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Should I Screen in my Outdoor Kitchen?

Contemplating whether to screen in your outdoor kitchen? We’ll help you weigh your options, so you can make the best choice for you and your family!

The Pros of Screening Your Outdoor Kitchen

Year-Round Protection

If you live in Florida, you know that just a walk to your car can be a wild outdoor adventure. During the spring and summer months, screening in your outdoor kitchen can help protect you and your investment from harmful UV rays, pesky mosquitos, bees, wasps, rodents and those pool-loving gators! If you are prone to allergies, you may even choose an screen option that is designed to combat pollen. In the fall and winter, screens can withstand strong, and even hurricane-strength winds — up to 130 miles an hour!

Easy Maintenance

Living in a constant state of entropy is not easy! It’s a fact that anything covered, including an outdoor kitchen, is much easier to maintain. Why not minimize the amount of upkeep by enclosing your outdoor kitchen?

Design and style

Screening in your outdoor kitchen can do a lot to make your outdoor kitchen feel like an extension of your home. And since outdoor kitchens continue to grow in popularity, screens now come in a variety of designs and can be customized to suit whatever vision you have in mind.

The Cons of Screening Your Outdoor Kitchen

Your Budget

Costs to screen in your outdoor kitchen can range greatly! This investment is dependent on many factors, including:

  • Size/ location of your home
  • Type of materials and features
  • Removal of current feature(s)
  • Design (if needed)
  • Permitting

To be sure you get the best value for your money, it pays to get multiple quotes from different contractors and to do some of the prep work yourself!

The Law

It’s always better to be safe than sorry. Before building anything, it’s important to understand what your local codes will permit. After making such an investment to protect, maintain and beautify your outdoor kitchen, you will not want the city or county to tear it down.

Safety

If you plan on grilling under your screened enclosure, first check with your local government relations to make sure it is within code. If it is, consider these tips to ensure safety for you and your loved ones.

  • When cooking in your outdoor area, keep your grill away from walls of your screened enclosure and out from underneath your ceiling.
  • Work with your contractor to create a design that keeps your prep and eating spaces covered, while leaving your cooking area in an open environment.
  • Invest in a vented hood to help direct smokey grill grease out of your screened area. They can be costly, but you can’t put a price tag on safety.
  • Purchase a portable grill you can pull outside of your screened area when it’s time to barbecue.
  • Consider the type of grill you will use under your screened in area. While charcoal and gas grills account for the highest percentage of home fires, electric grills are affordable, can be used in small spaces and they’re easy to clean!

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