How to Screen in an Existing Deck

Nathaniel Miller

Do you have an existing deck that you want to enjoy, but stinging and biting insects keep you from it? Maybe you just want the extra security of enclosing your deck so you can store furniture, furnishings, and outdoor toys on it without the possibility of destruction or thievery.

Begin enjoying your patio or deck again today!

Regardless of your motivation, screening in your deck is a simple and worthwhile venture. Let this article take you step by step through the process, and begin enjoying your deck today.

  1. Measure the distance between the posts holding up your roof. Add 3 inches to each side of the measurement for your final screen segment width.

  2. Cut the screen segments according to your measurement from Step 1 using the shears. Cut the full number of screen pieces--for however many gapes there are--all at once to save time.

  3. Attach one side of the screen to one post by sandwiching the screen between the post and an appropriately sized 2-by-4 and screwing down tight. Perform the same operation for the other side of the screen and the roof until all sides of the screen are securely fastened. Perform Steps 1 through 3 until the entire deck is completely screened in.


This method guarantees taught, wrinkle-free screens, albeit a bit more work than other methods. Use screen that is small enough that bugs can't get through, but not so small that sunlight is blocked either. Your patio will be warmed by sunlight in both the summer and winter time.


Make sure to wear gloves and safety glasses when cutting maneuvering or adjusting the screen. It is sharp and can cut quite easily!

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