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Screen Your Porch in 3 Easy Steps ...

When we purchased this house, the porches were still in their original construction state. The wood had never been treated or painted. As much as we both love the look of natural wood, it didn't really coordinate with the look and feel of the house. We started our makeover by staining the posts, skirt and decking.
Now it's time to install the screen. As with any project of this nature, the first section is always the hardest and most time-consuming, but by the time you get to the end you've worked out all the kinks and are ready to screen the whole neighborhood. One person could do it, but it would be a lot easier with a couple of extra hands.
We did this over one weekend. Saturday morning we purchased all of the materials, installed the base strips, and completed one section. On Sunday we started back up after church and finished off the rest of the sections and added the cap.
Click through to the blogpost for a detailed DIY tutorial with tips and tricks for installing your porch screen.
Supplies are fairly minimal ...
Base strips, cap strips, screen, spline, roller, screws, screwdriver, mallet
STEP 1 ... Install the base strips.
Start with the horizontals ... top and bottom. Then install the verticals.
STEP 2 ... Attach the screen.
Start at the top and work your way down, fully completing each screened section before starting the next.
STEP 3 ... Attach the cap.
This is the finishing touch ... the "cover-up."
And that's it! Now you have a beautiful screened porch to enjoy.

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  • Sue
    on May 13, 2014

    Very nice!! We are thinking of doing ours. Thanks for the tutorial.

  • Mssmatch
    Mssmatch Florence, KY
    on May 13, 2014

    I knew there was a way to do it, thanx for instructions!

  • None
    on May 13, 2014

    Years ago a friend did this to her porch. She just stapled the screening tightly and then covered the edges with a trim that was made to be used in bathrooms! I was there during the installation but didn't help so not sure what size the trim was. I just remember asking if she thought it would hold up to wet weather and that's when she told me it wasn't real wood! Still holding up though I haven't been to the house since it was sold and have only seen it from the road.

  • Linda Olivera
    Linda Olivera Cumby, TX
    on May 13, 2014

    I've been wanting to screen in the front porch on my 100 year old farmhouse, and this looks easy enough. But ... how well does this hold up to strong winds? I'm on a ridge and the winds can blow my furniture and decorations from one side to the other.

    • P
      P Metairie, LA
      on Sep 21, 2017

      consider putting the screening & framing INSIDE the porch frame & railings rather than out side...wind not as likely to affect the screening

  • Maryinrockport
    Maryinrockport Rockport, TX
    on May 13, 2014

    No more sitting on the rails anymore, how many times did the kids fall off. I love the screen porch.

    • Simply Fresh Vintage
      Simply Fresh Vintage Rustburg, VA
      on May 14, 2014 Hi Mary. I didn't even think of that! I don't think my kids have ever even tried that, although my 14 year old son does tend to try and slide down the stair rail on the back porch every now and then.

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