How to Build a DIY Screened-in Porch
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A screen-in can be accomplished on many areas of a house or yard, including decks, patios, and gazebos. But by far the most popular area for a screen-in is the front porch. The quick and simple front porch screen-in is a good example of how to make outdoor living space more livable.
There are several strategies that can be employed for screening-in a porch. If you already have a basic framework of posts and rails, you can attach screen and trim directly to the framing, then add a screen door to complete the enclosure. If no suitable frame exists, you can build a simple 2 x 4 frame.
To help you select the right material for your project, here is a look at the most common types of screening and the specific properties of each.