What is the best way to screen a deck.


Should I install the screen on my deck from the inside or outside of the deck frame.

  5 answers
  • Wxw Wxw on Jul 06, 2018
    Our was done by a contractor and the screen is on the outside. If I were home, i would show a pic, but am out of town. You will certainly get answers from some professionals.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Jul 06, 2018

    Hi Pam,

    Perhaps you might wish to considered the screen tight system? Its an awesome outside- pop in system. We are very pleased with ours.

    We had ours installed in 2015 -with remodel and addition- to our surprise it’s a wonderful system.

    It consists of the regular fiberglass mesh screening stuffed into an edge frame sealed with rope like stretchy spline and has a plastic snaps on Tupperware type sealing strip to cover your raw edge.

    We just repaired a huge panel after a dog excitement accident. It was pretty easy to work with. We just bought replacement screen + tub of the spline and a hand spline tool and the job was completed without much effort. I would say its diy friendly....at least the repair was. It was far easier than a more old-school staple screen and cover with it with wood —system that we had a prior residence.



  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Jul 06, 2018
    Addendum—- the contractor installed inside railing and we electively removed it.

  • Sharon Sharon on Jul 06, 2018

    Are you talking about a sliding door screen? I would look to see where the extra track for the door is.... I've had both. You can also check your manufacturer's literature or get on their website. And many manufacturers have videos on their product installation on YouTube... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NczSl-1Up54

    or are you talking about screening in a deck? If so I like the older style screen porches where you take your screens off inside, no need for a ladder that way. They are simply wood-framed large screens that fit into wood framing with a routed edge so the screens fit in, and don't fall out. Wood framing for screens is usually 1 1/2" x 1/2 to 3/4" lumber.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jul 07, 2018
    It goes on the outside, I would sure take a look at the Screen tight system, looks like a good idea.