How to Enclose a Deck

Decks extend the living space in a home by providing an area for entertaining attached to the house.

Depending on your climate, you may use your deck year round. During the summer, when people use decks more often, bugs and heat can damper the experience. Follow these steps to enclose your deck with screens for optimal enjoyment.

Buy a screen house kit. Screen House offers 4 different kits designed to transform your deck to an enclosed area. "The Polaria" and "The Gazalum" can stay up year round. All 4 kits can be assembled in 1 to 2 hours. Once your kit arrives, you need to install it based on the directions provided.

Build your own. Measure the deck and plan the basic structure. You need to attach posts at the corners of the deck to support the screen door panels. Depending on the width of the screen door panels, you should attach intermediate posts between the panels for additional support.

Attach the posts. The outside posts support the roof. Secure prefabricated lattice to the posts and the roof. Use a staple gun to put screening under the lattice to enclose the roof. You can slant the roof to improve aesthetics. Some people prefer to use a vinyl roof instead of lattice.

Screen the deck in. If your deck has stairs, install your screen door at the stairway. Otherwise, pick a convenient location for it. Attach the screen door paneling to the posts. You may want to use border trim along the top of the paneling for extra support and to provide a more finished look.

Things You Will Need

  • Screen kit, optional
  • Posts
  • Screen door(s)
  • Screen door paneling
  • Nuts and bolts
  • Basic tools
  • Prefabricated lattice
  • Staple gun
  • Screening
  • Vinyl roof, optional
  • Border trim

Warnings

  • Some areas require a building permit to enclose a deck.
  • This design is not meant to support heavy rain, wet snow, or a fully framed and roofed room.