Out of all the possible home extensions and improvement projects that you could undertake this summer, nothing beats turning your tired old porch, patio or deck into a screen room. Dollar for dollar, it’s one of the best investments you can make; the cost of the materials is cheaper than building a whole new set of walls and foundations, but you still get the benefit of a brand new room to expand into during the warmer months. You’ll create a gorgeous oasis that allows you the benefits of being outside, such as the fresh and scents of summer, without any of the drawbacks, such as the bugs or harsh direct sunshine.
However, as all Calgary citizens know, the incredible wind speeds throughout the city make sitting outside during the summer a sometimes unpleasant experience. Completing this home extension project with Desert Sun Patios will give you these three screen room benefits that only people in a windy city will understand:
- Nothing blows away – if you enjoy hosting parties outside in Calgary, you’ve either got a large set of heavy plates and dishes or you have young children who don’t mind chasing paper plates and plastic cups across the yard all afternoon. While a screen room won’t completely block out the wind, it will reduce it’s intensity making your new screen room the ideal place to host your summer parties.
- Filters bugs and dirt – another perennial problem facing Calgary residents during the summer months is the sheer amount of bugs and dirt that get blown around. In some cases, sweeping and wiping down your patio or deck can be a daily chore, and one that gets boring very quickly. A screen room eliminates the bug problem instantly as they will be too big to fit through any screen mesh. The amount of dirt and dust that gets blown in will depend on the size of your mesh, but you can also reduce this by putting solid panels at the base of your screen windows. This will also help to reduce wind speed.
- Help plants to survive – finally, high wind speeds make growing plants in containers and pots difficult. Not only can the pots get blown over, but it’s easy for the plants themselves to be bent or broken before their stems get strong enough. Keeping your plants in your screen room until they’re ready to go outside will dramatically increase your chances of success, while also bringing some delightful greenery and raised oxygen levels to your new hybrid indoor/outdoor space.
A note to think about when you’re discussing your screen room project with your Desert Sun Patio contractor. The solar windscreen is the best option. The smaller the holes and thicker mesh give you privacy while providing maximum wind and heat protection. Make this the year that you finally conquer the wind and take back your outdoor living lifestyle.