Maximize summer enjoyment with a screened patio
The first summer evening on the patio is often accompanied by the arrival of mosquitos. Rather than retreating indoors, consider your options to create a bug-free area with a screened-in patio or porch.
A big part of the appeal of owning a home becomes ultra apparent during the summer months when we can spend time outdoors. You can extend your summer enjoyment with screens that are fitted to patio and porch openings. When done right, these options appeal greatly to future buyers.
Set a budget, then exploring a variety of options to fit your pocketbook and tastes. With a wide range of products on the market – from motorized retractable screens to do-it-yourself kits from your local building store – there’s something to fit every budget. Start with a trip to the library and research ideas through books and publications on decks, porches and patios.
As far as dos and don’ts, obtain more than one quote if you are looking to engage a professional service to plan and install your screens. If you plan to do the project yourself, make sure your basic structure is in good shape. If not, be sure to budget for additional material costs and make repairs before you begin. Measure accurately and ask to see assembly instructions in the kit you buy.
More information on enhancing and preserving the value of your home is available at www.royallepage.ca.