Decks and porches provide usable space for entertaining or relaxation. Adding lattice around the base of a porch or deck encloses the space and completes the look. Besides adding lattice for aesthetic value, it also serves a purpose. Lattice hides an unfinished space and stops animals from making their home under your porch or deck. Manufacturers make lattice, also called skirting, in wood or plastic. Plastic lattice stands up well to the elements and requires little maintenance. Wood lattice will involve a yearly coating of a protective finish.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Tape measure
- Spring clamps or C-clamps
- Circular saw or handsaw
- Standard blade or plastic-cutting blade
- Mitre saw
- Epoxy-based exterior-grade adhesive
- 2-inch screws
- Power screwdriver
Measure the open area at the base of the deck or porch, using a tape measure. Mark the measurements plus 2 inches in each direction on the lattice. Use a straightedge as a guide when marking straight lines.
Lay plywood over two sawhorses. Lattice requires support during cutting.
Lay the lattice panel on top of the plywood with the waste hanging over the edge. Secure the lattice panel to the plywood with spring clamps or C-clamps.
Outfit a circular saw with a standard blade if the lattice is wood. If the lattice is plastic, use a fine-tooth plastic-cutting blade. Set the saw blade to the depth of the lattice plus 1/4 inch. Cut the lattice panel along the guidelines. You can also cut lattice with a handsaw.
Measure the length and width of the cut lattice. Note the measurements on wood or plastic framing. Use a mitre saw to cut the ends of the framing at a 45-degree angle. Wood or plastic framing for lattice has a channel cutout that slides over the outer edges of the lattice.
Apply an epoxy-based exterior-grade adhesive along the edges of the lattice. Slide the framing along each edge of the lattice to enclose it within the frame. Let the adhesive dry for 20 to 30 minutes.
Position the framed lattice over the base of the porch or deck, extending 1 inch onto the post and 1 inch onto the joist.
Drive 2-inch screws with a power screwdriver through the upper corners of the lattice into the joist. Drive a screw in every 6 inches along the lattice frame and into the posts and joist.
Tips and warnings
- Apply a sealant to wood lattice to prevent rotting.
- Consider placing hinges on one or more of the lattice panels for easy access to items under the deck or porch if you intend to use the area for storage.
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