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:
- It is highly advised to screw furring strips to the wall where the unit is to be attached to the house.
- Attach vertical U-channels to the furring strips.
- Attach the horizontal C-channel at the top. The roof will be held in place by this piece.
- 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.
- Install the reinforcement channels on top of the screen wall perimeter. Hang the sliding door
- Attach rafters to pre-determined locations on the wall and house.
- The Patio-Mate roof has a round bead at the top which is threaded through the C-channel. This secures it to the house.
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!
Sizes (check for accuracy)
- Patio Mate 7-Panel Screen Enclosure 79365, Brown with Almond Roof. 92 x 138 x 88 inches.
- Patio Mate 8-Panel Screen Enclosure 89322, White with Gray Roof. 90 x 102 x 102 inches.
- Patio-Mate 9-Panel Screen Enclosure Model 99165 Brown with Almond Roof Canopy. 92 x 231 x 88 inches
- Patio Mate 10-Panel Screen Enclosure 09165, Brown with Almond Roof. 138 x 185 x 92 inches
- Patio-Mate 11-Panel Screen Enclosure Model 19165 Brown with Almond Roof Canopy. 138 x 231 x 92 inches
- Patio Mate 12-Panel Screen Enclosure 29122, White with Gray Roof. 92 x 369 x 88 inches