Types of Screened Porches
There are three main types of screen room: screened porch with solid roof, screened-roof porch and under-truss screen room. Below is a description of the virtues of each.
Screen Porch With Solid Roof
A screen room with a solid roof is the most highly favored type of screen room for those without an existing porch. It’s usually made mainly from aluminum, making them sturdy and long-lasting. If you get a kickplate installed, less detritus from the outdoors can get in, helping protect your furniture.
Screen rooms with roofing that’s also screened can be great as pool covers, and they’re the preferred choice of people who love sun. Screens are usually fashioned from mesh, polyester or fiberglass and are a great way of keeping bugs out while enjoying full access to the outdoors.
Under-Truss Screen Room
This is the other most popular type of screen room, but it’s only available to people who already have a porch installed. It uses your property’s existing footprint and protects against harsh sunlight and heavy rain, allowing you to easily bring a party under cover in case rain starts.
When Is the Best Time To Build Screen Porches or Sunrooms?
The best time to build a screen room is in the winter, when the pollen count is low. It’ll be ready to use in time for spring and won’t interrupt daily life much at all. It’s best to build a sunroom while the kids are at school as it can be a major undertaking. You or a family member might need to take time off to supervise the operation or move out for a while to prevent daily life from slowing down the operation.
Screen Room vs Sunroom: The Verdict
Screen Room. A screen room is an excellent choice for anyone looking to get closer to nature and bring the indoors outdoors without breaking the bank. Sunrooms are more like living rooms or dining rooms made of glass or PVC and cost significantly more, as well as adding to your energy bills. We’d recommend going for the screened porch every time; it’s versatile, offers direct access to nature and can be insulated as much as you like to extend its use throughout the year.
If you’d like to get a screen room installed, get in touch with PWHI today at 703-492-1294 for more information or a free estimate.