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Any way to keep rain off my screen porch (a little)?

June 16, 2008

We have a screen porch on the south side of our house. It has 2.5 foot knee-walls and the screen panels that extend to the ceiling. The problem is that we (obviously) get lots of rain on the porch with the right combination of wind and rain. I do try to dry it off, but we are already getting some floor damage due to standing water. I would like to find a way to keep the water out, and am envisioning some sort of pull-down shade that would clip at the bottom. I've seen this type of shade to keep the sun out - has anyone come across something that would work the same way for rain? Or does anyone have any other ideas to keep the screen porch puddle-free?


Comments (10)

  • decker173

    What sort of floor do you have that it is damaged. Please don't say it's plywood with carpet.

  • kjboggs

    I am interested in the same thing. My covered deck is open with vinyl railings, and a tongue and groove garapa floor. Even with 2' overhang, one end gets pretty wet when the wind blows the right way. I have thought about glass, canopies, or other relatively inexpensive options our there.

    I was hoping to find a type of screen that would stop rain better than others, but I dont think such a thing exists??

  • carajon

    No - not plywood and carpet! The floors are mahogany. The damage is not extreme - really just to the finish. I just don't want it to get worse...

  • dian57

    Interior shutters?

  • carajon

    Interior shutters - I hadn't thought of that. I'd love to see photos if anyone has installed these...

  • minneapolis

    When I bought an 1894 Victorian house in 1966, the 8' x 12' three-sided screened porch (east, south and north) had 2.5 foot knee-walls, with screen panels that extended to the ceiling. It also had one-inch slat (pine stained dark green) rollup blinds on all three sides, with the exception of the screen door. These were not spring-loaded roller blinds but were operated via cords running though two small pulleys at the top of each blind. The cords were cotton, and only one wore out and broke in the 26 years I lived in the house.

    When the blinds were locked in the rolled-up position, the excess cording was wound around marine-style X brackets screwed into the pillars between the screen panels. Such brackets were also located further down on the wall, near the floor, for anchoring the blinds so they didn't blow in during a windstorm.

    Minneapolis gets some volatile thunderstorms in summer, but if somebody was home to roll down the shades when one hit, nothing inside the porch ever got wet. And I had an upholstered wicker sofa and chairs, with lots of down-filled throw pillows.

    The floor was painted wood, re-painted once or twice over the years with deck paint. I put an excellent quality sisal rug down, and if it ever did get wet it didn't matter.

  • ptor715

    I saw on a cottage show on tv that a gazebo owner installed double screens (back to back) which prevented the rain from penetrating the gazebo. I researched this on line and could not find any reference to this. I am going to buy some screen and try it out on one of my gazebo walls. I hope it works and I hope you can still see clearly out.

    I thought of another idea if the double screen does not work. You can buy clear heavy weight plastic at your local Fabric stores. It is sold in rolls just like a bolt of material. I believe it is sold in different widths, up to 60 inches wide or so. I thought of stapling the sheet of plastic on a 1 inch by 2 inch piece of wood to create a header or top. At the bottom staple a 2 inch X 2 inch piece of wood (the thicker piece of wood would be heavier creating a bit of weight to hold the blind down). Drill a hole on each end of the top header. Fasten a nail or screw in the interior of the gazebo (matching the holes you drilled in the header. Hook the blinds on the nails or screws. When you do not want to use the plastic blinds, you can simply remove them and roll them up by hand and store them. It would take seconds to install these blinds and it should stop the rain from coming in. If you have strong winds in your area, you can fasten the bottom of the blinds using wing nuts.

    Just a thought..... Cheaper than installing window screens. Also once you install window screens on a screen porch or gazebo it does not feel the same anymore...

  • Mary Trexler

    I found a terrific solution on the web..called porchkeepers ..they have marine grade vynal ROLL UP blinds made to fit any opening. my husband and I just eclose a 19 x 12 area of our covered deck off the house attached go our pool deck. we built a 45" knee wall all around with tounge & groove siding and used 2 solid vynal georgian style screen doors on a barn door railing system. I built a beautiful double swing bed to hang on the deck for nap times for grandbabies and I cant have it get wet either, I debated laying ceramic tile in the area but really prefer carpetinc. our screened areas are 12' x 3' on both sides and 6' x3' oj front facing pool wall, plus the 2 screen doors and they make blinds for the screen doors as well. It may be so money to get but we r in our mid 50's and we have a lot of bone breaking time in it now and saved alot by doing it ourselves so splurging on keepin it dry will deff be worgh it. im envisioning the first rainfall on the swing bed with my 2 grandbabies now. porchkeepers worth a look!

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