Mistakes to Avoid When Installing Skirting on Your New Porch

23 April 2019
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If you have recently had a new porch installed on your home, then you may want to finish it off with some skirting. This skirting can be constructed out of a variety of materials, and while there are many different ways to add the skirting, there are a few mistakes that you want to avoid. Keep reading to learn about a few of them. 

Adding Lattice with Large Holes

Lattice is a popular material when it comes to skirting. It allows for good airflow into the porch space, and you can access the area underneath your porch if you need to. Also, lattice adds an architectural element to your home that can increase the beauty of your property. However, you do not want to make the mistake of choosing a lattice that is too large. 

Lattice with openings that are around 2.75 inches wide are too large and can look gaudy when installed on your property. This type of lattice is more appropriate for garden spaces. Not only may it look out of place, but the larger openings can allow dirt and debris, like leaves, to blow under your porch. And, animals may also choose to use the openings to access the space.

Lattice with extremely small openings may look more like pegboard, so you want to stay away from this as well. Look for lattice with 1-inch to 1.5-inch openings for the best look.

Forgetting the Frame

You want your porch to look like a solid construction that is an integrated part of the home. And, while the porch may match the aesthetics of your house, the skirt may appear out of place if you simply tack up your skirt around the porch perimeter. To create a more finished look, you want to add a frame around the edge of the porch and then install the skirting. 

The frame can be a simple installation of lumber with two-by-fours that creates a horizontal and vertical box with the lattice or another type of skirting making up the center construction

You can purchase premade frames called skirt supports if you do not want to install the lumber yourself. If you decide on the supports, then install the lattice along the back of the constructed framework and nail the entire piece in place. 

If you want to know more about skirting and the best way to construct a skirt on your new porch, reach out to a contractor.