Get More from Your Porch This Winter

One of the many features that make Royal Oak a popular place to live is its exciting collection of old homes.

And no matter which architectural style these homes boast, many also have those charming screened-in porches – either outside the front door, off the back, or upstairs off the bedroom (there, they are known as sleeping porches).

But when the weather turns cold, these indoor-outdoor rooms don’t seem quite so charming. Most often, the furniture is packed up for a good nine months out of the year, only to be brought out and enjoyed for those few cherished summer months.

Well, there is a way to get more use out of your screened-in porch, says Mike Frentz, and not only will the room be usable during the winter months, but it will look good too.

Winterize with Flex-O-Glass

Frentz and Sons Hardware carries a product called Flex-O-Glass. Unlike Visqueen, which has a milky sheen that makes it hard to see through, Flex-O-Glass is a crystal clear plastic that makes it the perfect solution for winterizing.

Coming in rolls from 3 to 4 feet wide, Flex-O-Glass is so clear that there is minimal distortion when you look through it, and when you put it up, it won’t look like your room is under construction.

Application is easy and whether you put it up on the outside or inside of your porch depends on your goal.

If you want your porch to look better from the outdoors, hang the Flex-O-Glass from the inside frames of your porch. Likewise, hang the plastic outdoors if you’re more concerned about how it looks from the inside.

One way to attach the Flex-O-Glass to the screen frames is with a staple gun, hammer, tacks, or clear packaging tape.

You need to make sure you use a good quality tape like Scotch brand, It’s stickier and will stay better, but it also comes off without pulling the paint off.

These solutions work well for screens with wood frames, but you won’t be using a staple gun on a screen frame that is made of aluminum. You can still use tape to secure the plastic if you want but be advised that it won’t stick as well to metal when the temperatures get cold.

Whether your screen frames are wood or metal, make sure they are very clean before applying the tape. Isopropyl of Denatured alcohol works great for that.