A Screened Porch Kit – The Most Economical Room Expansion Idea
A screened porch kit allows you to expand not only your living space but also brings the outside in. What you may not know is just how many options you have. There are screened porch kits to fit almost any situation, whether it is to be placed on a patio, deck, porch, or right on the ground.
Have a front porch, side porch, or back porch? Turn it, or part of it, into a screened porch quickly and easily. Have an odd roof line? No worry – there are kits designed just for them. And, screen porch kits are affordable making them an ideal room expansion possibility for almost anyone.
While adding a room costs about $80 – $120 per square foot, a screened porch kit can cost considerably less. We once owned a tiny house; too small for the four of us. At the time we could not afford to have an extra room built so we opted for a portable screen porch that we placed on our deck. Within a few hours, we had added 140 square feet at a very affordable price. The entrance was just off the dining room and we used that room for parties, relaxing, entertaining, and more. Lots of nice family memories were made in that room – family meals, good conversation, our kids having kids over and summer evenings enjoying the chirp of crickets.
Trying to sell your home? Adding square footage can be an asset as is adding an outdoor room. We once bought a tiny house because of the screened porch. Convert your existing deck or patio (or a portion of it) into a screened room. Prospective buyers will appreciate having a screened room and it will be something your competition will not have!
Most screened porch kits come prepackaged with everything you need. Some are so easy to assemble you will be enjoying it the same day. Most screen frames are made from extruded aluminum that is powder coating. Some come pre-cut while others supply sufficient materials so that you can custom make-it right on site to your specifications.
Framing attaches to your home and to the floor. One product we found is designed to stretch the screening material for you and will return to its original shape if accidentally dented. It allows for longer screen expanses to minimize obtrusive support columns.
Other kits are basically screen panels that attach to framing with Velcro. These can be removed to allow for cabana-style enjoyment or closed to keep out those pesky insects. Still others use high-bondage adhesives that are supposed to last for years if properly installed.