Build a Screened Porch
Lots of Options, Your ChoiceYou can build a screened porch on an existing porch, deck, or patio or build one from the ground up. You can even make it a free-standing structure.
Screening a porch, deck, or patio adds instant value to your home, allows you to enjoy the outdoors comfortably and provides protection from the weather and bugs.
Photos courtesy of The Porch CompanyBuilding a screened in porch can be a relatively easy and even an inexpensive project depending on the style and features you'd like to have. Or, if you prefer more outdoor luxury, a custom-designed screen porch may be your answer.
5 Options to Get You StartedWe outline five options below to get you started. We're sure one of them will be just the screen porch project that's right for you:
Screen In Your Existing Covered Area
Install A Screen Porch Kit
Build a Screen Porch on Your Deck or Patio
Build a Screen Porch from the Ground Up
Hire a Contractor to Build Your Custom Screen Porch
Option 1: Build a Screen Porch on Your Existing Covered Area
This project involves cutting and installing extruded aluminum framing between your supporting columns and inserting screen panels. Depending on the size of your deck, patio, or porch, you could have a wonderful screened in area in a weekend.
You can also select from a variety of screening materials giving you even more options for creating a comfortable and durable screened porch the easy way.
Another option for screening your porch is using screen track systems like Screen Tight's "Fast Track System" (registered trademarks), a two-part design meant for easy installation.
Install Screen Porch WindowsInstalling screen porch windows is another option (and one we really like). Screen porch windows give you the advantage of not only having a screened porch but also going one step further to potentially build a wonderful three-season porch!
These screen porch windows are easy to install on your existing covered porch, deck, or patio.
They are custom made to fit almost any opening. The highly durable vinyl windows not only provide protection from the wind, rain, but also from pollen.
Walls Only and Screen Porch Windows are easy do-it-yourself projects if you've had experience with framing and other general construction projects.
You may or may not have to install additional wood framing on your existing porch, deck, or patio depending on the type of walls only kit you select. If you need help with some or all of the project, it shouldn't cost a lot as you have the major structural components, i.e., roof and columns, already in place.
Option 2: Erect a Screen Porch Kit on Your Deck
Three-sided screen enclosures by Screen Houses Unlimited
Three-Sided Screen Porch KitsKits come with everything you need to erect a screen porch on your existing deck or patio.
Kits come complete with extruded aluminum framing, a durable roof, and screen panels. We used one of these on a previous home and enjoyed it for years!
As a seasonal structure, enjoy the benefit of eating outdoor without bugs! They are easy to disassemble and store during the winter months.
A Deck Or Patio Enclosure Adds Extra Outdoor Living SpaceCheck out this easy-to-erect screen room (below) from Amazon for your deck or patio. Mary and I had one of these a number of years ago and we loved it! It added extra outdoor living space for our family.
Deck or Patio Screen Room - Available on Amazon
Before You Build a Screened Porch
Screened Porch Kit Options
Screen Porch Kits for Awnings
Use a screen porch kit to turn your patio or deck awning into a screened porch...
Exterior Screen Porch Design Ideas
The roof design can be a little tricky, so look at these pictures...
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