Asked on Oct 26, 2016

How to winterize my porch?

I have a screen-in back porch which I love. It's pretty old and rickety, but I got a new roof and some siding on the bottom part of it. I need to keep the snow out this winter and was thinking of using corrugated plastic. Has anyone every used and cut this product for anything similar?
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  10 answers
  • Marcia Marcia on Oct 26, 2016
    I wonder if you would be better off making plexiglas storm windows? Attach with wingnuts. Would kind of insulate & still allow for a view.

  • Danielle Dery Wiltzius Danielle Dery Wiltzius on Oct 27, 2016
    A friend of mine actually uses the plastic on her porch to keep rain and snow out of it. She picked up a smoky color and you can still see through it. She has hers on a side, it shelters her porch from the wind, rain and snow, plus it also gives a little added privacy by using the smoky color! MUCH cheaper than plexiglass. For cutting, use a circular saw, table saw or grinder with blades for plastic, then use screws and washers to attach. Then you could fill in gaps by framing it in, foam, silicone or anything temp. for easy removal in spring. Good luck on your project!!

  • Cj Avery Cj Avery on Oct 27, 2016
    I always wondered if you could take Windows and hang them like shutters if it would work. It would be insulated to. My uncle on his screened porch replaced the screen with salvaged Windows that are screened now they use year round they installed also base board heater.

  • Mary Mary on Oct 27, 2016
    I have been using the clear plastic on my porch for several years. My husband uses screws to attach and he uses the same holes every year. This works great. I can still sit in the porch on cool days and see out because they are clear. Lets in light as well. This is our third year using the same ones.

  • Karen Karen on Oct 27, 2016
    I use Duck brand shrink film to cover my screens each winter. It takes about 2 hours to do the whole porch. I use the patio door size, placing it sideways, because my screens are tall. The two-way tape that comes with the film lasts through northwestern exposure during our Ohio winters, and is very easy to remove in spring. The view is crystal clear. Total cast is about $50.00.

  • Emily Emily on Oct 27, 2016
    We live in Maine and we have the same situation. We have a screened in porch on the lower east side of our house and pretty good furniture out there that we have no place else to store. We got the heaviest plastic we could buy. We measured each section we needed to enclose. My husband cut battens to hold the plastic. It was a job last year but this year a piece of cake, since we washed the plastic before storing. We also marked each batten for its placement and each piece of plastic too. The only change we made was this year we did not cover the door separately. It really wasn't necessary as we have two other exits. I think the plastic cost $40 and folds up for easy storage in the winter. The porch stays much cleaner. And of course snow free.

  • Darla Darla on Oct 27, 2016
    I work for a metal siding company. The stuff you are using is "corrugated" metal for roofs and walls. These panels are offered in various colors if they are metal. The other options are "poly carb or fiberglass" panels & these come in clear or white (frosted). Will work great and you can color coordinate with your house and it's cheap. Go wild.

  • Darla Darla on Oct 27, 2016
    For more info try our website "Taylor Metal Products" you can see options & colors. We are in Salem oregon/Auburn Washington & California. The right screws & sealant are important. We don't sell small orders like yours wood be but we can direct you to a distributor.

  • Jcraw Jcraw on Oct 30, 2016
    I had a porch about the same size. Used the exterior shrink-wrap window insulation film and it was great. Atttaches with the included double-face tape. Worked great and not terribly expensive. Invisible. Neighbor with large porch used the heavy clear vinyl, but used 3/4" x 3" boards at top and bottom. He could then roll them up and store at the end of summer. Used the same double-face tape to affix sides.