How to Screen-In Balconies

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How to Screen-In Balconies
Screening in your balcony can help to improve your summer. (Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

In the summer, the balcony is the place to be. But if you live in an area with mosquitoes or other annoying insects, this can really take away from the experience. Screening in your balcony will help you get the most out of summer, and enjoy the weather without being bothered by the bugs. With this type of Velcro attachment, you can remove the screens when they are not needed any longer.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Velcro strip (2 inches wide)
  • Mosquito netting roll (flexible)
  • Staple gun
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Small screws and washers

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Lay out strips of Velcro (the loop or "fuzzy" side) on the outside edges of your balcony. The "fuzzy" side of the Velcro should be facing outward, so that the hook side of the Velcro can be attached to it. These should contour to any natural openings over the balcony, such as around support pillars or railings, rather than only around the entire perimeter of the balcony itself. These strips will be used to apply the screen panels to later. Staple the Velcro in place to any wood surfaces, or use small screws with washers to aluminium or plastic surfaces.

  2. 2

    Measure the dimensions of each panel you applied the looped Velcro strip to. Write these down and label each.

  3. 3

    Cut out sections of mosquito netting that correspond to the measurements taken in Step 2.

  4. 4

    Sew on strips of hook Velcro stripping along the edges of each mosquito netting panel. Be sure to sew a line along each edge of the Velcro to help give it strength.

  5. 5

    Place the mosquito net panels over the loop Velcro you had attached to the surfaces of the balcony, with each panel corresponding to the appropriate measured section. The panels should each fit their respective area perfectly, and can be removed in cold weather, or when bugs are not present. Label and roll them up and store them for use when needed.

Tips and warnings

  • Wash the screen if they become dirty in your washing machine set on delicate.
  • Glue guns can be used on surfaces you do not wish to nail, screw or staple into.

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