What to consider when building a screen porch

What to consider when building a screen porch

Enclosed screen porches are a great way to enjoy the outdoors while still being protected from pests and the elements. This article will discuss some important considerations when building a screen porch. By carefully considering these factors, you can create a beautiful and functional screen porch to enhance your property’s value and enjoyment.

Building a Screen Porch Includes:

Purpose of Screen Porch

Since a screen porch is attached to your home, how do you envision using it? Will it be primarily used for dining and entertaining, or will it serve as a more casual space for relaxation and lounging? This will have an impact on the size and layout of the porch, as well as some of the features that will be used.

Determine Location and Size.

Consider the entrance to the porch from the home, as well as the view, privacy, and sun exposure. If you have a current lanai and want to stay within that footprint, then there is nothing to decide. We enclose the lanai to create a porch enclosure. However, if you want to expand the space, we’ll need to figure out how far and wide.

Screen Porch Framing Materials

The most common materials used for screen porches in Florida are Perma-wood and aluminum. Perma-wood provides the best features of wood, vinyl, and aluminum in a single material. It mimics wood and has a natural and classic look. Aluminum porches are a more durable and low-maintenance option and are favored among homeowners in Florida.

Aluminum Porch Roof

If your screen porch is already under your home’s roofline, you can skip this part, but if you plan on building a new screen porch or extending your existing lanai, you’ll need to choose a roof. Insulated aluminum roof panels are a popular choice due to their durability, low maintenance needs, and sleek appearance. You can opt for a timeless flat roof that extends from your home’s current roofline or go with a gable roof. Gable roofs offer a traditional look and can be ventilated to improve airflow. A shed roof is another popular choice, which provides a contemporary look and can be installed at a slope to improve water drainage. Dulando uses Structall insulated panels. These roof panels are energy efficient and complement your home’s exterior. When choosing an aluminum porch roof, consider the style, functionality, and budget to determine the best option.

Types of Screens for Your Porch

When choosing porch screens, consider the following factors:

  • Purpose: Do you need screens for insect control, sun and heat control, or privacy?
  • Material: Screens are made of fiberglass, aluminum, and other materials. Choose the one that best suits your needs.
  • Color: Choose a color that complements your home’s exterior and interior design.
  • Mesh size: The smaller the mesh size, the more influential the screen keeps out insects.
  • Durability: Consider the expected lifespan of the screen and whether it can withstand harsh weather conditions. If you have pets or small children, definitely consider Phifer Pet Screen.

Screen Porch Installation

Once the materials have been chosen, it is time for the screen porch installation. This typically involves building a frame, attaching the screen material, and then installing any necessary doors and windows. It is important to hire a professional to handle the installation to ensure that it is done safely and correctly. The process takes time between permitting and scheduling the installation. Your screen contractor should advise you on the timeline to the best of their ability.

Finally, it is important to consider any additional features for the porch. This may include ceiling fans, lighting, and outdoor speakers. Keep in mind, when adding a ceiling fan to a patio enclosure, inform the patio contractor beforehand to have a fan beam in place within the insulated roof for additional support and to hide wiring. These additional features can enhance the comfort and functionality of the porch and make it a more enjoyable space to spend time in.

Building a screen porch is a great way to add a functional and enjoyable outdoor space to your home. By considering the purpose, location, size, materials, and additional features, you can create a space perfect for dining, entertaining, or relaxation. With the help of a professional installation team, you can enjoy your new screen porch for years to come.

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