It’s common knowledge that the Calgary summer is the best time to hang out in your screen room. You get all the benefits of the season, including the warmth and all the summer scents, combined with protection from all the worst parts, like the strong winds, biting bugs and harsh midday sunshine. However, many experienced screen room owners will tell you that you shouldn’t stop using your screen just because the warm weather has ended. With a few additions, it’s entirely possible to use your screen year round.
Keeping it light and warm
The big keys to being able to use your screen room year round in Calgary is to think about how to keep it lit and how to keep yourselves warm. The lack of windows means that the cold Alberta wind will whip through the room, and the longer winter nights will mean that you’ll be struggling to see each other. However, these screen room ideas for use year round will keep you out there in all seasons:
- Install a heat source – if you’re feeling brave, a wood stove will complete the rustic look of your screen room. However, many people are nervous about these as screen rooms tend to be made mainly from wood, and an open fire source can be problematic. Space heaters work ok, but tend to look brutalistic and only heat part of the room. A more subtle option is to install an overhead heat source, such as an infrared heater. Not only will these be discreet, but they’re also more efficient which will help keep your electricity bills down.
- Vinyl windows – if you’re going to be out in your screen when the weather starts to get stormy, you’re going to need some extra protection against the wind. Installing vinyl window protection will buffer the wind as well as helping to insulate the room and keep the heat inside. Vinyl windows can be clear inserts that are removable dependent on the season, or permanent fixtures that still allow plenty of light through into your screen room.
- Add additional light sources – while the snow is falling or you’re enjoying the sunset through the changing trees, you’re going to want to be warm and snuggled up in your screen room. To help with this, you should install some soft lighting such as table lamps or candles in glass jars. A more magical effect can be achieved with string lights around the edges of the mesh windows. Whatever you choose, make sure you find the right balance between a comforting light and still being able to see each other.
You’ll also need to think about the furniture and soft furnishings that you have in the room. Many people have wicker sofas and chairs which won’t feel great in winter. Consider having a more couch or a futon that you can easily switch out to keep you comfortable year round in your screen room.