Your deck or porch connect your indoors with the outdoors. These spaces allow you to savor the weather, relax after a long day or enjoy the company of your friends or family. Although both structures look good and function well, it’s worth looking at the possibility of adding screens to these spaces.
A screened-in porch (or, for the deck, a covered porch) can still give you the same enjoyment of being in the space, but with added protection against insects and blowing leaves. But you must carefully plan this upgrade.
Obtaining a permit is not necessarily the first thing homeowners need to do when pursuing this project as long as no changes are made on the structure. That said, calling your local building department is imperative, just to make sure.
Also, this project will change your home’s exterior appearance. As such, find out if your property has a covenant or binding restrictions. It could mean two things: you may not be able to screen in your porch or deck, or you may have to follow a specific design. Also, check with your homeowners’ association (HOA). Local decks contractors like us are ready to assist you with coming up with a design plan based on these considerations.
The size of the deck or porch as well as your personal preferences dictate the size and configuration of the screen panels that will be installed. Small screen panels tend to obstruct views, but can be fixed easily should they get torn. Larger ones, meanwhile, offer better outdoor views, though they can be difficult and costly to repair.
As far as options go, screen fabrics come in various materials. The fiberglass type, for instance, is relatively soft and easy to install, and won’t rust or corrode. Its features a fine weave of thin fiberglass threads for greater visibility. Aluminum ones provide durability, which make them perfect in areas that experience strong winds.
Turn to STL Design and Build for your next project. No matter the size of the task, we always follow all building codes and safety recommendations. We also utilize the best deck material products. Call (314) 930-3888, or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate.