I've got a 30 yr. old screen house from Sears that is now on its third vinyl
top which is starting to look awfully porous. I went to buy another and
Sears has now discontinued selling a replacement (imagine that).
The only screen houses I can find being sold now are either too big or too
small for my patio that I put the screen house on.
The present vinyl top has a cloth/fiberglass substrate.
What I was wondering is if anybody ever heard of a brushed/rolled on vinyl
patching material that I might be applied to the entire inside of this roof
that would give me a few more years of life? Maybe something with a kind of
fiber mesh mixed in?
Might start by checking the yellow pages under Tents and Awnings for
advice/prices. You may wind up with a longer lasting product and they could
stitch together a zippy looking design that would freshen up the whole layout.
About two years ago I had a 3 foot tear in the roof which I took to a tarp
marker and they repaired it for about $100, so I've assumed that the price
to reconstruct a new roof using the old roof as a pattern would be more than
the cost of buying a whole new screen house. Truely I don't know, but it is
an option considering a new screen house would mean that I would have to
enlarge my patio by 6" all the way around.
When I was looking around for a way to get a cover made for a kayak,
which has to be stored outdoors in the sun, I checked out marine canvas
contractors. They would have charged much too much to make it, but
buying fabric from them is a much less costly option. Canvas sews fine
on my sewing machine, so if it has seams, that is doable. Seams would
need to be waterproofed, and there are all kinds of fasteners available.
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