Create Your Own Complete Deck Screen Enclosure When You Don't Have Any Overhead Covered Structure
PVC Framed For Deck Screen Enclosure
We routinely make Mosquito Curtains for under deck spaces, however, several clients have inquired, "What do I do if I have a deck, but I don't have a roof?" This is a common question we receive. The alternatives are to purchase an awning, create a wood frame, or make your own deck screen enclosure frame using painted 2" PVC pipe (use schedule 40 - 2" diameter PVC or greater or it will be too flimsy to support anything.) We strongly recommend PVC over metal frames. Less than 2" will NOT work. 3" is actually best for larger frames for sturdiness but 3 inch 3-way connectors are non-existent. Instead, there is a connector that will work called a 3" elbow with 2" side outlet. To connect the 2" side outlet to the 3" vertical, use a 2" x 3" reducer. Click on photo to right to enlarge.
The advantage of making a PVC frame is that it can be made to precisely fit any deck screen dimension you choose. In addition, a mosquito ceiling panel allows sunlight to pass freely to the interior of the house. When the season is over, the PVC frame disassembles easily and can be stored during the winter months. Best of all, it is easy and cost effective.
In this example, we started with a 23' x 8' deck. Because the mosquito curtain is made from 123" rolls, we decided to make the ceiling 10' tall. Fortunately, 10' PVC is sold at any major hardware store. Again, while this example shows pipe, we strongly recommend PVC.
Only Quality Fabricated Mosquito Netting
This is a very high quality mosquito netting made from marine-grade materials. IN NO WAY should you compare these to the cheap gazebo net kits you may have seen on aluminum gazebos at home improvement stores that is tissue paper thin at 90 denier. You could jump off your roof and let the firemen catch you in our netting that is 450 denier (thread weight). We use the same coloring process as Sunbrella® so our materials do not fade. In addition to mosquito netting, we also carry no-see-um mesh and a lovely shade mesh.
Steps For Ordering
1. Send us a photo of your entire space
2. We'll agree on a compatible game plan
3. Build it and send another photo
4. We'll coach you on measurements
5. We will set up the order for you.
We offer a gorgeous black shade mesh that blocks 80% of the sun to take the edge off. Visibility is reasonably good for a decent view of the sky. Many opt for shade mesh for the roof panel and Mosquito Mesh for the walls.
Rule 1: When deciding where to put your frame, consider that we MUST have a clear path around the outside of your frame. If there is a deck railing, you either need to keep the entire frame inside the railing or the entire frame completely outside the railing. While there have been occaissions where we have had to "notch" up and over a railing, it isn't easy to align.
Rule 2: Because one side of the enclusure is typically the house, (not free-standing) make sure we have straight fastening surfaces to attach the curtain to the house, itself. For example, it would be a bad idea to terminate the frame where there is a window or sliding glass door. A good flat surface is optimal.
Note: The elastic cord described in the diagram is to keep the roof panel from sagging and improve the connection against the house..