GEORGETOWN, S.C. — For years, the traditional method of installing or replacing a screen porch has been to attach small tacks, nails or staples to the porch posts and railings to secure the screen. Small narrow painted wood battens or lattice served as trim and was nailed over the tacks or staples to conceal the seams and fasteners. Each time the screen has to be repaired, the battens or lattice were removed and normally replaced. “This is a long, tedious labor-intensive process,” noted Guerry Green, President of Screen Tight. “The screens and battens or lattice had to be installed on the exterior of the porch which normally required the use of tall ladders if it was for a second floor installation. Installation, upkeep, painting and replacing a sagging screen added to the overall cost of project.” A few years ago, a remodeling contractor in the Southeast was convinced that there had to be a better way to design, install and maintain screen porches. As a result, the contractor developed and patented what has become the Screen Tight™ Extruded Aluminum Porch Screening System that is gaining in popularity among Do-it- Yourself homeowners, handymen, professional builders and remodelers as the best new and economical way to screen a porch, enclose a deck, breezeway or gazebo. Unlike traditional screening, the channels of the Screen Tight system completely hide the clip fasteners for a clean elegant look, and allow for different configurations including a railing system, vertical mill posts and horizontal rails. The Screen Tight™ Porch Screening System combines the maintenance-free quantities of vinyl with the proven method of spline screening and allows users to screen from the interior or exterior of the porch using a flat spline in less time. Among systems available from Screen Tight are the recently introduced MINItrack™ and FASTtrack™ Aluminum Porch Screening Systems that supplement Screen Tight’s original system.
Screen Tight systems are easy to install and make repairs, very forgiving, low in maintenance due to their UV protected vinyl, and require no painting or mitering. They are cost efficient, can be installed on a weekend, very economical for home improvement or remodeling and well suited for most screen porches. The systems come with a 5-year warranty. Shown here is a combination of the FASTrack™ and MINITrack systems. FASTrack™ is a little larger is size than MINItrack™. The modular design of FASTtrack™ also gives the user the ability to put two pieces together to make a railing. You can’t do this with MINItrack™.
Easy to InstallThe systems have been installed in millions of homes and commercial properties throughout the United States and Canada. Systems are available in lumberyards, hardware stores, home centers and independent distributors. Screen Tight systems are easy to install and make repairs, very forgiving, low in maintenance due to their UV protected vinyl, and require no painting or mitering. They are cost efficient, can be installed on a weekend, very economical for home improvement or remodeling and well suited for most screen porches. The systems come with a 5-year warranty. The only tools required are a screen roller and spline, a mallet for snapping the cap into place, a utility knife, a standard snip or chop saw and a drill for attaching to the base. To install:
- Attach the clips to the existing 2 x 2 or 4 x 4 in. wooden frame 2 inches from the corners and evenly spaced 10 in. apart.
- Cut the extruded channels to desired length and snap over the clip using a rubber mallet, installing the vertical channels first. Both the base and cap components can be cut with a Screen Tight Pro-Rollerknife™ or a standard spline roller.
- Mate the channels to the post and snap them over the clips.
- Roll the screen into the spline and attach using the roller knife. Any excesss screen is cut and removed. The caps temporarily pop off for quick and easy replacement when re-screening.