The Patio-Mate 9-panel enclosure was an exact fit for this unusual location. Height where it attaches to the house can be slightly adjusted to fit in situations like this.

This week we erected a Patio-Mate 9-Panel Screen Enclosure in Ipswich looking out at Plum Island. The 9-panel unit just happened to be an exact fit for the situation shown above. This screen house is designed to sit on a level surface, attached to the house wall. We first created a perimeter of pressure-treated 4×4 lumber as a base for the frame.

It’s helpful to read the instructions for assembly that come with the Patio-Mate, but they won’t be completely clear until you lay out the parts. Assembly is as follows:

  1. It is highly advised to screw furring strips to the wall where the unit is to be attached to the house.
  2. Attach vertical U-channels to the furring strips.
  3. Attach the horizontal C-channel at the top. The roof will be held in place by this piece.
  4. Unfold the screen panels, which are attached to each other with rubber strips, and use provided clips to secure the screen wall to the level surface. It must be square and level.
  5. Install the reinforcement channels on top of the screen wall perimeter. Hang the sliding door
  6. Attach rafters to pre-determined locations on the wall and house.
  7. The Patio-Mate roof has a round bead at the top which is threaded through the C-channel. This secures it to the house.
View of Plum Island from inside the Patio-Mate screen enclosure
Screen panel on the left, and the door on the right, with aluminum threshold
The Patio-Mate screen enclosure is constructed of pre-assembled screens that fold out to form the three walls. The heavy-duty roof fabric rests on aluminum “rafters” connected to the house and the enclosure wall.
Unfolding the Patio-Mate
The Patio-Mate is designed to sit on a flat surface. Before installation, we laid out a perimeter of 4″x4″ beams on the ground. The far end sits flush to the soil level so that we could level it with the corner in the foreground.
Rafters are attached to the outside wall. A sliding screen completes the enclosure.
The instructions highly advice attaching furring strips on the house wall for the unit to attach to. A strip of thick foam rubber is first attached to the back side of the furring strip before it is screwed onto the wall, in order to mosquitoes out.
The unit came with the sliding door opening on the long wall, but the kit includes instructions and parts for moving the door to an end wall if necessary.

Review: This job took two men about 10 hours, including placement of the base, which required exact measurements. It is important to follow the instructions, and a good bit of time was spent trying to understand them. Parts are itemized and sketched in the manual, but many are not marked. After having assembled one, it would undoubtedly take considerably less time the next time. All of the parts are sized to fit with the exception that you are given a 6″ range for the upper edge height of the roof where it is connected to the house.

The Patio-Mate is delivered in a very large, heavy cardboard box. The middle bars on four of the screens were bent during shipping, but we were able to straighten them out somewhat. No parts were missing other than one of the U-channels which stabilize the side walls. The unit appears to be sufficiently strong to withstand normal rain and wind when assembled according to instructions. It is not capable of supporting a snow load. The roof is heavy-duty but instructions suggest removing the roof during the winter if you live in an area with snow. This would be very time-consuming and is not practical. The owner is hopeful that the location of the Patio-Mate under the second-floor deck will protect it. At last they are able to sit outside with the beautiful ocean view and not be devoured by greenheads and mosquitoes!

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