How to calculate cost on an enclosed screened porch

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Calculating the cost on your enclosed screen porch may turn out to be the most complicated step in remodeling depending on what resources you are working with. When calculating the cost to build an enclosed screen porch, remember that you will need to consider the deck flooring, finishing, screens and the support structure.

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    Take the measurements for building a deck flooring, or for any expansions you plan to add to an existing deck, and use wood prices to calculate the cost. Remember to round up for partial pieces of wood, and consider whether you will want to add stair access or railing when you build or remodel the deck.

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    Take the measurements for the length and width of any wall structure or other support structure for the screen and include these in your materials cost. There are a number of options for framing a screen porch, some of which will require more materials than others.

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    Decide how you will cover the screen porch and calculate the cost of your materials for roofing. You may choose a wide range of materials depending on your renovation plans and budget.

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    Determine your costs for wood finishing to be done on the exterior of the screen porch as well as any kind of finishing you will do on the interior. If you choose to finish the interior as you would any room in the house using insulation, carpeting or other materials, the cost will be much greater.

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    Calculate the cost of screen itself by measuring the amount of screen you will need and using screen segment prices from any home and garden retailer.

Tips and warnings

  • Don't assume that the cost to build your own screen porch will be less than the cost to have an enclosed screen porch addition built for you. If you are starting from the ground up, you may want to contract the job to have the entire thing built at a lower cost.

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