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Old 09-25-2014, 10:10 PM   #1
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I just moved into a home that has a screened in porch. I need to replace some of the mesh screens due to some holes that are currently in the screens. What is the recommended material to use for this that is strong and durable? I am not sure the material that is on the porch now.

The current screens are stapled on trim pieces of wood around the edges of the openings of the porch. What tips do you have on the best way to install the new screen mesh so they will be tight all of the way around?

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I suggest the metal screening, as the nylon/ fiberglass / other cloth materials are easily torn and ripped by CATS, and also degrade in the U V radiation.

As for a tight fit, I would build them in a removable framing, and fasten this frame to the existing posts, and cross bars.

Removable for easy cleaning, and replacement if they are ever damaged.


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I would use fiberglass screen and recommend the brands Phifer or New York wire. Also you need to get Patio/Pool screen from them. Those brands are made for pool enclosures and screen rooms, it is thicker than "window" screen.

You should use aluminum extrusion that is made for screen. Alcoa extrudes this type of aluminum, it contains a spline grove to accept the spline to tighten the screen panel. If you practice rolling screen into the grove you can learn how to tighten properly and avoid bubbles and loose spots in your screen.

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I prefer aluminum. In my experience aluminum tends to hold up better than the alternatives.
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I use Screen Tight.
http://www.screentight.com/

No more wooden strips to break every time the screen needs replacing.
Any Lowes or Home Depot has it in white, gray and brown.
I also only use what's called pet screen.
It's worked fine for me even on bay side high wind areas.
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Another vote for 'pet screen'--tough stuff----
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I would use dee why glass which are extremely beautiful and also have a good acoustics.

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