Outdoor Screen House: Keep Bugs Away From Your BBQ

Setting up an outdoor screen house in your backyard or on the beach is an ideal way to keep bugs away from your picnics and barbecues while sheltering your family from too much sun or a  sudden downpour. Many styles and sizes are available including permanent structures and temporary tent-like screen houses. All have zippered door entries and sod cloths to keep your feet dry. 

Permanent Screen Houses

If you're looking for a permanent solution that will add function and style to your backyard, a fixed screen house is probably what you want. A number of companies offer do-it-yourself kits for permanent screen houses. The biggest issue in selecting a model is budget. Permanent structures range from $2000 to $4000 dollars depending on materials and size. Make sure the structure you choose is made from aluminum or another weather-resistant material. For the roof a weatherproof vinyl is ideal. Make sure your investment comes with a warranty.

Temporary Screen Houses

Portable screen houses are perfect for the family on the go. Whether you are grilling in the backyard or camping in the mountains, these tent-like structures are great for keeping bugs away from your barbecue and providing shelter from the elements. Ranging in price from $120 to $400, temporary screen houses are quite affordable. Another advantage is weight. Temporary screen houses weigh in at  between 12 and 24 lb, making them a breeze to transport and easy to stach in the attic in the off season. Make sure the screen house is fully enclosed and is large enough to fit your picnic table, at least 12 by 12 feet.