As the days get shorter, Toronto’s temperatures will drop. There are many ways that you can adapt your screened porch in order to make it more functional in the winter and lower the amount of cold air it lets in. Based on your preferences, your style and your available time and money, there are a number of options available for you to choose from.
In this article, you will discover why you should seal your porch for keeping the heat in.
What are the benefits of sealing your porch during the winter months?
With a screened porch, you can use your patio and outdoor space while remaining protected from the elements. Porches of this type are best in the spring and summer, but are not usually suitable for use all year round. However, there are solutions to protect your porch from the wind and cold. As long as cost is not an issue, you may consider upgrading your porch to a sunroom or four-season room and enjoying warmth and comfort throughout the year.
No matter how screens, curtains, panels or sheets are installed, the end result is not just a more comfortable porch. Sealing your porch will help you preserve it and make sure you get the most out of your investment.
What’s the right time to seal your porch for the colder months?
It is recommended that you begin thinking about winterizing your porch in September or October. Prepare the materials you will need, take the necessary measurements, thoroughly clean the patio, walls, floors, doors, and furniture, and plan the installation for early November.
Steps To Seal A Screened Porch:
Clean The Porch Appropriately:
Use a wire brush to get rid of any loose or flaking paint. Dust any cracks, joints, seams, and gaps that have not been filled or caulked using a dust brush. Remove any dust by vacuuming.
Use A Caulk Gun To Fill With Acrylic Siliconized:
With a utility knife, cut the tip of a caulking gun halfway full of exterior acrylic siliconized caulk. Cut the tip-off slowly until you reach the desired hole diameter.
Use a caulking gun or sealant to caulk the porch:
Stand on a ladder and caulk the porch ceiling slats. As you move from side to side, smooth out each bead of caulk with your finger. If you have any excess caulk on your finger or slats, use a moist painter’s rag to wipe it off. Ensure that the horizontal lines on the porch’s interior ceiling trim work are caulked.
The ladder can be moved as many times as necessary to complete the task. Applying a bead at a time will prevent the caulk from adhering to the surface before you are able to smooth it.
Don’t Forget To Caulk Or Seal The Porch’s Rails:
Caulk the porch’s columns, railings and exterior trim work. Depending on the complexity of the porch’s woodwork, this procedure can take several hours. Seal the bottom portion of the inner porch walls closest to the house with caulk.
Ensure that all trim work on the porch is caulked. Caulk the joints where the uprights meet the rails if the handrails are wood.
Upgrade Your Screen Porch Today
When you need porch renovations in Toronto, Dream Home Design can install or upgrade your current model so you can use it all year long. Get in touch with PWHI today. We’re an independently owned contractor located in Toronrto, and we pride ourselves on delivering high-quality work every time. Call us today at 866-598-7692 for additional information.