porch screen
Steps // Faster Way to Install Porch Screens
1 ×

Remove the Wood Battens

 
Step One // Faster Way to Install Porch Screens

Remove the Wood Battens

removing old screening

Remove the 1x2 battens to expose the staples that secure the old screens in place.

 
2 ×

Remove Old Screening

 
Step Two // Faster Way to Install Porch Screens

Remove Old Screening

porch screen installation

Pry the vertical 1x4 battens from the porch posts. Pull down all the old screening and pound the staples flat.

 
3 ×

Install Vertical Base Strips

 
Step Three // Faster Way to Install Porch Screens

Install Vertical Base Strips

porch screen installation

Fasten the vertical base strips to the outside of the porch posts. Use the 3½-inch base for 4x4 posts.

 
4 ×

Trim the Base Strips

 
Step Four // Faster Way to Install Porch Screens

Trim the Base Strips

porch screen installation

Use pruning shears or tin snips to trim the base strips to length. Screw 1½=inch-wide base to 2x4 rails.

 
5 ×

Install the Screening

 
Step Five // Faster Way to Install Porch Screens

Install the Screening

installing screening with a spline roller

Pull the screen fabric tight with one hand as you roll the spline into the groove in the base strip.

 
6 ×

Trim Away Excess

 
Step Six // Faster Way to Install Porch Screens

Trim Away Excess

porch screen installation

Remove excess screening by drawing a utility knife along the edge of the raised spline groove.

 
7 ×

Reinforce the Bottom Screens (optional)

 
Step Seven // Faster Way to Install Porch Screens

Reinforce the Bottom Screens (optional)

porch screen installation

On this porch, we installed tough, tear-resistant PetScreen to the lower portion of the walls and to the door.

 
8 ×

Install Wide Cap Trim

 
Step Eight // Faster Way to Install Porch Screens

Install Wide Cap Trim

porch screen installation

Cover up the base strips and screen splines on the 4x4 porch posts with long pieces of wide cap trim.

 
9 ×

Install Narrow Cap Trim

 
Step Nine // Faster Way to Install Porch Screens

Install Narrow Cap Trim

installing narrow cap trim with mallet

Use a nonmarring mallet to tap the narrow cap trim onto the base strips that are screwed to the 2x4 railing.

 
10 ×

Install Base Strip Trim

 
Step Ten // Faster Way to Install Porch Screens

Install Base Strip Trim

porch screen installation

Cut the narrow, horizontal cap trim to length with pruning shears after tapping it onto the base strip.

 
11 ×

Install the Screen Door

 
Step Eleven // Faster Way to Install Porch Screens

Install the Screen Door

porch screen installation

To complement the new screening system, we installed a matching solid-vinyl screen door. It never needs painting.

 
 

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