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HailToTheChiz
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Member since Aug 2010
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Pros / Cons of a screened in patio?
Have a patio that I am thinking about getting screened in. Our back door/light seems to attract all types of bugs. The patio is not too big, but would be nice to sit outside early or late without the care of a ton of bugs

I feel it would make the patio look cleaner for a possible remodel as well.

Any of you gone from no screen to screened patio? Typical cost?


Clames
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Member since Oct 2010
11009 posts

re: Pros / Cons of a screened in patio?
I'm about to install a screen system on a client's porch, haven't priced it out but it's a medium sized deal and about 170' of framing needed.


Zappas Stache
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Member since Apr 2009
26535 posts

re: Pros / Cons of a screened in patio?
We built a 10' x 10' 2nd floor screened in deck off our bedroom a few years ago and we use it all the time. I can't help with cost since ours was 2nd floor and involved installing posts, etc.


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greenwave
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Member since Oct 2011
2859 posts

re: Pros / Cons of a screened in patio?
Cost is totally worth it in the south (and its not much).

Get so sick of mosquitoes and flies.

Can sit and watch TV, drink, eat, etc comfortably.

Only con is its harder to clean with a leaf blower.


ellishughtiger
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Member since Jul 2004
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re: Pros / Cons of a screened in patio?
Very necessary if you live in an urban swamp like myself. Make sure you have a fan though.

Not sure on cost, but when we did our home renovation I don’t think it was so expensive that we had to think twice.


marinebioman
South Alabama Fan
Ocean Springs, MS
Member since Feb 2005
3136 posts

re: Pros / Cons of a screened in patio?
I have been considering it was well. The only downside I can think of for us is having to go on the porch and open that door to let dogs out instead of just the back door. I’m not a big fan of doggie doors, mainly bc my 130 pound bull mastiff is likely too dumb to figure it out!
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ItNeverRains
LSU Fan
Franklin, TN
Member since Oct 2007
15368 posts

re: Pros / Cons of a screened in patio?
There are no cons. its fantastic


michael corleone
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baton rouge
Member since Jun 2005
1651 posts

re: Pros / Cons of a screened in patio?
Have a friend who put in roll/retractable screen doors. Works extremely well. Roll down in the summer and up in cooler months.


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keakar
Member since Jan 2017
11511 posts

re: Pros / Cons of a screened in patio?
pros - keeps most bugs and skeeters out but a couple will always find a way in. screened in areas are nearly mandatory in louisiana if you dont want to be run off the porch by bugs.

cons - it really hampers the airflow and gentle breezes wont pass through screens well. not a big deal but it wont feel the same as sitting there without the screens. if you have cats they will shred the screens and hyper dogs sometimes do this as well
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Tigris
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Fernando Poo
Member since Jul 2005
9939 posts

re: Pros / Cons of a screened in patio?
quote:

There are no cons. its fantastic


I put a screen porch area on my house I built in Florida. After 3 years I ripped the screen and frame off. The view is not as good with it, it picks up pine needles and dirt, it does reduce the air flow a bit, and it just felt closed in compared to an open porch. I live in a damn swamp too, but the bugs are just not bad at all. That's because everything is 15 feet up on pilings and it seems that the bugs just don't look for something to bite that high up, at least here. The deer flies can be terrible on the ground and are no problem at all on the porch. At ground level I'd probably still have the screen, but I'm happy to have it gone.


Slagathor
Makin' jokes about your teeny tiny
Member since Jul 2007
26544 posts

re: Pros / Cons of a screened in patio?
If it's a smallish patio, I'd probably look into other ways of reducing bugs like fans and select plants.

We had an existing patio that was ~8'x 16' and considered screening it but ended up getting pavers installed over it and extending it out instead. It would have been claustrophobic in there with any decent sized outdoor seating and also letting the dogs out of 2 doors would have gotten old quick. We're in central FL and use our unscreened patio year-round and just fight the mosquitoes in other ways.



HailToTheChiz
Auburn Fan
Back in Auburn
Member since Aug 2010
32793 posts

re: Pros / Cons of a screened in patio?
Good thoughts all


hungryone
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river parishes
Member since Sep 2010
9998 posts

re: Pros / Cons of a screened in patio?
My house backs up to 100+ acres of pasture, seasonally flooded woods, and occasionally mowed utility servitude. Back porch is 15' x 35'....I lived in the house two weeks before getting the porch screened in. It was impossible to sit & enjoy a sunset without being carried off by horseflies, mosquitoes, gnats, and every other flying insect found in south LA. Cost me about $2,500, worth every penny.

Installer used a thicker, higher grade fiberglass(?) screen designed to resist pet claws. 6 years later, cats have snagged a few minor spots, but those are easily dabbed w/clear silicone to keep from splitting. Two ceiling fans for breeze. I do have to powerwash the screens 2X a year to knock out the dust.


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jimbeam
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University of LSU
Member since Oct 2011
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re: Pros / Cons of a screened in patio?
Any of you have some kind of bug netting that you can just drop down and then fold//roll up when you don’t need it? I’m thinking something weighted at the bottom with maybe magnetic strips between sheets to seal it.


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piratedude
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baton rouge
Member since Oct 2009
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re: Pros / Cons of a screened in patio?
in baton rouge. i have had a 10 x 29 screen front porch for 15 years and i'm finishing up a 16 x 22 back porch now. i love it. no down side.


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bbvdd
Alabama Fan
Memphis, TN
Member since Jun 2009
17562 posts

re: Pros / Cons of a screened in patio?
I enclosed ours about 6 years ago. I used heavy duty screens on it and glad I did. No issues whatsoever.

My porch is in between master and hearthroom and was partially covered. I finished the roof and used cedar to enclose it. Built a door and have a doggie door on one side.



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lilsnappa
Member since Mar 2006
1459 posts

re: Pros / Cons of a screened in patio?
I'm looking at screening in a back patio as well. I'm looking into putting retractable screening so it's the best of both worlds.

Just started researching the pricing differences and installation costs.


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East Coast Band
Alabama Fan
Member since Nov 2010
40635 posts

re: Pros / Cons of a screened in patio?
Assuming you already have a covered patio the following is what I see:

pros:

1. bugs all but eliminated
2. allow a small pet stay out on patio without worrying about leaving (be careful bigger dogs can tear up a screened porch if they're inclined to do so)
3. stays a little cleaner

cons:

1. views of yard/nature reduced
2. breezes are tempered some
3. obvious cost to install


My ideal back yard would have three areas: open patio, covered patio, and covered patio w/ screened in area.

This way you can sit in what area you'd like at any time of year. The screened in porch areas for summer, covered porch for spring and fall and rainy days, open patio for winter and any cool days.


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ChenierauTigre
LSU Fan
Dreamland
Member since Dec 2007
31284 posts

re: Pros / Cons of a screened in patio?
I am a mosquito magnet. I would not live in the south without a screened porch.


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Sir Drinksalot
LSU Fan
Member since Aug 2005
16302 posts

re: Pros / Cons of a screened in patio?
Retractable screens. Pull them down (or across if you mount against vertical columns) but leave them up when you don’t need them.



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