How to Install Porch Lattice
Installing Porch Lattice
If your porch isn't well
maintained the whole house can look a little
shabby. One of the most common missed items is the
lack of a skirt around the porch to close the area
between the ground and the bottom of the porch. Its
a great method to keep out unwanted animals and its
inexpensive to do.
These skirts are usually made from lattice.
Installing porch lattice conceals the framing while
it allows air to circulate under the porch floor,
which keeps the framing dry and free of rot. In
addition, the lattice will keep out unwanted wild
A skirt typically consists of lattice panels set
into a wood frame. In older homes, it was often
built of untreated pine or fir, neither of which is
very resistant to rot and bugs. In time the
portions closest to the ground rotted and the decay
spread to the lattice. In regions that receive a
lot of precipitation, wood rot can begin to appear
in less than two years.
Occasionally a skirt doesn't have a framework and
simply consists of a lattice screen attached
directly to the understructure framing. While a
frameless skirt is easy to install, it's also
susceptible to warping and damage because the
lattice has very little support. The skirt can be
much more durable by using pressure-treated lumber
for the frame and plastic lattice.
The frame can be hung on hinges so you can access
to the space below the porch for storage. Having
hinged frames also makes it easier to crawl
underneath the porch to make repairs if needed.
How to install porch lattice:
step is to build a frame to attach the lattice. The
frame also acts as a guide for your measurements so
you always have a straight edge to measure to. The
frame should be constructed from pressure treated
that is cut two or three inches wide. Attach the
frame work to the outside box of the deck using
galvanized nails or screws.
After the frame is installed take the measurements
for the lattice pieces. Cut the pieces from a 4x8
foot of plastic lattice and attach them to the
frame using galvanized staples, galvanized nails,
The most efficient way to cut the lattice is with a
circular saw. Set a piece of plywood on either a
stable surface or sawhorses. Insure that the edge
is stable with a backing board beneath it to
prevent the lattice from chattering and chipping.
Adjust the blade so it will extend 1/4 inch below
Attach the lattice to the frame with wood staples,
galvanized nails, or screws about every eight
A trim board can be installed over the lattice
joints for a more finished appearance.
Complete the project by painting or
That is all there is to it. Your porch will now
have a completed look to it that you can be proud
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