SCREENIt started with pesky mosquitos in the evening then broadened to wasps at dinner. Of course, there were the everyday houseflies when you are trying to have an afternoon nap in your comfy hammock… groan.

The decision to screen my 12’ x 20’ covered porch was set into high gear when I was being driven back indoors due to nuisance bugs. After a long winter, I want to enjoy this beautiful space as much as possible!

One thing you need to know about me is that I don’t just jump into things…it’s a painful process to research, cost calculations, estimating work involved… on and on until a definitive answer is reached.

I have seen many options for a screened-in area that range from terrible ideas to nice, but out of reach, due to cost. I would suggest starting with a few filters and working from there…

  • Where do you live?
  • Do the screens need to be removed for winter months?
  • Is storage an issue?
  • Do you experience high winds that will easily blow many, even aluminum frames, out of the window?
  • Is cost a factor?
  • Do you want to tackle this yourself as a DIY?
  • Is the screen system able to be tightened, at all, if needed?
  • Are there gaps in the system? (wood frames and snap closure, if not fitted well, leave spots for bugs to get in and are complicated if the screen begins to sag and tightening is needed)

For me, I couldn’t find the perfect fit so I decided to create my own. I purchased screen, good quality UV tread and a hook and loop product and started my customized system.

My screen system has ZERO gaps, they are easily tightened, have zero storage issues and are incredible for wind resilience… NOT TO MENTION they are standing the test of time. This is my fourth summer and the screens look fabulous!

What are you waiting for? For all the DIY step by step tips visit HERE.