How to Install a Porch Screen
A clever new way to replace or install porch screening
The traditional method of screening a porch has pretty much remained the same for a hundred years. That's unfortunate, because it's a flawed system. Small tacks or staples are used to attach the screening to the porch posts and railings. Then, narrow wood battens are nailed up to conceal all of the seams and fasteners.
It's a labor-intensive method, and screens installed this way typically develop noticeable sags after just a few months. Plus, when it's necessary to replace a damaged screen or fix a sagging one, you must remove several battens and yank out about a million fasteners.
But there is a much better and easier way to install screens, and it doesn't require a lot of experience. This project will show you how to rescreen an existing porch using the installation system. You can use the same techniques detailed here for new and remodeled porches, deck enclosures, breezeways and gazebos.
Remove the Wood Battens
Remove the 1x2 battens to expose the staples that secure the old screens in place.