SCREENED PORCHES & DECKS
Screened porches allow you to make the most of your outdoor space, since you won’t have to worry about being pestered by insects, or harmful UV rays. Plus, of course, you’ll have a shaded space where you can enjoy your yard all year long, even during the hot summer months. Porches can also be completely enclosed and insulated. This will add living space to your home and allow you to enjoy your outdoor space year round.
A screened porch can easily be incorporated into an existing deck or patio. The roof structure does not have to cover the entire area. You may consider covering only a portion of your deck or patio giving you the option to enjoy the sun on a beautiful day and seek shade when the sun is unbearable. Add a grill to either area and you will have a great outdoor entertaining space.
If you live in a neighborhood with a Home Owners Association, it is important that you refer to the bylaws before planning your project. In the above photo, you will notice that some of the supports are fabricated from brick piers and others from pressure treated 6×6 lumber. In this Charter Colony neighborhood in Midlothian, the HOA required that any area covered by a roof be supported by brick piers. The homeowner choose to only use brick piers where they were required.
There are many choices in materials today such as pressure treated lumber, natural woods, composites, PVC, vinyl and aluminum. If you are interested in a green solution, ChoiceDek offers environmentally friendly materials made from recycled plastics and wood fibers.
The above photo shows the white, powder coated aluminum rails that the homeowner chose for easy maintenance. The ceiling was covered with white, painted beadboard. They also chose composite decking. Underneath the screened porch a stamped concrete patio was added that extended into the yard. A stacked stone seating wall with fire pit will be enjoyed by friends and family for years to come.