Tips & Advice
Does screening in a porch require a construction permit?
The rules for permits vary by city, so, in some cases, screening in a porch will not require a permit--especially if it’s under a certain square footage size, or if you’re screening in a covered porch. However, it is much better to check the rules for your city and project ahead of time, since unpermitted construction can significantly impact your ability to sell the home quickly and for a good price when the time comes.
What is the best material for creating a screened-in porch?
The most popular material used for screened-in porches is fiberglass mesh, which is flexible and easy to clean, while also thin and permeable, providing visibility and fresh air flow. Fiberglass mesh is also inexpensive. Another popular material is aluminum; it’s quite a bit more expensive, but tougher and long-lasting. For porches that get intense sunlight, there’s a specific vinyl-coated polyester that is known as “sun control.”
Does a screened-in porch add value to a property?
Yes, a screened in porch often adds value to a property, for a few reasons. First, it extends your home’s living space and increases the options for indoor-outdoor entertainment. Also, it is one of the relatively inexpensive extensions that can add a lot of curb appeal.
What are the benefits of screening in a porch?
The key lifestyle benefits to screening in your porch are that it protects people from insects and it provides a safe space for small children to get fresh air. A lot of people use screened-in porches as a “et room,” allowing dogs and cats to pass from the yard to the porch any time, and hang out on the porch if they’re too muddy or wet to come inside--or if they just don’t want to. Screened-in porches also are protected from debris, which makes them easier to keep clean.
How much does it cost to screen in a porch?
If you have an existing covered porch, and you’re simply installing the screening, it can run from less than $1,000 to screen in your porch up to a few hundred dollars more, assuming a cost per square foot of $4.74-$6.83. However, if your deck is not covered, and you need to extend the roof to cover it, that increases the expense and scope of the project considerably--and requires permits. For this, you might expect to pay $5,000-$10,000 on the low end. Additional architectural embellishments (windows, pergolas) or other features (outdoor speakers) will further increase the price.