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The Benefits of Retractable Window Screens and Blinds

| September 12, 2019
retractable window screens and blinds


For 40 years, Magic has provided the GTA with some of the most advanced residential windows in the world. Our innovative replacement windows, patio doors , Window Walls and retractable window screens and blinds can add style and performance to any home. Welcome to our blog, where we provide consumers with the information and inspiration they need to make informed decisions about replacing their windows.

In the majority of cases, homeowners would be forgiven for not paying meaningful attention to their window screens and blinds. These fundamental window features are seen as functional add-ons that simply serve to keep out insects, block or allow natural light, and increase privacy. Few homeowners look past these basic functional benefits and evaluate how their screens and blinds can work better, both stylistically and operationally.

At Magic, we set out with the goal of improving and optimizing every single part of the window. This approach meant re-thinking window screens and blinds in order to make them more useful, more user-friendly and more aesthetically forgiving. Read on to learn about the patented innovations and clear benefits behind our retractable window screens and blinds.

Introducing: Retractable Slide ‘N’ Hide® Window Screens and Blinds

Our patented Retractable Slide ‘N’ Hide® Insect Screen comes standard in all of our replacement window, patio door, and Window Wall installations. For added performance, homeowners can also opt to add Solar Screens and Thermal Blinds which also utilize Slide ‘N’ Hide® technology. Whether it’s the Insect Screen, the Solar Screen or the Thermal Blinds, this innovative system gives homeowners an unprecedented amount of control over things like insects, dust, natural light, and heat. It allows our blinds and screens to seamlessly retract inside the frame and remain fully out of view when not in use.

Retractable Built-In Insect Screens

Retractable Window Screens and Blinds

Aside from the fact that they can block up to 50% of the natural light that comes in through your windows, traditional insect screens present other problems as well. For starters, they negate the kind of unhindered views homeowners would typically like out of their windows. They also accumulate dirt, dust and other allergens over time. With our patented Retractable Slide ‘N’ Hide® Insect Screen, these issues become a thing of the past.

For the most part, homeowners only ever really need window screens when their windows are open. And even when the windows are open, there are certain days when having unimpeded sight-lines to the outside is the preferable option. That’s why we’ve integrated our fully retractable Insect Screen into every single one of our window and door products. This gives homeowners complete control over when, where and to what extent they use their screens at any given time.

When the Insect Screen is in use, it can also help to improve a home’s energy efficiency. By contributing to a 50% improvement in Visible Transmittance (VT) and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) — the use of our Insect Screen can improve a window’s overall efficiency by 40% or more.

Retractable Window Solar Screens

Retractable Window Screens and Blinds

In addition to the retractable Insect Screen, which comes standard in all of our window and door products, homeowners can also opt to include our Retractable Slide ‘N’ Hide® Solar Screen. These additional screens, which retract seamlessly into the wall when they aren’t in use, allow for incredible control over how much heat and natural light enters a home through the window.

In warmer, sunnier conditions, the application of the Solar Screen keeps the sun’s rays from heating your home, lowering your cooling bills. In colder but sunnier weather, retracting the screen allows you to capitalize on the sun’s heat and use it to lower your heating bills. The screen helps to eliminate glare, while preventing UV ray penetration from fading your home’s furniture and interior décor.

Retractable Thermal Window Blinds

retractable window screens and blinds

With the Retractable Slide ‘N’ Hide® Thermal Blind, we have completed a trifecta of products that allow for unprecedented control and increased privacy. Best of all, you can wave farewell to those clunky, outdated blind systems. The Thermal Blind is a sleek, stylish, seamless addition that fully retracts into the window’s frame when it’s not in use. The Thermal Blind provides complete black out as well as thermal efficiency. It adds privacy and gives you the opportunity to create a very clean, contemporary look.

When applied at night in the winter, the Thermal Blind doubles the insulating value of the window, reducing heating bills by preventing internally-generated warm air from escaping outside and preventing outside cold air from entering inside. Heating costs are reduced during the day with the Thermal Blind’s ability to retract, allowing for the natural heat of the sun to heat the home.

Discover the Benefits of Window Innovation. Book a Consultation Today!

We designed the Retractable Slide ‘N’ Hide® Insect Screens, Solar Screens, and Thermal Blinds to improve the performance, functionality, and aesthetic value of your windows. Once switching over to our retractable systems, it’ll be hard to imagine going back to an outdated system.

To learn more about these screens and blinds, as well as about the numerous other benefits of our revolutionary window and door systems, book a free consultation with one of our technicians. One of our certified project managers will help to explain the innovative design features that set our systems apart and how they can be customized to suit any home. Contact us today and see first-hand why Magic produces the world’s most advanced replacement windows for homeowners in Toronto, Oakville, Mississauga, Ontario cottage country, and beyond. 



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