Maintenance Tips for a Screened in Porch

Lafferty Aluminum - March 9, 2022 - 0 comments

Summer is coming! Make sure your screened-in porch is summer-ready by making sure it is in good condition. Maintaining a screened-in porch is not as difficult as one may think. With proper maintenance, your screened porch will still have that brand-new feel about it. However, as with anything, if you don’t maintain it properly, your screened porch will begin to exhibit the effects of its age. Eventually, you may find that it needs a complete overhaul which can be very expensive and time-consuming.



Keep It Clean

The most important part of maintaining a screened-in porch is keeping it clean. This means sweeping regularly and cleaning the screens with a soapy sponge. It is also imperative to check for any damage or holes in the screens and repair them as soon as possible.

Springtime is a time of great natural beauty, but it also produces a lot of pollen. Every year, take some time to wash the screens with a garden hose and clean or dry all other exposed surfaces that are beginning to accumulate pollen.


Lubricate the Door

A squeaky door can ruin the serenity you expect from your screened porch. If you notice your beginning to make noise, be sure to lubricate it. Apply a light coat of oil to the hinges and door handle once every few months.


Adjust the Door

After a few years, the door on your porch may start to fit a little too tightly or loosely. To adjust it, remove the screws on the hinges and move the door up or down until it feels comfortable again. Replace the screws and test the door.


Inspect the Roof

The roof of your screened porch is susceptible to a lot of wear and tear, especially during storm season. Inspect it for any damage every few months and make the necessary repairs. It is recommended to hire a specialist to thoroughly examine the roof since they have the necessary training and equipment for the job.


Inspect the Screws and Nails

Screened-in porches rely on a tight fit between the screens and the frame to keep out pests and debris. Occasionally, screws and nails can work their way loose, creating a gap and allowing bugs and other unwanted visitors in.


Check the Screens for Holes.

The screens on your porch are constantly under attack from the elements and the wildlife. Over time, they can start to tear and develop holes. If this is left unchecked, insects, debris, and wildlife will start to find their way in. 


Keep Plants and Shrubs Trimmed

Plants and shrubs can provide a hiding place for insects, small rodents, and other pests. If they are allowed to grow too close to the porch, they can become a nuisance, and they can poke holes in your screen. To keep this from happening, make sure to keep your plants trimmed and away from your screen.


Replace Screens

A high-quality screen should last a long while; however, they fade and can get torn as time passes. If your screens start to look faded or worn, replace them as soon as possible. It is recommended that you hire a professional because they have the necessary tools and knowledge to do the job correctly. A highly experienced contractor with quality materials can save you time and money in the future. This can considerably reduce the amount of maintenance necessary.


Don’t Forget to Pay Attention to the Warranty!

One of the most important aspects of screened-in porch maintenance is keeping an eye on the warranty. If anything goes wrong with the screening, the manufacturer may be responsible for fixing it. Usually, there is a time limit on how long you have to make a claim, so it’s crucial to stay on top of things. This will save you tons of money.


Ensure Porch Furniture is Not Obstructing the Screen

Furniture can often be a major culprit when it comes to blocking screens. Make sure that all of your chairs, tables, and other items are pushed back so that the screens have plenty of room to breathe.


Replace Missing or Chipped Caulk

Caulk is key to having a watertight seal on your screened-in porch. If you find any areas where caulking is missing or has chipped, replace it as soon as possible. Not only will this keep water from seeping in, but it will also save your outdoor furniture some wear and keep the insects out.


Clean the Gutters Regularly

Debris build-up in the gutters can cause water to back up and leak through the screens. It might cause stains on the floor, broken furniture, and even foundation damage. Cleaning them out at least once a year will help prevent this from happening.


Questions About Maintenance and Updates? Call Us Today!

At Lafferty Aluminum & Screening, we love helping homeowners keep their homes in excellent condition. If you have any questions about screened-in porch maintenance or need help with an update, give us a call! We would be happy to assist you! Our affordable services include screen repair and rescreening, and more! Ask us about getting a free quote today.


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