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Marybateman View Drop Down
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    Posted: 09 February 2009 at 12:48pm
I am wanting to enclose my porch and was wonder what fabric would work best. I would like it to protect us from the elements in the winter but still be able to see out.  I was thinking of making seperate panels to be snapped or twist locked tothe frame.  I assumed Sunbrella would be an option, but have no idea about the plastic.  It will be rolled up for storage in the summer.
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Hi Mary:
 
Sunbrella will definitely protect the porch, but you will not be able to see out.  You might want to consider sewing 30 gauge clear vinyl windows into the panels for that reason.  A 9' by 54" piece of Crystal Clear (474) runs $99.00. 
 
An alternative would be to make the window panels out of Phifertex.  This is a vinylized polyester mesh that looks and feels like a thick window screen.  It will not keep rain out, but it will stop snow, sleet, leaves, squirrels and the neighbor's cat.  It also is 54" wide and it sells for $12.50 a linear yard.  You could also leave this up during the summer.  It is good for stopping bugs and it kills about 50% of the sun's UV rays.
 
I hope that this helps.
 
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Dan Smith
Annapolis Sailrite Store Manager
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You could also use standard Plastipane clear vinyl for the window areas. It will roll very nicely but is not nearly as optically clear as the Crystal Clear that Dan suggested.
Thanks, Matt
Sailrite, Indiana
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The best material nowadays for the manufacture of porch enclosures is vinyl  as it is also very effective in saving energy expenses. It maintains a nice and soothing temperature inside the Porch enclosure for every season.
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