DIY Screened-In Porch Project
As many savvy homeowners may know, having a screened-in porch can add value to any property. While many homes feature a backyard patio or front porch area, having these spaces screened-in may be desired or needed. When thinking about screening-in a porch, the costs associated with having a professional come out and do the work can be astronomical when labor and materials are included. To help minimize costs, this project can be completed with just a few materials and a short amount of time.
Materials and Tools for DIY Screened-In Porch
Directions for DIY Screened-In Porch
1. Align and Attach the Screen Over the Bottom Railing – On the inside of the existing railing, roll out the screen material over the areas of the porch that is to be covered. While rolling, pull the screen tight and tack or staple the screen to the lowest and highest point of the railing. Continue rolling and stapling the screen until the corners of the porch is reached.
2. Trim and Finish the Screen: Once the entire screen has been secured, trim the excess from the top, bottom and corners of the installation. Along the top and bottom of the railing, use wood trim to cover the rough edges of the screen.
3. Ad Supports for Porch Railings: Affix 2 x 4s together to create one large post. Dry fit the posts onto the porch between the railing and the porch overhang. Once the fit and levelness of the posts have been checked, secure them into place using screws to anchor into the overhang and lower railing to add extra support.
4. Build Individual Screened Frames: Measure the upper areas of the porch that need to be screened-in. Using those measurements, create wood frames to install in these areas – this will help to avoid having to use a ladder to roll out and staple the screen into place. Once the frames are built, cover each frame with screen and pull tight before stapling into place.
5. Install Screened Frames on the Porch: Once all the frames have been screened, dry fit the pieces into place from the inside of the porch and confirm the fit and levelness of the frame. Once confirmed, secure the frames into place using 3 inch framing screws and securing to the posts and top railing of the porch.
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