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What are some tips for installing a screen porch window system?

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Tips for installing a screen porch window system include selecting a system that uses a locking vinyl grid to secure screens and using a staple gun to secure interior and exterior panels. Conventional methods of screening a porch are typically labor intensive, and screens installed this way may begin to sag after just a few months. Systems that utilize a locking vinyl grid provide a more convenient stapleless method of installing aluminum or fiberglass screens.

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The process of installing a screen porch window system involves removing the battens and any existing screen that may already be in place. Use a pry bar to remove the battens, and pound all staples within the old screening flat. Fasten the vertical base strips for the screen window system to the porch posts before using pruning sheers or tin snips to trim the base strips to length.

When installing new screens, pull the screen taught with one hand, and use the other to roll the spline into the groove along the base strip. Use a utility knife along the edge of the raised spline groove to trim away any excess screen fabric. Another tip is to reinforce the bottom screen on lower portions of the doors and windows. Install cap trim above the base strips before installing any screen doors.

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