What type of dog proof screening is there that isn't chicken wire?

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I have a large covered back porch that is part of the house and extends onto a deck. My dog used to jump on the screening to the point where it became detached from the spline holding it in. There is a metal portion located on the floor that extends upwards about six inches for what is used to attach the screen to, but that can be taken apart. There is also dog door I would somehow like to keep, if possible. I would like the area screened in so the bugs are kept out and we can still sit out on the porch in inclement weather. But I don't want chicken wire or poles inserted into cement as both would be ugly and or would require a permit. I need some type of material that would withstand jumping animals, is bug proof and see through.

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  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Jul 25, 2018
    There is screening material made for pets, so it is more heavy duty. As far as the screening coming out at the spline, that will probably happen no matter what is put in for screening. The only way to avoid that is to have the lower aluminum come up much higher. You should be able to keep the dog door, no matter what you do, you just may need to reinstall it after you are done.
    • Lydia Kass Lydia Kass on Jul 25, 2018
      Thank you for your input. I'll have to check it out. I've been to Lowe's and Home Depot for screening -- They have screening attached to posts, which doesn't help. I'll have to look into extending the lower aluminum up higher than my dog can jump.
  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Jul 25, 2018

    They should have screen material by the roll in the window and door department. I know I have seen it at both Menard's and Home Depot, I don't know about Lowes. Go back to the window and door department and they should be able to show you where it is. You could also ask them about some aluminum sheeting you could put up where you need it, they may also help figure out how you should put it into the existing screening you have to keep the dogs from ruining the screen. They are usually very helpful in doing that. I hope this helps you find the screening material, Lydia! Good luck with getting the job done.

    • Lydia Kass Lydia Kass on Jul 26, 2018
      Thanks, Nancy. I may have to visit several different Home Depots as the one near me didn't have anything like the screen you're talking about anywhere in the store; I even went to the windows and doors and lumber areas. I shall persevere!
  • John Everett John Everett on Jul 26, 2018

    You could try putting a bit of lattice on the screen to protect it.

    • Lydia Kass Lydia Kass on Jul 26, 2018
      Thanks for your input. Have used wire lattice with screens before and I'm not fond of the look. Also, the area that was covered by the screen previously only had spine holding the screen. There are no support posts.
  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Jul 27, 2018
    You can also order from them online, they may have it there if they don't stock it. We only have one Home Depot where I live, so they have a little of everything! If you have a Menards, they may have it, too, again check out the area of the windows and screen doors. When we lived in Florida for a few years, we were always replacing screen in our lanai due to our dogs. I got real good at replacing it only using a scissors and a screwdriver! A lot of times it didn't even stretch out so I could reuse the same piece over multiple times.
    • Lydia Kass Lydia Kass on Jul 27, 2018

      Thanks for your input. I shall check online. I'm sure it is somewhere in Florida! Here's a picture (which I had trouble downloading previously). It is a large open area (about 12.5 wide and nearly 8.5 tall) and there used to be a lanai type screen (similar to the large screens used over a pool enclosure) so there are no poles to attach a lattice to unless I built one. Splines held the screen in.

  • John Everett John Everett on Jul 27, 2018
    Sorry I couldn't help. Maybe a photo could give some insight on the problem.
    • Lydia Kass Lydia Kass on Jul 27, 2018

      It is a large open area (about 12.5 wide and nearly 8.5 tall) and there used to be a lanai type screen (similar to the large screens used over a pool enclosure) so there are no poles to attach a lattice to unless I built one. Thanks for you input, all the same.

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