porch screen
Steps // How to Install a Porch Screen
1 ×

Remove the Wood Battens

 
Step One // How to Install a Porch Screen

Remove the Wood Battens

removing old screening

Remove the 1x2 battens to expose the staples that secure the old screens in place.

 
2 ×

Remove Old Screening

 
Step Two // How to Install a Porch Screen

Remove Old Screening

porch screen installation

Pry the vertical 1x4 battens from the porch posts. Pull down all the old screening and pound the staples flat.

 
3 ×

Install Vertical Base Strips

 
Step Three // How to Install a Porch Screen

Install Vertical Base Strips

porch screen installation

Fasten the vertical base strips to the outside of the porch posts. Use the 3½-inch base for 4x4 posts.

 
4 ×

Trim the Base Strips

 
Step Four // How to Install a Porch Screen

Trim the Base Strips

porch screen installation

Use pruning shears or tin snips to trim the base strips to length. Screw 1½=inch-wide base to 2x4 rails.

 
5 ×

Install the Screening

 
Step Five // How to Install a Porch Screen

Install the Screening

installing screening with a spline roller

Pull the screen fabric tight with one hand as you roll the spline into the groove in the base strip.

 
6 ×

Trim Away Excess

 
Step Six // How to Install a Porch Screen

Trim Away Excess

porch screen installation

Remove excess screening by drawing a utility knife along the edge of the raised spline groove.

 
7 ×

Reinforce the Bottom Screens (optional)

 
Step Seven // How to Install a Porch Screen

Reinforce the Bottom Screens (optional)

porch screen installation

On this porch, we installed tough, tear-resistant to the lower portion of the walls and to the door.

 
8 ×

Install Wide Cap Trim

 
Step Eight // How to Install a Porch Screen

Install Wide Cap Trim

porch screen installation

Cover up the base strips and screen splines on the 4x4 porch posts with long pieces of wide cap trim.

 
9 ×

Install Narrow Cap Trim

 
Step Nine // How to Install a Porch Screen

Install Narrow Cap Trim

installing narrow cap trim with mallet

Use a nonmarring mallet to tap the narrow cap trim onto the base strips that are screwed to the 2x4 railing.

 
10 ×

Install Base Strip Trim

 
Step Ten // How to Install a Porch Screen

Install Base Strip Trim

porch screen installation

Cut the narrow, horizontal cap trim to length with pruning shears after tapping it onto the base strip.

 
11 ×

Install the Screen Door

 
Step Eleven // How to Install a Porch Screen

Install the Screen Door

porch screen installation

To complement the new screening system, we installed a matching solid-vinyl screen door. It never needs painting.

 
 

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