A screened porch is a covered deck installed along the perimeter of your home. It can be a front, back or wraparound screen porch which gives you a safe and secure outdoor space from which you can always enjoy a view of the outdoors without the unwanted outdoor elements.
Whatever type of screened porch you want to install, these are the 4 elements in every screened porch installed.
While they may be screened and roofed, porches are still exposed to the seasons. To ensure your porch will last a long time and prevent it from collapsing, make sure to choose sturdy materials that are known to withstand the harmful elements outside. Ensure the material is impervious from rain, sleet or snow. Better yet, ask your contractor how to proof it when it gets installed. Also take the time to ask for the right way to maintain your screened porch. This way, maintenance costs run low and if you’re lucky, may never have to replace them for the rest of your life.
Do you want your porch to use another roofing material? Or if you have a one-storey house, maybe you’d simply want to extend the roofline and use the same material. Whichever way you go, make sure the roof is wide enough to protect your screened porch. Ample protection is part of the maintenance process; once you get this right, it’s easier for your porch to stay intact for longer.
You might think a screened porch looks the same all over. However, there are different screen fabrics you can install—from fiberglass, aluminum, to bronze, stucco and even pewter-colored screen fabric. You can also have an environmentally-friendly solar panel sunscreen.
Make your porch stay more comfortable with the right accessories installed like a ceiling fan, a porch swing or electrical outlets. Have natural daylight stream directly to your porch with a skylights, saving you electricity.