How would you at glass to a screened in porch?
You could get plexiglass panels cut to size. Because they might be temporary, you would probably not be concerned about building codes.
Also, you might want to build a frame around the plexiglass sections because it will buckle and defeat the purpose.
A few years back there was a contractor at the entrance of a diy store selling plexiglass window covers, we thought it was a great idea so we bought into it. The plexiglass sheets were adhered to the window frame on the inside of the house, basically a magnetic system, it failed miserably. We settled out of court.
Here's a link that explains the process:
If the more shabby sheik look is more your style you could head over to your local salvage yard and see what kind of old windows they have on hand.
We did it several years ago. First, added trim in the openings to support the glass. You can possibly use your existing screen trim if it is sturdy enough. Add the glass then a second trim on the other side of the glass. Caulk to seal the glass. If you are going that route, you could remove the screens.
However, you might want to add windows instead of glass so that you can still see out but also raise the window and have a breeze. In that case, you install as if it were any other window in a frame and add trim around the casing.
Here is some info for you
This might help you out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GccQ98q0HW8
Hi Delores, do the screens have sturdy frames? If so, you could get some plexi glass cut to the proper size and change out the screen to the glass, hope this link helps you out
Here is an option you could consider. https://www.marinevinylfabric.com/blogs/marine-vinyl-blog/the-ultimate-diy-guide-to-enclose-a-porch-with-clear-vinyl
We considered doing this to ours, but unfortunately we found out that if we enclosed it with glass it would be considered an addition to indoor living space by our town and raise our taxes. Of course, that could just be in our area, but might be worth looking into.
You are not alone, it is like that in many areas. Typically the porch itself needs to be beefed up to pass code. And will require a contractor, permits, etc., then, for most, it is no longer a DIY project. Plus the property tax and insurance premium increase.