The basic function for a deck is to have an extension of the living space in your home for entertainment purposes that is attached to the house. You can use your deck for a year round depending on the climate of your place. But when it comes to summer at the time when people mostly use the decks, the experience could be dampened by the extreme heat and the bugs. So, enclosing your deck is a good solution to these problems. Although this design is not meant to support heavy rain, snow, fully framed and roofed room, it can provide a good coverage for your deck through the summer. Here are steps on how to enclose your deck.
You will need:
- Screen kit
- screen doors
- nuts and bolts
- screen door paneling
- staple gun
- border trim
- prefabricated lattice
- Before enclosing your deck, make sure that you have the permit to enclose your deck. Some areas do require a building permit for deck enclosure. In this case, go to your municipal or town authority to ask for permission before installing enclosure to your deck.
- If you prefer to use a ready make screen house kit, purchase the kit from your home\’s improvement store or from online. Make sure the kit measurement suits to the size of your deck. Install the screen kit by following the directions provided.
- To make a manual enclosure, measure the deck before planning the basic structure. You will be required to attach the posts at the corners of the deck to support the screen door panels.
- You should attach the posts immediately between the panels for additional support depending on the width of the screen door panels.
- Then, attach the posts in place. The roof will be supported by the outside posts. Place the prefabricated lattice to the posts and roofs and secure them with a staple gun.
- Put the screening under the lattice using a staple gun to enclose the roof. If you want to build more aesthetics value to your deck enclosure, you can slant the roof for this purpose.
- Some people would prefer to use a vinyl roof instead of lattice. You can choose according to your preferences and budget.
- Next, screen your deck in. Then, install your screen door at the stairway if you have a deck with stairs. Otherwise, you can pick a convenient location for it. Attach the screen door paneling to the posts.
- For extra support, you may want to use a border trim along the top of the paneling. Installing border trim will also provide a more finished look.