Rated 4.0 out of 5 by 51
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by ChrisV So far so good
Advanced DIYer/Semi-Pro here: read the mixed bag of reviews, and was expecting the install to run not so smoothly. I did a custom install, notching the frame of the new Pella vinyl sliding door to accomodate the roll cartridge, and use the built in screen door track to hold the slider and screen. 3 hours total, including all the Dremel clearancing.
The tradeoff for me was a nice clean look not installed on the face of the sliding door frame nor having to use a buildup block between the fixed panel and the cartridge, vs getting additional stability because the rails supplied in the kit actually have a nub that the slider and screen ride on. I didn't have the clearance to jam that in there.
Been using it constantly for about a month, and couldn't be happier. No bugs leaking in, screen is taut. My only complaint is that the magnet is so strong, ya gotta wrestle the door open LOL. Dogs have not crashed into it yet, we'll see how we do when that happens.
Seems to be built ok, and good value compared to the other brand i looked at 3x+ the price. DIYers, don't get overwhelmed at the instructions. Totally do-able.
October 31, 2012
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by kwarner01 Installation Difficulties
While the ODL Retractable Screens looks good and works well once installed, the installation process is very difficult. I have installed numerous products in my home in the past, and would consider myself above average working with my hands. The weatherstripping provided is extremely difficult to install and poorly designed. It is extremely difficult to snap into the slot and would have greatly reduced the aggravation and amount of time needed to install the unit if instead, the units were shipped with the weatherstripping in place. It's also best to have assistance from another person while installing the main unit, as it is not easy to line up the main unit with the bottom rail due to the length and weight, and the manner in which they line up.
September 26, 2008
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by sawyer321 Truely an excellent product!
This is much better than a similar product, sold by HD's major competitor. This screen door required much less measuring and cutting. Installation was simpler. Door latch is a (very stong) adjustable magnet(other product has a hook like catch). Good looking finish; easy operation. It's all good. One cautionary note: this is my second retractable screen door. It seems that these screen doors are almost invisible in most situations. The first screen was demolished when a preoccupied realtor walked through the closed screen door. A solution and protection is to paint something on the screen. Magnetic decorations won't work. They will prevent the screen from rolling up and retracting(closed).
March 16, 2012
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Mike Difficult to install, too flimsy
It took me several days to figure out how to install this, and then an entire day to do the actual install. It claims to work on any door, but the more complex your trim, the harder the install and the worse the final result will be.
Also, when you open the door, you have to be careful or the spring will pull the door open too quickly and it will bang and the assembly will shake. This catches everyone off guard when they first use it. I'm afraid it won't last very long because of this. The housing is held on with one screw on the top and one on the bottom, which is just too long--the middle of the housing flexes quite a bit.
August 27, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 4crazykids One of our favorite purchases!!
We purchased this screen door 6 years ago for our door that leading into the garage. We have 4 young kids and a large dog so it get TONS of use. It has lasted WAY longer and stayed so much nicer than I ever thought it could have. We are so happy with the purchase that we have recently purchased another one for a different area. We didn't find the instruction very difficult but we may have gotten lucky with our existing door. A+ product!
August 24, 2011
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by homedepotguy Nice Screen Door - Once you get it installed
I am pleased with the screen door enough to give it 4 out of 5 Stars. We like the final product.
Little did I now I would have to rebuild the top and bottom of my door frame using my large table saw and ripping treated 2x4's down to accomodate the gaps and to create large enough mounting surfaces for the aluminum frame pieces of the screen door to mount to. This was a huge undertaking and I don't know how anyone without large power tools could get through it.
We live in a home built in 1980. Our door frame only had 1/4" of surface area to mount the aluminum frame into. The install instructions require around 3/4" to 1" of frame to mount the aluminum frame into.
Once the door was completely up, it was now time to mount the final magnetic latch to the door frame. Oops, when it latched there was a 3/8" gap on the latch side of the door between the door frame and the edge of the screen door. My Wife was quick to mention that I can't have gaps around a screen door! So I found myself having to take a router to my door frame so I could countersink the entire latch mechanism back into my door frame by that 3/8" gap. After doing that I had a perfect seal all the way around the door.
Overall, you will be happy with the door once it is installed properly. But if you don't have some great carpetry skills you may want to pay a Home Depot professional to install your door for you. Or you could just get lucky and have the perfect door frame that requires no modifications - yeah right!
December 20, 2011
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Sinbad Installation a real "pain"
Ordered & received 2 retractable screen doors. First box was missing parts from the small bag. I called the 800 number and received a new parts bag in a few days. Installation manual has errors on what page to continue onto. Should be page 15, Awkward to install. I also agree that the weather-strip was tough on the thumbs to install.
July 29, 2009
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by RocklinRemodeller Difficult Installation
I purchased and installed an ODL retractable screen. The instructions for short sill are wrong. The filler board should convert the short sill into a flush sill. Otherwise the bottom track will not line up with the tab of the screen housing. I wasted a lot of time following the instructions to make the short sill extend out 3/4" beyond the edge of the exterior trim. This must be something left over from a previous design. It does not work for the current design. The instructions for short sill preparation should be reviewed and revised. The short sill must be converted to a flush sill for the design to work.
August 6, 2011