Installing screen houses for decks is a great way to turn the deck into a comfortable living space that you can spend time in while outdoors. With a canopy over head to keep off the hot sun and driving rain, you can keep cool and dry whatever the weather.
With screened sides airflow can be maximized while insect pests are kept out. This can be very important in making your deck livable in the early morning and evening hours when mosquitoes are at their most active. Without the protection afforded by the screens, you would have to resort to potentially harmful chemical repellants, that even if they aren’t bad for your health don’t smell very good.
Screens can also have another function. Privacy screens for decks help to make the deck a more comfortable place to be, away from prying eyes. You and your family can enjoy activities on the deck without having neighbors and passersby making you feel uncomfortable.
Screen Houses aren’t just for Decks
A screen house can be installed in many places throughout your yard, and can bring much the same benefits to those locations. Patio slabs can be an uninviting place to be when the weather isn’t right, or the biting insects are out. Installing a patio screen enclosure will help in both regards. Also, privacy may be even more of a concern on a patio. Decks often have railings that can block at least some of the line of sight. Patios are much less likely to have railings, and so are more exposed. As such, they can even more benefit from privacy screens in many cases.
Another area of the landscaping that is perfect for a screen house is the garden. All of the benefits that applied for decks and patios apply here of course. Keeping the hot sun off means a cool place to get away on hot summer afternoons. Screens help keep out the biting insects so you can enjoy a pleasant evening in your garden without getting all itchy because of it.
There’s more to it than that though. While screen houses are great for you and your family, they’re also a potential benefit for your plants. Some insects are looking to eat your vegetables, fruits, and flowers, and the screens can keep them out just as well in many cases. (Though there are some insect pests that are small enough that even fine screens may not keep them out. White-flies are one such pest.)
Also, hard rains or the hot sun can damage more delicate plants. This is especially true of seedlings, at which stage plants tend to be at their most vulnerable. By raising your seedlings and a select few shade tolerant plants in your screen house, you can help them to be more healthy and vibrant. Then when you transplant the seedlings out, they will have a better chance to deal with the insect pests and diseases that they will face.
This is somewhat like having a greenhouse in those regards. The main differences being that a screen house has a less transparent roof and so doesn’t allow as much light in, and allows much more airflow than most greenhouses do. For this reason a screen house isn’t as good an option for raising most plants, and won’t really help you grow plants off-season as you could in a greenhouse.
Types of Screens for Decks
Screen rooms for decks can be a wonderful addition to your home, but they can also get in the way sometimes. It’s not always that the screens are necessary for your comfort, and sometimes they can interfere with the view. In such cases, it’s nice to be able to take the screens off, or roll them up, to get them out of the way. Deck screen enclosures that allow for this are therefore much more versatile than those which are permanent. With roll up deck screens you will be able to “have your cake and eat it to”, so to speak.
There are other types of screens that can be installed on decks that may confuse the issue. Outdoor sun screens are generally somewhat opaque fabric that are suspended above outdoor living areas to help create a shaded and cool area. Because of the very lightweight nature of such items, they keep the area open and feeling like the outdoors. They however don’t have the other benefits of screen houses, such as keeping out bugs, and would only have minimal use at shedding rain as most are not waterproof.
Taking Your Screen House with You
Many types of screen houses are made with lightweight materials. Aluminum poles are often standard, as they are strong without being heavy and don’t rust or corrode when exposed to wet environments. The material for the canopy is also generally tough and lightweight. Screens are of course a very lightweight material. It all adds up to a structure that while providing a lot of protected area, does so with a minimal use of materials and weight.
This means that often your screen house will be at least somewhat portable. It would probably be too heavy to port around on your back, but could be stashed away in the bed of a truck or under the seats of your SUV when you’re on a camping outing or spending a day at the beach. This way you can take your screen house with you, and enjoy it’s benefits while exploring the great outdoors.