Screened Porch Flooring

Screened Porch Flooring

When DH retired in 1994, we decided we wanted to build a screened in porch but we didn’t want a dinky size one. We wanted one where we could entertain comfortably. We started out by adding a deck 20×10 I think. Our neighbors had built theirs over the original patio that the builder had installed. Get at least 3 or more estimates from contractors..you can pick up some great tips from each. If we were building another one, we would make some changes but we built it with our knowledge. We didn’t get any professional advice..and we should have. It was definately a labor of love and we loved that screened in porch so much and enjoyed it from the first signs of Spring like weather till late October. The first winter, we dealt with now blowing in through the screening. The next year we build frames that we wrapped heavy duty plastic around and each Fall, we’d attached those to keep the weather elements out. There are some other things that I would have changed but we did it on our budget. When we visit those neighbors that lived next door to us, we can sit inside their small porch and look over at what used to be our house. It is used as a toy garage now and that breaks my heart but hey, we don’t own that house anymore so we have no say in what the new owners use it for. It’s a big investment but you will enjoy it and it will be a big asset when you go to sell your home. Susan has the idea porch..I absolutely love it!
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Screened Porch Flooring

When DH retired in 1994, we decided we wanted to build a screened in porch but we didn’t want a dinky size one. We wanted one where we could entertain comfortably. We started out by adding a deck 20×10 I think. Our neighbors had built theirs over the original patio that the builder had installed. Get at least 3 or more estimates from contractors..you can pick up some great tips from each. If we were building another one, we would make some changes but we built it with our knowledge. We didn’t get any professional advice..and we should have. It was definately a labor of love and we loved that screened in porch so much and enjoyed it from the first signs of Spring like weather till late October. The first winter, we dealt with now blowing in through the screening. The next year we build frames that we wrapped heavy duty plastic around and each Fall, we’d attached those to keep the weather elements out. There are some other things that I would have changed but we did it on our budget. When we visit those neighbors that lived next door to us, we can sit inside their small porch and look over at what used to be our house. It is used as a toy garage now and that breaks my heart but hey, we don’t own that house anymore so we have no say in what the new owners use it for. It’s a big investment but you will enjoy it and it will be a big asset when you go to sell your home.
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Screened Porch Flooring

Susan, we had a perfectly wonderful screened porch and I let hubby convince me that it should be made into a sun porch – I’ve regretted it ever since. It’s nice, but it’s just another room. I have so many memories of sipping sweet tea in rocking chairs and watching the world go by. As a matter of fact, a front porch features prominently in my new novel that was just released in December. It’s called Sweet Tea and Southern Grace and an excerpt in the description of the book reads that that it’s about “a small Southern town in rural America where sitting on front porches, drinking sweet iced tea out of heirloom glasses, and participating in innocent gossip are the favorite pastimes of the good folks of Park Place, South Carolina”. I think we could solve some of the worlds problems if we took a little more time to sit, rock and have meaningful conversations in our porch rockers!
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Screened Porch Flooring

It is probably a good thing we can't afford to put a screened in porch on. I have ALWAYS wanted one, we have been in this house 27 years now! If we ever build another house I will definitely put on a screened porch.Thanks for all the tips! XO, Pinky
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Screened Porch Flooring

Your porch has, and always will be, one of my very favorites, Susan! It's adorable. We have a screened porch on our home, but it is so hot here that it's hard to enjoy even with fans. I will likely have it closed in if we don't sell this house first. I never use it. I do use it in the winter for extra seating for parties, but this winter, it was too cold. Go figure! LOL! I loved the screened porches from my youth. XO, Sheila
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Screened Porch Flooring

I’ve been asked before why I didn’t add on a sun room. That’s a little like asking a person why they bought a convertible car when they could have had a hardtop. I really wanted a porch, not another cooled and heated space. I do love sun rooms, but that just wasn’t what I wanted. Now that I’ve had a screened-in porch, I’m totally ruined; I never want to be without one again.  That’s what a porch will do to you!
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Screened Porch Flooring

Size: Size is pretty important when designing a screened-in porch. My deck was 18 feet long and only 12 feet deep, which seemed deep enough. The contractor I used encouraged me to build my porch 2 feet deeper making it 14 feet deep. I’m so glad he did. He told me he had never had anyone call him back and say they wished their porch was smaller, but that folks always regretted if they had gone too small in their design.
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Screened Porch Flooring

Thanks Susan for the great suggestions. We have a few people coming over to bid on our porch/deck combo and this site is so exciting! I’m so glad that we’re making our screen porch 18′ x 14′ and you did too! I know you said you’d like it bigger, but that’s as big as we can get. I didn’t think about the speakers. Love that idea! We thought about getting floor to ceiling screen, but I see that you still have porch railing in your screened room. Can you tell me the pros/cons as opposed to the full screen (with a lower “chair railing” going around the room)? Please and thank you!
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I just found this post while perusing Pinterest for porch decorating ideas. It’s 20 degrees out today here and I am dreaming of summer on my screened porch. So many people say “You could easily close this in and make a sunroom” and I say NO WAY! Like you, I love my porch. It’s the perfect hangout for friends and family all summer and fall, and a perfect quiet place for my morning coffee as well. I love some of your ideas, like the lamp light and hutch to make it feel more like an extension of the home. Thanks for sharing!
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So far, the screen has worked; I have yet to see a bug inside my porch. This step is one that I would not skip if redoing a screened porch that has deck flooring. Especially in the South, bugs can ruin a party in no time, and any place where there is food, they will get in if no barrier is in place.
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I saved this for last because it’s not always something you can design into a porch, but I recommend it if you can. If you have the room and your house will allow, go “up” in your design. Raise the ceiling. It will make a smaller porch feel much bigger, plus it really helps the porch feel even cooler. Height will add to that airy, summer-breeze feeling you are seeking out on a porch.
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Thanks, Emily! I would love to have had screening all the way down but if a porch is over a certain number of feet off the ground, the building codes requires the balusters and railing. Since my porch is a full story up, it had to have the balusters/railing. You may not need it if your porch is on ground level or not far off the ground. You’ll love your porch!
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Rubber Porch Flooring Rubber porch flooring is made from high density polyethylene (usually a mix of polyethylene resins and tires that have been recycled) and as such can withstand extreme temperature variations. Although sometimes difficult to find, it is available in green, brown, terra-cotta, gray, black, and red. Durable, it can last for 25 years and is easy to maintain. It costs a little more than PVC flooring.

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