One tip for using patio screen panels is to stretch the screen tight, but not tight enough to cause a distortion, notes Front Porch Ideas and More. Another tip is to ensure the method of installation used is appropriate for the project.
One way to use patio screen panels is to install the screen directly onto framing to make the panels. This is a relatively low-cost method and easy to install. It is also easy to add decorative trims; however, can be difficult to avoid distortion or make repairs without removing all the panels. A better tip to avoid these problems is to install sliding panel screen windows. These are easy to maintain and mean the patio can be used through three seasons, but are costlier than other options.
A tip for cheap patio screen panels is to get a frameless screen that uses Velcro to hold the screen panel in place. This is cost-effective and easy to remove.
A tip from ThisOldHouse.com is to reinforce the lower part of the patio screens with a tear-resistant product. PetScreen is one example of a screening material that should resist wear and tear from pets or children coming in contact with the bottom of the screen.