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Best Screen Rooms 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]

Last Updated December 1, 2018
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Billy JacobsLet’s get started. After 55 hours of research including speaking with consultants and experts, and plenty of parents and 21 hours spent testing 10 screen rooms, I believe that I found the best screen rooms of 2018.

I have been writing about technology and entertainment since the early 90s from my secluded home in West Virginia. Now I’m going to recommend a few screen rooms you can pick from to get started quickly and easily.

Let’s get to it!

Best Screen Rooms of 2018

Following is the list of top three screen rooms of 2018. Many models on the market may be confusing to a person who is shopping for their first time.

Check them out and decide which one suits you the best to splurge upon. Welcome to my website! If you plan to buy screen rooms and looking for some recommendations, you have come to the right place.

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№1 – Tailgaterz Magnetic Screen House

Tailgaterz Magnetic Screen House

Magnetic doors are perfect for when you have your hands full
Sturdy steel and fiberglass frame design
Large mesh walls to keep insects out
Absolutely no frills

Why did this screen rooms win the first place?

The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack. I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing! I was completely satisfied with the price. Its counterparts in this price range are way worse.












№2 – Coleman Back Home Instant Screenhouse

Coleman Back Home Instant Screenhouse

Portable screened shelter offers protection from the sun, wind, and bugs
Sets up in 3 minutes in just 3 steps
Made of durable Polyguard 2X double-thick fabric with UVGuard 50+ UPF sun protection
Can require care/upkeep.
Heavy and big.

Why did this screen rooms come in second place?

I really liked it. It is amazing in every aspect. It did even exceed my expectations for a bit, considering the affordable price. I like this product. For such a low price, I didn’t even hope it to be any better. It’s decently made. The design quality is top notch and the color is nice. Seems that the material is good. It has a very beautiful color but I don’t really like the texture.












№3 – Coleman Instant Screenhouse

Coleman Instant Screenhouse

Portable shelter offers protection from sun, wind, and bugs
Sets up easily in around 60 seconds
Made of durable Polyguard 2X double-thick fabric with UVGuard 50+ UPF sun protection
Small size.
Extremely expensive.

Why did this screen rooms take third place?

It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time. The material is incredibly nice to the touch. It has a great color, which will suit any wallpapers. This price is appropriate since the product is very well built. I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new.












Screen Rooms Buyer’s Guide

If you keep the before points in mind, you can easily go out to the market and buy screen rooms, right? No!

Curved TVs

In my review of the first mainstream curved LCD TV, Samsung’s UNHU9000, I called the curve “a flat-out gimmick.” And that was after living with one in my house for a month. The curve detracted more than it added to picture quality, and in the end seemed like more of an aesthetic choice than anything else. I don’t think it’s worth the extra money.

Further reading: Trouble with the curve: What you need to know about curved TVs

Let me reiterate

All HDMI cables are the same. If you don’t have a universal remote already, you should get one. Our list of best home video and best home audio gear has other good suggestions.

How come you never mention rear-projection or plasma TV?

Because rear-projection TVs are no longer on sale as of 2012, and the last plasma TVs were manufactured in 201They’ll be missed.

Unlike dinosaur rear-projectors, I think front-projectors are really cool, and we’ve we’ve reviewed a few. And yes, your TV is too tiny

Quick Tips

If you’re in a hurry, here are the most important things to consider before you buy a television. We explain each of these points in greater detail in the text below:

Don’t buy a TV with less than 4K resolution (i.e., avoid 1080p sets) if you want a future-proof set.

LED and LCD Sets

Most LCD sets use LEDs on the edge of the screen. The better of these models support active dimming, but it takes some digital sorcery to do this by merely manipulating lights along the edge.

Full-array LED sets have light-emitting diodes directly behind the screen, in a grid of “zones” that can be lit up or darkened individually. Such an arrangement makes the backlight more precise and allows a more-detailed picture regarding contrast. Full-array backlighting was once reserved for top-tier models, but with more Ultra HD sets appearing at lower prices, this feature is becoming more common on modestly priced sets.

Another LCD technology, called quantum dots, is becoming more common, spurred on by the requirements of HDR to produce a wider array of colors and more brightness. An LCD that uses quantum dots basically has another layer, or added “rail,” of different size nanocrystal dots that light up when the LED backlight hits them. The result is a wider color spectrum and increased brightness.

Be aware that some brands offer confusing labels. Samsung’s newest sets are dubbed “QLED.” These are quantum-dot LCD TVs — not to be mistaken for OLED.

Wide array of prices, sizes and features; Some affordable Ultra HD 4K models; Bright screens visible even in a sunny room; Image quality steadily improving with full-array backlighting and quantum-dot technology.


OLED TVs go one better than full-array LED-LCDs with a few dozen lighting zones. In place of a backlight, OLEDs use a layer of organic LEDs, controlled at the pixel level, to achieve absolute black and stunning levels of contrast. (Footage of fireworks against a black sky is a favorite demonstration of OLED technology.)

LG isn’t the only company actively pursuing OLED technology in large screen sizes, with new OLED models arriving from Panasonic, Philips and Sony

Best TV picture, bar none; Colors truly pop, deeper blacks and better contrast and shadow detail than LCD TVs achieve; Retains image quality when viewed from the side.

Stratospheric prices; lower peak brightness than some LCD sets, uncertainty about how screens will fare over time, including whether they will retain “ghost” images (also known as burn-in) from displaying a static picture for too long.

Certified Ultra HD

TVs with the Certified Ultra HD or 4K HDR Ultra HD logos offer the ‘true’ Ultra HD experience. Certified Ultra HD is the logo used by Digital Europe, representatives of the digital technology industry in Europe, to guarantee that a TV has genuine 4K quality.

High Dynamic Range

Also known as HDR, High Dynamic Range combines enhanced brightness and enhanced colours to create an incredibly vivid and vibrant picture. With a higher pixel count and higher pixel quality, HDR lets images appear realistic and lifelike, and will particularly improve a gaming experience.

Shop LED TVs

OLED is a TV technology used by LG and instead of using a backlight, the screen pixels create their own light. This controls light levels better than other screens and offers deep colours, smooth visuals and a more vibrant picture.

Curved TVs offer an immersive display if you are sitting close, as well as greater field of view and more sense of depth.

Consider the Life of the Screen

As we discussed, unless you consciously selected higher grade materials for your screen enclosure on your own terms with your own contractor, you most likely bought your home with a preexisting structure with builder’s grade quality products. To put things into proper perspective, the average commercial home builder such as Lennar and GL Homes, uses Artisan screen, which only lasts 3-years. You could replace panels screen by screen as they deteriorate, but you will notice a difference in color from new to old, and more tears are likely to soon follow. You will also pay a service charge each time an expert comes out to service the property. In other words, you get more screen for your dollar when you do a full re-screen.

Consider the Structure’s Fasteners

With exposure to water, salt, concrete, and different metals, the builder’s grade steel screws usually rust and become quite weak in a matter of just a few years. Sure, you can just go ahead and replace the fasteners all at once without a rescreen, but you know what? By the time the workers maneuver their equipment carefully around the cage to not damage any screen, they could have changed the screen and bolts in entirety. A huge discount is offered on projects for this reason alone. With an entire restoration, your screen and fasteners can be replaced for a much better price than doing each separately.


Every single fastener (99.9% of them) is upgraded during the restoration process. The reason is

Enclosures are all designed to withstand the wind capacity at the time they were built, however, the most common steel fasteners loose over 50% of their strength within the first year, leaving the structure incapable of withstanding the original wind capacity it was designed for.

Nylo-tech fasteners will be used during the restoration as they give a finish that stands the test of time. Other steel based fasteners rust underneath the paint creating problems and accelerating paint deterioration.


This is the big one! Prior to the painting, the enclosure is thoroughly cleaned and intricately prepared for painting. Each job requires careful accommodations to cover the pool, walls and floor of the patio to ensure no paint stains are left behind. This is a perfected art, and an extremely important element of the job in itself. The highest quality acrylic DTM paint is used to withstand the harsh Florida elements, and give the cages a 10-1year life span. No lines or streaks are left behind as commercial grade sprayers apply the precise amount to guarantee a flawless finish.

Door kits

People are often shocked to find out that door kits that the changing of the door kits is generally included. All hardware and latches are changed despite of condition to match the newness of the entire screen enclosure.

In addition to a standard restoration package, many opt to add additional products such as hurricane cables or an upgraded screen grade :

Hurricane Cables

If you live in the sunny State of Florida, you are well aware of the hurricane season, and the dangers it presents along with it. But did you know that screen enclosures are often the very first item that damages during the storm? If not properly maintained, screens will tear, bolts will unfasten, and believe it or not, entire enclosures have gone down. Hurricane cables are an extra level of security keeping the enclosure intact, more wind resistant, and sturdy. They are definitely a great choice in Florida.

Upgraded Screen

Although standard vinyl Phifer screen is the top of the line fiberglass screen and also hurricane resistant (if the aluminum structure is engineered accordingly), many homeowners choose to upgrade to polyester, such as Super Screen or Ultra Screen. This are another option for proactively preparing for hurricane season as they are more resistant to high winds than standard fiberglass Phifer 18/1screen  The polyester screens are inherently stronger with a ball burst strength test rating of 180 – 190 lbs. The polyester screens are warrantied against tears for years. They are also great for pet owners who need additional strength in their screens.

Screen Enclosure Restoration

Upon your decision to restore your screen enclosure, next you must choose the right company for the job. Although it seems convenient and practical to just hire the same company to paint your home and screen enclosure simultaneously, it isn’t the best choice. Painting the screen enclosure requires a specialty company. One who can change and paint the enclosure fasteners, and remove and add the new and old screen. Not to mention, that the metal of the screen is so oddly shaped with ridges, it takes special equipment to complete the job. Metal itself is a hard property for paint to adhere to. Most paint companies do not possess the skills to paint this type of surface. For the best results, you will want a professional, experienced, and licensed company to complete the job.

Our suggestions? Interview a couple of companies, and choose the best one. You may find cheaper and lower bids, but you will want to look deeper than that, and here is why:

Motion issues with TruMotion

The LG WOLED is truly something special. Not only is it one of the thinnest TVs to ever grace our vision (it’s 2.75mm thin), but it’s also one of the most gorgeous.

When fed the right kind of content – in this case, 4K HDRor Dolby Vision video – it truly shines. A super-slim design alone wouldn’t have been enough to warrant the extra cost to upgrade to LG’s latest panel. 

But the thin frame on top of a Dolby Atmos soundbar on top of four types of HDR support on top of the magnetic mounting system on top of the new webOS 3.operating system surely did the trick. This incredibly gorgeous TV isn’t without its faults (see: motion handling, its sticker price and soundbar issues), but in terms of sheer picture performance there’s nothing else like it right now. 

Limited viewing angles

It looks like someone on Samsung’s TV design team has been watching 2001: A Space Odyssey. The 65-inch Qis a ringer for that film’s mysterious black monolith thanks to the way both its front and back sides are completely flat and feature ultra-robust, polished finishes. Ultra HD HDR playback is what the Q9F was created to do and, given Samsung’s potent HDR track record, it’s no surprise to find that it does it supremely well. Even though the Q9F has 4K HDR optimisation in its DNA, it’s capable of looking seriously good with high definition standard dynamic range content too.

It’s not very bright

If LG’s OLED isn’t your thing, spend some time checking out Sony’s version.

The 55A– and the AOLED series overall – are crowd pleasers in just about every way. Their ‘picture only’ design has been beautifully realized, managing to be simultaneously subtle and dramatic. 

Their vibrating screen delivers a far more powerful and effective sound performance than I’d thought possible, too. The real stars of the show here, though, are the A1’s exquisitely detailed, contrast-rich and colourful pictures. 

These prove emphatically what we’ve long suspected: More brands using OLED technology can only lead to good things. 

LCD TVs are brighter

After kickstarting its 201OLED campaign with the sensational-but-expensive OLED W7, LG is now following that up with something rather more affordable. 

Picking the more affordable option means you have to forego the W7’s incredibly thin and flexible screen, as well as its external control box and speaker system. However, the OLED Estill looks like a million bucks, still boasts an integrated soundbar that claims Dolby Atmos support, still boasts LG’s excellent webOS smart system, and still, most importantly of all, delivers pretty much identical picture quality to its more expensive sibling. 

HDR is a bit dim

OK, so you don’t want Sony’s new AOLED or the fantastic-but-pricey ZDSo what should you buy? Check out the XE90 series. With superb 4K image clarity, powerful SDR-to-HDR remastering, and a smooth direct LED backlight, Sony is offering something very different with the XE90. We loved the consistency of its images, the eye-popping vibrancy of its wide colour gamut panel and its easy-to-watch HDR – you get spectral highlights without accompanying eye fatigue. 

Given this set’s high-but-fair price point, any niggles we have are negligible. The XE90 is highly recommended and deserved our Best in Class award. 

Complicated to use

It’s an open secret within the TV industry that every OLED TV uses panels produced by LG Display, meaning that whether you’re buying a Sony, a Philips, or a LG, the OLED panel at the heart of each set is the same hardware. 

However, Philips has a bit of a trick up its sleeve thanks to its Ambilight technology, which projects colors onto the wall behind it that mirror those shown on the TV itself. 

The result is that the company’s flagship OLED series, the 9002, is a really stunning piece of tech, and its Ppicture processing engine is great at getting the most out of its OLED panel. 

You’ll be paying a slight price premium over LG’s more budget sets, but Ambilight could be exactly what you need to justify that premium. 

Runs sluggishly at times

The XE9Series builds on last year’s XD9series in a few important ways, the first of which is by including one of Sony’s new XExtreme chipsets. These are around 40% more powerful than the original Xchips, and introduce separate databases to help the TV analyze noise and upscale sub-4K sources to the screen’s native 4K resolution. Add in an apparently much-improved sound system and Sony’s Triluminos technology for delivering today’s wider colour ranges and the XE9series seems to tick all the right boxes. 

Unfortunately, though, even an improved version of Sony’s Slim Backlight Drive can’t completely hide the fact that with current edge LED technology there’s always a backlight-based price to pay for all that HDR-sating brightness. 

Who this is for

Put a canopy tent (shown here: Coleman’s Mountain View 1× 1Screendome Shelter) over a picnic table to provide shade and, if necessary, protection from bugs and other critters. Photo: Dan Koeppel

A canopy tent is a purchase most regular car campers consider after stocking up on the basics. After all, you can find plenty of smaller and less-expensive items to help you fight bugs, guard against the sun, and shrug off rain. However, if you love camping but hate worrying that you’ll be making and eating your morning pancakes in the rain—or in a swarm of mosquitos—a canopy tent that protects you from the trifecta of bugs, sun, and sudden showers (within reason) could provide the shelter you seek.

Pull Quote

On our second camping trip to test the canopies, violent wind gusts sent all of our picnic shelters hurtling into the nearby woods—the best testing conditions we could have hoped for!

Our second trip, in early March, was to the oceanside Sycamore Canyon Campground (PDF) near Oxnard, California, where we encountered mild temperatures in the 50s and 60s. During this trip, we experienced a light dinnertime rain that had us cooking and eating under the canopies, a pelting early-morning downpour, and violent wind gusts that sent all of our picnic shelters hurtling into the nearby woods—the best testing conditions we could have hoped for! A later check of the weather at nearby Point Mugu Naval Air Station confirmed top recorded wind gusts of 40 miles per hour. We later used the shelters on group trips at Wheeler Gorge Campground near Ojai, California, and at the La Jolla group campsite at Point Mugu, as well as on a trip to the El Mirage Dry Lake in the Mojave Desert.

In between trips, we turned a neighbor’s large, flat yard into an ad hoc camping-gazebo testing ground. We erected our shelters just in advance of a 24-hour rain and checked for leaking and rainy-day ambience midstorm. We also timed how long it took for one person to set up each shelter and how long it took for one person to break each structure down and get the tent back into its bag. We repeatedly zipped and unzipped doors and windows, looking for annoying snags.

Interior Design

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Secure new privacy and Asian-inspired style for your home with this decadent panel screen. panels extend to create a long dressing screen or room …

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Instantly spruce up your interior decor with this modernistic folding panel. This room divider features panels attached by convenient and durable …

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This privacy divider is a great and cheap way to put a temporary wall. If you need the space for changing, to sleep better, or just for some general …

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When it comes to Android tablets, you have no shortage of options — both in terms of hardware and software.

You also have a plethora of hardware options, too — from the aforementioned Fire tablets to Samsung’s wide-ranging offerings to the Asus ZenPad series, to name just a few.

Windows 10

Windows 10, the newest version of Windows, builds upon the foundation Microsoft laid in Windows and 8.The new OS is easier to use on traditional PCs than Windows was, and it makes using Windows on a tablet much more seamless than before. Windows offers several concessions to tablet users, such as large, touch-friendly window controls and buttons, a Tablet Mode (which expands the Start menu to fill the whole screen) and various touch-screen gestures.

Windows remains heavily oriented around the keyboard and mouse, though, so some apps and features may be awkward to use via a touch screen. It makes sense, then, that many Windows tablets are of the convertible kind.

For Gaming

What about Windows-based convertible tablets? Since these devices run full-fledged Windows, you can play a good many PC games on them. They won’t keep up with high-end gaming rigs, but many are more than suitable for more casual PC gaming.


Android tablets pack processors from a variety of manufacturers. Samsung’s Exynos chips and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors are the most common: Look for the Snapdragon 800 series and Exynos processors for better performance. Nvidia’s Tegra processors are found on Nvidia tablets, and you’ll find some Android machines with Rockchip CPUs.

On the Windows front, you’ll find mainly Intel processors, including the Core m3, iand iprocessors. Tablets based on Intel Core processors tend to be higher-end devices, and will generally cost you more. Lower-cost Windows tablets and convertibles often use Intel Atom processors.

Aesthetics & Wall Hanging

Curved TVs are on the clumsy looking side when it comes to mounting them on a flat wall

To summarize this, while we can’t objectively argue whether curved or flat looks lovelier in the home from an aesthetic point of view, two very crucial points should be kept in mind:

First, that curvature usually means a slightly bulkier 4K TV screen overall, due to a slightly thicker screen profile. This usually won’t be a problem but it can cause some issues for those who want a truly unobtrusive television profile in their home.

Second, that hanging curved 4K TVs on a wall is downright awkward. Flat screen 4K UHD TVs are far more amenable to be hanged along any vertical space, almost as if they were paintings or large photo frames and when not in use, they do little to draw attention. This doesn’t apply to curved models. Many of the older 201curved TVs lack even the VESA setup for being mounted to a wall and while newer model do now have wall-mounting capacity, they simply look strange when hanged up, and stick out quite a bit.

Viewing Angle

Now, while curve doesn’t measurably create greater immersion as we’ve seen above, it can ruin viewing angles in certain ways. Unlike a curved commercial theater screen, in which the entire audience easily fits inside the ideal viewing angles of the screen’s gigantic curve, the normal household 4K TV with curvature in the 5to 70 inch range effectively reduces the ideal viewing area in front of it to just 3degrees off from center to either side.

In other words, the actual ideal viewing space and angles of a curved TV can be smaller than what they would be for a flat TV! Anybody who isn’t lucky enough to be sitting within less than 3degrees to either side of the front of the screen will actually end up being stuck with observing slight foreshortening of the on-screen image. This can be downright annoying and cause eye strain as the brain tries to compensate for the distortion.

On the other hand, the bigger the curved 4K UHD TV, the larger its ideal viewing area and in this category, the size of larger 4K TVs does matter, with a 70 inch 4K UHD TV being the minimum you’d need to avoid the potential eye strain caused by watching the TV even just a little bit from off-center. Again though, even a 70 to 8inch TV with curvature won’t create anything remotely resembling the immersiveness that some claim for these televisions.

We should note that at slight off-center viewing angles, curved 4K TVs can indeed create a slightly better dimensionality effect in the picture they’re displaying but this is offset by the problems we have described above. Furthermore, the one type of curved 4K TV in which curve least affects off-angle viewing would be LG’s OLED models. In these TVs, off-angle viewing doesn’t lead to the sort of color washout and contrast reduction found in LCD TVs. This is thanks to the nature of their OLED display technology and it might be why curvature on OLED 4K TVs tends to look somewhat nicer than it does on LCD TVs. However even in these models, the curve doesn’t add any real benefit, and it’s the OLED display which creates the real added value in their display.

Distortion and Reflection

The best solutions for reflection in either flat or curved TVs lies in positioning them as ideally as possible so there aren’t any bright sources of light opposite the screen and to generally try watching your TV under darker lighting conditions if possible, whether the model in question is curved or not.

The distortion of light reflection on a curved 4K TV display is worse than that of a flat screen version

As for distortions other than those produced with light reflection, there are viewers who report a sort of “bow-tie” effect when watching certain types of content on a curved screen. In other words, the top vertical bar of something like letterboxed content can look like it’s stretching upwards along the edges of the TV, though this effect depends largely on viewing angle. Viewing a curved 4K UHD TV from dead ahead normally doesn’t produce any notable distortion.

Pros and Cons

To simplify your process of selecting a curved or flat 4K TV as much as possible, we’re going to use this section to give you an overall bullet-point breakdown of pros and cons, so you can quickly weigh in favor of one or the other display design:

Slight (very slight) improvement in immersion: You won’t get anything like theater quality immersion with a curved 4K TV but that extra fraction of a degree and extra inch of screen real estate we described above do technically add to the overall viewing experience

Depth is enhanced: On this front we definitely have to give curved 4K TVs their due. The depth created by the curve and particularly in larger 6inch+ models with additional picture quality technologies like OLED can indeed create something closer than normal to a 3D viewing experience. Some brands like Samsung, which makes most of the market’s curved 4K TVs, even add depth enhancement technology to augment this 3D effect further by playing with contrast levels across the screen.

Wider field of view: As we’d already mentioned, yes, the field of view is wider. The extra dimension is very slight but it is indeed there.

Superior contrast: Since most of the best 4K UHD TVs like LG’s OLED models and the top shelf Samsung SUHD TVs come with curvature, the correlation is that curved TVs come with excellent contrast, but this isn’t because of the curve, it’s because of the other technologies most curved models also have in them.

They simply look cool: This is the point in favor of curved TVs which we definitely won’t argue against. They may have their flaws and be obtrusive if hung from a wall (for those which can be mounted up at all) but these TVs undoubtedly do look cool. They’re striking, they’re elegant and they’re sleek as hell.

The cons against curved TVs unfortunately outweigh their pros.

Reflections are exaggerated: The curve on these TVs definitely creates a sort of funhouse mirror effect when it comes to reflections on the screen. This means that light shining off the display covers even more of your content.

Viewing angle limitations: The curve narrows the quality viewing angle of these TVs considerably, particularly for smaller models which are less than 6inches

Ideal picture quality only comes from dead center: Viewing any 4K TV at off-center angles starts to spoil picture quality but with curved TVs, this is a far sharper rule, with the “sweet spot” for viewing being narrower.

Terrible for hanging: Unlike an unobtrusive flat screen 4K TV, even mountable curved models look awkward when hanging from your living room wall.

Size matters too much: To get any of the marginal benefit that curved TVs offer, you need to really invest in maximum size. Considering that these models are already pricier than their flat counterparts, going for a 7inch model is not going to hit your pocketbook lightly.

They’re all expensive: We have yet to see a curved 4K TV that didn’t cost a hefty bit more than an equally sized flat screen model with the same specs. The manufacturers are selling their curvature dearly and it’s annoying because they know it’s mostly a gimmick.

Immersion is mostly just a marketing gimmick in any normal-sized curved 4K TV

Media and Gaming Machines

Before you drop a grand or two on a gaming laptop, you should know what you’re getting for your money. Powerful quad-core processors are par for the course, with Intel Core ichips pushing serious performance even for non-gaming applications. Discrete GPUs from Nvidia and AMD provide silky-smooth graphics and impressive frame rates; some high-end rigs come with two GPUs, helping justify their high prices. External GPU docks are also an option, connected to the laptop via a Thunderbolt cable. Additional features to watch for include high-resolution displays and hard drives that offer 1TB or more of local storage space, so you can store your entire game library on the machine.

Beyond Plastic

As designs get sleeker and slimmer, manufacturers are using an array of materials in their construction. Plastic (or polycarbonate) is the least expensive and most commonly used material in laptop frames, but manufacturers have shown great ingenuity in making plastic not look cheap. The most common technique is in-mold decoration or in-mold rolling, a process made popular by Acer, HP, and Toshiba, in which decorative patterns are infused between plastic layers. This process has evolved into etched imprints and textures, commonly seen on laptop lids.

In the end, though, plastics are often associated with low-priced laptops, while higher-end models rely on metals. Common premium choices include aluminum, which has a more luxurious look, and can be fashioned into a thinner chassis than plastic. Unibody construction, where the entire chassis is made from a single piece of metal, has become the gold standard, as seen on Apple’s MacBook and MacBook Pro lines. Other all-metal designs mimic this same look and feel, securely sandwiching two separate layers together.

Other common chassis materials include magnesium alloy and carbon fiber, both of which add strength while keeping overall weight low. Glass has long been found covering displays, but with ultra-strong variants like Gorilla Glass, you’ll find the material being used in everything from the lid to the touchpad.

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Country Home and Interiors

How Screened Porches Bring the Outdoors In

Growing concerns about bug-borne illnesses and overexposure to harmful rays have boosted the appeal of the screened porch, which offers a protected, front-row seat to nature.

Before air conditioning became widespread, the screened porch was considered a necessity in many areas as a respite from intense heat, especially as a safe, cool place to rest at night. Then, as different notions of “outdoor rooms” for all sorts of uses caught on, its popularity waned.

This time around, heat is not the only impetus. It’s joined by bugs and the serious health issues they bring. Mosquitoes represent the number one pest concern for home owners because of the Zika virus, says Cindy Mannes, vice president of public affairs for the Pest Management Association in Fairfax, Va., which represents 7,000 pest management companies.

Second on their list of health concerns are ticks. Lyme disease is no longer just along the East Coast, where it flourished in the past. The ticks that carry it have been found in the Midwest due to the recent mild winters, which allowed them to live through the season and thrive, Mannes says.

Enter the screened porch — a functional, attractive alternative. “You feel like you’re outdoors, but you’re safely indoors,” says architect Lou Balodemas, a principal in his eponymous architecture firm in Washington, D.C., a city that can be both hot and bug-filled. Similarly, the developers of Heritage Harbor Ottawa, a 142-acre marina community in the southwest Chicago area, find their location on the banks of the Illinois River translate to a desire for insect abatement strategies. And that’s why 80 percent of the condos and town homes they’ve built so far have a screened porch. “We’re by the water so it helps keep insects away, but the porches also add a nostalgic touch since so many associate them with their parents’ and grandparents’ homes,” says Tammy Barry, the firm’s director of marketing.

Whether your clients are searching for a new place with a screened space or they’re looking to market their listing with a nod to the outdoors, buyers and sellers alike need your expertise. Talk over these considerations with your clients, as well as the importance of hiring a professional skilled in screened-porch construction.


Screened porches provide their greatest enjoyment when they take advantage of nature, light, and views. But it can be tricky to do that with existing homes, and it’s often easier to incorporate a screened porch in a new house instead, says Chicago architect Julie Hacker of Stuart Cohen and Julie Hacker Architects. The porches tend to be used most if located adjacent to or near a kitchen since they serve a casual eating—and living—function.

However, they also should be oriented so they won’t block views and light from adjacent, interior rooms. Skylights in a ceiling may compensate, Balodemus says; so may windows in the side walls of adjacent rooms, when possible. In warm San Antonio, the pros at Lake Flato Architects try to place porches where they may catch a breeze. And though it may not be technically deemed a screened porch, a detached building with screens is another option for those who have the land and don’t want to sacrifice light.


Since the porch may get damp, it’s important to build it using weather-resistant materials and extend eaves to feet away from a roof to decrease rain coming in through the screens, says Connecticut-based architect Duo Dickinson. Good weather-resistant floor choices are flagstone, porcelain, and certain woods like ipe, cedar, and teak. Dickinson staples screening to floor joists before laying a top surface to keep out insects from the ground up, since many live and hide underneath where they can damage semi-outdoor surfaces without being detected.

But your clients don’t have to be limited to only outdoor materials. Dallas home owner Misty Quinn and her architect, Will Snyder of Boerder-Snyder Architects, decided on a fancier floor of black-and-white polished granite and Carrera marble to fit the elegance of her 193Georgian-style home. “The porch opens to a formal living room and kitchen and, when we have parties, we like to open all the French doors and have people circulate through all three rooms,” she says. Quinn painted existing brick walls the color of interior rooms to meld spaces visually. Many other screened porch walls and ceilings are framed in wood, sometimes in old-fashioned bead-board style. Architects at Lake Flato often suggest steel options that enhance its crisper, more contemporary designs while also offering more durability.


Yes, even the screens have evolved. Openings have gotten larger and the mesh finer, both reflecting a contemporary influence. Designers are also working to minimize pieces that frame and support both screens and room structure. “Why break up screening with vertical and horizontal elements that block the view?” asks Chicago architect Allan J. Grant.

And improvements in technology and design permit home owners greater flexibility, too, since some companies design screen systems on retractable tracks. With the push of a button on a remote control, the room is opened to nature again. John Forehand, president of the Orren Pickell Design Group outside Chicago, which now includes screened porches in 90 percent of its custom homes, likes to use this type of retractable option, especially from companies that almost conceal the track.

As with any room, the porch should be large enough to accommodate a home owner’s plans for how to use the space. Quinn’s porch measures an ample 1by 20 feet to reflect its use as overflow space for large parties. But they also wanted it to work functionally for casual lounging and snacking after swims in the family pool. “This way, family and guests aren’t going in and out of the house in wet suits,” she says. Broker Ann Peterson, ABR, SRES, of Ann Peterson Realty Services in Rochester, Mich., warns her clients against being overzealous and building a screened porch that takes up the entire yard and eliminates the beauty of the site.


In their earlier iterations, screened porches included just the basic furnishings, typically wrought iron or wicker chairs and tables. Some home owners still prefer that no-frills approach. But the overall ramp-up in the style and complexity of outdoor furnishings is showing up in screened porch choices, too. Many are almost indistinguishable from their interior room counterparts. Upholstery is just one example. “There’s a lot more choice than the original Sunbrella stripes,” says Susan Fredman of Chicago’s Susan Fredman Design Group.

Consumers are also faced with decisions about whether to include outdoor rugs, fireplaces, TVs, dimmable lighting, portable heaters, art, window treatments (for both shade and privacy), and wind protection. Some may want cooking equipment, but caution your clients that thorough venting is crucial to avoid fire hazards, and that some communities won’t permit such features for that reason.

Return on Investment

How much screened porches help resale is unclear. Peterson says many of her firm’s buyers consider them to be an important extra area for entertaining and enjoying the outdoors. But salesperson Kimberly Cantine, with H.H. Hill Realty Services Inc. in New York’s Hudson River Valley, says while her buyers may love having the amenity, they won’t include it in their must-haves. “Few tell me ‘I want a screened porch’ when they’re looking,” she says. In her experience, buyers are more excited to see a nice deck or stone patio. “Some out-of-town buyers are even suspicious if a home has a screened porch and think it must be a buggy area. So buyers comparing two identical homes in the same location may be willing to pay more for the one with the screened porch, but may be just as happy to pay less for the one without.”

But the overall consensus appears to be that when home owners do gain a screened porch, they usually get plenty of use out of it. “We added one on the back of our house, which is small, and it opens up the entire house to the outside,” Forehand says. “My family, including my teenage sons, find ourselves congregating on the porch much more than I thought possible.”

Concerns about bug-borne illnesses and overexposure to sun have boosted the appeal of the screened porch, which offers a protected, front-row seat to nature.

Cozy Cabin Life

Lands End Development highlights favorite Minnesota pastimes in its designs. The floor-to-ceiling screens open the vistas wide but still keep out the bugs. And fireplaces keep the rooms cozy as temperatures dip since most of its homes are located in northern Minnesota.

Detached Luxury

Situated at the confluence of Hog Pen Creek and Lake Austin, the home owners envisioned this house as a place that would connote the playfulness of summer on a lake and emphasize exterior living space. They have a choice of two screened porches, one detached from the home. Design by Lake/Flato Architects.

Ranch Sprawl and a Screened Porch “Wing”

Nestled in near two creeks on a Texas Hill Country ranch, the Mill Springs home provides a water’s edge retreat with three different structures organized around the site of a 20th century dam. The screened porch is located in an L-shaped guest wing, flanking two additional bedrooms. Design by Lake/Flato Architects.

New Smyrna Beach Patio and Pool Screen Enclosures

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