Magnetic screen doors work much the same way—you mount a mesh screen to the door frame. A series of magnets and weights keeps the screen closed, but lets a person/pet through. The magnets reclose the screen.
One common complaint with magnetic screen doors focuses on the way the mesh is attached to a door frame. Most use sticky backed hook and loop tape. As you can imagine, this isn’t a good long-term solution as extremes of temperature and moisture cause the tape to fail. Most also include tacks to shore up the tape.
One smart tip: if the tacks are cheap, use a staple gun to attach the mesh to a door frame. This is much more permanent solution!
Perhaps the best known magnetic screen door is the Magic Mesh brand. Thanks to their TV commercials, this magnetic screen door is most famous. And surprisingly, it also is the most affordable option we tested. We’d recommend it. Here’s more:
What We Liked
• Magnetic closure works well. Magic Mesh has 18 magnets that keep the two panels closed.
• Thumbtacks and hook/loop strips hold mesh in place. We found the installation to be straightforward—not as easy as other brands, but simple enough.
What Needs Work
• Doesn’t work well on metal door frames. Yep, those thumbtacks don’t work well in that case!
• Durability? We see reports that magnets fall out of their enclosures after a bit of usage. We didn’t see that in our tests, but haven’t been able to do long-term testing as of this writing.
• Other brands have stronger magnets. We thought Magic Mesh was good enough—especially at this price! But if you want an upgrade, consider the next recommendation.