If your screen porch is beginning to look a bit tattered, you can renovate it easily in most cases without spending a fortune. It doesn’t take a lot of money to spruce the porch up and make it an inviting place to spend time. Here’s what you need to do.
The tools you need will vary depending on just how much renovation work you plan on doing. In general though, you will likely need:
- Paint or Stain
- Belt Sander
- Galvanized Nails
- New Screen Material
- Low Pressure Power Sprayer
- Staple Gun
- Metal Ties
Start with the Porch Floor
If you are going to renovate the entire porch, the floor is the first place you need to work on. You can use a low-pressure power sprayer to remove any debris. The low-pressure sprayers are a better option than the high-pressure model because most screened porches aren't as structurally sound as a house and a high-pressure sprayer may damage the frame and any wood material.
If you are going to refinish the floor altogether, you will want to apply the paint or finish to the floor after you’ve sanded away any paint or stain that is already applied.
Examine the Posts
Unless you’ve really let your porch go or have purchased a fixer-upper home, you will probably not need to replace the posts around the porch. Check to see they are sound and secure. If needed, you can use brackets at the base of the post to add additional security to the structure. In most cases you can just sand the existing posts and apply a new coat of paint. If the posts are beyond repair, you will need to replace them.
Replacing the posts is more difficult. You will need to measure, have the wood cut, and install the posts from the floor to the existing roof or ceiling so they are secure. You can use the post holes that are already there. Most people will use a concrete base to keep the posts in place, but you can opt to secure them with simple brackets drilled in the ground as well.
Installing a new screen isn’t that difficult, it just takes some time. The screen is held up using staples and a panel that lays over the edges, like trim. You will need to remove the existing trim and take the screen out one section at a time. Installing the new screen is a job best done by two people. You will need one person to pull the screen taut so it will stay tight and firm. As one person pulls the screen taut, use the staple gun to attach the screen in place. After you complete each section you'll need to replace the paneling trim to cover the edges. Make sure you are cutting the screen close enough to avoid any overlay without cutting it too short. If there isn’t enough room for give, the screen can tear later.
Once the screen has been installed all around, check the other elements you may want to replace. Light fixtures can be upgraded without spending too much money and then shutters and furniture will be the finishing touches.