My contractor supplied screens are the usual bottom half screens. I
have tried with limited success to build full length screens using the
"sun blocker" type of plastic screens. These are to inhibit the full
sun in south Texas. The screens work very well, it's the frame that
has me in trouble. The 7 foot stalks of aluminum frame which are
necessary are too flimsy to support a taut screen without bowing in
the middle, leaving a gap along the sides. What the system needs is
some sort of a cross piece about mid point to hold the long pieces
rigid and straight when I add the screen and pull it taut.
I can't find this sort of thing at the usual culprits and have not
tried (not been able to find) a specialty house for this little
I would appreciate hearing comments from anyone who has a solution.
Florida with their lanais has thousands of acres of large screened in
enclosures. Start your search there.
It's no big deal to make your own screen frames, though it might not
be cheap. It might be cheaper and easier to have the screens made
into two parts instead of one big one. Since you're already looking
at a center spreader bar there won't be much difference visually.
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