Porch lattice
Steps // How to Install Porch Lattice
1 ×

Prep for installation

 
Step One // How to Install Porch Lattice

Prep for installation

Remove the old lattice
Photo by Chip Henderson

Start by removing the old lattice from the porch with a flat pry bar. Be careful that you don't damage the porch fascia or support columns. Measure the openings between the columns or posts. The completed frames must be a ½-inch narrower than the overall width and 1 inch shorter than the height.

 
2 ×

Begin assembly

 
Step Two // How to Install Porch Lattice

Begin assembly

Cut the frame parts and assemble
Photo by Chip Henderson

Cut the frame parts to length and assemble them facedown on a flat surface. Strengthen the frame by installing a 6-inch mending plate and a 3½-inch flat corner brace at each corner joint. Position the hardware pieces about ¼ of an inch from the edge of the frame and secure them with 3/4-inch-long flathead screws

 
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Connect the center stile, prime, and paint

 
Step Three // How to Install Porch Lattice

Connect the center stile, prime, and paint

Connect the center stile to the frame
Photo by Chip Henderson

Connect the center stile to the frame with two 4-inch T-plates. Be sure the leg of the T-shaped plate is centered on the 1x4 stile. Once the frames are assembled, apply a coat of primer, followed by two coats of gloss enamel trim paint.

 
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Size the lattice panels

 
Step Four // How to Install Porch Lattice

Size the lattice panels

Cut the lattice panels down to size
Photo by Chip Henderson

Cut the lattice panels down to size using a sabre saw or circular saw. Lay the frames facedown and attach the lattice with 1-inch panhead screws driven through washers. Be sure to drill clearance holes slightly larger than the screw shanks so the lattice can expand and contract.

 
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Secure the seam

 
Step Five // How to Install Porch Lattice

Secure the seam

Secure the seam
Photo by Chip Henderson

Where two pieces of vinyl lattice meet at a center stile, secure the seam with two rows of screws 1-inch panhead screws.

 
6 ×

Hang the framed-lattice panels

 
Step Six // How to Install Porch Lattice

Hang the framed-lattice panels

Hang the framed-lattice panels
Photo by Chip Henderson

Hang the framed-lattice panels from the porch with either 3- or 4-inch strap or T-hinges. Two hinges are sufficient for a panel that's shorter than 8 feet, but use three hinges on one that's longer. Screw the hinges to the frames first, then set the panels in the openings under the porch. Slip a pry bar under the panel and raise it up tight against the porch fascia. Use a drill/driver to screw the hinge to the porch.

Check to make sure the panel swings up and down smoothly. If it drags on the ground, use a shovel or rake to remove some dirt from in front of the panel. If there's a large gap beneath the panel, add soil, then smooth it out to create a consistent space between the panel and ground.

 

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