Studies show that spending time outside can boost your physical and mental well-being. But, here in Northern Virginia, the weather doesn’t always cooperate. Luckily, by installing a screened-in porch, you can get all the benefits of spending time outside, with built-in protection so you can stay comfortable.
If you’re planning to add a screened-in porch to your home in the near future, read our tips to learn more about what to expect.
The DIY Route Is More Complicated Than You Think
If you already have a porch, you might think that adding a frame and some screens is nothing more than a weekend project you can tackle yourself. Unfortunately, building a DIY screen porch is not as easy as you might think.
First, you’ll need a variety of specific tools that most homeowners don’t already have. You also run the risk of building an unstable structure, which could be a safety hazard down the road. And, unless you’re a skilled handyman, you might hurt yourself during the build process. Unless you have a background in construction, we recommend leaving your screened-in porch project to a team of professionals.
You May Need Permits
Some communities don’t require a permit unless you change the physical structure of your house, while others might require one for a screened-in porch. Don’t risk starting your project before you get clarification.
Call your local building authority to get more insight into any permits you might need before starting your project. If you hire the Sunburst Construction team, we can help you navigate the permitting process so there’s one less thing you have to worry about.
All Screens Are Not Created Equal
Did you know there are a variety of different screen types available for your porch? During your project, you’ll need to research them so you can make the best decision for your home and your needs. Some of these options include:
- Aluminum, which is sturdy, but can corrode or rust during periods of humidity
- Fiberglass, which won’t corrode or rust, but can’t withstand cat claws if you have a feline friend in the family
- Solar, which blocks out more sunlight, keeping your porch shady and cool
- Pet-resistant, which is durable against dog and cat claws
Again, our team can help you choose the best screen option for your needs and give you more details about the different materials available to you.
Choosing the Right Contractor Is Key
The most important step in installing a screened-in porch is who you choose to install it. Hiring a licensed and insured porch builder who knows how to safely build a structure means your new porch will last.
The right contractor will also know how to build proper roof structures, have experience with electrical wiring, and work efficiently so you can start enjoying your space as soon as possible. When deciding who to hire, be sure to read through customer reviews and look through their portfolio to make sure they seem like a good fit for your project.
Upgrade Your Home With a Screened-in Porch
Now that you know more about installing a screened-in porch, it’s time to start planning your project! Here at Sunburst Construction, we’re an experienced deck builder with a Class A License in construction.
As Northern Virginia’s leading porch builder, we’ll create a space that perfectly fits your family’s needs and matches the rest of your home’s exterior. Request a free estimate for your project today!