How to Enclose a Back Porch

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If you enjoy sitting outdoors during the summer months but live in an exceptionally buggy area, you might want to consider finding a way to enclose your back porch. Doing so can make that little space out back into a private retreat worth treasuring.

  • Determine how much building material is required to adequately enclose your back porch. Often, these materials cost more than you might expect and it's important to know what you're getting into from the beginning.

  • Buy nylon screening if you prefer the look it provides. Nylon screening is black and when hung is considered aesthetically superior to the alternative; however, nylon screening also tends to become more easily damaged.

  • Considering purchasing aluminum screening if you are more interested in durability over appearance. The drawback you may face here is that the aluminum screening is more difficult to work with and can make it harder to enclose your back porch.

  • Tack the screening into place on the studs you have already installed and leave extra screening at the sides and below the area you desire to have screened.

  • Install molding to cover the screen where it is attached to the stud. This makes for a more attractive interior.

  • Cut away the excess screening material so that the surface is flush. If the screen has been tacked in appropriately you should be left with a taut and flush panel of screening.

  • Repeat the process until you have circled the entire room and you enclose the entire back porch area.

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