Lay pressure-treated 2x4 boards around the perimeter of the porch. Use a framing square to make sure the sill plate is square. Fasten the sill plate to the concrete floor using lag bolts and concrete anchors (Image 1). Attach a layer of untreated wood on top of the sill plate to provide a base for interior trim work. Use a reciprocating saw or a handsaw to remove the sill plate from door opening.
Stand a stud on top of the sill plate against the wall, check for plumb and temporarily fasten it in place. Place a board for the top plate against the ceiling, using the upright stud to support one end and another stud to support the other. Nail the top plate to the ceiling. Repeat this process around the perimeter of the porch.
Check the width of the screen before installing the studs. Most screens come in 3' widths, so space the wall studs on 3' centers. For door frames, place two studs on each side of the door opening. One will be used for attaching the screen and the other will be used for the door hinges.
Use a level and a chalk line to mark a line on the wall studs 32" from the floor. Cut 2x4 boards to length and install them horizontally between the studs to create the top rail. Cut balusters from 2x2 boards to fit between the top rail and the sill plate. Position the balusters so they're evenly spaced and flush with the outside wall. Secure them with finish nails.
Cut the screening to length and staple one side of the screen to the wall studs (Image 1). Stretch the material taut and staple it to the other stud. To cover the seams, cut lath to length, prime and paint the pieces and nail into place over the seams in the screening. When attaching the lath, follow this order: attach top horizontal pieces first, followed by the bottom and balusters, then any vertical pieces till all the seams have been covered (Image 2).
Place a scrap piece of lath under the door so there is a 1/4" gap between the slab and the bottom of the door. Attach the door to the wall stud with hinges. Install a rubber sweep on the bottom of the door to prevent insects from entering the porch (Image 1). Install any remaining hooks, latches, springs and hardware.
A porch is an extension of a homes living areaa place to savor a summers breeze, observewildlife, or bask in birdsong at the end of the day. Since most people want to spend more timeoutdoors, it comes as no surprise that many homeowners would like to screen in theirporches. After all, when protected from insects and blowing leaves, life on the porch takes on a wholenew appeal. Just imagine enjoying outdoor meals without swatting away flies!A screened-in porch can serve as a second family room, a place to entertain friends and spendrelaxing evenings with the kids.
For any lucky homeowner who already has a covered porch,the steps for how to screen in a porchare often straightforward, do-it-yourself-friendly, andspeedy enough to be completed in a single weekend. But before you grab that screw gun, however,keep reading! Well help you decide what type of screened-in porch design is right for you andwhether you should install it yourself or consider hiring a pro.
The materials to screen in an existing covered porch of approximately 200 sq. ft. could run aslittle as $450 dollars, including the lumber needed for building screen panels, the screen fabric, screws, and paint to finish the frames to match the trim on your home. If you hire a pro for the same project, expect to add another $300 to $600 to the total cost for labor.
Looking for a little more of a middle ground between starting from scratch and hiring help? Consider the screen room kits available from home improvement stores and websites.A typical 8-foot-by-10-foot kit contains everything needed to cover an 8-foot-by-10-foot section on a covered porch and sells for around $250 to $300 per section.
Installation requires existing deck posts or walls for attaching the screen frames. Costs increase substantially when additional construction is necessary, such as the need to build a roof over an open deck or patiowhich, unless youre skilled in framing, is not aDIY job. Professional construction of a covered deck or porch could run anywhere from $5,000 towell over $20,000, depending on the size and design of the project and the inclusion of custom-built railings, windows, and other amenities.
Consider the proposed use of the porch when choosing screen panel size. If you live in ahigh-wind region, or ifchildren and pets will use the porch, smaller screen panels make bettersense than floor-to-ceiling screen panels.
Also, keep in mind that porch floors 30 inches or more above the ground must have a railing to preventfalls. Screen panels can be installed behind the railing, but the fabric, itself, is not substantialenough to ensure safety.
Pro tip: If pets willbe an issue, consider installing pet-resistant screen only on the areas where a pet mightscratch, such as on a screen door and on adjacent lower screen panels. You can still installscreen fabric with higher visibility on upper screen panels.
In many communities, as long as you dont change the structure of your house,pulling a permit isnt necessarily always the first step for how to screen in your porch. Always err on the side of caution, though,call your local building authority to make sure. If you do have to build something in order toscreen in your porch, such as a roof over the porch that ties into your home, youll almostcertainly need a permit.
Since a screened-in porch will affect the exterior aesthetics of your home, additionalneighborhood regulations may apply. If you live in a residential development that hascovenants (binding restrictions that apply to your property), you may not be able to screen inyour porchor you may have to adhere to a specific design. Your local building authority cantell you if covenants apply to your property. Similarly, if you live in a homeowners association(HOA), youll have to submit your porch design to the governing committee for permission toscreen in your porch. Covenants and HOAs exist to maintain continuity of design in specificneighborhoods.
If youre lucky enough to have an existing covered porch, and you are familiar with basic carpentry techniques, you can save money by doing the project yourself. Weve put together afew tips that you might find useful when working on your DIY screened-in porch:
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Do you enjoy dining outside? Some people are more die-hard outdoor dining enthusiasts than others, to be sure. But almost everybody can remember a pleasant experience at some point in their lives that involved sipping on some coffee, tea, beer, wine or other beverage in an appealing outdoor setting, whether it was at a friend's house or at a cafe. And now you want a patio of your own.
Or perhaps it is reading a book or chatting on your smartphone that you find enhanced if the experience occurs in an open-air setting? Regardless of the activity, improving your outdoor space is the key factor in making it possible for you to enjoy yourself to the fullest.The ideas illustrated here will help you cover all the bases in planning your new patio.
The material that you use to create your outdoor patio depends partly on your tastes, but also partly on practical considerations. Most homeowners choose hard surfaces, such as the flagstone patio shown in this picture. But as we will see later, there are some instances where a hard surface is not necessarily the best option.
Another popular material for patios is brick. They may not offer the dazzling appearance of a flagstone patio (such as in the prior slide), but one of the virtues of building a brick patio (assuming that you are doing the job yourself) is that the work is relatively easy for beginning DIY'ers. Some brick patterns are easier to lay than others (as will be discussed in the following slides).
The "herringbone" is one of the brick patterns commonly used. It is a bit harder to lay than some of the others, partly because it will almost certainly involve some brick-cutting. The herringbone pattern has a frenzied look to it and will draw attention to a patio. If it is excitement that you seek (and you have some DIY experience), the herringbone may be for you.
The "running bond" is another brick pattern used in outdoor patio construction. In spite of its athletic-sounding name, this pattern strikes the eye as being smoother and has more of a soothing effect on the psyche than does the herringbone (previous photo). That effect is perfect for the patio in this picture, a resting place in the middle of a garden.
Like the running bond, the basket-weave brick pattern is another that offers a soothing effect. Even more importantly, laying a brick patio in this pattern--under the right circumstances--can save beginners some work and some frustration. Why? And what are those circumstances?
Consider the landscape in the picture above. These homeowners had plenty of room to play in. They were not trying to shoe-horn a patio into a tight spot. Consequently, they could leave off laying bricks at whatever point they felt their patio was big enough, and no brick cutting was required due to space constraints. That is often a relief to beginners, who tend to dislike handling noisy, dangerous tools to slice through hardscape materials.
In addition to stone and brick, another hard-surface option is tile. But it cannot be just any tile. If you find tile elegant and decide to begin planning tolaya tile patio, be sure to emphasize that you need a tile product meant for the outdoors when shopping.
Wouldn't you like to grow some of the most colorful trees for fall around your patio? Although they would look great, here is the problem: Tree roots can wreak havoc with structures such as flagstone, brick, or tile patios. A better choice may be a "patio" made of a material that has some give to it. With an expanse of sand (as in this photo of a Zen garden), there can be no issue of tree roots causing damage, per se (because there isn't anything to break).
If you desire an authentic Zen garden, though, be prepared for some maintenance. The markings that you see in the sand in the picture above are made with a rake. It does not take much (wind, rain, etc.) to erase them--meaning that you will have to go out and create them all over again.
Here is another type of patio that has some give to it: a gravel patio. As with the sand of the Zen garden pictured in the prior slide, the gravel cannot "break" when tree roots attack it. As a result, you need to be less wary of growing trees around your patio than you do with hard-surface patios.
Here is another fact about gravel patios that should meet with your satisfaction: They are not high-maintenance, as are Zen gardens. This fact will only hold true, however, if you take the precaution of using landscape fabric as an underlayment to make it more difficult for weeds to invade the space.
A patio need not be enormous to serve its purpose. If the owners of this patio built it for the purpose of communing with nature, then they could not have asked for anything much better. For one thing, the location is superb: It is tucked into a hillside, forming something of an amphitheater. In spring, the daffodil flowers surrounding it are a great plus.
Plants and patios can complement each other. We will be looking at many examples of the marriage of plant and patioin upcoming slides. Beginning with spring, let's examine how you can plan your patio in such a way as to make it enjoyable for all four seasons of the year. This will involve astute plant selection as well as creative solutions to some nagging seasonal problems.
Bulbs such as tulip plants are to spring what fall foliage is to autumn. Make sure you will be able to enjoy some of your favorite spring-flowering bulbs from a comfortable seat on your patio. If you live in an urban area and cannot grow the plants in the ground around your patio, simply grow them in containers, as in this photo.
While a number of long-blooming perennials can see you through the summer if you are patient, there is nothing like annual flowers (such as the geraniums in this slide)for quick, inexpensive, constant color. Grow them in a flower bed within view of your patio and/or in pots right on the patio, according to your desires.
This spread of tea and dessert treats suggests a wonderful time on the summer patio, doesn't it? And the flowers on the table are a nice touch. But bees can be drawn to those flowers. And those pesky yellow jackets are sure to horn in on the desserts in late summer, claiming their share. Make sure you know how to treat insect stings, just in case your flesh gets in the way of one of those stingers.
A little bit of light goes a long way toward making the patio a great destination on sultry summer nights. Your outdoor lighting need not be fancy. The simple string lights in this image work just fine. A trickier issue is dealing with mosquito pests, especially if you are a proponent of natural mosquito control. We will see one way of dealing with the problem in the next slide.
Sitting around the flame gushing out of a portable fire pit helps keep mosquitoes at bay so that you are better able to enjoy those wonderful evenings on the summer patio. We will see another majoruse for fire pits later in this presentation.
Tropical plants say "summer," and you can make use of them on and around your patio even in the North (if you take them indoors during the winter months). Tropical flowers such as dahlia bulbscolor up the patio splendidly. But do not forget the tropicals that function as foliage plants, such as elephant ears: They may not provide magnificent flowers, but their large leaves furnish a terrific background for the showier specimens on your patio throughout the summer. A versatile tropical plant popular now on patios is the famouspapyrus plant: Use it in a water feature or simply grow it in a container.
The fall patio has its own allure. The growing season may be winding down, but the bounty of the harvest is at your fingertips. Exploit it to decorate your patio with the shades of orange, yellow, bronze, etc. that give autumn displays their unique feel.
Pumpkins are begging you to breath life back into their orange flesh by carving them into jack-o-lanterns. But make sure you carve and display your pumpkins with safety in mind, especially if you have children around. In terms of a broader decorating plan for fall, browse the following pictures for help deciding between a harvest theme or a Halloween theme:
It is a real treat to be able to appreciate a dazzling fall-foliage display from your own patio. Just be careful in your plant selection if you will be growing the tree right near your patio, since, as mentioned earlier, tree roots can damage hard-surface patios. Japanese maple treesdoubleas great fall-color trees and relatively safe trees to grow around patios.
How can you make a patio more usable inwinter if you live in the North? Well, in discussing fire pits earlier, I mentioned another major use for them, and this is it: to keep you warm outdoors in the winter (supplemented by dressing properly, of course).
Having an outdoor fireplace on the patio may seem extreme to some, but even full outdoor kitchens are becoming more popular. They represent the ultimate in outdoor living, allowing you to both cook and eat your food in the great outdoors, with all the comforts of home.
Without some type of furniture, your patio is just an area in the yard to pass through, not a true outdoor room. You need chairs (or at least benches) on a patio so that you can rest while getting a breath of fresh air, reading a book, or dining. Furniture installation is a major step in making this outdoor space more livable, more truly an extension of the home.
If you will be spending a lot of time on the patio during the summertime, it is of critical importance that you furnish yourself with some shade. Erecting a pergola structureover your patio is one way to accomplish this. Cover the pergola with something (to form a "roof") so that it can cast shade. Some pergolas have retractable awnings. But nature-lovers sometimes prefer to grow vines up their pergolas and let their foliage supply the roofing that will cast much-needed shade. Wisteria vines are commonly used for this purpose.
Swimming pools often go hand-in-hand with patios, especially if you live in a hot climate. But that raises the question of how to furnish your patio area with some privacy. Plants are one option. Butlandscaping around swimming pools is tricky, because there are a number of factors to consider to ensure that you get the right plant for the spot. In this slide, a hedge of shrubs supplies the homeowner with privacy.
But there are other options for furnishing your patio with privacy besides a conventional hedge -- consisting of yew bushes or privet shrubs, for example. Another type of "living wall" for privacyconsists of a looser collection of plants that you allow to grow freely--rather than trimming them into a tight "hedge."In the slide shown above, the homeowners have chosen bamboo plants to serve this function.
Hardscape fencing is another popular choice for achieving privacy around a patio. There are various styles from which to choose.The most visible boards in the wooden fence in this picture have a vertical orientation.
Here is another wooden fence used to provide a patio with privacy. But its style is quite different from the one in the prior slide. The prominent supporting posts here call attention to the sturdiness of the structure. Not sure what fence style suits you the most? Check out these fence pictures for ideas.
Portable wooden screens such as the ones shown in this picture represent asimpler and less expensive option than does a full fence. If you are really looking to save money, it is easy to build one on your own using lattice. Such a privacy screen further functions as a trellis upon which to grow vine plants.
Do not think that the only use for a fence is for privacy or security along a property line.Aninternal fence such as the one displayed here can help define outdoor spaces, giving a clear sense of the separation of the patio area from another portion of the yard. The presence of the fence makes this patio seem cozier. "Divide and conquer" is a handy principle to keep in mind when creating outdoor living spaces.
The privacy for this pool-and-patio area is furnished partly by a masonry wall. As a finishing touch, a simple mural has been painted on the wall, suggesting cactus plants. If you are not much of an artist, check online for sources for plant stencils.
This fence is covered with a plant that--while attractive--also has a negative quality: Namely, it is an invasive plantin many areas. It is called "English ivy." Invasive plants can cause you headaches. Do your research before you begin growing plants so that you can make wise decisions.A better choice here than English ivy may have been the tamer Boston ivy vine.
Patio plantings can turn a ho-hum patio into a nice one and a nice patio into an awesome one. Container gardens are particularly effective on patios. Is your concrete patio showing its age? Does your budget currently preclude investing in a new one? Then dressing your old patio up with plants may be the best solution for the time being.
If you are not a green thumb, have little time for plant care, or simply are not in love with growing plants, you may well wonder, "Should I even bother incorporating plants into my patio plans?" Here is one argument that may sway you: Plants help soften the harsh, straight lines of a rectilinear patio. But if you are dead set against growing plants, there is another way to "take the edge off": Build a patio with a rounded edge, as in this photo.
In this slide, plants serve the purpose of breaking up a large patio, visually. Specifically, the designer created an island bed and planted it with barberry shrubs, etc. Other small shrubs could have done just fine, too, if you dislike barberry.
Here is something that neither cactus nor barberry offer your patio: sweet fragrance. The latter is precisely what the owners of this patio have chosen. It is festooned with fragrant flowers. The wonderful smell coming from flowers such as Easter lilies adds to your quality of life on the patio. What floral smells attract you the most? Be certain to include some of them in your patio plantings.
The cottage garden is a landscape style that is quite popular. It has a wild-but-controlled look to it that many gardeners admire. If you will be building your patio in the city or suburbs and want to give it a rustic feel, give it a planting in the cottage-garden style.
You have seen a number of pictures in this photo gallery showing scenes of people congregating on a patio, perhaps for a meal or for a party. In some of those pictures, the patios have been accessorized in a sophisticated fashion, culminating in examples of glitzy outdoor kitchens and the like.
With the present photo, we dial all of that back for a moment, doing a 180. Instead ofa social scene enhanced by fancy gadgets, we have a patio with a simple bench. From this bench, we look out over tranquil flower beds.
What a perfect place to relax and collect your thoughts! This isa patio designed with seclusion in mind. It is part of a meditation garden, where the eye falls upon plants such as Russian sage shrubs. This is a patio not for parties but for unwinding after a hard day at work.
Moon gardens are characterized by white flowers (and other brightly-colored blooms), especially those that are fragrant. Why have a moon garden adjacent to your patio? The idea is to achieve a planting that you can appreciate on those warm summer evenings that we talked about earlier. White flowers show up with even just a bit of light, and fragrance is not dependent upon light at all.
Who wouldn't want a patio with a beach backdrop such as this one boasts? But there is a challenge here, too (if you wish to incorporate plants): Some plants tolerate salt well, while others do not. Choose plants wisely.
Don't overlook ornamental grasses when choosing plants for patio areas. Tall types such a maiden grass (Miscanthus sinensis)are particularly helpful if you are trying to create a secluded patio setting.
Here is an interesting look for a patio. The designer has left a grass strip around each of the pavers. The resulting "crack" sets off the pavers nicely. Here's the trade-off, though: This patio is hardly low-maintenance. Why give yourself more mowing work than you already have to do? But it's your call.
Speaking of lawn mowing (prior slide), this property has a huge lawn. Some people admire alush, green lawn, but it comes at a cost--including the maintenance entailed in mowing it. Among its many other virtues, a patio such as this one could save you work. If the space were taken up by additional lawn rather than by the patio, the homeowners would have an even bigger mowing job on their hands.
But even a garden pond (without a fountain), such as the one in this picture, can be soothing to look at. Also, it doesn't need to be large to have an impact. Read about plant choices for small ponds here.
As a finishing touch, it is always fun to play around with color. The owner of the patio in this photo clearly has a thing for orange. Patio furniture is one thing; plants are another. Working with plant colors is more complex, but here's some help in choosing a landscape color scheme.
How will you be accessing your patio? Will you be using a walkway? Why not choose a material for your walkway, then, that complements the patio? For this flagstone patio, the designer wisely chose a flagstone walkway. In other cases, a stepping-stone walkway could work.
Welcome, all you DIY enthusiasts to the 10 best patio outdoor speakers. We have an incredible list of outdoor speakers in various shapes, sizes, and price range. For you bargain hunters, we have even found a pair of outdoor speakers for under $20!
Included in this list we have recommendations on amplification and cabling required for each speaker. These recommendations are based on the specifications for each speaker as well as other consumers experiences. Be sure to check out the end of this article for our usual buyers guide.
If the price is your main reason for buying outdoor speakers then the Pyle PLMR24 3-Way Weatherproof Outdoor Speaker Set is going to be your cheapest option. The PLMR24 cost is just less than $20 for a pair. Having said that, these are really cheap, not very loud, and only good for specific applications. If you want a cheap speaker thats good enough to fill a small patio, then the Dual Electronics LU43PB 3-Way Outdoor Speakers come in at $33 and perform exceptionally well for the price.
If the price is your main reason for buying outdoor speakers then the Pyle PLMR24 3-Way Weatherproof Outdoor Speaker Set is going to be your cheapest option. The PLMR24 cost is just less than $20 for a pair. Having said that, these are really cheap, not very loud and only good for specific applications. If you want a cheap speaker thats good enough to fill a small patio, then the Dual Electronics LU43PB 3-Way Outdoor Speakers come in at $33 and perform exceptionally well for the price.
If youre looking to throw some parties in the backyard, then the Bose 251 Environmental is going to be your best choice. These outdoor speakers are built tough to withstand even the harshest hot and cold temperatures. The speaker is well insulated to protect the 251 Environmental from the elements. Most importantly, the 251 Environmental delivers some big sound and good bass response for parties. The Bose Articulated Array gives the 251 Environmental a wide dispersion which means just two of these speakers can cover a large outdoor area.
If big bass is what youre after then the Definitive Technology AW 6500 is exactly the outdoor speaker you need. The AW 6500 was designed for big bass featuring a 6 low-frequency driver coupled to a large rear-firing bass radiator. These speakers perform exceptionally well in the mid-range and high-frequencies too. A pair of these amazing bass speakers will, however, set you back $500 before amplification and cabling. If you want the best, unfortunately, you have to pay the most.
If youre looking for simple outdoor Bluetooth speakers then the best (and only one we featured) is the Sound Appeal BT Blast Pro Outdoor Patio Speakers. The BT Blast Pro features a built-in amplifier with Bluetooth connectivity eliminating the need for external amplification. Connect your Bluetooth enabled device to the primary speaker and youre good to go. These speakers deliver 40W RMS each which is more than sufficient to fill most small to medium-sized patio areas.
Outdoor speakers are designed specifically for use outside. Manufacturers build these speakers with weatherproof features to withstand the challenges of being exposed to the elements. Its important to note these speakers are not waterproof, they are water-resistant. This means they can handle some splashing but direct downpours could damage the speaker. Its always good to install outdoor speakers under the eaves of your roof or under a covered patio. The speakers will be protected from moisture such as dew and, in some cases, even sea spray and salt fog from the ocean. Check the restrictions from the manufacturer before you purchase outdoor speakers. Especially for installations near the ocean.
Bose always seem to produce the goods when it comes to consumer audio products. The brand does get some criticism from audiophiles because their products are not true or flat. Bose products might not sound flat but theyre always exciting to listening to. The Bose 251 Environmental Outdoor Speakers are not different in this regard. The speakers are powerful with a sound profile that makes them fun to listen to. The 251 Environmental can be used as an indoor or outdoor speaker which means you can have one speaker for installation throughout your home or indoor and outdoor entertainment spaces.
The 251 Environmental is sold as a pair. Each speaker features a 5-inch low-frequency driver with two 2 Bose Twiddler. The Twiddler is essentially high/mid driver with a wider frequency range than your average tweeter. In addition, the Twiddlers are mounted in, what Bose calls, an Articulated Array. This means each Twiddler driver fires in slightly different directions to the left and right, widening the speakers dispersion. An array of this kind is especially important for outdoors and entertainment areas where the listening position is not necessarily one focused area. For example, you will have guests on the patio, at the BBQ, out in the yard and possibly around the pool. The Bose Articulated Array is able to cover a wider area with just two speakers.
The low-end produced by the 251 Environmental is incredible. The 5-inch driver performs exceptionally well producing a bass response which sounds like its coming from a bigger speaker. The tweeters also perform to a very high standard with a clear mid-range which makes vocals and instruments present. The 251 Environmental has a pleasanthigh-frequency responseoffering excellent detail and clarity without hurting the ears at high volumes. Overall, the 251 Environmental is a fun and exciting patio outdoor speaker that can be used for background music and parties.
The 251 Environmental has a power handling of 10W to 100W into 6 ohms per channel, however, the speakers are compatible with 4 8 ohm amplifiers and receivers. The best amplifier to pair your 251 Environmental is the Bose SoundTouch SA-5 Amplifier. The SoundTouch SA-5 is a stereo amplifier which allows for 2 x RCA, -inch AUX, Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity. The SoundTouch SA-5 is also compatible with Alexa. Perfect for any modern home entertainment system. You can even purchase the 251 Environment and SoundTouch SA-5 with speaker wire as a complete bundle.
The 251 Environmental come with mounting brackets which are cleverly designed to allow for a one-man installation. Once the bracket is mounted in position, the speaker can be placed in the bracket which cradles the 251 Environmental while you adjust the angle before tightening the speaker in place.
Bose recommends placing the 251 Environmental a minimum of 7ft apart for optimum stereo imaging. For the 251 Environmental Articulated Array to work the speakers must be mounted in a vertical position. I wouldnt recommend mounting these speakers horizontally, no matter what the reasoning is. Two points to keep in mind if you already have a speaker position in mind.
The speakers are designed to withstand snow, rain, salt, and temperatures as high as 140 F and as low as -22 F making the 251 Environmental the perfect pair of outdoor speakers. With that said, make sure you mount the 251 Environmental under the eaves of your roof or covered patio away from direct exposure to the elements.
The Bose 251 Environmental is one of the best outdoor speakers we have come across. Hence the reason they top our list for the best patio outdoor speakers. The 251 Environmental are durable, easy to install, and deliver excellent sound quality. If paired with the right amplifier or receiver, the 251 Environmental can get really loud making them great for parties. The 251 Environmental is a premium outdoor speaker which unfortunately comes with the premium price of $400, however, the 251 Environmental is worth every penny.
JBL is one of our favorite speaker brands. The company never disappoint from the superior parts which make up each speaker to the exceptional sound quality of every product. The JBL Control 23-1 Compact Indoor / Outdoor Speaker lives up to the JBL name with a great build producing excellent sound. The Control 23-1 is ultra-compact and offers some interesting features including a special mounting system which we cover later in this review.
The JBL Control 23-1 is sold as a pair of speakers available in black or white, for installation both indoors and outdoors. Each speaker features a 3-inch low-frequency driver with a tweeter. Although small, the tweeter is horn loaded which enables the Control 23-1 to deliver a decent amount of throw. This is especially useful if you need to cover a backyard or a large patio area. The woofer is constructed with woven fiberglass which ensures maximum durability. An essential feature for outdoor speakers.
Although the Control 23-1 doesnt have a particularly big bass sound, the speaker is warm with a rich low-end response. Where the Control 23-1 shines is in the midrange and high frequencies. The balance across the frequency is exceptional with vocals sounding upfront and present. The tweeter performs well offering good intelligibility. If you are looking for a pair of speakers for your outdoor TV, then a pair of Control 23-1 speakers would be an excellent choice. I would only recommend the Control 23-1 for background audio applications. For loud music and parties, you might find youll have to drive the speakers too hard.
The Control 23-1 has a power handling of 10W to 50W at 8 ohms. For amplification, we recommend the Pioneer Bluetooth Audio Component Receiver. The Pioneer is a stereo amplifier delivering 45W per channel into 8 ohms. A perfect match for the Control 23-1. The Pioneer offers several inputs including 4 x RCA and Bluetooth. There is also an RCA line out and subwoofer out. In addition, the amplifier features a built-in AM/FM tuner.
One of the best features of the Control 23-1 is JBLs trademarked InvisiBall wall-mounting system. Unlike most wall mount speakers where the bracket is located on the sides (either top/bottom or left/right), the Control 23-1 has a rear mounting bracket. This means the speaker appears as if it is floating on the wall for a cleaner aesthetic. This is especially appealing for commercial installations where aesthetics are as important as the sound.The speaker can also be mounted using a standard U-bracket. Only the InvisiBall mounting system is supplied with the Control 23-1. The standard U-bracket and ceiling-mount InvisiBall adapter are available as extra purchase options.
The Control 23-1 is an all-weather speaker capable of handling extreme temperatures, wet and cold. Every part is weatherproofed including a rubberized surround protecting the low-frequency driver. While the speaker features excellent weatherproofing, you wouldnt want to install the Control 23-1 in direct-exposure to the elements.
If youre looking for an ultra-compact outdoor speaker, then the JBL Control 23-1 is a great option. The speaker isnt particularly loud but will perform better than most 3 outdoor speakers. The sound quality is exceptional and you wont find anything better at this price point. The Control 23-1 is sold as a pair and costs just over $220. Great value for a pair of high-end JBL outdoor speakers.
Klipsch is without a doubt one of the leading speaker manufacturers in the consumer audio market. Their speakers are always built with the finest parts and sound exceptional. The Klipsch AW-650 Outdoor Speaker is one of the best outdoor speakers on the market. The AW-650 comes in black or white with both options featuring paintable enclosures and grilles to customize the color of your speakers to match the color of your home.
The AW-650 is sold as a pair of outdoor speakers suitable for installs inside and outside the home. Each speaker features a 6 low-frequency driver with a 1 titanium dome tweeter. The AW-650 has a wide 90 x 90 dispersion which means the speaker will perform exactly the same whether mounted vertically or horizontally.
One thing youre guaranteed with Klipsch is great sound. The AW-650 is no different in this regard. These outdoor speakers sound exceptional with a typical Klipsch sound profile. The bass is solid with a decent punch and definition in the response. The mid-range is balanced perfectly with vocals clear and pronounced. The tweeter produces a brilliantly crisp sound which adds to the overall clarity of the speaker. Even at high volumes, the AW-650 never distorts or becomes harsh. It can only be described as a smooth buttery sound.
The AW-650 has a power handling of 85W 340W Peak which gives you a significant amount of power to play with. Sonos has recently released the Sonos Amp which features WiFi connectivity allowing you to integrate the amplifier with your existing home network.The Sonos Amp delivers 125W per channel into 8 ohms which will work just fine for the AW-650. Some people are using the smaller Sonos Connect to power the AW-650 and seem happy with the results, however, at only 55W per channel into 8 ohms, I feel this is far too little power to drive these speakers efficiently.
Klipsch recommends using a minimum of 16-gauge speaker wire when installing the AW-650. For best results and superior sound quality, its best to go with a 12-gauge speaker cable, especially if you are planning long cable (30ft plus) runs for your AW-650 installation.
The AW-650 is designed to withstand extreme temperatures, salt air, direct sunlight, and even rain. The speaker enclosure has a drainage system to prevent water build up. As always, we recommend you still install the AW-650 in a position thats sheltered from the elements. This will prolong the life of the speakers.The AW-650 comes with C-brackets for mounting the speakers and all the components, including the speaker enclosures, are paintable.
If you consider yourself to be somewhat of an audiophile, then youll truly appreciate the Klipsch AW-650. These outdoor speakers sound incredible, delivering a natural, true sound profile. One thing you can rely on from Klipsch is quality parts which means these speakers will likely last longer than most competing outdoor speakers. The AW-650 is an absolute steal for a little over $280 for a pair of premium speakers.
Yamaha is another well known, premium brand providing some high-quality, competitively priced consumer audio products. They have an extensive range of outdoor speakers in a variety of shapes and sizes. The NS-AW150 2-Way Outdoor Speakers form part of the All-Weather range from Yamaha. The NS-AW150 is extremely popular online. The speakers are competitively priced, durable and provide good sound for outdoor installations.
The NS-AW150 is sold as a pair but can also be purchased as bundles of four or six speakers complete with cabling. For a distributed home sound system, the NS-AW150 is definitely a smart option. Each speaker features a 5 low-frequency driver with a PEI dome tweeter.
The 5 low-frequency driver performs surprisingly well delivering an excellent bass response. The mid-range and high-frequencies arent as detailed as the Klipsch or Bose but still perform exceptionally well. Especially consider the NS-AW150 cost under $100 for a pair! The NS-AW150 is a good speaker for background and party applications, however, if you want a speaker specifically for loud music, rather go with the 180W Yamaha NS-AW992. Another speaker from Yamahas All-Weather range.
The NS-AW150 has a power handling of 35W to 120W into 6 ohms. If youre just looking to power the NS-AW150 for background music, then a 50W amplifier will be sufficient. For louder applications or, to get the most out of these outdoor speakers, you will need an amplifier or receiver with a little more power. The Yamaha R-N602 AV Receiver delivers 2 channels of 125W at 6 ohms. This is perfect to drive the NS-AW150 effectively and efficiently. The R-N602 features multiple inputs including Bluetooth and WiFi. The receiver is also compatible with Alexa.
Yamaha doesnt specify speaker gauge recommendations, however, it wouldnt be wise to go lower than an 18-gauge cable for the NS-AW150. Try to use a 16-gauge if possible with 12 gauge for wire runs further than 30ft.
The NS-AW150 can be mounted in a vertical or horizontal position and are designed to withstand light rain and are UV resistant. You definitely do not want to install the NS-AW150 where they will be fully exposed to the elements. Under the eaves of your roof or under a patio will be fine. For stereo imaging, the NS-AW150 should be placed a minimum of 6 feet and a maximum of 10 feet apart.
At under $100 for a pair, the Yamaha NS-AW150 2-Way Outdoor Speakers are the most affordable premium speaker option we came across. Its mind-blowing just how good these speakers sound for the money. This price point makes the NS-AW150 a great option if you have more than a stereo pair to install. These speakers are great for indoor and outdoor applications and can be paired with other speakers in Yamahas All-Weather range.
If youre looking for a speaker to make some noise and perhaps through a few parties out in the backyard, then the Polk Audio Atrium 8 SDI Outdoor Speaker might just be what youre after. The Atrium 8 SDI is the flagship speaker from the Polk Audio Atrium outdoor speaker range. The entire range is built tough to withstand extreme temperatures, salt fog, UV and even heavy rain. The speaker even comes with a 5-year warranty on both the cabinet and speaker drivers. Be sure to read the user manual and warranty card before installation.
The Atrium 8 SDI is sold as a single speaker and is designed to be used on its own or as part of a pair. A switch on the rear of the Atrium 8 SDI enables the speaker to be used as a single or in stereo mode. The Atrium 8 SDI features a single 6-inch low-frequency driver with two 1 tweeters. The tweeters are mounted in an array to maximum vertical and horizontal dispersion. On the rear of the Atrium 8 SDI is a Polk Audio PowerPort which works with the low-frequency driver to maximize the bass response.
The result is the Atrium 8 SDI delivers a deep punchy bass sound that can easily fill most patios or indoor entertainment areas. The speaker performs well in the mid-range delivering excellent vocal clarity. The tweeter array gives the Atrium 8 SDI a nice sizzle in the high-frequencies and a decent amount of throw to project sound across your backyard. The Atrium 8 SDI is a powerful speaker. If you choose to install a pair of these outdoor speakers with paired with the right sized amplifier, you wont have any issues annoying your neighbors with some big sound for outdoor parties.
The Atrium 8 SDI has a power handling of 10W to 125W at 8 ohms. You can go with a smaller amp between 10W to 50W to run these speakers but then you may as well purchase a speaker thats smaller and cheaper. The Atrium 8 SDI come alive at 100W where theyre able to deliver their full power. You can go with the Bose SoundTouch SA-5 Amplifier which will work just fine, but its almost $500. If youre looking for something cheaper, the Yamaha R-N303BL Stereo Receiver costs just $300 and will perform the same job. The R-N303BL features analog and digital inputs as well as Bluetooth and WiFi. The receiver is also compatible with Alexa.
Polk Audio doesnt offer speaker wire specifications for the Atrium 8 SDI, however, I wouldnt go thinner than 16-gauge for these outdoor speakers. For cable runs longer than 30 foot, use a 14-gauge and past 50 foot go with a 12-gauge cable.
The Atrium 8 SDI is available in black and white with both the speaker enclosure and grille being paintable to match the color of your home. The speaker comes with paint protectors to cover the speaker drivers and rear bass port while applying paint.
The Atrium 8 SDI can be mounted horizontally or vertically depending on the speaker position and area you want to cover. The trademarked Atrium Speed-Lock mounting bracket makes installation easy for a one-man DIY job. The unique C-bracket can even be mounted at a 45 angle in a vertical position between the wall and ceiling. Usually, mounting brackets only allow you to get a 45 angle on the horizontal so this is a small but added bonus the Atrium speaker range offers.
If youre looking for a powerful outdoor party system, then the Polk Audio Atrium 8 SDI Outdoor Speaker is definitely the way to go. A pair of these outdoor speakers is capable of delivering up to 250W with excellent bass and clarity. If youre looking to install a full home entertainment system with multiple speakers inside and outside, the Atrium series offers five different speaker sizes in both black and white. The Atrium 8 SDI costs just over $170 for a single speaker but this is larger and more powerful than your average outdoor speaker.
If youre after some serious bass, then the Definitive Technology AW 6500 Outdoor Speaker might just be what youre after. With a large bass radiator, this outdoor speaker is optimized for low-end response. Definitive Technology is one of those lesser known brands but produces some of the best speakers for the consumer audio market. The AW or, All-Weather series, features just two speakers with the AW 6500 being the larger and more powerful of the two.
The AW 6500 is sold as a single speaker offering great performance on its own, as a pair or even for a distributed multi-speaker home entertainment system. The AW 6500 features a 6-inch low-frequency driver coupled to a 5-inch x 10-inch bass radiator in the rear. A 1-inch tweeter is mounted on the front of the speaker. The AW 6500 is triangular shaped with the front and rear of the speaker at 45 angles. This means when you mount the speaker near a ceiling, the bass radiator fires up at the ceiling which accentuates the bass response. You get the same effect when mounting the AW 6500 horizontally in the corner of a wall.
If mounted properly, the results can be impressive with the AW 6500 producing a serious amount of bass. The balance between the mid-range and high-frequencies is great with the AW 6500 delivering excellent vocal clarity. If you choose to install these as a pair, the AW 6500 will more than fill most patio areas. In fact, Definitive Technology state a pair of AW 6500 will cover a 200-400 square foot outdoor space at moderately loud levels (60% + volume depending on your amp). The AW 6500 also has a wide dispersion which enables the speaker to cover a wide listening area.Keep in mind the AW 6500 has a break-in period of 20-40 hours at 50% volume. So dont max the speakers straight out the box. Allow time for the drivers to loosen and settle. You will achieve optimum results once the speakers have broken in properly.
The AW 6500 has a power handling of 10W 200W at 8 ohms. These speakers have 92db sensitivity which is a few decibels more than most of the speakers in this article. If paired with enough amplification, the AW 6500 can deliver a serious amount of power. To get the most out of the AW 6500 we recommend the all-new SVS Prime Wireless SoundBase.This incredible compact stereo amplifier delivers 150W at 8 ohms per channel. You have digital and analog input options with Bluetooth and WiFi. The SVS Prime Wireless SoundBase is also compatible with Alexa.
While Definitive Technology doesnt make any specific cable recommendations, its best not to use anything thinner than 16-gauge when installing the AW 6500. For runs longer than 30-foot use 14-gauge and beyond 50-foot youll want to use a 12-gauge cable.
To get the most out of the AW 6500 bass radiator, youll want to mount the speaker up near the ceiling or in the corner. You can get a similar effect lower-down on your wall, however, the best sound will be from against the ceiling where the bass frequencies have less space to dissipate. Make sure you install the speakers correctly as the speaker design does lend to confusion with the front and rear looking very similar. Make sure to read the user manual before installation.Both the speaker enclosure and grille are paintable should you wish to match the speakers to the color of your walls.
The Definitive Technology AW 6500 is a speaker which means business. The large bass radiator means this outdoor speaker is capable of producing a significant amount of bass. More than any other speaker we reviewed for this article. With the right amplification, the AW 6500 can get seriously loud enough for parties and large entertainment areas. At $250 per speaker the AW 6500 isnt cheap, however, if youre serious about bass and volume, then the best outdoor speakers come at a higher cost.
If you dont want the hassle of passive speakers with external amplifiers and long speaker cable runs, then the Sound Appeal BT Blast Pro might be a better option for you. These outdoor Bluetooth speakers are simple to install, require no amplifier or receiver and are weatherproofed for installation outdoors.
The BT Blast Pro is sold as a pair of powered delivering a combined 80W of power. Each speaker features a 6-inch low-frequency driver with a 1-inch tweeter. At 40W RMS each, the BT Blast Pro isnt as powerful as the other outdoor speakers we reviewed but, for smaller outdoor spaces, they perform exceptionally well.
The BT Blast Pro delivers an average bass response. Its not as big as some of the more premium speakers on this list but certainly good enough for background music applications. The mid-range is a little muddy which doesnt cause too much of an issue as vocals and instruments are still upfront and present. The treble is crisp and clear offering good clarity to the speaker. The BT Blast Pro is somewhat loud but the sound isnt powerful enough to disturb the neighbors. Which is probably a good thing.
The BT Blast Pro features an active primary speaker which powers the second passive speaker. This means you dont need an external amplifier to power either of the speakers. All you need to do is run power from a socket to the primary speaker and then link out to the second passive speaker using 18-gauge speaker wire. Sound Appeal even supplies you with 25ft of cable to connect the two outdoor speakers. Make sure you only use the exact length of cable you need. For example, for a 6-foot run, cut the cable appropriately, dont bundle the excess up and stick it in the ceiling or behind the speaker. Reducing cable length maximizes audio quality while optimizing the amplifiers efficiency.
The BT Blast Pro comes in both black and white so you can choose the color best suited to your home. Unfortunately, the BT Blast Pro is not a paintable speaker so youre limited to either black or white.Each speaker comes with a powder-coated bracket to mount the BT Blast Pro either vertically or horizontally on the wall or ceiling. While the BT Blast Pro does have weatherproof features, I would be particularly careful where these are installed. The speakers are protected against moisture but any direct rain would be dangerous since these speakers are connected directly to socket power. Ensure the BT Blast Pro speakers are installed under a covered patio well clear of the elements.
If youre looking for an easy to install, plug-and-play outdoor speaker system, then the BT Blast Pro is definitely one to consider. The only downside to the BT Blast Pro is the limited power these speakers offer. The speakers will work just fine for background music but for parties and loud music, I wouldnt recommend the BT Blast Pro. For $200 you get a complete outdoor speaker system with two speakers, built-in amplification, mounting brackets, and 25ft speaker wire ready to go. Excellent value for money!
Kicker well known for their range of speakers designed specifically for cars, marine, power sports, and motorcycles. These applications require tough, durable speakers which is why Kicker is an excellent choice for the best outdoor speakers. The Kicker KB6000 Full Range Speakers are designed for use indoors, outdoors and marine installations. The speakers are compact yet kick out some serious power.
The KB6000 is sold as a pair of speakers housed in neat watertight enclosures. Each speaker features a 6 low-frequency driver with a 2 x 5 compression-loaded horn tweeters. The KB6000 is designed specifically for long throw and power rather than exceptional audio quality. So, if you want a speaker to project sound across your backyard while still retaining decent quality, these are the KB6000 is the right choice.
The KB6000 sound really good. The low-end response is a little lacking. I definitely wouldnt consider the KB6000 to be a bass speaker. The mid-range and treble, however, are amazing. These speakers deliver excellent clarity with good intelligibility, even over long distances across your backyard. If youre looking for a loud outdoor speaker and youre not too concerned with big bass, then the KB6000 is a good option to consider.
The KB6000 has a power handling of 6W to 150W at 8 ohms. These speakers just dont perform unless you push some serious power into them. Expect to be disappointed if you power these speakers with anything less than 50W. The Yamaha R-S202BL Stereo Receiver is just right for this job. The R-S202BL is one of the most popular stereo receivers delivering 100W per channel into 8 ohms. Perfect for driving the KB6000 effectively and efficiently. The R-S202BL features multiple analog RCA inputs and Bluetooth. If you want digital inputs and WiFi, then go with the Yamaha R-N303BL which is also compatible with Alexa but more than double the price of the R-S202BL.
Included with the KB6000 are brackets and even rubber feet should you wish to place the speakers on a shelf rather than mounting. Unfortunately, the KB6000 is not paintable but the speakers are available in black or white. For multiple speaker installations, you can purchase the KB6000 as a kit of 4 speakers saving you $100 if you had to buy each speaker individually.
If youre looking for big bass response, then the Kicker KB6000 Full Range Speakers might not be the best option. If youre looking for a loudspeaker with excellent clarity, then this is where the KB6000 shine. These are excellent speakers if youre looking to project your sound across the backyard. They have good throw while retaining a decent amount of sound quality over the distance. Just make sure you choose an amplifier with a minimum of 100W to achieve this properly. At under $80 for a pair, the KB6000 is an absolute steal!
If youre after ultra-compact, then the Dual Electronics LU43PB 3-Way Outdoor Speakers are just what youre after. Even though these speakers are compact, they deliver some serious sound through great power handling. Dual Electronics design and manufacture speakers and amplifiers for marine and car installations which means they have some experience making audio products built to withstand the elements.
The LU43PB is a 3-way speaker sold as a pair and are about two thirds the size of many of the speakers on this list. Each speaker features a 4-inch low-frequency driver with a -inch mid-range driver and a -inch tweeter. The 3-way configuration works well for the LU43PB. The speaker delivers excellent separation and clarity for a speaker this size. Even though the LU43PB only has a 4-inch low-frequency driver, the bass response is excellent. Not as big a bass sound as a 5 or 6 but certainly impressive for its size and better than most 4-inch speakers on the market.The mid-range and treble also perform really well which can only be attributed to the 3-way separation.
The LU43PB probably isnt the speaker you want for loud music and parties, however, they can get somewhat loud. For background music or an outdoor TV on the patio, the LU43PB will be an excellent choice.
The LU43PB has a power handling of 50W to 100W at 6 ohms. The Fosi Audio BT20A Bluetooth Stereo Amplifier is an excellent choice to power a pair of LU43PB speakers. The BT20A is an ultra-compact stereo amplifier measuring 10.1 x 8.1 x 2.8 inches and weighing a mere 1.7 lbs which means you can install this amplifier just about anywhere. The unit allows for just two inputs Bluetooth and RCA. You have separate bass and treble control with a master volume. All you need for a compact outdoor speaker system.Use a minimum of 18-gauge when connecting your LU43PB speakers to an amplifier. For runs longer than 40 feet, go with 16-gauge speaker wire.
The LU43PB comes with a mounting bracket for each speaker. It is important to note the LU43PB is not waterproof in any way. The speakers can handle moisture from due and the like but no direct rain or water. On days where its particularly damp with due in the morning or evening, allow the speakers to dry completely before using them. If the woofer cone is at all damp it may perish. For this reason, its probably better not to install these speakers near the ocean or where your speakers may get wet. Its best to install the LU43PB under a covered patio or the eaves of your roof and can be mounted vertically or horizontally.
The Dual Electronics LU43PB 3-Way Outdoor Speakers are truly impressive for their size. These speakers deliver excellent bass response for 4 speakers. The clarity in the mid-range and high frequencies is also very good. If youre looking for a compact sound system for your patio, then the LU43PB is an excellent choice. Keep in mind these speakers arent as loud as some of the larger speakers on this list, however, they do a good job for a focused area such as a patio. The LU43PB cost just $33 for a pair of speakers which is simply incredible for what you get. If you include the Fosi Audio BT20A amplifier to power the LU43PB youll be just shy of $110 for a complete Bluetooth outdoor speaker system.
Pyle is synonymous with budget consumer audio equipment. If youre ever looking for something cheap that does the job, then Pyle will always have a product for you. The Pyle PLMR24 3-Way Weatherproof Outdoor Speaker Set costs just less than $20 for a pair of marine grade speakers. These cheap outdoor speakers are perfect for installations where you just need a little background music and arent too concerned with sound quality.
The PLMR24 is a compact 3-way speaker design with a 3-inch low-frequency driver, 1-inch mid-range driver, and 1-inch dome tweeter. Pyle has done anything particularly exciting with the PLMR24 design other than assembling the basics for a 3-way speaker. The bass response is almost non-existent, the mid-range and treble are decent but obviously nowhere near the quality of some of the other brands in this list. So do we have the PLMR24 on a list of the best patio outdoor speakers? The price.
If you want a really cheap pair of outdoor speakers, then theres no better option under $20. These are great for installs out in the garden or around the pool where you perhaps dont want to spend hundreds of dollars on speakers which will eventually succumb to the elements in much the same way as the PLMR24 would anyway. Why spend hundreds when you can spend just $20!
Each PLMR24 has a power rating of 100W to 200W at 4 ohms. Im a bit skeptical about these power ratings and would recommend you consider half this power. To power these speakers we recommend going with the Fosi Audio TPA3116 Bluetooth Stereo Amplifier. The TPA3116 delivers 50W into 4 ohms per channel which enough to power two PLMR24. The TPA3116 features an analog RCA input with Bluetooth 4.0 and single rotary volume control which is all you really need for a cheap outdoor speaker system.
As these are 4-ohm speakers, I would advise you to use nothing less than 16-gauge speaker wire. For runs longer than 50 feet, switch to 12-gauge cable. Pyle supplies you with a length of 16-gauge speaker wire to get you started which should be sufficient for most installations.
The PLMR24 is unfortunately not a paintable speaker, however, is available in black or white. Each speaker comes with a bracket for mounting. The speakers are really easy to install and you should be able to get these up and running in less than an hour.
Sometimes you just need the cheapest option available. In such cases, its always good to look at something from Pyle. The PLMR24 gets a bad rap from a lot of consumers but you need to purchase these speakers with two things in mind. 1, these $20 speakers and 2, you arent looking for a loud outdoor speaker system. These are great for background music or positions where you know the speakers will be exposed to the elements and just need something cheap to make a bit of noise. For this, the PLMR24 does the job perfectly.
Within the specs and description of a product, youll find the speakers power handling. This indicates the minimum and maximum power required to drive the speaker efficiently. Also included is the impedance output which is just as important. The output impedance must match the speakers impedance as the output wattage is different for each impedance rating.
To get the most out of your speakers, always try to match an amplifier or receiver as close to the speakers peak handling as possible. This will ensure the amplifier is able to provide enough power to the speaker at all times.
Most speakers operate as 2-way systems with a woofer or low-frequency driver and tweeter. Within the speakers enclosure is a crossover which splits the audio signal sending low frequencies to the woofer and high frequencies to the tweeter.
In some cases, speaker manufacturers will design a 3-way driver configuration. These speakers hold three speaker drivers which are usually a woofer, mid-range driver, and a tweeter. Here the crossover splits the audio in three with low frequencies going to the woofer, mid-range frequencies going to the mid-range driver, and high-frequencies delivered to the tweeter. 3-way speakers are often cleaner sounding due to the separation of bass and mid-range frequencies.
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Do you wish to add privacy to your outdoor patio or porch? Then consider these privacy screen ideas that also add some intrigue and decorative flair. Or maybe youre just looking to upgrade your patio? Adding a stylish privacy screen into the mix could be an easy DIY project!
There are many design options available. So weve gathered these 20 cool & inexpensive DIY ideas to help you choose. Some of them are very easy to do. Some have tutorials, and some are just meant for inspiration. And some of them can even be done with materials you may already have laying in your backyard.
Want a nice, modern looking privacy screen while still being on a budget? Then this great DIY tutorial it just for you! It offers step by step instructions on how to build your very own back porch wood screens. These easy to construct hanging screens were built from scratch, by hand, using wooden planks, to create a lattice effect. They look great, dont they?
And for an extra layer of privacy, there are curtains. In the case you want to host a private patio party or just relax in a quiet, you can achieve even more privacy. This is one of our favorite ideas.
If building a screen from scratch sounds like too much work, then using commercially available lattice panels could be a better idea for you. This step-by-step tutorial features some really great hanging lattice privacy screens. You can hang them on one or both sides of your patio or porch. For a small patio, such as one shown above, three screens is enough, but a larger patio may require 4 or 5. The panels look super stylish and will make any outdoor area more discreet, but also more fashionable with this interesting design.
Look at this beautiful privacy screen shown above. Its a perfect fit for a brick clad home. It even has a planter box below where you can plant vines to climb the lattice work, to create even more privacy. The detailed DIY tutorial is easy to follow for impressive results. This is a perfect idea for anyone who has a townhouse that is closer to other houses in the neighborhood wanting a little more privacy.
The design uses a standard lattice panel and some additional wood planks that frame it inside the brick columns. Its easy on the eyes. And the best part is that you can paint the lattice in this privacy screen to match either the brick or the front door.
This DIY tutorial features outdoor curtains that act as privacy screens. This is a pretty cheap design concept that will set you back only about $100 to execute correctly. Of course, you may be able to find cheaper curtains where you live.
What a great idea turn your old shutters into a patio privacy screen. This is a great way to get total privacy and being able to refurbish or recycle some old wood items, too. As you can see on the image above, you can paint the shutters to create a truly adorable outdoor patio area.
Similarly to the previous shutters idea, you can use a bifold door room divider to make your privacy screen. And this DIY tutorial shows you exactly how a three-panel bifold room divider was turned into a privacy screen. To make it last longer in the outdoors, you could use a metal bifold door with anti-rust finish.
This is a great design idea because its a super simple purchase that will really add privacy and some decor element to your patio. Its also a lot easier on the eyes than just a patio wall since the slats add extra light into the patio.
Using a tin accent wall as a privacy fence is a great idea for that backyard that has an industrial-chic flair to it. Dress up your backyard space with an added tin square and interesting accents to add a whole new patio sitting area, on top of adding a layer of privacy.
In this unique DIY tutorial, you will learn how to turn old louvered doors into a repurposed garden screen. This is a great idea for anyone who tries to recycle or refurbish old furnishings when you can.
Do you think a simple lattice screen is boring? So why not build a privacy screen that is also a living wall? Lattice panels are just perfect for it, and this DIY tutorial shows you exactly how to create your very own living wall privacy screen. This is a super cute idea that features plenty of living plants that will not only add extra privacy, but will add some more life to the patio, as well.
This is a more modern concept that helps you add some extra plant life to the patio without taking up too much space. Make sure all plant fixtures are fastened securely, as this tutorial suggests, to prevent damage to any falling plants.
This adorable little party tent is a pergola, and its here to help add some temporary privacy into a patio setting. This DIY tutorial shows you exactly how to execute this adorable tent, which would add an extra chic to that next backyard party you could be planning.
This is a Bali inspired decoration that is easy to do and even more easy to take down. Although this is not a permanent fix to your outdoor area privacy, this would be the perfect setup for last minute event.
This is a more artistic way to efficiently construct a privacy wall that only adds more intrigue into the space. Better yet, you can use your own bottles so start saving them now! Building this maybe cheap but is not easy. You would need to figure out how to drill holes in the glass bottles, and drill a lot of them. Socheck out this funky DIY Bottle Wall tutorialfor any help.
This is a pretty simple DIY project for a solid screen garden sign that doubles as the perfect privacy wall. Better yet, this will help keep out unwanted pests into the garden such as dogs that can dig up vegetables or rabbits who will gobble everything up.
Much like the trellis, this smaller pallet living wall idea features plenty of floral plants to help add some flair into the mix. This would be the ideal setup for an especially small backyard sitting area that needs a little extra privacy.
This adorable DIY tutorial shows you all the steps in creating your very own privacy wall with flower pots. The latticed wall will give you an extra layer of security, while the potted plants will add some charm into the backyard area.
This super adorable DIY tutorial shows you how to create your very own secrete outdoor tea room. The privacy wall within this idea is full of art, which is charming to look at and even better at protecting your privacy during this tea party.
This is a great idea to try with kids who will be inviting their friends over for parties and sleepovers. This is also a great idea to try with a book club, if you have the space, or even just a cute sitting area.
This stained glass panel is a truly beautiful idea for some extra privacy on a porch setting. The stained glass adds plenty of intrigue and decor into the space without taking too much away from the setup.
Bamboo shades have been around for a really long time because they add some interesting decor and they provide great privacy. In this DIY tutorial, you can learn how to create your very own bamboo shade that will act as a perfect privacy screen.
One of the best things about being a homeowner is having a plot of land to call your own, where you can enjoy nature in the peace of your own backyard. While enjoying sunshine, fresh air and maybe even a splash in the pool is always welcome, lets face it there are some aspects of outdoor living that even the most ardent nature lover could do without, including insects, pollen, mosquitos, and other nuisances.
Phifer manufactures outdoor pool and patio screen to block most bugs and allow you to enjoy the great outdoors in comfort. Backed by more than 60 years of manufacturing and innovation expertise, our screening is suitable for use in a variety of screening projects to build the patio screen enclosure of your dreams. Similarly, many of the same screening products we offer are excellent for use in pool cages and enclosures -- keeping most bugs out and cool breezes inside when youre enjoying the pool, and keeping your pool free from leaves and other debris when youre not using the pool, too.
Which Phifer screening product is right for your pool and patio needs? Well walk you through available pool and patio screening options to help you narrow your choices and find a screen that best suits your needs.
If you live in Southeastern or Southwestern parts of the U.S., youve probably dealt with no-see-ums. Sometimes referred to as sandflies, blackflies or midges, these ultra-tiny insects can cause painful bites and can take the enjoyment out of a summer BBQ or a day by the pool. Reclaim your porch by outfitting it with Phifers specially-designed No-See-Ums 20x20 mesh screening. The ultra-tightweave of our No-See-Ums screening keeps out most tiny bugs and allows cool breezes to flow through.
Our 18x14 Fiberglass Pool and Patio Insect Screening also stands as the gold standard for protection against most tiny insects while reducing wind-blown debris inside your patio enclosure or your pool. Made from durable, breathable fiberglass,18x14 is an excellent choice for screening a large area.
Our TuffScreen No-See-Ums screening offers the best of both worlds. Finely woven polyester mesh keeps out most tiny insects, and its rugged construction can stand up to the most active kids or playful pets that frolic on your patio or by the pool!
Made from 18x14 fiberglass mesh, Phifer Glas-Shield screening is vinyl-laminated. Its construction makes it a great fit for homeowners who want added privacy with their patio enclosure or pool cage. Our Glas-Shield screening is ideal for use in lower enclosure panels of a patio or pool cage to keep dirt and debris out. While Glas-Shield is an excellent choice for vertical applications (such as walls), it is not made to be used in roofing applications.
Need an outdoor patio screen thats able to withstand heavy traffic and playful pets? Our TuffScreen, TuffScreen No-See-Ums, and PetScreen screening products are the perfect choice! If you live in a region plagued by tiny insects, look to our TuffScreen No-See-Ums to keep most bugs out and kids and pets safely corralled inside your pool or patio enclosure.
For families with rambunctious two-legged and four-legged family members, both our TuffScreen and PetScreen products are tear resistant and puncture resistant, able to withstand clawing and pawing. Made from resilient, durable materials, theyre able to tackle rough n tumble play -- even if that means the kids (or some adults) get a little carried away with a whiffed catch of a football or baseball!
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A patio is great for truly enjoying the outdoors, but many of us are not fortunate enough to have sunny and clear skies 365 days a year. If your city gets cold in the winter or sees a lot of rainfall, a screened in patio is the perfect addition.
While all screen patios come with an abundance of advantages, they dont come without a cost. Continue reading to the see the average screen in patio prices near you. When youre ready to add screens to your patio, ImproveNet can help you find local masons.
Unlike many other remodeling projects, screened patio costs have not fluctuated much. Furthermore, most remodeling prices range greatly based on materials, labor and various other factors. Screened in patios do not fall in this category.
To begin, what type of screen do you want to use? Typically, fiberglass supports are chosen as a way of supporting the overall structure. Fiberglass is ideal because its lightweight yet durable, and its also the most affordable option. Aluminum can also be used as support. Although its more expensive, aluminum screens are more durable than fiberglass.
Base strips are also necessary for securing the privacy screen to the deck or patio in addition to a quality insect screening as well. If youre looking for more protection, some homeowners choose to have their patios completely enclosed. However, patio enclosures cost more than just screened patios.
If youre lucky, your local masons will include installation with their bid. If not, you have to assume higher costs, somewhere between $1/sf and $3/sf. If labor was not included in the original cost, professional installation could add between $250 and $400 to your total patio screen project.
Materials and labor make up a majority of your screened patio price, but there are a few other factors you should consider before screening in your patio. Keep all in mind before you embark on any screening project.
We live in a world full of options and patio screens are no different. No matter what size patio you own or why you want to install such an application, its not hard to find the perfect screen for your patio. See all patio screen types, their prices and pros and cons below:
By far the most popular type of screen, fiberglass is also the most affordable patio screen. While fiberglass comes in many colors, it wil not rust and is easy to install, fiberglass screens are sensitive and can easily tear in not handled correctly. Fiberglass patio screens start at $0.15/sf.
The other standard screen across the country is aluminum. These screens are not heavy and bend just a bit, which helps with installation. However, aluminum patio screens do glare at times and can dent just like fiberglass. Since they do last longer than fiberglass, their higher installation cost makes sense. Aluminum patio screens start at $0.25/sf.
If you get eaten alive every time you go outside on your patio, you may need noseeum patio screens. These screens are designed to keep out the tiniest of creatures. Fortunately, they do not cost as much as most options. Noseeum patio screens start at $0.25/sf.
Bronze contains many similarities to brass. Its fairly stiff, but can be bent to help with installation. It typically comes in a dark brown color, but also discolors as time goes on. Unlike brass, its not adversely affected by saltwater. Bronze patio privacy screens start at $0.90/sf.
The strongest patio screen on the market is stainless steel. They can take a beating, unlike any other patio screen option. As such, they last for years with minimal maintenance. Luckily, prices start at $1/sf.
If your patio sees a ton of sunlight, you should consider installing solar screens. Solar screens, like solar shades, block 90% of the suns rays. Besides the glare, it also blocks the heat. Solar screens can make patios 15 degrees cooler than the outside temperature. Because solar screens require a special mesh, they do cost more. Solar patio screens start at $1.20/sf.
We love our dogs and cats, but if you have any pets, consider installing pet screens. These patio screens are made to resist scratches and dents. However, they offer less visibility than other screens and are more expensive. As such, most homeowners install pet screens on the bottom half of their patios. Pet patio screens start at $1.70/sf.
Like bronze, brass has a strong tensile strength and comes in a vibrant yellow color. However, after years of rain and snow, your brass patio screen could discolor if you dont take care of it. Brass patio screens start at $6/sf.
Copper is one of the easiest materials to install. During installation, it cuts and bends easily. The color starts off as yellow but over the years, can turn to black. Copper patio screens start at $7/sf.
Beyond choosing fiberglass, there are a few ways to save on your screened patio installation price. From DIYing, the project to limiting the number of materials and doors, the tactics below will surely keep your screening in patio project cost below the average.
While it can cost between $1,000 and $2,000 to add a screen around your entire patio, they bring a host of advantages. Considering how many homeowners are adding privacy screens, it seems the benefits below far outweigh the costs.
First and foremost, patio screens make your patio much more comfortable. Whether your patio gets extensive sun exposure in the afternoon, experience a few flies here and there or sees heavy rain every fall, any patio screen ensures maximum comfortability.
Additionally, those of us in the Midwest or on the East Coast see the temperature drop every winter. Without a screened in deck or patio, that space is useless for at least a quarter of the year. Fortunately, since patio screens can block out a portion of the outside temperature, you could still use your patio in December if you install a new screen.
Finally, screened-in patios increase the value of your home. Most home remodeling projects see a return on investments (ROI) below 50%. Well, the ROI of most patio screen projects hover around 80%. So, beyond extended use, you can also expect more the day you sell your home.
To start off, the cost to screen in a patio is not cheap. Many of us could use that $1,000 on utility bills or fixing appliances within the home. Since screens are not 100% necessary, unlike a fridge or stove, the $1,000 price is an optional expense.
Earlier, we mentioned that certain patio screens discolor with time. To delay this process, you have to maintain and clean your screens. Take the screens off and gently vacuum the screens. Then, mix soap and water and gently clean the screens with a rag or hose. While its off, clear off any debris in the tracks.
Some homeowners give it a go and try to install patio screens on their own. Most, on the other hand, hire experienced and reputable patio contractors. If you fall into the latter, use the tips below to find the best screened in patio contractor.
Overall, a screened-in patio can be a wonderful addition to any home. Not only can a screened-in patio help homeowners better utilize your outdoor spaces, but they can also add significant resale value to the home. Homeowners looking to make a wise home improvement investment should consider patio screens.