screened in porch in Mauldin, SC are a great way to enjoy outdoors in a comfortable bug-free environment but, the screen themselves can sag, develop holes, and need replacing every few years.
There is an ingenious porch screening system called screen tight that is simple and easy to install. Putting in the tight screen system evolves very easy and basic steps.
How to screen on a porch?
First, you will need to test the base of the wood, roll the screen into the base strip and finally snap the cap on top of the base. Now, you will need a few tools and su[[lies for the job. Some of the required tools are screen spline and screening cutting tools like the screen-tight roller knife, the screen-tight base and cap, a screw gun drill or screwdriver, and a rubber mallet.
Start by removing all the old screens and any hardware to attach them to the structure. If you are installing screen tight on a new porch, you do not need to do this step. The best way to calculate the amount of material you will need is by sketching out a diagram of your porch. The base and the cap come in 8-foot sections, so we need to measure and calculate how long and vertical sections you will need. Begin by strips into the wood frame of the porch, these 1-inch wood or sheetrock screws inserting a screw in each slot. Be careful not to over-tighten and bend the base strip.
What about the diameter of the spline?
The base strips can be butted up against each other; no mitering is required. Attached with screws no more than two inches from the end of each base strip. Now, it is time to roll the screen into the base you have just installed. If you are using a fiberglass screen, you will need to use a 0.175 diameter spline for aluminum screens use a .160 diameter spline.
With the knife, cut a screen section slightly larger than each opening roll a screen into the top horizontal base first using the spline and screening tool by rolling the two sides keeping the screen centered within the opening. Finally, roll in the bottom horizontal base, pull down slightly on the screen for a tighter fit, and trim any excess screen around the outside.