Motorized Screen Installation Methods and Planning Considerations

Customized to each building project, Phantom Motorized Screens merge perfectly with your design. These retractable screens can be recessed from view, or mounted on existing structures. Motorized screens can be integrated into every type of architectural style including wood, brick, stucco, natural stone, and concrete.

Track Mounting Options - Click a Picture To Enlage

Wood Clad Stucco Stone-Faced Decorative Surface Mounted


We will be reviewing the below documents with you pre-construction

Important Considerations Document

Using the files at the right as you guide will keep you on the correct path!


The first and main document covers the following and more: 

  • Cavity size and alignment with track
  • How to build removable covers
  • Building in Arches
  • Electrical requirement (pictures included)
  • Motor control options
  • Fabric seam locations
  • How we deal with non-level floors
  • Stone columns - special spacing
  • How to stack units for tight corners
  • Mounting location limitations

Planning Considerations Overview

Most important document

Recessed (Built-In) Cavity / Summary

Helpful single page graphic to go along with the overview

Recessed System Design Specifications

Single page graphic with all the the basic part dimentions for a built-in system.

External Mount Design Specifications

Single page graphic with all the related parts for an external mounted system



See below a series of helpful pictures

The cavities you create for built-in units are pretty much the same whether the openings are arched or straight.  Remember to leave at least 10 1/2" from the top of the cavity to the bottom slot so the bug seal does not dangle down.


In the below set of photos, you can see how the recessed cavity, track and electrical all line up.  These are two pictures of the same opening, left and right sides.   Important - the left and right sides of the cavities where the mounting brackets attach will need to be in the same vertical plane as the back of the track.  See page 9 of the Planning Conderations pdf.


Corners can be very challenging.  On small columns or where the track needs to be more to the inside of the porch, we will likely need to do the "stacking method".   The picture on the left is not stacked and the ends of the roller tubes do not interfere with each other.  On the right the tracks needed to be on the inside edge of the columns so the cavities and tubes are stacked on top of each other.  See page 19 of the Planning Considerations pdf for more detail.


Recessed cavities will need to have removable covers.  These can be on front, back or bottom of the opening. Please see page 6 and 7 the Planning Considerations pdf for details.


Always remember to leave more space in any surface that protrudes past your tack.  The bug seal will get caught if there is not extra space.  Leave at least 3/8" on both sides.  Even more if we used a larger bug seal to mitigate a slanted floor.

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