Outdoor Patio Screen

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This topic covers a discussion on what type of outdoor roll-up screen will work best. Elite offers both manual and electric models. There is also a discussion on ambient light and which materials are best used in a bright environment.


Here are the links used in the discussion that are for some favorite UST projector-friendly screens:


*The discussion below is based on actual chat transcripts with the omission of any personal/confidential material to protect the customer’s privacy. An example in this case is to change the contact’s identification name/number to “Customer” or a generic name.



  • [22:11] Customer: Hello
  • [22:12]        Rick: Hello, how may I help you.
  • [22:14] Customer: I would like to put a projector and screen on my outdoor patio. The patio is covered and both ends are enclosed. The area towards the yard is open. I am trying to find a screen that will support seeing the projector during the day or night. Is that possible?
  • [22:16]        Rick: I have two types of retractable outdoor screens to recommend.  One is electric and the other is manually operated.  Both use a white material that is better used  at dusk or nighttime.  We also have ambient light rejecting screens for daytime that will prevent the washout effects of ambient light but it will not hold up well being constantly exposed to outside air.
  • [22:16] Customer: OK
  • [22:16] Customer: I get it that outside even in the shade, is much more bright than indoor lighting or just indoors during  daytime so let’s accept that and focus on dusk-night as you suggested.  What do you recommend for that?  Just so I know, do you have any tutorial on ambient light?
  • [22:17]         Rick: I have just the article for you on ambient light here: https://elitescreens.com/front/front/newsdetail/news/351
  • [22:16] Customer: Good, how about the screens?
  • [22:17]        Rick: I have our outdoor electric “roll-up” screen – https://elitescreens.com/front/front/productdetail/product/349   and the outdoor manual (non-electric) screen https://elitescreens.com/front/front/productdetail/product/343
  • [22:17] Customer: Looking for a pull down
  • [22:17] Customer: I have not bought the projector yet? Any recommendations?
  • [22:18] Customer: It is not for presentations. It is for games and movies.
  • [22:18]        Rick: I would recommend a projector with at least 3500 lumens/brightness or more.  Also, never leave it outside or the elements will destroy it in short order.
  • [22:18] Customer: For sure. I am looking at 4000 lumens.
  • [22:18]        Rick: I recommend the Yard Master Manual https://elitescreens.com/front/front/productdetail/product/343
  • [22:19] Customer: What is different about an outdoor screen vs. indoor?
  • [22:19]        Rick: This screen is actually rated for outdoor use.
  • [22:19]        Rick: The material itself is the same but the inner workings needed to be more fortified against the elements.
  • [22:20] Customer: Alright, sounds good.  Thanks for the help.
  • [22:20]        Rick: My pleasure sir; thank you for choosing Elite Screens.
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