A Simple Screened Porch
Inexpensive screen panels combined with cable railings create a clever assembly.
Synopsis: This article describes a simple method for installing screens on a porch that are rot-resistant and easily removable for repairs. Rather than rolling screen down a wooden frame or installing wooden screen doors, carpenters Brian Kelley and Eric Paulson install aluminum-framed screens anchored by existing porch posts. These screens can be attached permanently to the outside of the posts, or attached on the interior with cedar stops for a removable-screen assembly.
Brian Kelley’s company, Fusion Renovations, Inc., was building a new home on a ridge overlooking upstate New York’s rural Harlem Valley when his clients decided to add insect screening to the porch. This isn’t an uncommon request, and over the years I’ve seen carpenters tackle this project in many ways. The most common solutions seem to be either filling the spaces between the posts with wooden screen doors or adding horizontal members, unrolling screening across the assembly and…