you never had.
Prior to PCA's product, your only option was to install a bar between the screen doors or install screen door sliding systems.
Either of the traditional options often diminish your view which is why you have French doors - to take advantage of the view.
Now you don't have to be limited to a bar or a sliding system.
easier to navigate with large items or larger groups of friends
maintains the integrity of your French Doors
creates a more expansive space for fresh breezes coming in
Decorative Screen French Doors
How PCA Products' French Doors Work and Why That's Important
French screen doors must be able to open fully to allow for the view but also close securely too.
PCA Products' French screen doors use an astragal system, essential for creating a good seal, privacy, and to minimize
outside noise and light between the screen doors.
Two flush bolts allow for an unobstructed opening. Because they are flush at top and bottom, the "fixed" screen
door can be opened or closed easily.
Use Screen French Doors To Create A Porch Enclosure
Customized Aluminum Screen Door Design Tool
Mary and I had fun discovering all of PCA's options for designing your own screen door.
PCA Products offer an innovative screen door design tool where you can build your own customized entrance.
It works for both single and double doors.
It's fun to see all the design combinations you can create.
Virtual Screen Enclosure Engine by PCA Products
An Exterior Screen Door: Beauty is More than Skin Deep
Richard powder coats an aluminum screen door frame
Dave and I had the privilege to visit the PCA Products facility, and their president, Steve Pfeffer, explained:
"What really makes our products stand apart from others is that we powder coat each door by hand after fabriction.
You get a much better finish. We're not using machines to do this. It's all being done by hand so you get a good visual
and it makes for a nice long-lasting durable finish.
One of the corners we could cut is that we could use painted profiles and just put up painted profiles, but you could end up with scratches from fabrication where [with the way we do] it you getting a great finish.
Of course, this powder-coated finish is really designed for the harsh outdoor elements which translates to over 10 years of durability."
The two of us with Steve Pfeffer
Dave and I recommend investing wisely in a high quality metal screen door to receive years of almost free maintenance, beauty, and durability.
Contact PCA Products
PCA Products, Inc. a family-owned business located in Eastern Tennessee, has been making handcrafted aluminum
screen doors and enclosure accessories for over 25 years.
They are located at
1729 Pittman Center Road,
Their phone number is 800-567-8897.
PCA develops a wide range of screen doors and screen door products to satisfy homeowners who want both style
PCA expanded its operations from not only manufacturing and selling directly to the public
but also to wholesaling through a Partner network.
Mary and I encourage you to contact the good folks at PCA Products today. They can answer all of your questions
and help you design a screen door to enhance the beauty of your home.
You will enjoy using their screen door design tool, too.
Appealing Aluminum Screen Door (screen door and photo courtesy of PCA Products)
Listen to Our Podcast with Steve Pfeffer
Steve Pfeffer tells about his custom screen doors on our audio program. Listen here please.