Tips for building a screened-in porch

The popularity of Screened porches is increasing day by day. But planning a screened in porch that suits your needs and wants can be a daunting task with so many new products, materials and screen porch designs. A list of tips below is compiled for helping homeowners when considering a screened porch. Each one of these is important for getting the best screened porch for you.

  • Considering the door dynamics: The door dynamics includes door placement and the type of door to use. While deciding on door placement make sure that opening the screen door will not block the traffic flow from inside your house. It is recommended to the homeowners always to use aluminum doors. Wooden doors tend to sag, and the movement prevents the screened-in porch from getting a clean seal when homeowners use a wood door.
  • Evaluating all aspects of screening: It is often recommended to homeowners to always stay away from hand-stretched screening. In case of the aluminum, it creases very easily. When the time for screen replacementarrives, it will be tedious and require trim removal to replace the screen. Using fiberglass screens is comparatively a better option. Because the material is easier to work with and does not crease. You can also use charcoal or gray tinted screen which will help you to reduce glare and block the sun.
  • Looking into the light: You have to consider loss of light in your home with a home addition of any kind. Screened porches will reduce the amount of natural light in rooms adjacent to it. You should also consider how much light you want inside your screened porch and how you wish to obtain that light.
  • Account for the electrical needs: You will have to estimate how many outlets you will need as well as ceiling fans and any other type of lighting you decide to use. A lot of people like to install wall-mounted flat screen televisions in their screened-in porches. Running cable and other wiring are essential for installing a TV. So your electrician will need to know about it ahead of time.
  • Considering different screened-in porch materials: Which materials you wish to use in your screened structure should look right and work together. A huge selection are available out there to choose from, including pressure treated wood, cedar, composite and vinyl to name a few. Consider your flooring choice, exterior materials and your interior trim is also important. Interior trim finishes can add character and uniqueness to your structure. But nicer finishes also add to the price.
  • Research roof styles for the porch: Your porch’s roof style will likely be dictated by the roof of your existing house and the amount of light you wish to receive within the structure. A different type of roof will work and look better in some cases. Licensed contractor can help you in choosing the perfect roof.
  • Planning about furnishing your screened-in porch: Picking out furnishings beforehand or having certain styles and sizes in mind is definitely a good idea. You should use furnishings that lend functionality to your screened in porch and fit its unique design.
  • Considering zoning requirements: It’s very important to know the zoning requirements in your area when building any type of structure. Let an expert handle this for you and let you know what is required.


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