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Screen Enclosure Fundamentals: Things to Think About Before Construction

by Glenda Perkins

Whether you're looking to close in the area around your swimming pool for safety and to guard against insects, or you're planning to create a backyard environment where you can sit and relax with fresh air and no bugs, a screen enclosure is a great solution. There are many different sizes, styles, and designs for screen enclosures, so it's important you give it some careful consideration before you get started. Here's a look at some of the things that you need to know.

How Big Will It Be?

One of the first things you need to consider is how large the screen enclosure is going to be. The total footprint will directly affect your material and installation costs, so take the time now to consider how large an area you're hoping to enclose. That way, you can get estimates that will be as accurate as possible.

Where Will It Be?

The installation location is also an important consideration. After all, where you're placing the screen enclosure will affect how many walls it needs. For example, if you're planning to enclose your swimming pool, you'll need all four walls plus the roof. 

However, if you're looking to create a sitting area off your back patio, you may actually attach the enclosure to your home's exterior wall and will only need three walls. If there's already a permanent awning there, you won't need the roof either. Give some thought to where you're going to be putting the enclosure before you start calling for quotes so that you can accurately assess what you'll need.

What Is Your Goal?

You also need to give some thought to your ultimate goal with the enclosure. If you're just looking for a little bit of cover, you don't need to be as selective about the screen mesh. However, if you're aiming to keep bugs out while you're enjoying the space, you'll want to take some time to look at your mesh options.

In areas where you are only worried about larger bugs, like mosquitoes, flies, etc, a wider mesh may be sufficient. However, if you want to eliminate gnats and other tiny pests, you'll want to talk with your screen enclosure contractor about using a fine mesh screen for the structure. The finer the mesh, the smaller the holes in the screen, which means you'll be keeping even the smallest bugs from getting in.

These are a few of the things you need to think about when you're planning to install a screen enclosure. Talk with your installation contractor, such as those from Wyatt's Contracting Services LLC, about other considerations for the screen structure before you start construction.