Category Archives: Four track screened porches

An Allergy-Free Outdoor Room?

‘Tis the season for pollen and all that implies. Yes, pollen is a sign of beneficial changes occurring in our spring landscapes. And yes, it means the poetic evolution of colorful flowers, lush green foliage and a healthy ecosystem.  However, for those who suffer from seasonal allergies, the arrival of pollen puts a damper on enjoying the outdoors.

Many of us, to some degree, feel the effects of seasonal allergies. Symptoms can range from a little sneezing to severe respiratory problems. According to WebMD, one in five Americans has allergy or asthma symptoms with 55% of the population testing positive to one or more allergens. Additionally, the allergy season has become longer with the ragweed and pollen season increasing by 4 weeks over the last 15 years. Taking all of this into consideration, and the fact that spring through fall are the favored seasons to partake in outdoor living and recreation — what are we to do?

Archadeck sunroom

Allergies can make it difficult to relax on your backyard deck or patio without succumbing to the effects. Fortunately, Archadeck of Central SC has an answer to help reduce the negative effects and enjoy the outdoors — an outdoor room. Outdoor rooms such as a 3-season room or sunroom provide a layer of protection from uncomfortable outdoor temperatures, insects, debris such as dirt, pollen and other allergens, as well as the elements.

Columbia, SC three season room with rustic beadboard ceiling, ample dining and seating areas complete with a cozy outdoor fireplace.

In addition to keeping the negative aspects of the season at bay, an outdoor room adds value and versatility to your home. Sunshine, which is plentiful within a sunroom or three-season room, is beneficial to physical and mental health, improving a person’s outlook and increasing energy. A sunroom will allow you to take full advantage of a climate-controlled panoramic view of the beauty and interest in your very own backyard, season after season. Experience the feeling of being outside without actually having to deal with the elements making you sneeze, or itch!

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

The Archadeck of Central SC team – Mike Reu, Marshall Reu and Tucker Reu.

With an outdoor room built by Archadeck of Central South Carolina, the joys of outdoor living can be a win/win. This season, put an end to bothersome pollen and having to forfeit your time outdoors because of the sneeze! Contact us today to learn more at (803) 603-2160 or via Email: centralsc@archadeck.net.

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Is Your Existing Outdoor Living Space Bugging You?

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Where did everyone go?

We have all been there — enjoying a nice, outdoor gathering of friends or family on your deck when the uninvited guests begin to show up. They will begin to make themselves known one or two at a time, until dusk arrives and you and your guests are forced indoors. On such a lovely night, with the moon all aglow and the grilling underway, the mosquitoes arrive to steal the show.

Mosquitoes function best at 80o F, become lethargic at 60o F, and cannot function below 50o F. With our warm temperatures here in the Columbia area, spring through fall are the most active times for mosquitoes. Keep in mind that despite what you may have thought to be true about mosquitoes, certain species such as the Asian Tiger mosquito actually bite during the day making it difficult to plan an outdoor event around their feeding schedule.

SC screened rooms offer protection from pestky mosquitoesHere in our area, not only are mosquitoes a nuisance, they are also responsible for mosquito-borne illnesses such as West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, La Crosse encephalitis and other California serogroup viruses, Saint Louis encephalitis virus, and dog/cat heartworms. According to the S.C. Department of Health and Enviromental Control, mosquito control agencies throughout South Carolina are responsible for providing mosquito control to help protect residents from annoying bites and diseases. You can also help protect your family’s health by using safe mosquito repellents and by eliminating mosquito breeding sites on your property.

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In many cases, especially on properties close to wooded or low-lying areas or near a creek or water source, mosquitoes can be difficult to control in your outdoor living space if your property is not properly treated. However, there are ways to overcome these pests without sacrificing your enjoyment. Consider the addition of a protected outdoor living structure such as a screened porch.

Not only will a screened porch addition keep the bugs that are bugging you at bay, it will also deliver immense benefits protecting beyond the bite. It will allow for uninterrupted time outdoors during inclement weather and also serve as a refuge from the heat. Those homeowners who have outdoor allergies or conditions limiting sun exposure can still enjoy the benefits of their backyard without putting their health in jeopardy.

University Hill Columbia SC screened porch builder

Beyond offering you and your family protection from the “bite,” a screened porch is also versatile, making it exceptionally popular among SC homeowners for many reasons. When created with multiple zones for relaxing and entertaining, the screened porch can be the perfect spot to give you a little more solitude, calm and quiet. Additionally this outdoor room, while still letting you feel you are savoring the natural world outside, is just right for accommodating parties and more informal socializing. Pair the screened porch with a deck or patio and you have an outdoor living space combination giving you the best of both worlds; protected areas and open spaces!

Interior of gable roof screened porch in Lexington, SC.

Interior of gable roof aluminum screened porch in Lexington, SC.

As the area’s premier outdoor living space contractor, we would enjoy the opportunity to work with you to translate your outdoor living visions into a design that will fit the way your family wants to enjoy the outdoors. Our commitment to excellence in outdoor structure design and building ensures your project will bring enjoyment and pride for many years to come!

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

The Archadeck of Central SC team – Mike Reu, Marshall Reu and Tucker Reu.

Call Archadeck of Central South Carolina at (803) 603-2160 today for a free design consultation or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net.

Archadeck of Central SC explains the benefits of using a four-track window system for your outdoor room

Interior view of 3 season room in Columbia SC

Interior view of 3-season room in Columbia, SC.

Over the last several years Archadeck of Central SC has watched the popularity of the  outdoor room grow. The differences between a screened porch and a three or four season room are fading with a wider range of products that promise both in one space. One of the most versatile and most asked about of these products is a four-track window system.

This image shows the versatility of the Weather Lite Collection vinyl window system.

This image shows the versatility of the Weather Lite Collection vinyl window system. Photo courtesy of Custom Windows & Doors.

Four-track window systems come under many brand names. Here at Archadeck of Central SC we use the Weather Lite Collection by Custom Windows and Doors. These window systems are commonly referred to as “porch enclosure systems”  and are used to transform screened porches, patios and even garages into outdoor oases. This versatile enclosure system features vents that slide either vertically or horizontally to fit your needs. Fixed vents are also available to accommodate spaces above your vertical- or horizontal-sliding vents, allowing for incredible floor-to-ceiling views. Not to mention these systems help keep pollen, insects, rain and dust out of your space!

Exterior of low maintenance vinyl three season room in Columbia SC

Exterior of low maintenance vinyl three season room in Columbia, SC.

This four-track system enables you to turn your screened porch into a 3 or 4-season room so you can enjoy the area for longer periods throughout the year. This system works by allowing you to control the amount of screen you leave exposed from 3/4 open to closing the panels completely creating a room with the “feel” of a sunroom without the extra installations required of a sunroom. With an enclosure system such as this paired with a space heater and/or air conditioner you can enjoy the benefits of the space here in South Carolina all year!

These four-track window systems are constructed from a strong transparent vinyl. The 15-mil vinyl glazing is as transparent as glass without the weight and not nearly as expensive. Unlike glass, the vinyl is not susceptible to cracking or breaking. But if it is accidentally hit or stretched the vinyl simply returns to its original shape within minutes.

Elevated Screen Porch

Screened porch with vinyl inserts.

Archadeck of Central SC offers four-track enclosure systems on many of our screened porch additions. Choosing a four-track screened porch enclosure makes it possible to keep the screens and maintain the comfort. The 4-track system allows you to open up to 75% of the window area for added ventilation.

When considering an outdoor room addition, choosing the best fit for your home’s architecture, your desired function and your budget is important. Archadeck of Central SC is the premier outdoor structure builder serving Columbia, SC, and the surrounding area. We can help you choose the perfect outdoor room addition for you with our expert design team and experience in building. Contact us to learn more by calling (803) 603 – 2160 or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

The Archadeck of Central SC team – Mike Reu, Marshall Reu and Tucker Reu

See more of our stunning and versatile outdoor room additions by visiting our 3 and 4-season room photo gallery, our screened porch gallery and our sunroom gallery located on our website.

Extend your outdoor and indoor living enjoyment with an outdoor room addition from Archadeck of Central SC — just in time to start planning for the New Year!

Screened in Porches That Blend Right Into Your Home

Archadeck of Central SC specializes in outdoor room additions that blend in seamlessly with your home and landscape.

Now is the time of year when many homeowners begin to analyze their interior and exterior living space needs. The holidays can bring joy and happiness as beloved friends and family come to call, but it can also bring you to the realization that you need more space! Instead of considering an interior home addition, why not consider an outdoor room addition? Archadeck of Central SC has many outdoor room options to suit your needs and budget.

Outdoor rooms can provide various levels of comfort while still allowing you to enjoy the beauty and splendor of the outdoors, even during the ever-changing seasons of fall & winter. With the impending arrival of the holidays and the flurry of family and friends coming to call, wouldn’t it be nice to have additional outdoor and indoor living space? We know how “cramped” conditions can get as loved ones converge in your home. Having additional functional room for dining, relaxing or even extended holiday decorating can put your mind, and your patience, at ease. Let us help you by exploring the various outdoor room addition options…

Stunning views from the interior of this Lake Murray screened porch

Stunning views from the interior of this Lake Murray screened porch can be enjoyed year-round.

Screened porches, are in essence, a covered porch that has screened openings instead of windows. The screen serves as a barrier from bothersome insects and will reduce the effects of inclement weather. Having a screen porch will give you the opportunity to have an “outdoor” room with reduced exposure to the harsh elements. Since screened porches are shade structures because they are built under the cover of a roof, they also offer superior protection from the sun and heat on those humid South Carolina summer days. Screened porches can be designed to contain many amenities much like an interior room. Ceiling fans, recessed lighting, and even a place to mount your outdoor TV have become common among homeowners building a screen porch. You can even upgrade your screen porch by adding more luxurious amenities such as an outdoor fireplace and adding sliding window conversions such as an Eze Breeze sliding panel system. These panels enable you to turn your screened porch into a 3 -season room to better utilize the area for more time throughout the year. Eze Breeze works by allowing you to control the amount of screen you leave exposed, from half screen and half sliding panel, to closing the panels completely and creating a room with the “feel” of a sunroom without the extra installations required to have a sunroom. With an enclosure system such as this paired with a space heater and/ or air conditioner you can enjoy the benefits of the space here in South Carolina all year.

This vinyl four-track aluminum three season room with brick exterior blends seamlessly with home in Columbia. SC

This vinyl four-track aluminum three season room with brick exterior blends seamlessly with home in Columbia, SC.

Archadeck of Central SC also offers four-track enclosure systems on many of our screened porch additions. Choosing a four-track screened porch enclosure makes it possible to keep the screens and maintain the comfort. The 4-track system allows you to open up to 75% of the window area for added ventilation and to indulge in better backyard views. This system also enables homeowners to get more use out of their screened porch for longer intervals through the changing seasons.

Hopkins, SC sunroom interior

Interior view of sunroom addition in Hopkins, SC. Can you imagine the possibilities in this space?

A sunroom or 4-season room is a room that functions as an interior room but allows you to take in the vistas of the outdoors year-round. You can enjoy a cup of cocoa from a warm and cozy nook inside you sunroom and watch the snow fall in the winter undaunted by the chill of Mother nature. A sunroom, in essence, is an interior room with many windows. Sunrooms are more complicated because they require the same construction fundamentals that an interior addition requires, such as HVAC systems , meaning they have to be insulated, heated and cooled. Choosing a sunroom does however open up a greater realm of interior finishing choices that you cannot get with other outdoor living structures. The materials include ceramic tile, hardwoods, wooden detailing and moldings, and more. Since the use of sheetrock comes into play with a sunroom, you can use paint, faux finishes, wainscoting, and even wallpaper to show off your personal style. The possibilities are endless. A sunroom will often have dual entry from the interior of your home as well as the exterior via deck, patio or porch to offer you the ultimate in convenience for indoor/outdoor entertaining, and indoor to outdoor transition

Sunroom and deck combination outdoor living in Irmo SC by Archadeck of Central SC

Sunroom and deck combination outdoor living in Irmo, by Archadeck of Central SC.

Choosing the best fit for your home’s architecture, your desired function and your budget is important. Archadeck of Central SC is the premier outdoor structure builder serving Columbia, SC, and the surrounding area. We can help you choose the perfect outdoor structure for you with our expert design team and experience in building. Contact us to learn more by calling (803) 603 – 2160 or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

The Archadeck of Central SC team – Mike Reu, Marshall Reu and Tucker Reu

See more of our stunning and versatile outdoor room additions by visiting our 3 and 4-season room photo gallery, our screened porch gallery and our sunroom gallery located on our website.

Central South Carolina screened porch considerations

Beautiful vnyl Clad screened porch addition on Lake Murray ,SC by Archadeck of Central SC

Beautiful vinyl clad screened porch addition on Lake Murray SC by Archadeck of Central SC

Making the decision to add a screened porch is loaded with many considerations. It can be a daunting task deciding the appropriate location, placement and tie-in that will best suit your desired function. Function also plays a huge role when deciding which type of enclosure system to use on your porch. Archadeck of Central South Carolina has been servicing the Columbia, S.C., and surrounding areas for over 10 years. We specialize in creating outdoor spaces to heighten the beauty and function of your backyard. Screened porches and three-season rooms are among the most popular outdoor room additions our client base requests.

Interior of 3 season room in Columbia SC by Archadeck of Central SC

Interior of 3- season room in Columbia by Archadeck of Central SC

Screened porch considerations

Traditional screen porches consist of fixed screened openings and provide protection from both insects and inclement weather. They also provide cross ventilation on those humid Carolina afternoons. Here in the Columbia area, we take these elements a step further by utilizing a four-track enclosure system on many of our screened porch additions.

This vinyl fourtrack aluminum three season room with brick exterior blends seamlessly with home in Columbia. SC

This vinyl four-track aluminum three season room with brick exterior blends seamlessly with this home in Columbia. SC

Choosing a four-track screened porch enclosure makes it possible to keep the screens and maintain the comfort. The 4-track system allows you to open up to 75% of the window area for added ventilation and to indulge in better backyard views. This system also enables homeowners to get more use out of their screened porch for longer intervals through the changing seasons. Pollen is a constant headache here in the Central South Carolina area. Pollen not only makes you sneeze, it also leaves a yellowish-green film on all your unprotected outdoor spaces. Cleaning off the pollen in order to use your outdoor space during the spring and early summer can be quite overwhelming.  A four-track enclosure will keep your outdoor room cleaner because it keeps dust and pollen outside where it belongs, and not inside your screen porch area. A four-track system still gives you protection from insects and debris, adjusts in just seconds and allows more use of your porch.

Interior of 3- season room in Columbia SC by Archadeck of Central SC

Interior of 3- season room in Columbia with four track enclosure system.

The four- track panel windows will allow you to keep the screened porch feeling.  If you want to transform your screen porch into a room that you can also use year round, your porch can be completely converted to an all-season sunroom. A four-track enclosure enhances the livability of your screened room. When the panels are closed, they provide shelter from the summer sun and changeable weather. Our four-track enclosure system is also weather-resistant and shatterproof and opens the door to endless outdoor living possibilities.

Mike Reu owner Archadeck of Central SC

Mike Reu owner Archadeck of Central SC

If you are interested in learning more about our screened porches, three and four season rooms including our four-track enclosures, contact Archadeck of Central South Carolina today. Call us for a free consultation (803) 603 – 2160
centralsc@archadeck.net

You can see more examples of our screened porch and three season room additions by visiting our screened porch photo gallery and our 3 and 4 season room photo gallery located on our website.