PVC Porch

PVC boards and trim used inside and out makes for a durable, low-maintenance, three-season porch

PVC trim inside and out of the enclosed porch makes for a low-maintenance, three-season room.

While waiting for drywall work to be completed, the exterior finish crew trimmed out the enclosed porch. Located at the west-facing rear of the house, the porch is equipped with a ceiling fan and full-height screening for a bug-free, three-season, fresh-air retreat on the quiet end of the house.

It’s also virtually maintenance free, thanks to the Versatex PVC trim used almost everywhere (decking and stair railing excepted). Inside, the ceiling is finished with “Stealth Beadboard,” the company’s term for the 1/2x6-inch (actual) PVC boards with and extra-wide shiplap tongue that makes it easy to hide the fasteners [1]. The back wall of the house is finished in nominal 1x6 “WP4/Nickel Gap,” reversible tongue-and-groove boards. Both materials come in 18-foot lengths and, although the white boards used here will be painted, both profiles are available with an exterior-grade laminate in five wood-grain colors.

The Versatex “Stealth Beadboard” [1A] used on the porch ceiling has an extended-tongue shiplap that makes it easier to conceal the fasteners. The back wall of the house was finished with WP4 reversible tongue-and-groove boards [1B].

The 6x6 pressure-treated porch columns were wrapped with Versawrap, a one-piece, PVC column wrap with pre-mitered corners with friction fit joints [2]. When cut to final length, each of the four panels can be “folded” in sequence to fully enclose the column. A variety of column moldings are also available.

Versawrap is a unique one-piece column wrap with pre-mitered corners and friction-fit joints that greatly reduces the labor involved in trimming out a column [2A]. After cutting the flat panel to length and applying glue, the four sections can be folded around the column and fastened in a few places on the last section to hold it in place [2B].

The splineless screen system was installed from the outside using a snap-together track and cover [3]. The self-healing “superscreen” material was stretched over the track, which is nailed to the column, and held in place by a decorative cap.

A snap-together track-and-cap screen system was used to enclose the porch [3A]. With the track nailed to the columns, the flexible, self-healing “superscreen” is stretched across the opening, and clamped in place with a few light taps on the cap molding [3B].


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