What’s better than the calm, relaxation of the great outdoors? Being able to enjoy it in the comfort of your screened porch!
About 86 percent of Americans have an outdoor living space as part of their home and 27 percent report using their porches daily when weather permits. In a temperate climate, screened porches are a dynamic addition to any home. They increase the living space while adding curbside appeal.
When a screened porch is professionally installed, homeowners can expect a 70-75% return on investment. Composite decking is an excellent choice of material for screened porches and there are choices when it comes to the screening, as well.
Composite decking is an outstanding option these days for its dynamic elements. It is durable, handsome, tough and resistant to things like termites and moisture. Because it is encased in plastic, it is also resistant to splinters. A quality composite deck will last between 25 and 30 years before it begins to lose its integrity.
Trex Transcend composite decking is a top-shelf choice for decking material. It is low-maintenance, scratch resistant and comes in a wide range of colors. Trex decking requires less work than wood decking and is less likely to get slippery when wet.
With the right screen, screened porches have the potential to turn a deck into one of the most enjoyable rooms in your home. When considering screening options, you’ll want to think about sun control. The trade-off is making sure the room doesn’t become too hot in the summer while not having it completely shady. Some sun control screening options can keep up to 90 percent of the sun’s heat from getting inside.
Aluminum screening is a popular option. While it offers excellent visibility, glare can be an issue. It is more rigid than fiberglass and more durable. In coastal areas, aluminum will oxidize. However, aluminum mesh screening is resistant to rust, corrosion and abrasion. It offers protection from rain, strong winds and even hail. Like wrought iron screening, aluminum can be visually striking.
Fiberglass screening is the most popular option for screening because it is cost-effective, durable and efficient. It is also versatile and can be easily installed. It offers good visibility without much solar glare. Like aluminum, fiberglass screening’s most salient feature is that it keeps bugs out.
Depending on exposure and care, fiberglass screening can last from seven to ten years. Fiberglass screening is capable of absorbing impacts that stretch it and it will return to its original shape, without denting or sagging. It’s the best choice if you’re on a budget.
Composite Decking With Great Screening Equals Enjoyment
When your porch is constructed of composite decking and wrapped tight in the most efficient, breathable screening, you’ll be able to enjoy the outdoors almost year round for decades to come. It will maintain its integrity and appearance while being useful for a number of entertainment occasions. It’s the perfect remodel or addition to any home that exists in a temperate climate; and it could be perfect for you.
Contact us at Jam Carolina Exteriors (919) 804-8689 today for a free consultation, and to see how we can help you to achieve your home remodeling goals.