Porches, patios, decks, and balconies are usually selling points for a home as they are incredible spaces that allow homeowners to spend much-needed time outdoors. The main benefit is that they get to do so without having to roam too far away from home.
However, in some months of the year, where bugs, extreme sun, and dust are abundant, these spaces can go completely unused. This is where manual or motorized screens for porches come in.
How Outdoor Patio Screens Work
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Patio screens are essentially a mesh or vinyl, window, wall, or door covering. They provide a barrier from the outdoors, while still allowing light and airflow to come into your home. How patio screens work depends on the material used to create the screen, as some materials allow for more airflow and light to come into your home and some designs are specifically made to keep certain bugs out of your home. The different designs will affect the hole sizes in the screen.
Some outdoor patio screens are even retractable, which will allow you to bring down the screen, or completely remove it as needed. Other patio screens will be on the inside of your home, with a door or window that you can leave open to use the screen, or closed, when you want to close your home off from the outdoors.
Some outdoor patio screens are simply intended to stay outdoors all year long, acting as a sort of wall to enclose an area in your yard that might have otherwise been unpleasant to sit in. Whether your outdoor screen is intended to weather the seasons or can be covered up or retracted when wanted, will also affect how it works and how it can be used.
Why Have an Outdoor Patio Screen?
1. Cool Down Your Home
One of the main benefits of an outdoor patio screen is that you can easily control the temperature of your home. You can do so without the use of any electricity, saving you money.
Rather than keeping the windows closed in the summer, you can have a patio screen lowered. If there’s some wind outside, this will allow some airflow into your home.
Even better, some patio screens are specifically designed to act as a sort of sun shield, preventing the hot summer sun from heating up your home. Even if you typically leave your windows and doors closed in the summer to use air conditioning, many outdoor patio screens will still be able to be lowered. This reduces the sun’s heating up of your home through the window, but still allows you to see outdoors, unlike with blinds.
2. Keep Bugs Out
No matter where you live, it is very likely that during some months of the year, you will have to deal with some bugs in your yard. Of course, certain bugs are peskier than others, and anyone who lives in an area with mosquitoes, or other biting bugs, will know how easily bugs can ruin your time.
Reclaim your yard and no longer fear opening the window with an outdoor patio screen. Different patio screens are designed to keep out different bugs, so be aware of the bugs in your area if you are considering setting up your home with screens.
3. Increase Your Usable Home Space
Adding patio screens can increase your usable home space. If you live in an area with lots of bugs or if there’s an extremely hot climate, you know how it feels to lose access to some spaces during the summer.
Whether it’s your deck, porch, or any other outdoor living space, these spaces will not only become inconvenient to use but somewhat miserable to spend time in during some months of the year.
Rather than losing some of your home to the heat or bugs, reclaim that space with outdoor patio screens which can provide some much-needed protection from the outdoor elements, even while you are outdoors.
4. Good Home Investment
When you invest in outdoor patio screens, they will prove to be a great investment for your home. It’s an investment that will allow you to further enjoy your home and it may allow you to sell your house for more when the time comes.
If you live in a bug-infested area, investing in retractable bug-proof screens for your outdoor spaces can be the difference between a sale or not in some cases. As mentioned above, investing in outdoor patio screens can also help save you money on your electricity bill, thereby further making them a better overall investment for your home.
Outdoor patio screens have many different purposes and benefits, from allowing airflow into your home, to protecting your outdoor spaces from pesky bugs. They certainly can drastically improve your home life, allowing spaces in your home to become usable during all months of the year. Since they have so many different purposes, patio screens come in many forms, designs, and styles which change the way they work. In general, they will allow you to reclaim your outdoor living spaces from the outside elements.