Build a screened porch on your home to create added value, prolong your outdoor enjoyment, and create your own private get-a-away. Why not have your own special place to unwind, enjoy your morning cup of coffee and read the paper in peace, or dine out tonight in the comfort of an evening breeze?
It may be easier and more cost effective than your think. In fact, if you already have a porch, deck, or patio, you are halfway there already. metal window screens With the multitude of screen porch products on the market today, you can find an option to fit almost any budget.
Option 1: Screen in your existing porch, patio, or deck.
This can be one of the least expensive options if you already have the floor and roof in place. All you need are screen panels or screen porch windows (screens and windows in one product to give you a three season porch option - how neat is that)! Install the screen panels between your existing columns.
Screen panels can be custom made or as I prefer, you can purchase high quality screen panels with aluminum framing. They make the job quite easy. If your porch is large enough consider screening in part of it to give you the best of both worlds.
Option 2: A Screen Walls Only Kit.
If you have a cover over your patio or deck, consider using a screen walls only kit. These kits come with everything you need to enclose your area and convert it to a screened area. This is an excellent and cost effective option given you already have the roof and floor. This option is designed for areas that may have wide expanses between columns.
Option 3: Build It On Your Existing Deck or Patio.
Since you already have the foundation and floor in place, you can build a screened porch over quite easily. The most difficult part will be the roof design and construction and can be an excellent do-it-yourself project if you have the knowledge and skills for framing and roof construction.
You will want to make sure your foundation is in good repair regardless of whether you do it yourself or hire a contractor. Make sure your deck or patio is large enough; most will spend more time in a screened porch than on a deck. You want to make the most of it.
Option 4: Erect a Screened Porch Kit.
Screened porch kits come in a variety of styles to fit almost any situation. You can opt for a canvas or metal roof and usually select screening materials specific to your area. Some models can be left up year round.
Option 5: New Construction
This option is the most expensive but a custom porch can have all the amenities like a stone fireplace, flat screen television, outdoor fans, and more. They can be as elaborate as your budget allows and it will be designed to fit the architecture of your home.
If building it from the ground up you will need a multitude of building skills from foundations to roof construction. You usually cannot go wrong by hiring a licensed experienced contractor to build your custom porch.
After it is constructed you will wonder why it took you so long. Whether for privacy or entertaining, a screened porch is always a pleasure: no bugs, protection from the weather, and the tranquility of being outside. Do not wait any longer - there is an option that is just right for you.