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The project I am working on has a section of the deck screened in. I am making the framework that will receive the screen panels out of PVC trim boards. I have always made my screen panels out of cedar but I am considering making them out of PVC.

These are the concerns I have.
1) Will the frames be rigid enough. The architect said they do not have to have quick release hardware and could be screwed in. The frames will be 1" thick by 2 1/4" wide. Here is a picture of the frame they will go in. The lower right frame has a mockup panel in it just to show the architect how it will look from the outside. The mockup is not plowed out for screen.
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2) Can I buy PVC screen stop? I could make them but I find small moldings milled from PVC can be to brittle. The extruded molding from advance trim works seem to be much less brittle. As you can see in this next picture the 3" thick corner brackets are plowed out to receive the screen panels. This means the top corner panels will be curved. I shutter to think how many curved cedar moldings I will snap trying to fasten them in. I am hoping to heat up PVC moldings and form them to the shape I need.
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3) My last concern needs to be adressed to my screen installer. I wonder how they will like installing bronze screen in this PVC frame.

Have any of you used PVC for this?
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The project I am working on has a section of the deck screened in. I am making the framework that will receive the screen panels out of PVC trim boards. I have always made my screen panels out of cedar but I am considering making them out of PVC.

These are the concerns I have.
1) Will the frames be rigid enough. The architect said they do not have to have quick release hardware and could be screwed in. The frames will be 1" thick by 2 1/4" wide. Here is a picture of the frame they will go in. The lower right frame has a mockup panel in it just to show the architect how it will look from the outside. The mockup is not plowed out for screen.
PVC trim expands and contracts considerably more than any wood species. Stand alone frames will deform under direct sunlight. Screwing them in is the way to go. PVC trim should remain a light color if it's painted, sun melts the stuff if it's painted a dark color. I heard that there's a special paint you can use to get darker colors but I can't think of the name off-hand.
2) Can I buy PVC screen stop? I could make them but I find small moldings milled from PVC can be to brittle. The extruded molding from advance trim works seem to be much less brittle. As you can see in this next picture the 3" thick corner brackets are plowed out to receive the screen panels. This means the top corner panels will be curved. I shutter to think how many curved cedar moldings I will snap trying to fasten them in. I am hoping to heat up PVC moldings and form them to the shape I need.
I'd look into having the screens pre-made with an aluminum border, and then embedding them into a PVC frame. Could be as easy as making the frames out of 5/4 stock and plowing them out with a slot cutter, and assembling around a pre-made screen.
 

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PVC trim expands and contracts considerably more than any wood species. Stand alone frames will deform under direct sunlight. Screwing them in is the way to go. PVC trim should remain a light color if it's painted, sun melts the stuff if it's painted a dark color. I heard that there's a special paint you can use to get darker colors but I can't think of the name off-hand.

Sherwin Williams makes a reflective paint that is meant for PVC or vinyl. I can't recall the exact name at the moment. That is what we will be using.


I'd look into having the screens pre-made with an aluminum border, and then embedding them into a PVC frame. Could be as easy as making the frames out of 5/4 stock and plowing them out with a slot cutter, and assembling around a pre-made screen.
I like the idea of having the screen streched into an aluminum frame but I would still want it installed with a stop so they could be removed for repair. I will look into my options. Thanks for the idea. I will however not be giving you credit if the architect likes the idea:laughing:.

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I like the idea of having the screen streched into an aluminum frame but I would still want it installed with a stop so they could be removed for repair. I will look into my options. Thanks for the idea. I will however not be giving you credit if the architect likes the idea:laughing:.

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don't glue the bottom leg on all frames to facilitate replacement. you can make up the tops and the sides with glue, then just screw the bottom in through the miter.

if the screen is stretched to an aluminum frame you don't need to worry about securing the azek frames, and set them in on some kind of easy release hardware.

i'd stay away from trying to stretch right to this stuff, it's a tad too soft and tangible.
 

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I agree, I would have the screens stretched to a different material, and use the pvc for decorative only. By the way, that looks awesome, I'm very excited to see this house done, are you a one man crew or own a multi man business? I may be looking for a job come May when I graduate with my bachelors in construction. Again looks good! :thumbup:
 

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don't glue the bottom leg on all frames to facilitate replacement. you can make up the tops and the sides with glue, then just screw the bottom in through the miter.

if the screen is stretched to an aluminum frame you don't need to worry about securing the azek frames, and set them in on some kind of easy release hardware.

i'd stay away from trying to stretch right to this stuff, it's a tad too soft and tangible.
Another good idea I can claim as my own :clap:
The one problem I will have is the curved section. I hope the fabricator can match my radius perfectly.

Thanks again,
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I agree, I would have the screens stretched to a different material, and use the pvc for decorative only. By the way, that looks awesome, I'm very excited to see this house done, are you a one man crew or own a multi man business? I may be looking for a job come May when I graduate with my bachelors in construction. Again looks good! :thumbup:
That would be a large project for a one man crew:eek:
I have a five man crew on this project. We will do everything from frame to finish. I am looking forward to the finish, there is a ton of nice detail in this house.

Where in Mass do you live? My office and shop are in Acushnet but I live in East Freetown.

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That would be a large project for a one man crew:eek:
I have a five man crew on this project. We will do everything from frame to finish. I am looking forward to the finish, there is a ton of nice detail in this house.

Where in Mass do you live? My office and shop are in Acushnet but I live in East Freetown.

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Sorry I should've been more clear, I wasn't sure if you were just hired as a carpenter on the job, or if you ran the project. I know some guys that fly solo, and get hired to do parts of a home, wasn't sure if you were in the same bought.

I'm in Stoughton, MA but I must say the work you do is right up my alley on what I've always wanted to get into. Real detailed trim work, along with the grunt framing and roofing, I do it all now, just not on a "full scale" I'll be in touch come graduation. :thumbsup:
 

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Another good idea I can claim as my own :clap:
The one problem I will have is the curved section. I hope the fabricator can match my radius perfectly.

Thanks again,
Dave
cut some temps out of 1/4" ply. don't give these guys radii (recipe for disaster).

i'm a little envious of you working on that project. it looks very detailed and it seems like money is not the number one priority. those projects are always nice because you get to do things the RIGHT way. not the economically RIGHT way :thumbsup:
 
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