There is no reason to remove or uninstall Fresh Air Screens to roll them up if the screen is retractable. But what you do with the screen after you’ve rolled it up depends on the accessory that is paired with your Fresh Air Screen. There are a couple of options available based on how you want to roll the screen up and secure it in that position.
Buckles and Straps
Short, nylon straps with heavy-duty buckles create a simple system that holds up your screen up after it has been manually rolled into place. Unless otherwise upgraded with a rope and pull kit, they are the standard system for your Fresh Air Screen. This system is built into the screen during production, so you do not have to do anything special for it during installation. To use the buckles and straps, simply unzip the screen, roll it up by hand, and secure the straps around it using the buckles.
Rope and pull kits contain everything you need to put together a convenient pulley system for your screen. You can raise and lower the screen panels using the rope and you can also secure the bundle at the top of the screen by winding the rope around the cleat. The pulley systems do not interfere with other garage mechanisms, or even with buckles and straps. So, if you purchased either model with buckles and straps but change your mind, you can buy the rope and kit separately and add it to the screen you already have. You do not have to replace the entire screen.
What Customers Really Want to Know
- I ordered an upgraded garage door screen kit with a rope and pull kit. Can I remove the rope and pull kit and add buckles and straps?
The rope and pull kit can be removed anytime. However, if you did not request the buckles and straps to be left on, they cannot be added after production. This system is sewn into the screen during the manufacturing process. When ordering a screen with a rope and pull kit, you can request to have the buckles and straps included.
- Do I have to remove a Fresh Air Screen to drive a car in or out of my garage?
If you purchase one of these retractable models, you do not have to remove your screen for vehicle traffic. They won’t interfere with your garage door if it is installed properly.
- Can I install my garage door screen on the inside of my garage?
No. Fresh Air Screens are guaranteed to allow car entry without interfering with garage door mechanisms only when installed as instructed. This design allows for the garage door screen to be installed on the outside of the garage, in front of the weather-strip.
Tips from Our Production Experts
Our production team has some helpful tips for your investment.
Thoughts on Installation
Fresh Air Screens are designed to be installed on the outside of the garage, in front of the weather-strip. They will not interfere with garage door mechanisms if installed and rolled-up properly.
To roll up a garage door screen without interfering with other mechanisms, roll the screen forward from the garage. The bundle will sit forward of the weather-strip if it has been rolled forward, preventing interference.
Thoughts on Accessories
Buckles and Straps and Rope and Pull kits will both effectively hold your garage door screen. To decide which will work best for you, consider your lifestyle first. Rope and Pull kits offer convenience because rolling them up may be faster and physically easier than rolling the screen by hand. This provides a great solution for people who spend a lot of time in their garage or have repurposed their garage in a unique garage conversion.
Rope and pull kits have long ropes, a safety consideration for people who have small children or curious animals. In these cases, the buckles and straps may provide a safer and more convenient alternative. If you are unsure of which one works best for you, try the straps and buckles first, you can order the model with a rope and pull kit, and request to keep the buckles and straps, so you can add or remove features as needed.