RETRACTABLE SCREENS can shade your patio and create an outdoor room. Courtesy photo

RETRACTABLE SCREENS can shade your patio and create an outdoor room. Courtesy photo

Spring Home Show 2011

All screened in – Phantom Retractable Screens

By From page C4 | April 20, 2011

The way things are looking this is probably not going to be a banner year for selling your home. Not to say that the buyers aren’t out there. They are. But the serious buyers are interested in investment properties or a home that is so breath-takingly desirable that it sells itself.

According to the calendar, summer is just around the corner and before we all know it, our doors will be open and windows will be allowing those warm summer breezes in.

Now, that being said, put down this publication and look at your windows. Now pick it back up and continue reading.  Are your windows covered in spots from mineral deposits? Are your screens coated in road dust from last summer and now after a wet season, will need to be pressure washed before even the strongest breeze can get through? And worst of all and maybe it’s just me, but did your cat use the patio door screen as a scratching post or your dog that has lost most of her vision, just walk on through it, leaving a flapping sheet of mesh and a bent frame? Are you sick of it all? Me too.

So when I called Patty and Ken Moller, who are our local distributors for Phantom Retractable Screens, they told me about an alternative world where people don’t have to deal with issues like the above mentioned.

“We’ve been distributors for about 15 years now,” said Patty Moller, who along husband Ken will be showing us all how life could be at this year’s Home and Garden Show.

Summer comes as a mixed blessing. The good news is that the sun will be out. The bad news is that the sun will be out. And it will be shining through our windows, bleaching out our furniture and carpeting. Unfiltered, the sun’s rays will also increase the heat in your home, something that sounds good here in early spring, but won’t sound as good in August.

Imagine installing a screen on your doors and windows that will virtually disappear when you don’t need them. The Phantom retractable screens can be motorized so that a simple press of a button will cause them to disappear before your eyes. That lake view — that view of your flowering gardens is now unobstructed. The screens come in a variety of meshes that control the suns’ rays or insects. They offer privacy as well.

Some of us have older homes with doors that are not standard to today’s homes. Popping down to the local do-it-yourselfer store is a waste of time since those doors are custom. This isn’t a problem for the Phantom retractable screens since custom orders are not a problem. Those darling albeit vintage French doors can now be screened.

Maybe it isn’t just the dog that’s getting older and starting to run into things. Admittedly, I have walked into a standard sliding screen door, often with a cold drink in my hand, only to find that the door is very unforgiving until it actually pops out of the frame. I’ve got a home filled with grandkids that, like many of us, have run through a screen door and then fallen to their knees to beg forgiveness from Grandma and Grandpa for wrecking the screen. One of us usually forgives them. The one who has to replace the door is a little less forgiving until the chore is complete. This won’t be happening when you get your Retractable Phantom Screens installed.

The reasons are obvious for having Retractable Phantom Screens installed in your home. We all need a little less stress and a lot more beauty in our lives right now. Stop by the Mollers’ booth at this year’s El Dorado County Home and Garden Show. They will show you how your home’s value will be increased with this product. Phantom retractable screens give your home that “awe” factor that we all crave. If you’re thinking of selling, consider this window and door treatment as your “edge.” If you plan on staying and just want to get more out of your home, start with a couple of Retractable Phantom Screens. They will have you looking at life more clearly.

To find out more about Retractable Phantom Screens, stop by the booth and see Ken and Patty Moller or go to the Website at You can also give them a call at 209-267-5575. On site estimates are available or make an appointment to have our local team come out and tell you what it will take to make your home stand out from the others.

Fern Staton

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