Fall is approaching, and with it comes cooler weather. That more pleasant weather makes it much nicer to enjoy the outdoors. What doesn’t go away in the fall are the pests and critters that can ruin your enjoyment.
With a screen room installed on your existing patio, porch or deck, you’ll be able to expand your outdoor living space without the other stuff “bugging” you. You’ll be protected from pesky mosquitoes and flies, the random bird dropping, the sun beating down on you or the rain soaking you. Even yard debris like leaves, sticks and even acorns won’t enter your space.
Just imagine all the ways you could enjoy your new screen room. Maybe use it as an outdoor kitchen. Or put a TV in there for the kids or to watch your favorite sporting events. Install a bar for entertaining. Add a hammock for taking that much-deserved afternoon nap.
No matter what you use it for, you’ll be protected from the elements—rain, sun, debris and pests. Just a relaxing, breezy spot where you can escape to nature without the hassles of it.
Affordable Additional Living Space
A screen room is probably the single most affordable outdoor protected living space. They are a very cost-effective way of maximizing your existing space. They are versatile, in that they can be installed over existing structures or built as an entirely new space. Screens allow the pleasant fall breezes in, while keeping the bad stuff out.
Advantages of Screen Rooms
There are many benefits to adding a screen room to your home:
- Breathing in the fresh air and taking in nature without having to deal with the bugs or yard debris
- Affordable; least expensive type of outdoor enclosure
- Enjoyable in nearly all weather conditions
- A place to entertain even in the rain
- Provides instant shade to keep you cool
- Freedom from mosquitoes, flies, and other flying pests
- Added beauty and value to your house
- Practically maintenance free
- Lowers utility bills in the summer
Screen Rooms vs. Sun Rooms
Basically, a screen room is an open-air space enclosed with screens. It is still considered to be outdoors. Conversely, a sun room is a room that has many windows to let in the sun. Most of them have windows that open to let in the air, if needed. A sun room is basically an addition to your indoor space.
Some people may want to add a sun room to their homes or convert an existing screen room to a sun room Reasons for doing this is to be able to use it year-round. However, to be a true addition to your home that’s comfortable in all weather, the windows should be made with tempered, insulated, UV-protected glass and the walls properly insulated.
Some pros and cons for building a sun room addition to your home instead of a screen room are:
- More indoor living space year-round
- Properly constructed, attractive addition can add considerable value to your home
- Very costly
- Stringent building permits required
- No longer functions as outdoor space. No more nature sounds or breeze flowing through.
- Heat is intensified if windows are closed
The Perfect Marriage of Indoors and Outdoors
A screen room can give you many of the benefits of a sun room without the detriments. The weather in St. Charles County and the Midwest, in general, is conducive to enjoying a screen room for most of the year. I’m sure you can remember days in every season where the temps were in the 60s, 70s and 80s—perfect for outdoor enjoyment.
Smell the new growth in the spring, watch the fireflies on a warm summer’s evening, sip cider in the fall, even watch the snow melt on an unusually warm winter’s day! All without the worry of sunburn and pests.
Did you know that screen rooms were all but replaced in the early 20th century by decks, some of which were then enclosed into sun rooms? Screen rooms are again becoming more popular, probably because they are basically such a great concept! They embody function, beauty and pleasure.
Designing a Screen Room to Your Taste
A screen room can be designed to your personal taste, just like almost any other room in your home. A well-designed outdoor space is attractive, comfortable and incredibly versatile. Your new space can be used to relax and unwind, wine and dine, watch the big game with friends, or any number of ways.
You may be very talented and crafty, in which case, you can think of a number of DIY ways to spruce up your room. If you’re looking for help, there are many available design tips and ideas from the experts to assist you in this process. You can transform your screen room into an open-air oasis that you and your family will love and use often.
Of course, the design will largely depend on your intended use of the screen room. But no matter whether you’re using it for entertaining, relaxation, dining room or kitchen, you can design it to be functional and aesthetic. The design can run from very simple to extravagant.
If you enjoy the fresh air, but there are times of the day when the sun is extreme, outdoor curtains or shades can help. Comfortable furnishings, a porch swing, fire place, ceiling fan, fireplace, attractive flooring—all these additions contribute to a comfortable spot. With some of these additions, you’ll be able to enjoy the room on days when the weather might a bit too hot (ceiling fans, shades) or cold (fireplace) for comfort.
Get Your Screen Room Installed by the Experts
When you’ve decided that you’re ready to start enjoying the outdoors more without the hassle, it’s time to call RainTight. We provide quality solutions to expanding your outdoor enjoyment.
We only install screen rooms made of the highest quality materials. We only use aluminum in the screen room frames. As opposed to vinyl or wood, aluminum will not fade, rust, melt or sag. The color baked in not painted on so it won’t chip or crack. They are practically maintenance-free. The screens on our enclosures are made from durable fiberglass for extra strength and endurance. Our screen rooms are made to last a lifetime.
We make all our products in-house, designed specifically to your structure. We offer several color options to complement your existing décor.
All materials are pre-manufactured, delivered to your home, and installed directly by RainTight. Because we don’t subcontract the manufacturing, you benefit by getting them at a lower cost.
We can install a screen room onto your existing porch, deck or patio in 4-6 weeks.
We take the hassle out of the process by making it simple. We have a 3-step process for all of our outdoor solutions:
- Planning. In our initial FREE consultation, we’ll come to your home to measure and assess the space. We’ll discuss your options and answer all your questions.
- Design. We’ll take your ideas and goals into account and design the solution that’s right for you. You’ll get the design and our bid within 24 hours.
- Installation. After you give us the go-ahead, we’ll prepare a schedule for installing the enclosure according to the approved specifications.
Don’t Spend the Fall Indoors
Don’t waste another season without enjoying the great outdoors from your own backyard! Give us a call today to start the process of getting that extra living space to enjoy for decades.
RainTight also offers other outdoor solutions to enhance your outdoor enjoyment. Our under deck systems can be installed underneath your current deck to create additional space below for storage, entertainment or other uses. We also offer permanent patio covers that shield your existing patio from sun, rain and debris. These can both be fully enclosed to make it a screen room. This can be done at the same time, or any time after the underdecking or patio cover is installed.
RainTight has been providing unique solutions for outdoor living space for over 12 years. We’ve served hundreds of satisfied customers in St. Charles and St. Louis Counties, to include the cities of O’Fallon, Wentzville, St. Charles, St. Peters, Chesterfield, Creve Coeur, Kirkwood, Ballwin, Wildwood and Maryland Heights.
RainTight guarantees all of our work. Our goal is to build you an outdoor enclosure that exceeds your expectations. We deliver superior products at a reasonable price.