How to Repurpose a Vinyl Screen Room

how to repurpose a vinyl screen room

If you’re thinking about how to repurpose a vinyl screen room, it’s probably because it looks so dated and you’d like to have more usable space in your house. Perhaps you want to clean it out and put a kitchen table set inside to enjoy breakfast or lunch. Whatever the reason, you’d like to have the extra space and this is the ideal solution, being able to avoid a costly remodeling or a new room addition. Well, there are ways to repurpose a vinyl screen room to use the way you want.

How to Repurpose a Vinyl Screen Room

You might be wanting to transform your old vinyl screen room because you’ve recently converted another room into a nursery and need more space. Regardless of why, you might also be wondering what the purpose of having a vinyl screen room is and why there are so many still around here in the Sunshine State. Well, these enclosures were very popular many decades ago because they provide the ability to heat and cool without the expense of windows.

Your screened-in porch is a fair-weather retreat for neighborhood chats and lazy afternoons with a board game or a pile of magazines. What it shouldn’t be is a money pit, requiring a roomful of pricey new furniture and expensive accessories. Raid the attic, the local thrift store or Aunt Tillie’s garage to score some old furniture primed to star in its second act on your porch. —San Francisco Gate

In addition, they keep inclement weather out, such as rainstorms and thunderstorms, so homeowners can still enjoy the screened space with the vinyl closed. Another small benefit, most vinyl screen rooms are translucent, providing a bit of privacy. However, over time, the vinyl fades and begins to corrode or crack from years of weather exposure. That’s when it’s time to know how to repurpose a vinyl screen room:

  • Empty the room. The first thing you need to do is to clear the vinyl screen room out completely. Leave nothing inside so you have a blank slate to allow your imagination to form a concept for how you’ll use the space in the future. You can transform it into a sunroom, a hobby room, or whatever you like.
  • Remove the vinyl. Take the vinyl out of the room. Most vinyl screen rooms are equipped with sliding vinyl panels which open and shut manually. So, it should be simple to pull off the tracks and throw out.
  • Install new windows. If you really want to make it into a year-round usable space and one that’s comfortable during the long summer, install new energy-efficient windows with tint. This way, it can be cooled and heated when necessary and will add to the value of your home.
  • Install an AC window unit. If it’s possible, run ductwork and install vents from your main air conditioner unit to heat and cool the space. In the alternative, you can install an AC window unit to do the same so you can use the new space any day of the year.

Before you begin, phone 800-433-1094 or visit AAA Rousse Services to schedule pick up for all the junk, furniture, and other items you’re getting rid of in the room and around your home.

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