How To Make A Screen Patio Enclosure

Enclosing a porch with screen panels is a simple easy do-it-yourself project.

Do you love sitting on your patio, but are tired of the bugs? Enclosing your patio with ready-made screening might be just the answer. With a screened patio, you expand the area's functions to include a place to eat, sleep, and relax without the worry of bugs and insects and reduce the dirt and debris that come with life outdoors.

Enclosing your patio with screening also enhances the value of your home and gives you a place to entertain. You'll be able to enjoy nature without enduring the heat and insects that go along with it.

It can be very simple to create a screened enclosure. There are many kits available for this very purpose. Only a minor amount of construction will be necessary. Perhaps the most involved part will be constructing a door frame.



One note: You may need a building permit to construct your enclosed porch. Check with city hall and make sure you complete the appropriate paperwork and meet permit requirements.

Your first step is to take measurement and make a list of needed supplies and materials. If you don't have plenty of support beams in place, this will be your first project. Take into consideration the amount of wind and heavy storms your area or region experiences. Redwood timber makes great support beams. Your next step will be to stain or paint your wooden beams. You may also want to paint the underside of the roofing. Next decide if you want the screening to be permanent or removable. There are some neat screens available that attach with velcro for easy removal. There are also options that allow you to roll up your screening when desired.

These instructions assume that you already have a patio floor and roof in place. If you decide on permanent screening, you can buy or make large wooden or aluminum framed screen panels for easy installation. Screening is a simple process but requires a few specialized tools and you may have to practice a bit to get the knack of creating a tight screen. Note that aluminum usually requires professional installation while wood may be the costlier option as far as materials go. You can even buy ready made screen door panels and attach side by side, installing one or two with hinges and handles for an entry way.

You will attach the screen panels to your support beams with wood screws. You can easily complete this project within a day. To further enhance your screened-in porch, you may want to consider painting the ceiling a light blue or gray color and installing one or two paddle fans. Extending electrical wiring onto your porch is also a simple task and one or two electrical outlets might come in handy also.

Another note: Your roofing should extend 15 to 20 inches beyond the screening in order to avoid getting rain on your porch.

If you do not already have a patio structure suitable for building a screened porch, you may want to consider creating a simple screened gazebo in your garden.

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