Our back porch is our favorite place to hang out when the weather is nice during the year. It is screened in and we put wood frames with plastic in them up during the winter to keep it warmer inside and to prevent snow from getting in. Part of the problem is when its warm out and raining – the water comes right inside because the plastic isn’t up.
Our solution was to replace the screens with a multi-track window system. The windows are made of vinyl instead of glass so they’re super lightweight but very durable.
It only took our carpenter a day to tear down and reframe the porch. We had to wait until a week or so after the initial install to get everything buttoned up with white aluminum for warmer weather. The finished product is really nice looking and super convenient to use!
In spring we’ll work on finishing the inside including putting an electrical outlet or two in.
View the complete album on Flickr:
When you say vinyl, do you mean thick soft sheets, like for Jeep soft door and such? Or is it a hard surfaced material in panes, like glass? Sounds great for the application.
Here’s the system we got: http://www.pgtezebreeze.com/product-overview/4v60
Previously it was thick vinyl sheeting stapled to a wood frame that screwed into the outside of the porch.
The guy pushing his fist through it in their promo video is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks. :))
Oh, the slight folds in the top corners just answered my question. That’d be perfect for my cabin. 🙂
Way cool. I’d like to do something like this to my back porch someday too.