A screened porch is a wonderful way to enjoy the outdoors, while still having an indoor feel. There are a large number of models on the market today, from the very elaborate and expensive, to the more basic screened porches which are more affordable. Today’s screened porches come with many different options to keep you comfortable year round, and kits are available on the market for the average do-it-yourself types to make their own screened porch. Here are some things to keep in mind when planning to add a screened porch on to your home.
You will most likely need a building permit so check with your city and county building department for any requirements. If you belong to a homeowner’s association, you will probably need to get the association’s approval and will have to comply with the provisions set out in your homeowner’s association. Do not be tempted to skip either of these steps. You could find yourself facing stiff fines or penalties at a later date so it really does make sense to do it correctly from the beginning.
If you are going to have a contractor do the work for you, then begin by getting estimates. Ask your friends and neighbors for recommendations and get the quotes in writing including time estimates for completion. Be sure to read all the fine print on the estimate, and know their policies on deposits, refunds, and satisfaction guarantees. Make sure to get several quotes so you can make comparisons. Ask for references and check the company out with your local business bureau.
If you are planning to build the screened porch yourself, check your local home improvement store to see what they have available. They may offer some classes which can help. Screened porch kits and books and tapes may be found which should lay out the process in a step by step fashion. Several online merchants offer screened porch kits, but be sure you verify costs and shipping fees. Also, be sure to do business with only reputable dealers and check those return and satisfaction guaranteed policies before making any online purchase.