Convert Screen Porch
Corey from Florida writes:
To Four Season Room
I have a small Florida room attached to my house via a pair of double doors, and
was looking for ideas to seal off the screens so I can leave the double doors open.
I would like to be able to share the heat with the room during the winter and the a/c
during the summer, but be able to open it back up in the spring.
I would like to stay away from installing windows or insulation etc. I was
wondering if you guys have any suggestions on how to block at least 75% of the elements? thanks!
Convert Your Screen Porch
Corey, thanks for contacting us and visiting our website.
Probably one of the simplest and least expensive options to convert your screen
porch (Florida room) is to build frames covered with clear plastic sheeting (heavy ply) to fit
between your existing screen frames. This will prevent the majority of the elements, allow light
penetration, maintain visibility, hold heat and a/c, and satisfy the requirement for easy removal in the spring.
I used storm windows on our screen porch once. They worked well but I usually
ended up breaking one or two of the windows each season no matter how careful I was.
Storage of the windows was also an issue. We stored them below our screened porch but
they were exposed to weather, dirt, etc. Not very ideal, admittedly.
I really don't know of any other material, i.e., curtains / drapes, outside of
screen porch windows. They are designed specifically for your situation and are custom made
to fit almost any openings.
Perhaps our readers can provide information on other options they have used to convert
their screen porch to a quasi four season porch.
We'd enjoy hearing back from you on how you decide to extend the use of your Florida room.