screen/storm porch system?

still_lynnskiAugust 18, 2010

Can anyone recommend a dependable and reasonably-priced screen porch system? We'd like to be able to remove the screens in the fall and replace them with windows until late spring. We won't be heating the room, but do want to keep snow and rain outside during the times of year that a screen porch is unusable in New England.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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crdnh

I can't speak from personal experience, but I did some research on porch enclosures for a house we're looking to build next year that you might find helpful.

We're currently looking at a system made by Harvey Industries http://www.harveybp.com/product.aspx?pid=8&shape=14 which is extruded aluminum. These are purpose built, pricing starts around $60/foot of enclosure.

Others:

1: Frame porch to allow wood screen door panels to be inserted, see http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/article/0,,1541906,00.html for a description. Lots of door choices ranging from wood to vinyl. There are purpose built mounting kits http://www.screentight.com/prod-screen-doors-vinyl-doorpanelenclosure.shtml and acrylic panel kits http://www.screentight.com/prod-screen-doors-vinyl-windbreaker.shtml available for certain doors.

2: Removable Aluminum/Fiberglass Porch Panels - see http://www.qualitywindowscreen.com/store/patio-porch-screen-systems-patio-porch-screen-panels-c-101_176.html for an example. Not sure about glass on these.

3: Screentite and similar. See http://www.screentight.com/prod-screen-tight.shtml or this one which allows windows: http://www.kaufmannwindow.com/porch.html.

4: Inexpensive vinyl sliding glass doors. See http://www.thehouseofwindows.com/Sliding_Glass_Patio_Doors_p/snc5068.htm for what would likely be a true 3-4 season porch but expensive.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2010 at 8:38PM
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still_lynnski

Thanks for sharing your research, crdnh. Are you in New Hampshire? We're in Massachusetts, and have been pretty happy with other products from Harvey Industries. They're not high-end, but they're reasonably priced and offer good service and warranty.

I didn't know Harvey had a porch enclosure system, so thanks again for sharing that info. Given our previous good experience, I think we'd be happy to go that route.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2010 at 12:47PM
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