To Screen or Not to Screen: The Complete 411 on Screened Porches

Extending Your Home Outside With a Screened Porch

We Southerners love our porches!  And how much better would it be to have it screened in?  With a screened porch you get the best of both worlds: enjoy outdoor living with an indoor, and less buggy, feel.  Sounds great, right? Before you make your decision, let’s make sure you are well informed about the investment you are making and just how beneficial, yet costly, it can be.

Benefits of a Screened Porch

  • Adds value to your home by providing a special added touch — a feature that is appealing to most home buyers.
  • Extends your living space by providing another area to entertain guests, eat dinner, play games, conversate, etc.
  • Provides a separate space for some quiet time to nap, read, journal, or relax,
  • Provides an adequate barrier to create more privacy from your neighbors.
  • Keeps the pesky bugs and such away while you still get to enjoy the outdoors.

Average Cost of A Screened Porch

It is surprisingly shocking to most homeowners when we give them a quote for screening in an existing covered deck. It is shocking for many to discover that the cost of the screen alone for an average size porch is around $20 per square foot.  So the starting price for screening a basic 12X14 existing covered deck, basic carpentry, and a fiberglass screen door is about $3900. Obviously, the price only goes up from there depending on various factors including the size and complexity of the project. In the Athens, Ga area it is common to see an estimated cost of $25,000 or more to construct a new, screened in porch from the ground up. Each project is different and must be quoted on a case by case scenario. But these are some realistic numbers to consider so you aren’t completely floored when you receive the estimate for your screened in porch.

Recommended Screen Product

While there are many other great screening products on the market, DeLaurier Roofing & Renovation has chosen to use SCREENEZE as the screening system we install for the following reasons:

  • Patented, fixed screen system made in the USA that carries a 10-year warranty
  • Features an aluminum base and vinyl cap that snaps together to secure the screen fabric
  • Uniform system stretches and secures the screen on its own
  • Not designed as a structural system. Rather, it’s designed to be attached to a timber built porch
  • Large screen panels span openings up to 15 feet wide, 3X the normal size, enhancing outdoor visibility
  • Can be installed inside, outside, or in the center of your porch design
  • Tears have never been easier to repair! SCREENEZE designs allow one section of screen to be fixed at a time in a few easy steps

Although growing in popularity, we do not recommend buying a DIY screen kit. These kits typically only last a couple of years.  In addition, the wooden doors you can install on your own are also very prone to warping. This will cause your screened porch to be more susceptible to insect intruders.

 

So now back to the original question…to screen or not to screen?  Hopefully, now that you have a reasonable idea of pricing expectations, you can decide if you want to move forward with your investment. Whether you are looking to freshen up your existing deck or upgrade to something new, we can provide you with the outdoor environment of your dreams. DeLaurier Roofing & Renovation provides screened in porch installation along with design and layout services. All of our construction meets local and international code requirements.  We also use local professional installers to maximize efficiency and reduce the time needed to complete your project.

 

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