Screened-in porches are especially popular in regions such as the South and Midwest, with high insect populations. Screened decks and patios allow all the fresh air and breezes of the open air without the pesky discomfort from battling flies and mosquitos.
Screened-in porches are typically attached to the house, complete with a roof. In many cases, a line of windows is framed along the three exposed sides of the porch. They are then wrapped in screen, with a small screen door providing access to the outdoors.
A screened in porch is no small project for the homeowners. They require some time and a well-thought design, which usually matches the overall design of the home. Building a screened porch will most likely require permission from the local building department as well.
Aluminum screened porches are also available, which can be built fast, are low maintenance, and allow a variety of designs. Unfortunately for the avid DIY'er, aluminum screened enclosures usually require a professional to do the work.
A screened-in porch makes a great place for summer breakfasts, family evenings, and a pleasant refuge during any outdoor gathering. Its design can be as simple or elaborate as you like.
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